Lorne Campbell has been appointed artistic director of National Theatre Wales.
The Scottish theatre director is currently artistic director of Northern Stage in Newcastle, and will join the Cardiff-based company next year, replacing Kully Thiarai.
Campbell has run Northern Stage for nearly seven years, prior to which he was co-artistic director of the Newcastle-based theatre company Greyscale and was associate director at Edinburgh’s Traverse Theatre for five years.
He said he viewed joining NTW as a “profoundly exciting prospect”, adding: “The chance to work with the incredible talent, ambition and dynamism of Welsh theatre and through the innovative and flexible model of NTW, to create opportunities for new conversations between audiences, artists and communities, domestically and internationally, is both remarkable and humbling.
“There is great work happening in Wales and I cannot wait to engage with the depth and breadth of this creativity, aspiration and expression.”
Thiarai leaves NTW to become creative director of Leeds 2023, which was announced earlier this year.
The latter part her three-year tenure was characterised by a row with Welsh theatremakers, who accused NTW of neglecting homegrown talent and marginalising their stories.
NTW chair Clive Jones said Campbell had “clear commitment to promoting and developing Welsh talent”, adding that he would bring “a new energy and vitality to theatre in Wales”.
Campbell will take up the role early next year.