Former Oldham Coliseum boss Kevin Shaw has been appointed as the first artistic director of the Albany Theatre in Coventry.
Shaw joined the venue this week, also becoming the venue’s chief executive.
The theatre has been run by volunteers since 2013, with a core paid staff being put in place over the past few years.
However, this is the first time the trust behind the theatre has been in the position to appoint a chief executive and artistic director.
Shaw, who worked at the Oldham Coliseum for 17 years, joins the Coventry venue as it develops its strategy for the UK City of Culture in 2021.
Most recently, Shaw has been a freelance director.
“It is an incredibly exciting time to be joining the Albany Theatre. Not just as Coventry heads into being the UK’s City of Culture for 2021 but equally, as the theatre itself heads into a massive period of growth and development that will put it firmly at the heart of Coventry’s thriving arts scene. I am delighted to be part of what is going to be a very bright future,” he said.
Shaw said there were plans to expand the theatre venue, both “physically, and… in terms of shows and events”.
He added there were also plans to increase links with local communities and Coventry audiences.
Albany board chair David Meredith described his appointment as “an important and exciting milestone in the development of the Albany Theatre Trust”.
“We have been working on the development of the theatre for some time and under his leadership, we can expect these plans to take shape and progress very soon,” he added.