One of the founders of London’s Yard Theatre has been appointed interim director of theatre at Arts Council England.
Tarek Iskander, who is associate director at the Yard and was formerly resident director at the National Theatre Studio, will take up the role for nine months.
Iskander is filling in for ACE’s director of theatre Neil Darlison, who is joining the Theatre Royal Stratford East in London on a secondment as co-chief executive from November. Darlison will return to the Arts Council after his secondment.
Starting immediately, Iskander will be working part-time for the Arts Council. As part of Artistic Directors of the Future’s Up Next programme, he is currently a temporary artistic director of London’s Battersea Arts Centre.
Alongside his career in theatre, Iskander is also a senior executive and management consultant for the National Health Service.
Iskander said: “I am really delighted to be joining the Arts Council at this time.
“The role is a privilege – and I am very much looking forward to working with sector colleagues across the country, to continue to find ways to effectively support our remarkable artists, companies and theatres.”
Simon Mellor, deputy chief executive of arts and culture at Arts Council England said: “Tarek is a talented theatremaker, with first-hand experience of the challenges that emerging theatremakers face in developing their practice. He also brings a wealth of senior management experience from his role at the NHS.”