Bristol’s Tobacco Factory Theatres has appointed a new leadership team, confirming Mike Tweddle as artistic director and Lauren Scholey as executive director.
Tweddle, who co-founded touring company Out of Chaos and the Birmingham European Festival (BE Festival), will take up his new role in early July alongside Scholey – currently the theatre’s deputy director.
The pair will jointly replace director Ali Robertson, who announced earlier this year he was to depart the company to be executive producer at Kneehigh.
Discussing his appointment, Tweddle claimed he wanted to “nurture and build on the theatre’s many achievements”, and added he was “excited to contribute my passion and ideas to Bristol’s thriving arts scene”.
The new leadership comes five months after Tobacco Factory Theatres unveiled plans to create a second performance space in its main building – following the closure of the nearby Brewery Theatre, in which the company staged shows.
Scholey said: “This is an exciting time for Tobacco Factory Theatres as we look to expand our role as a producing theatre of national renown. It is with huge anticipation that we welcome Mike to the team, one of the country’s most talented entrepreneurial directing and producing talents.”
“I am looking forward to the new collaboration and being a part of the next evolution of this incredible organisation,” she added.