REP boss ex­its stage-left af­ter 20 years at helm

Birmingham Post - - NEWS - Tam­lyn Jones Busi­ness Cor­re­spon­dent

THE man who has led Birm­ing­ham’s REP the­atre for al­most two decades is to step down from the role next year.

Ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Stu­art Rogers will leave the Cen­te­nary Square the­atre to­wards the end of 2019 but is not sev­er­ing his ties al­to­gether as he will con­tinue to work on its pro­duc­tion of The Snow­man.

His de­par­ture fol­lows the re­cent an­nounce­ment that artis­tic di­rec­tor Rox­ana Sil­bert will leave the the­atre in June to be­come artis­tic di­rec­tor of Hamp­stead The­atre, in Lon­don.

In a state­ment, the REP said Mr Rogers would be leav­ing the the­atre in “a very strong po­si­tion”, hav­ing trans­formed its fi­nances and hugely ex­panded the num­ber and range of co-pro­duc­tion part­ner­ships.

Mr Rogers ini­ti­ated and over­saw a ma­jor cap­i­tal rede­vel­op­ment that cre­ated a third au­di­to­rium and linked the the­atre to the new Li­brary of Birm­ing­ham which opened in 2013, co­in­cid­ing with The REP’s 100th an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tions.

More re­cently, he helped es­tab­lish Unique Venues Birm­ing­ham which sells and de­liv­ers con­fer­ences and events across the shared the­atre and li­brary build­ing.

Mr Rogers has also en­sured the con­tin­u­a­tion of The REP’s pro­duc­tion of The Snow­man which cel­e­brates its 25th an­niver­sary this year and is cur­rently play­ing its 21st con­sec­u­tive sea­son at Lon­don’s Pea­cock The­atre. He will con­tinue to act as pro­ducer for The Snow­man and help The REP de­velop op­por­tu­ni­ties to ex­tend the life of some of its other shows.

The for­mal process to ap­point a new artis­tic di­rec­tor and ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor will be­gin soon.

Mr Rogers said: “It has been an hon­our and a great joy to lead The REP for the last 17 years.

“I am for­tu­nate to have worked along­side three out­stand­ing artis­tic di­rec­tors in Jonathan Church, Rachel Ka­vanaugh and Rox­ana Sil­bert and with the most tal­ented, gen­er­ous and ded­i­cated staff one could ever wish for.

“I feel now is the right time to give some­one else the chance to play a part in tak­ing this won­der­ful the­atre on to even greater suc­cess.

“Co­in­cid­ing my res­ig­na­tion with Rox­ana’s will present an ex­cit­ing op­por­tu­nity for the the­atre and of­fer some very for­tu­nate pair the same chance of a com­pletely fresh start as I had when I joined The REP with Jonathan in 2001.”

An­gela Maxwell, chair­woman of the board of trustees, added: “Stu­art has been an in­spir­ing leader and his tenac­ity and busi­ness acu­men has en­sured the the­atre’s growth and sta­bil­ity. It has been a plea­sure to work with both him and Rox­ana and we will miss them.”

> Ex­ec­u­tive Stu­art Rogers and artis­tic di­rec­tor Rox­ana Sil­bert are both leav­ing

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