He has worked in some of Britain’s best loved theatres – and run an innovative arts centre in the home of Hollywood.
And now Paul Crewes is taking over as boss of the York Theatre Royal.
He will take over as chief executive from mid-October. The previous CEO Tom Bird left to run Sheffield Theatres.
Paul said: “I am thrilled to be joining the team at York Theatre Royal.
“The theatre has done great work over the years, both on stage and around the city. We will continue to build on that work, supporting great artists and practitioners as well as attracting and growing new audiences.
“I look forward to getting started in October.”
After spending the first 15 years of his career working in producing theatres including the Bristol Old Vic, Paul joined the West Yorkshire Playhouse – now the Leeds Playhouse – as producer in 2001.
He was later chief executive of the Kneehigh Theatre Company, producing shows that toured the UK, the US and Australia.
From 2015 to 2021, Paul was artistic director of The Wallis Annenberg Center for Performing Arts in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles. The Wallis produces and presents local, national and international work across theatre, dance, music and film.
He was appointed by the York Theatre Royal’s governing body, the York Citizens’ Theatre Trust.
Chair of its board of trustees Ann Green said: “We are very much looking forward to welcoming Paul to York Theatre Royal.
“Paul has a huge breadth and depth of knowledge and experience, and a passion for the positive role theatre can play in community life.
“Building on all the fantastic work the team have created in recent years, we are all excited to be embarking on a new, fresh and confident chapter in the life of York Theatre Royal together.”
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