A fond farewell

A fond farewell

We’re sure you’ll join us in wishing all the best to our Artistic Director, Rachel Kavanaugh, who will be leaving us next year to pursue a freelance directing career that will let her devote more time to her growing family.

Ian Squires, Chairman of The REP says “Rachel has been an outstanding Artistic Director of the Birmingham Repertory Theatre and has taken the theatre to new heights during her tenure.

“All of us at The REP and on the board know very well how important Rachel’s family is to her and quite understand her decision and the timing of it. We wish her well and look forward to welcoming her back to direct in a freelance capacity in the future. In the meantime the board is putting in place the process to appoint a successor.”

The appointment of the new Artistic Director will come at an exciting time in the theatre’s history, coinciding with the reopening of our building after major renovations; the unveiling of a new studio theatre and the theatre’s 100th birthday.

It is with this in mind, Rachel says, that “it feels like the right moment to hand over to a new Artistic Director who can build on our current successes, look to the future with a real sense of optimism and excitement and lead the company into a new era.

“After five incredibly fulfilling years I feel it is the right time to return to my freelance career which will also allow me to have a little more of a family life . I have had the opportunity to work with some amazing artists and hugely dedicated staff during my time here and I thank them all for the work they have made for the REP. It is a thrillingly diverse and creative company in which to work.”

Rachel’s last play as Artistic Director will be Notes To Future Self as part of The REP’s 2011 off-site season.