Roxana Silbert Appointed As The REP's New Artistic Director
The REP has today announced the appointment of Roxana Silbert as the company’s new Artistic Director.
Roxana Silbert is currently an Associate Director at the RSC for whom she has directed Dunsinane by David Grieg and Little Eagles by Rona Munro, both at Hampstead Theatre, and is due to direct Measure for Measure which opens at the Swan Theatre in November 2011.
Her other work for the RSC also includes Such Tweet Sorrow – the world’s first play for Twitter, and Brixton Stories by Biyi Bandele.
For Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Roxana directed the world premiere of Orphans by Dennis Kelly in 2009. This production also played at the Traverse during the Edinburgh Fringe where it won a Fringe First award before transferring to Soho Theatre.
Prior to joining the RSC, Roxana was Artistic Director and Chief Executive of Paines Plough Theatre Company for four years where she was credited with putting the company at the forefront of new writing and ran an award-winning writers programme. She has also worked at the Traverse Theatre as Literary Director and at the Royal Court as an Associate Director.
Roxana said today: “I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work at this extraordinary theatre. The REP is one of Britain’s leading producing companies with a proud legacy of nearly 100 years of great theatre. I’m excited about ushering it into its new century – introducing a new mid scale auditorium for new work and a unique, creative relationship with its neighbouring flagship library. 2013 will be a formative phase in the life of The REP and one which I look forward to celebrating with the company and its audiences.”
Chair of the Board of Directors, Ian Squires said: “We are thrilled and delighted that Roxana has decided to join The REP and lead the theatre into one of the most exciting periods in its long and distinguished history. Roxana is one of this country’s outstanding directors and with her passion for new work – a passion which lies at the heart of The REP – I know that the theatre, the city and our audiences across the region and beyond can look forward to exciting times ahead.”
Commenting on the appointment, Mike Whitby, Leader of Birmingham City Council said: “Being able to welcome someone of Roxana’s calibre to The REP is excellent news for the city of Birmingham. The REP already has a formidable reputation, which will no doubt be underpinned and enhanced by this exciting new appointment.”
Roxana takes over from Rachel Kavanaugh, who stepped down as Artistic Director in March this year after five years in the role. The REP is currently undergoing re-development as part of the new Library of Birmingham, which will see the two cultural venues sharing public spaces and a new purpose-built 300-seat auditorium. Until it returns to its home in 2013, The REP is currently producing work for a range of different venues across Birmingham as well as continuing its work with writers, young people and an ambitious community engagement programme. Silbert will be combining her associateship at the RSC with Artistic Directorship of The REP ahead of the company’s Centenary celebrations and move back into its newly-developed building in 2013.