Executive Director, Lauren Scholey, will step down this summer

    Lauren Scholey, Executive Director of Tobacco Factory Theatres has announced her intention to step down from the role later this summer: 

    “It has been a joy to work as part of the wonderful team at Tobacco Factory Theatres for the past six years, and I can’t thank enough the team, Trustees, audiences, donors, artists and companies who have made it such a special place to work. With our Spielman Theatre and the redevelopment project at Tobacco Factory Theatres now secured and well on its way to completion, the artistic and financial future of the organisation is in very safe hands with Mike and the team.  There is a bold and inspirational path ahead as the organisation realises its ambition to produce great work on and off stage that represents, engages and inspires all of the communities around us. Whilst I will miss this most special of theatres hugely, after six years it is now time for me to focus on my family at home for a while. I will be supporting and cheering you all on from there.”

    Mike Tweddle, Artistic Director said: “We are at such an exciting moment in the life of Tobacco Factory Theatres, with the plans in place and provision to deliver world-class performances and opportunities for all. None of this would have been possible without the inspiring, visionary, generous and wise leadership Lauren has offered, and I couldn’t have wished for a more brilliant collaborator. All of us on the team are hugely grateful for Lauren’s contribution over the six years, and we wish her very well for her next exciting chapter.”

    Sarah Smith, Chair of the Board of Trustees said:  “Lauren has been integral to the successful development of Tobacco Factory Theatres over the past six years.  Her warm and engaging personality has won respect from her team, trustees, audiences and our supporters.  Alongside running the theatre Lauren has, for the last twelve months, led the fundraising appeal to raise £1.8m to deliver the organisation’s redevelopment project, which is enabling us to reconfigure the first floor of Tobacco Factory Theatres to include a new theatre space, and which is due to be completed in October this year. Lauren will be missed by us all but we totally understand her reason for leaving us.”

    Work will begin shortly to recruit a new Executive Director to work alongside Artistic Director Mike Tweddle.

    For further information please contact Becky Cresswell, Head of Marketing becky@tobaccofactorytheatres.com

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