New Executive Director announced


    Tobacco Factory Theatres is delighted to announce the appointment of Mary Caws as its new Executive Director. Mary will join Artistic Director Mike Tweddle in leading Tobacco Factory Theatres and takes up her post on Wed 01 August 2018.  Mary takes over from outgoing Executive Director Lauren Scholey.

    Before joining Tobacco Factory Theatres, Mary Caws was interim Executive Director at the Queens Theatre, Hornchurch and previously Executive Director at Theatre Royal Stratford East and the Watford Palace Theatre.

    Mary Caws says: “I am delighted to be joining Mike and the team at Tobacco Factory Theatres as the organisation gets ready to open the doors of the new Spielman Theatre. I am relishing the opportunity to build on the inspiring achievements of this organisation and look forward to working with the team on the opportunities across programming, audiences and community engagement that are unlocked by the opening of the new studio theatre.”

    Mike Tweddle, Artistic Director, Tobacco Factory Theatres says: “We are delighted to welcome Mary to the Tobacco Factory Theatres team. She joins us as we embark on an ambitious new chapter in the organisation’s life – with two world-class theatre spaces at the centre of a reimagined building that will open its doors to new audiences, and offer powerful opportunities to local communities. I have no doubt that Mary’s passion, experience and leadership will enable us to achieve our aspirations in powerful and sustainable ways.” 

    Sarah Smith, Chair of the Trustees says: “The Trustees are delighted with the appointment of Mary Caws who has an impressive track record as Executive Director of a number of prominent theatres.  We are confident that her experience and knowledge will greatly assist us as we look forward to an exciting future ahead at Tobacco Factory Theatres.”

    Tobacco Factory Theatres has forged an inspirational path to becoming one of the country’s most respected theatres. Its diverse programme includes Shakespeare and classical theatre, new writing and devised plays, shows for families, puppetry, opera, dance and comedy. This, combined with the astonishing average attendance capacity of 85%, makes it one of the well-attended, most loved and popular theatres in the country.

    The opening of the new Spielman Theatre in October 2018 marks the start of the next phase in the life of this unique organisation, which occupies the first floor of one of South Bristol’s most iconic factory buildings. Together with the multi-flexible Factory Theatre, Tobacco Factory Theatres provides a year-round theatre programme for over 140,000 people annually; visiting theatre companies, in-house produced work, it’s Get Involved programme for people of all ages and support for local artists.

    For press enquiries please contact:
    Becky Cresswell, Head of Marketing, Tobacco Factory Theatres

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