The Bush Theatre has promoted from within to fill its top position.
Lauren Clancy has been named executive director, replacing Jon Gilchrist, who has held the post for three years.
She was previously head of marketing at the innovative theatre on the former library site at 7 Uxbridge Road in Shepherds Bush – now completely rebuilt after a £4.3million renovation, which included financial assistance from Hammersmith & Fulham Council.
Lauren – who describes the Bush as ‘the coolest theatre in town’ – will work alongside artistic director Madani Younis. Her CV includes producing BBC Children in Need festivals, working for BBC Radio Drama and marketing productions for the National Theatre and Working Title.
“I congratulate both Lauren and Jon on their excellent contribution to the Bush Theatre over the years,” said Cllr Andrew Jones, H&F Cabinet Member for Economic Development and Regeneration. “And I wish them both luck – in H&F and further afield – in the coming years.”
“I have loved the four years I’ve spent at the Bush so far, working alongside Madani and the team to articulate a bold, contemporary, innovative Bush Theatre that speaks up for its community,” she said. “Now we have a beautifully refurbished home to match our vision, the potential is huge and I'm looking forward to pouring my energy into realising the next lease of the Bush's life.”
Jon has moved north to become executive director at Home, a major art, theatre and film complex in Manchester. “It’s been a privilege to have worked alongside the most talented and passionate people,” he said.
While Simon Johnson, who chairs the Bush Theatre’s board of directors, said: “I am immeasurably proud to see Lauren step up to the executive director role. The Bush has a well-earned reputation for nurturing and developing new artists and their work and providing a platform to build their careers. It is wonderful to see us apply those principles to the team at the top.”
Madani also said he looked forward to working with Lauren ‘to further cement the theatre’s place in its new home’.
The Bush began life just round the corner, in a cramped upstairs space above a pub in 1972. Currently on stage is Of Kith and Kin by Chris Thompson, directed by Robert Hastie, with the show Heather in the studio space.
For more details, visit the Bush Theatre website.