The Georgian Theatre Royal, Richmond – Britain’s oldest working theatre in its original form – has appointed Clare Allen as its new Chief Executive Officer. Clare will take over from the current Chief Executive, Warnock Kerr, on Tuesday 1 September 2015.
Clare Allen has a long-standing commitment to theatre and has worked in a variety of locations. After undertaking her BA degree in California, she obtained an MA in Performance at Goldsmiths College, London. She then founded and ran a village theatre in Ghana before establishing the English Theatre of Bruges in 2007. This venue in a 15th century building reinforced her interest and commitment to both theatre and historic buildings.
Clare then worked as the Artistic Director/General Manager of The Mart Theatre in Skipton before taking up her current appointment as General Manager at Stratford ArtsHouse. Like The Georgian Theatre Royal in Richmond, this is a registered charity and Clare has had responsibility for strategy, artistic development, event bookings, financial management and overseeing the general operation of the venue with a small staff team.
On announcing the appointment, Chairman of the Georgian Theatre Royal Trust, Malcolm Bryant said: “We are delighted that Clare will be joining The Georgian Theatre Royal and feel sure that her professional skills, experience and personality will make a big contribution to the future leadership and development of this unique and magical venue.
The Theatre plays a significant role in the region through its artistic programme, talented Youth Theatre and the contributions it makes to heritage and tourism. We have exciting plans to build on these substantial successes and with Clare’s leadership and the continuing support and commitment of our great team of volunteers, staff and trustees, a very successful and exciting future lies ahead.
We are very grateful to Warnock Kerr for the excellent job he has done during the last few years and we are pleased that he will be able to offer support to Clare as she takes up her new post.”
Commenting on her new appointment, Clare Allen said: “It is a true privilege to be taking on this role at such a beloved, magnificent theatre, and to build on the strong foundations that Warnock Kerr, the staff, volunteers and trustees have put in place. I cannot wait to begin work within such an exquisite setting and, equally, to reside in the gorgeous town of Richmond.”