The Royal Shakespeare Company Announces Daniel Evans and Tamara Harvey as New Art Directors
The pair of directors who have jointly applied for the position will take over from June 2023 following the resignation of Gregory Doran.
Evans is currently the Artistic Director of the Chichester Festival Theater, and Harvey is the Artistic Director of Theatr Clwyd – the couple are a frequent collaborator.
Evans has won two Olivier Awards for his roles in Sondheim, while Harvey’s first professional work in the theater was an assistant director on Shakespeare’s Globe under Mark Rylance.
Erica Whyman is currently the art director of the theater after Gregory Doran announced last September that he was taking a special leave to look after her husband Sir Antony Sher.
The theater star later died in December at the age of 72 of cancer, and Doran confirmed she was resigning in April.
Evans said, “I was fortunate enough to see so many inspirational performances at Stratford during my teenage years, and later celebrated my 21st birthday there at my first professional post-drama school. So going back to the RSC as its art director is of great importance to me. It is a joy and a privilege to do this with Tamara.
“We share deeply entrenched values and an ambitious vision for the company, and we are both looking forward to working with Catherine and the team to start this exciting new chapter in the history of RSC.”
Harvey said, “Taking to Stratford to see the Swan Cathedral Murder when I was 15 was one of the most vivid moments of my childhood. Admirable, but even then the desire to get in there and start acting: two feelings that I still hold.
“Getting into this job is both the most exciting and the most daunting thing I’ve ever done. The great joy of working with Daniel, an artist I admire beyond measure, is that we share both the excitement and admiration for becoming the next curator of this amazing company.
“We bring shared faith in everything the RSC can be – home to a radical, relevant theater set up by artists from across the UK and around the world. A global community inspired by Shakespeare, bringing together countless voices to tell the stories of our time – and all time. ”
Shriti Vadera, chairman of the RSC board, chaired an art directors recruitment panel that included Noma Dumezweni, Nicholas Hytner, Genista McIntosh, Ayanna Thompson and Mark Thompson.
Vadera said: “The board is delighted to appoint Daniel and Tamara as art co-directors from an exceptionally strong pool of applicants.
“They bring great artistic achievements with a strong commitment to education, community and fostering a wide variety of talents and voices, as well as a proven strategic ability to lead large companies.
“Their partnership heralds an exciting vision for the future of the RSC to attract world-class artistic talent, enchant today’s audience with Shakespeare, classics and new works, and radically increase the reach and impact of our pioneering learning, partnership and digital work.”
At the request of the board of directors, Whyman will serve as Artistic Director until June 2023 and will then leave the company to pursue a career as a freelancer.
Doran took over as retired art director by the end of 2023 and will direct his 50th production for the company in spring 2023.
RSC Executive Director Catherine Mallyon said: “I am excited to forge a new leadership relationship with Daniel and Tamara, who have a deep understanding of RSC as a theater and educational charity, coupled with a high level of skill, imagination and talent. and the commitment required to create captivating theater, unlock potential and inspire change. “
Additional reports from the Press Association