Fiona Buffini appointed Associate Director at Nottingham Playhouse

Friday 26th July 2013

As part of our commitment to building for the future, we are delighted to announce the appointment of the acclaimed theatre maker Fiona Buffini in the newly created role of Associate Director.

Fiona, who commences in September, will direct professional and non-professional productions, develop the newly christened Neville Studio as a production and participation space, lead the Participation Department and manage our community membership programme.

This is a new senior management post, part of the amended management structure to deliver the newly articulated vision of Nottingham Playhouse. A key aim is to further embed our work into our many communities and to develop a meaningful dialogue that builds interest, fosters inclusion and access and ensures strong attendance.

On her appointment, Fiona said:

I am really happy to be joining the team at Nottingham Playhouse. Nottingham Playhouse has a well-earned reputation for producing work of the highest quality, and as a freelance artistic director, I am very happy to be making my home in a centre of excellence. More importantly, Nottingham Playhouse has a real commitment to the community it serves and I am delighted to have been given the opportunity to bring this work firmly into focus.

Fiona has a wealth of experience both in mainstream theatre and also working with specific communities both in the UK and abroad. Her most recent production in the West End was Dinner, at The Wyndhams Theatre and on Tour. Her production of the Two Gentlemen of Verona for the RSC received rave reviews and was on tour in the UK and USA.

Giles Croft – Artistic Director of Nottingham Playhouse is delighted that Fiona will be joining us as Associate Director:

She is a director of great experience and extraordinary skill and her experience in education, her passion for participation and her experience with new writing makes her the perfect fit for Nottingham Playhouse. On a more personal note I am looking forward to working closely with Fiona and having lively discussions around programme, policy and productions. It is an exciting time for us with record attendances, a new studio theatre and increasing numbers of people of all ages and backgrounds using the building. Clearly there will be challenges presented by decreases in funding over the coming years, but this will not affect our ambitions for Nottingham Playhouse and the appointment of Fiona is part of our strategy of building for the future.

Stephanie Sirr – Chief Executive at Nottingham Playhouse added:

We’re all really excited about the skills that Fiona brings to us at a time when our role within our local community of artists and audiences has never been more essential.

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