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The Art of the Artistic Director


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Forword by Michael Grandage Sarah Benson - Soho Rep, London Andre Bishop - Lincoln Center Theater, New York (formerly Playwrights Horizons, New York) Oskar Eustis - Public Theatre (Formerly Associate AD at The Mark Taper Forum, LA and AD of Eureka Theatre Company in San Francisco) Paige Evans - Signature Theatre, New York (formerly LCT3, Lincoln Center New York) Robert Falls - Goodman Theatre, Chicago (formerly Wisdom Bridge Theatre, Chicago) Vicky Featherstone - Royal Court (Formerly National Theatre Scotland, Paines Plough) Sarah Frankcom - Manchester Royal Exchange Kwame Kwei-Armah - Young Vic, London (formerly Centre Stage, Baltimore) David Lan - formerly Young Vic, London Tom Morris - Bristol Old Vic (Formerly BAC and also currently as Associate Director at the NT) Jim Nicola - New York Theatre Workshop Rufus Norris - Royal National Theatre, London Diane Paulus - American Repertory Theatre, Boston Josie Rourke - Donmar Warehouse (Formerly Bush Theatre) Indhu Rubasingham - Tricycle Theatre Howard Shalwitz - Woolly Mammoth, Washington DC Niegel Smith - Flea Theatre, New York Kully Thiarai - National Theatre, Wales (formerly Red Ladder Theatre, Leeds and Leicester Haymarket Theatre) Erica Whyman - Deputy Artistic Director, Royal Shakespeare Company (formerly Southwark Playhouse and Gate Theatre, London) Madani Younis - Bush Theatre, London (formerly Freedom Studios, Bradford)

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The only book of its kind available, The Art of the Artistic Director features interviews with 20 of of the most prominent and successful artistic directors in the US and UK, uncovering the essential skills and talents that go into making an accomplished artistic director.

About the Author

Christopher Haydon was artistic director of the Gate Theatre, London, from 2012-2017. Prior to that, he was an associate director at the Bush Theatre, London, from 2008-2011. He was a 2017 fellow of the Clore Leadership Programme. His work as a director has been seen in the West End, nationally and internationally.


Invaluable ... [Offers] a wide range of insights into the hoops US and British artistic directors must jump through before a play is even considered. * The Irish Times *
The list of contributors is very impressive ... by reading all 20 interviews, [readers] will discover much about what makes these people tick and the ways in which they work ... An ideal book for anyone wondering about whether they or perhaps friends and family might pursue a career of this type. In addition, general readers will lap up anecdotes from the working lives of those who have given them so much pleasure of the years. * British Theatre Guide *
To run a theatre you need to be part bureaucrat, diplomat, politician, manager, impresario, counsellor and dramaturg. Oh, and being an artist doesn't hurt. This excellent book reveals just how difficult it is to fill these varied and many roles. * Richard Eyre (artistic director of the National Theatre, 1987-1997) *
A fascinating and revealing book. I learned a great deal from it, about the very different ways my colleagues approach their jobs, and about how the theatre is changing to reflect a changing world. * Nicholas Hytner (artistic director of the National Theatre, 2003-2015) *
These twenty simple tales of learned, pragmatic leadership constitute a valuable guide to running theatres and a quietly powerful argument that no man or woman or art form is an island. * Michael Boyd (artistic director of the Royal Shakespeare Company, 2002-2012) *
An excellent snapshot of what a range of ADs think. Haydon is empathetic, gently probing and manages to get some indiscrete admissions among all the usual arts speak and PR chat. * Aleks Sierz blog *

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