ROYAL SHAKESPEARE COMPANY announces Ayanna Thompson, Amanda Parker & Winsome Pinnock as new TRUSTEEs

The Royal Shakespeare Company has announced five new Trustee appointments at its Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM).

The appointments have been made following a public and far-reaching recruitment campaign for RSC Board members. The focus of the recruitment was to bring new and diverse experience from theatre practitioners, people who teach and write about Shakespeare, and those who have experience in leading change and challenging thinking, to complement the skills of the existing RSC Board members.

Amanda Parker, Founder Director of Inc Arts UK; Winsome Pinnock, playwright; Ayanna Thompson, Regents Professor of English at Arizona State University; Justine Themen, Theatre Director and Change Maker; and Andrew Miller, cultural consultant and broadcaster, will all join the RSC’s Board for an initial three-year term and five-year term as RSC Governors.

Nigel Hugill, RSC Chair said, “As we have moved through this pandemic, the Board has continued to lead the RSC commitment to be diverse, progressive, relevant, and ambitious. These five new appointments are an unequivocal demonstration of those commitments and they share with all our Board members terrific skills, great experience, enormous range, and unwavering enthusiasm. The public recruitment campaign generated enormous interest with almost 350 applicants. So many exceptional candidates showing a passion for theatre, the arts, and education by putting themselves forward is an inspiration in these testing times.

The Company has also begun the search for a new Chair, with Nigel Hugill’s extended-term ending in April. The new Chair is expected to be appointed by Spring and further details about the recruitment process can be found on the RSC website here.

Current RSC Board members include Nigel Hugill (Chair), Sir William Atkinson, Miranda Curtis, Gregory Doran, Catherine Mallyon, Genista McIntosh, Clare Reddington, James Shapiro, Mark Smith, Ian Squires, Mark Thompson, Liz Vernon, Lucy Williams.

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