NEWS: Jeremy Herrin to Step Down as Artistic Director of Headlong

It has been announced that the Artistic Director will stand down next year to pursue his career as a freelance director.

Jeremy Herrin has today announced that following seven years as Artistic Director of Headlong, he will be stepping down in 2020 to concentrate on his career as a freelance director.

Over the seven years that he has been Artistic Director, Herrin has led the company through his own productions such as The Nether which played at the Royal Court and in the West End; the multi-award-winning People, Places and Things by Duncan Macmillan which played at the National Theatre, on tour in the UK, in the West End and at St Ann’s Warehouse; Jack Thorne and Stephen Warbeck’s Junkyard on tour in the UK; James Graham’s This House on tour in the UK and in the West End; and Graham’s  Olivier Award-Winning play Labour of Love in the West End.

Meanwhile, alongside this, his programmes have also provided career platforms for several directors including Ellen McDougall who directed the UK tour of The Glass Menagerie for Headlong is now Artistic Director of The Gate, Sam Pritchard who directed Pygmalion is International Associate Director at the Royal Court and Amy Hodge who directed Mother Courage and her Children will soon be directing Women Beware Women at the Globe Theatre.

During his time, Jeremy Herrin has also been delivering on 50/50 gender equality in its new play commissions, with 25% of those from BAME writers. The company has under commission artists such as Inua Ellams, James Graham, Morgan Lloyd Malcolm, Nathaniel Marthello-White, Chloe Moss, Jack Thorne and Naomi Wallace, as well as the current productions of Hedda Tesman by Cordelia Lynn directed by Headlong Associate Artistic Director Holly Race Roughan and the new play for early 2020 Faustus: That Damned Woman written by Chris Bush and directed by Caroline Byrne.

Talking about his time at Headlong, Jeremy Herrin said: “I’ve had the most wonderfully creative time at Headlong and I’m deeply proud of what we’ve achieved. I’ve loved being able to produce our great work around the country. It’s been an honour to support some great artists, and be supported by our smart board to evolve what Headlong is about.”

Recruitment for a new Artistic Director will begin next month.

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