Kwame Kwei-Armah announced as Young Vic’s new Artistic Director
By Saxton Bampfylde
Saxton Bampfylde was delighted to be involved in the appointment of Kwame Kwei-Armah as the new Artistic Director of the Young Vic, which was announced yesterday. This was a very exciting project for Saxton Bampfylde and it was a privilege to work with the Board of Trustees over many months on this search and to meet and engage with so many artistically talented and knowledgeable individuals along the way.
Kwame Kwei-Armah is an award-winning Director and Playwright and the outgoing Artistic Director of Baltimore Center Stage where he directed extensively. Directing credits also include New York’s Public Theater, Signature Theatre, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Birmingham Repertory Theatre. His production of One Night in Miami at the Donmar Warehouse was nominated for an Olivier Award for Best New Play.
His works as playwright include One Love (Birmingham Rep), Marley, Beneatha’s Place (Baltimore Center Stage), Elmina’s Kitchen, Fix Up, Statement of Regret (National Theatre) and Let There Be Love and Seize the Day (Tricycle Theatre). Kwame was the Chancellor of the University of the Arts London from 2010-15, and in 2012 was awarded an OBE for Services to Drama.
Kwame will succeed David Lan further to the announcement that he would be stepping down in 2018 after 18 years in the role. Kwame will announce his first season of work as Artistic Director in the New Year.
We are all looking forward to seeing the contribution that Kwame will make to the Theatre and wider cultural life in the UK over the coming years.
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