CATHERINE Mallyon is stepping down as executive director of The Royal Shakespeare Company after 11 years in post.
Catherine worked alongside former RSC artistic director Sir Gregory Doran who stepped down from the role in April. Catherine’s final day will be December 22.
Catherine said, “It has been an enormous privilege to lead the RSC for the past 11 years with an incredible roster of collaborators in Gregory Doran, Erica Whyman and now Tamara Harvey and Daniel Evans.
“It has only become possible for me to think beyond the RSC, about the many things I still hope to do professionally and personally, now that we have emerged from the challenges of recent years and arrived at such a positive place. It was always my intention to see Tamara and Daniel into post. With such a strong leadership team and a wonderful audience- and artist-focused creative vision, this feels like the right time to pass on the baton, as the RSC moves into this next chapter – which I know will be a hugely exciting one.
“I would like to thank all my brilliant colleagues, whether payroll, freelance, contractors, volunteers, Board and Governors, for everything they have made possible, every life they have changed for the better, and for their personal support. I look forward to the next few months working with Daniel and Tamara, and then to returning to the life of a thrilled RSC supporter and audience member.
“I am also grateful for the loyalty, support and generosity of thousands of subscribers, members, friends, patrons, artists and production circle supporters, all donors, partners and funders throughout my tenure.”
Co-artistic directors Tamara Harvey and Daniel Evans said they were grateful for her support and guidance as they stepped into their roles at the RSC.
They continued: “Her expertise and knowledge of the company are second to none, and her care and insight have proved invaluable as we prepare to announce our first season. She will be much missed by everyone here, and we wish her every happiness and success for the future.”
Chair of the Board, Shriti Vadera, also thanked Catherine for her commitment, dedication and passion.