The new Executive Director of Scarborough’s Stephen Joseph Theatre is Caroline Routh.
Caroline, who will run the world-famous theatre with Artistic Director Paul Robinson as joint Chief Executives, was until recently the Executive Director of Nuffield Southampton Theatres.
She will take up her new role in the late spring.
Paul Robinson says: ““It’s fantastic news that Caroline will be joining us at the SJT. She is a hugely experienced, dedicated and passionate cultural leader and understands what it takes to make meaningful and long-term relationships with audiences and partners. I am really looking forward to forging the most dynamic of partnerships as we move into our next exciting stage here at the SJT.”
Helen Boaden, chair of the SJT, says: ”I’m delighted that Caroline is joining us at such a strong time in our history. She has bags of skill and experience to help further our ambitions, a longstanding affection for our coast and countryside and a passion for giving audiences the very best.”
Caroline Routh says: “I’m thrilled to become part of the team at the SJT at what feels like a really exciting time in its development. The north east coast has always felt like home to me so I‘m very much looking forward to coming to Scarborough and discovering all that this wonderful part of the world has to offer.”
Prior to joining the SJT, Caroline was Executive Director at Nuffield Southampton Theatres where she oversaw the company’s move into and launch of its new £30m city centre venue. Previously she was also Administrative Director at Battersea Arts Centre and Executive Director for Northern Stage. Caroline was the co-founder and co-director of The Empty Space, a company producing and developing theatre in the north east of England; and Executive Producer at Musical Theatre Network, seeking out and supporting the best new British musical theatre. In a freelance capacity she has acted as producer for a number of companies including Piesn Koszla, Greyscale and The Paper Birds, touring work nationally and internationally.