Iris Theatre, the resident theatre company of the Actors’ Church in Covent Garden, today announces the appointment of Paul-Ryan Carberry as Artistic Director and Paul Virides as Executive Director. They take up their roles from the company’s founder Daniel Winder, who has moved on to become venue director of Stanley Halls, after 12 years with the company.
Paul-Ryan Carberry, Artistic Director of Iris Theatre said today, “I feel very honoured to have been appointed artistic director of this exciting and ambitious company. We are determined to support the next generation of theatre practitioners and creatives, creating transformational opportunities for them and their work. Together with our incredible executive director, Paul Virides and alongside our wonderful team, Iris Theatre will continue to create bold, courageous and relevant work in our unique home in Covent Garden, and we’re really looking forward to announcing our plans in the new year. As a charity, we want to ensure that Iris is a genuine home for emerging artists in the heart of central London. I want to say now, to those artists: our doors are open.”
Simon Grigg, Chair of the Board, added “St Paul’s has been known as the Actors’ Church since the 1660s, so I was so thrilled when Iris Theatre became our resident company, continuing and adding to our role. Daniel Winder created the company in 2007, with a marvellous production of Murder in the Cathedral and it has grown and grown ever since, now producing a major summer season of two fantastic shows each year. I would like to thank Daniel for his incredible input not just to Iris Theatre, but also to the life of the church. I also want to welcome aboard Paul Virides and Paul-Ryan Carberry as Executive and Artistic Directors of the company as it enters a new era, which I’m sure will be as exciting as the past twelve years have been.”
Iris Theatre is a charity and the resident theatre company of the Actors’ Church, committed to developing the careers of emerging artists. As well as its annual outdoor summer season which has run for 10 years, Iris presents new work through the year at the Actors’ Church and creates opportunities for training for artists of all backgrounds and disciplines.