Theatre Peckham today announces the appointment of Suzann McLean as their new Artistic Director. McLean takes up the role on 3 September 2018, taking over from Teresa Early who stepped down, earlier this year, after 33 years.
Suzann McLean said today “I am thrilled to be joining Theatre Peckham at this exciting time when it has an impressive new building to serve its local community. It will be an honour to lead a venue that truly values young people, their talent and their ability to positively impact the community. Young people have always been at the heart of all my work and I look forward to continuing the inspired work of Theatre Peckham’s founder Teresa Early. It’s wonderful that support from Arts Council England and the Borough of Southwark means we can build on the theatre’s reputation for staging great shows and reach out further to the excitingly diverse communities of South East London. I firmly believe that theatre does change lives and am proud to be championing the cause, in all its forms, as the new Artistic Director of Theatre Peckham.”
Founded in the early 1980s on the North Peckham estate, Theatre Peckham has since become a renowned training hub which introduces thousands of young people to theatre every year, and sees its Alumni employed across the Creative Industries. The new Theatre and studio spaces now deliver an extensive education and performance programme for young people from across inner city London. Current patrons of Theatre Peckham include Sir Ian McKellen, Jenny Agutter OBE, David Harewood MBE, Paulette Randall and John Boyega. After stepping down Teresa Early will take on the role of the theatre’s Director Emeritus.