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Red Room announces new Artistic Director

  Posted on 03/09/2006

The Board of Trustees of the Red Room are delighted to announce the appointment of Topher Campbell to the position of Artistic Director, following Lisa Goldman
taking up post of Artistic Director of Soho Theatre.

The Red Room is an award-winning radical voice of new theatre in London that takes risks to create groundbreaking collaborations between writers, artists and
communities and challenge the status quo. Most recently, Hoxton Story - a site-specific walkabout performance - was critically acclaimed and provoked wide debate on the issue of regeneration and gentrification.

Topher Campbell is a dynamic and innovative director, writer and producer who has worked within theatre, film, radio and TV and will lead this unique company into a new era.

His varied experience includes: Winner of the Jerwood Directors Award 2005;
Artistic Director Designate Talawa Theatre Co (2000-01); Programmer for London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival; and former Diversity Director for BBC Radio Drama.
He has created work with prestigious venues such as West Yorkshire Playhouse, Nottingham Playhouse, Lyric Hammersmith, Contact, Royal Court Theatre, Leicester
Haymarket, Gate Theatre, Push and the Young Vic. Topher is also co-founder of rukus! Federation Ltd, a company dedicated to raising the profile of work by Black Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Artists.

After his appointment, Topher said:
"It's great to be asked to lead the Red Room. Lisa Goldman's feisty energy has created some outstanding work and I intend to build on her legacy. The wars in the Middle East, immigration, globalisation, civil liberties and the environment have their greatest effect on the least powerful. The Red Room exists to enable smaller voices to be raised and heard"

Lisa Goldman, who founded and ran the Red Room since 1995, said: "Topher is a very exciting director with a brave and radical agenda, who stood out from our extremely strong short list. We're thrilled to have him as our Artistic Director and look forward to seeing where he'll take the Red Room next."

The Board said: "We're delighted with Topher's appointment and would like to thank Lisa for her outstanding commitment to the Red Room, which has left the company in such a strong position."

The Red Room was created in 1995 by Lisa Goldman and Catherine Thornborrow, later joined by Emma Schad. The Red Room is regularly funded by Arts Council England to produce radical new theatre and has recently become a registered charity (no.1110724) with a small board of trustees.

The company recently celebrated its 10th anniversary. During this decade critically acclaimed successes have included:

Hoxton Story by Lisa Goldman
"The bastard child of fashionable verbatim theatre and today's many life-is-shit council estate plays. It has absolutely no manners, and is all the better for it." The Guardian

The Bogus Woman by Kay Adshead
"a powerful, passionate committed piece of theatre that if seen widely enough might change hearts and minds. If I were Greg Dyke, I would put it on straight on BBC TV and invite Jack Straw to respond in the course of a properly focused
rational debate." The Guardian

Stitching by Anthony Neilson
"Neilson's Stitching is the talking point of the fringe and one of the most exciting plays of the year. Startlingly rich and challenging... I left the theatre with my pulse, and my mind, racing." Time Out

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