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Rogers joins Silbert in leaving Birmingham REP

Published: 6 December 2018
Reporter: Steve Orme

Executive director Stuart Rogers is to leave Birmingham REP in 2019 along with artistic director Roxana Silbert.

As previously reported, Silbert will depart in June 2019 to take up a similar position at London’s Hampstead Theatre.

Rogers said, “it’s been an honour and a great joy to lead the REP for the last 17 years. I’m fortunate to have worked alongside three outstanding artistic directors in Jonathan Church, Rachel Kavanaugh and Roxana Silbert, and with the most talented, generous and dedicated staff one could ever wish for.

“I feel that now is the right time to give someone else the chance to play a part in taking this wonderful theatre on to even greater success.

“Coinciding my resignation with Roxana's will present an exciting opportunity for the theatre and offer a fortunate pair the same chance of a completely fresh start as I had when I joined the REP with Jonathan in 2001.”

Angela Maxwell, chair of the board of trustees, commented, “Stuart has been an inspiring leader and his tenacity and business acumen have ensured the theatre’s growth and stability.

“It’s been a pleasure to work with both him and Roxana and we’ll miss them. Birmingham Repertory Theatre is one of the best theatres in the UK and is at the heart of this great city—the board looks forward to finding outstanding successors to continue the company’s legacy.”

Rogers initiated and oversaw a major capital redevelopment that created a new third auditorium and linked the theatre to the Library of Birmingham in 2013, coinciding with the REP’s 100th anniversary celebrations.

He will remain in post until the end of 2019 to ensure a smooth handover to his successor. He will continue to act as producer for the REP’s production of Raymond Briggs’s The Snowman which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year and is playing its 21st consecutive season at London’s Peacock Theatre.

The formal process to appoint a new artistic director and executive director will begin soon.