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HighTide’s founding AD Steven Atkinson to stand down in 2019

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Today Steven Atkinson has announced his intention to move on from HighTide in 2019 after twelve years of successful leadership.

Tim Clark, HighTide’s chairman, said:

Steven’s contribution to HighTide, and to theatre in the UK more generally, has been immense. Starting with Adam Brace’s Stovepipe, which was listed in the Sunday Times Ten Best Theatre Productions of the Decade, his eleven years of leadership have been filled with many successes. These include Ella Hickson’s Boys, Nick Payne’s Incognito, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins Neighbors and Al Smith’s Harrogate. He also instigated new festivals in Aldeburgh and Walthamstow, and secured a decade of Arts Council England National Portfolio funding. We now embark on finding a successor to Steven who will continue to bring passion, flair, integrity and commitment to the role of Artistic Director.’

Steven Atkinson said:

Creating and leading HighTide has been such a brilliant start to my career. I’ve decided that in 2019, after twelve years as Artistic Director and CEO, it’s the right time take up new opportunities in theatre producing. I’m proud of HighTide’s contribution to Waltham Forest’s winning bid as the first London Borough of Culture in 2019 and my programming will conclude with HighTide Festival Walthamstow in September 2019.’

The application process for the next Artistic Director is opening now, with a view to the appointment being announced before the end of the year. Find out more here.

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