We are thrilled to announce today that director and theatre maker Bryony Shanahan will join the leadership team of the Royal Exchange Theatre as its new Associate Artistic Director. This three-year post will see Bryony take on a key creative role in the Theatre, working closely with Artistic Director, Sarah Frankcom, and Executive Director, Mark Dobson, to shape the Theatre during its next round of NPO funding. She joins Amit Sharma (Associate Artistic Director) and Nicola Miles-Wildin (RTYDS Resident Assistant Director) as part of an exciting team of in-house associates making their work at the Royal Exchange.

Sarah Frankcom said...
Bryony is an exciting, original theatre maker who has made a very conscious decision to make her work here in the north. During her interviews she inspired us with her passion for developing audience relationships, making work in, with and for communities across Greater Manchester and challenging her own creative processes by making work in our unique space. We are thrilled that she is joining us for the next three years and I look forward to working closely with her.

Bryony was born in Stoke-on-Trent and trained at the East 15 acting school in Acting and Contemporary Theatre. She is an award-winning theatre maker and was the 2016 winner of the Young Vic Genesis Future Directors Award. Alongside a vibrant freelance directing career, including projects such as CHICKEN SOUP (Sheffield Crucible) and TRADE (Young Vic) she is a founding member of Snuff Box Theatre Company, a theatre collective making bold new work for today.

Bryony said of joining the Royal Exchange...
Collaboration has always been at the heart of all my work and I cannot wait to be part of the brilliant Royal Exchange team. I’m so excited to explore the relationships that the Theatre has with its audiences and its communities, how we can continue to strengthen those ties, and create an exciting and dynamic exchange through great theatre made here in our city. As a young female theatre maker it is incredibly exciting to join the leadership team of this ambitious company and help to shape its direction of travel for the next few years.

Bryony will begin her role as Associate Artistic Director in June. Her first show in this new role is this spring’s QUEENS OF THE COAL AGE by Maxine Peake which opens on 28 June and runs until 28 July.

Hear Bryony Shanahan chat with Katy Rudd and Jude Christian on Women in Theatre