Ric is an independent producer who, from his base in Manchester, has worked extensively with some of the UK’s most original and inventive theatre-makers, including the award-winning Unlimited Theatre and the critically-acclaimed Chris Goode & Company among others. Ric joins us during our time as Regional Theatre of the Year and at a point of creative evolution for the Company and across the city.
Working as part of the Senior Management team Ric will help model and develop the organisation’s future. He joins the theatre full time from 10 October replacing Richard Morgan, who is leaving in 2017 to work as a freelance producer after 25 years at the Exchange.
Executive Director Mark Dobson said of the appointment…
‘We were privileged to meet an incredibly talented set of applicants for the position of Senior Producer. Ric Watts was an outstanding candidate who has helped shape some of the most inspiring theatre in recent years. We are really excited that he will bring this wealth of experience and energy to our theatre. As a Mancunian, he also has a real passion for the Royal Exchange and in particular for the expansive and engaging creative journey we are currently on, which, inspired by Sarah Frankcom and Matthew Xia, is taking place on our stages and with communities right across Greater Manchester and beyond. Richard Morgan is a fantastically skilled producer, and we can already see that there will be a vibrant partnership between Ric and Richard as we transition between them this autumn”.
Ric said of joining the Exchange...
‘I couldn’t be more thrilled to join the Royal Exchange Theatre, particularly as it celebrates its 40th anniversary. This unique theatre has been one of my favourite spaces since I first visited as a teenager and I’ve been lucky to collaborate with the organisation consistently throughout my career.
As an independent producer I have had the pleasure of working with many inspirational artists and makers and I am confident that the companies I currently produce are in terrific shape to continue to move forwards. I am delighted to join Sarah, Mark and the team at a time when the theatre is at its most ambitious and genuinely engaged with the diverse audiences and communities of my home city.’