Rachael Williams will join Park Theatre on 3 October 2016 as the theatre’s new Executive Director, to work alongside Artistic Director Jez Bond and the rest of the team, including Dawn James, who recently joined as Sales & Marketing Manager from the Tricycle Theatre in Kilburn.
North London resident Rachael has been Executive Director at Improbable since October 2013. Prior to this she worked at the Gate Theatre in Notting Hill, first as Assistant Producer and subsequently as Producer. She has also worked in the Development Department at English National Opera and for Creation Theatre Company in Oxford. She is a Trustee of Metta Theatre and the Bach Choir.
Rachael said, “I am thrilled to be joining the team at Park Theatre. Having lived in Finsbury Park when the theatre opened, I’ve watched this theatre go from strength to strength over the last 3 years. I’m looking forward to playing my part in producing and hosting exceptional work, reaching the widest possible audience and ensuring that Park Theatre is at the heart of Finsbury Park’s community.”
Summer 2016 also sees big changes to the area around the theatre, with the ongoing build of City North – a major residential and commercial development, due to be finished in 2020. The Wells Terrace exit of Finsbury Park Tube station will be permanently closed, in advance of a new entrance being built through the pedestrianised street of the new development. Patrons will therefore access the theatre via a different route from the underground.
Jez Bond said, “Three years on and we’re proud of our achievements at Park Theatre – but we’ve got a lot more we’d like to accomplish, and to this end I’m thrilled to welcome Rachael and Dawn to the team. Rachael impressed both our interview panel and our staff with her energy, her enthusiasm and her approach. Dawn was a standout candidate who brings a wealth of experience to the role. Both live locally and are committed to Park Theatre’s vision of being a neighbourhood theatre with a global ambition, presenting the highest quality drama.
They are joining at a time when our local area is seeing big and exciting changes, and as a venue we are determined to work closely with other local businesses to ensure residents and visitors continue to fully enjoy our vibrant cultural community”
Park Theatre is fast becoming recognised as a powerhouse of theatre; in just over two years, it has enjoyed two West End transfers (including Daytona starring Maureen Lipman), two National Theatre transfers, three national tours, an Olivier Award nomination and a Theatre of the Year award from The Stage.