Jemima Levick has been appointed artistic director and chief executive of Edinburgh-based theatre company Stellar Quines.
She will take over from Muriel Romanes, who was one of the founders of the company in 1993 and became artistic director in 1996.
Stellar Quines set out to “celebrate the energy, experience and perspective of women in theatre” and provides a platform for women’s stories, creating theatre driven by women and where female practitioners are at the forefront of all creative roles.
Levick will be leaving Dundee Rep at the end of April. She has held directorial roles there for seven years. Speaking of her appointment, Levick said she is: “thrilled to take on the mantle of Artistic Director & Chief Executive of Stellar Quines”. And that she has a “huge admiration of Muriel and of all the women who have contributed to the successes that have made it the company it is today.”
Speaking of her time at the Rep, where she has directed 18 productions, she said: “I’ve learnt a huge amount at Dundee Rep for which I will always be grateful, but am looking forward to this new step and a new challenge.”
Speaking of her coming tenure at Stellar Quines, Levick described it as “an incredibly important organisation for the Scottish theatre community and beyond.
She said: “At a time when equality and the work of women remain sharply in focus, it is crucial that we have a dedicated organisation that works to promote, support and encourage artists and audiences to broaden our outlook on this agenda.
“I look forward to building on the company’s previous successes, while carving out a new and expansive future that is radical and relevant.”
Levick’s appointment has been welcomed by Stellar Quines funders, Creative Scotland. Director of art and engagement, Leonie Bell, said the arts quango is “delighted” by the appointment.
Bell said: “Having benefited from the support and guidance of Muriel Romanes at pivotal moments early in her own career, Jemima is ideally placed to continue the company’s tradition of nurturing female theatre makers at all stages on their creative journey whilst bringing her own celebrated artistic vision to the next chapter of the company”
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