The news you've been waiting for!
We're very please to announce the appointment of Ali Robertson as our new Executive Producer. Ali will take up the position in June taking over from Paul Crewes, who, after 10 extraordinary years with us, becomes Artistic Director of the Wallis Annenberg Center for Performing Arts (aka The Wallis) in Los Angeles .
Ali has been Director of Tobacco Factory Theatres since August 2007. In that time the organisation has built itself a second theatre; installed one of the largest renewable energy systems of any arts organisation in the UK; produced and co-produced over forty shows that have toured nationally and internationally; and brought work from around the world to Bristol. Highlights include co-producing the Olivier-nominated and Off West End Award-winning Cinderella: A Fairytale and the Sky Arts Award winning Dracula.
Prior to working in Bristol, Ali ran the Cork Midsummer Festival for four years, building it up to be one of the three largest arts festivals in Ireland. Highlights included being a major featured strand of European Capital of Culture 2005 and producing a show on a commuter train.
Mike Shepherd said ‘Although I’m sad that Paul is leaving our shores, I heartily congratulate him on his new appointment and look forward to the ongoing association with him in America and Emma at the Globe. So this is a new Kneehigh era and I am delighted to welcome Ali as a fellow adventurer, he has a reputation for making things happen against the odds. Bring on the next big adventure in a spirit of creative enterprise!’
Ali Robertson said ‘Nine years ago I saw a Kneehigh show for the first time and was instantly smitten. I am enormously excited by the prospect of joining a much-loved company whose name is synonymous with passionate, skilful and exciting theatre. I look forward to working with Mike Shepherd and other brilliant Kneehigh artists to develop a new generation of wonderful work both at home in Cornwall and nationally and internationally."
Alan Livingston, Chair of Kneehigh’s Board of Directors, said ‘We are delighted to welcome Ali as our new Executive Producer. Ali's impressive professional pedigree, combined with his creative energy and obvious passion for contemporary theatre make him a perfect fit for Kneehigh. I am very much looking forward to Ali and Mike Shepherd, our Artistic Director, working together to further develop Kneehigh's international reputation for remarkable and spell-binding theatre'.
We're very happy to have Ali on board and are looking forward to an exciting year ahead!