More New Faces Join the NGCV Chief Executive’s Team.

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Jack McNamara, new Director of Live Theatre


Theatre Royal, Live Theatre and Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums (TWAM) follow in the footsteps of Seven Stories, Dance City, Tyneside Cinema and Northern Stage in appointing new directors.

Newcastle Theatre Royal Trust is delighted to announce the appointment of Marianne Locatori, of the Theatre Royal Plymouth, where she is currently Director of Strategic Projects, at the beginning of October in succession to Philip Bernays who is retiring after 16 years at the helm.

Marianne implemented a number of innovative commercial and artistic strategies while at Plymouth, which, alongside responsibility for programming a broad spectrum of high calibre productions, have been instrumental in firmly establishing the theatre as one of the most prominent regional venues in the country.

She says of her new role: “Newcastle Theatre Royal is one of the most highly regarded theatres in the country; it is an organisation that I have long admired, and I am delighted to be appointed as Chief Executive.

Live Theatre are also happy to announce the appointment of new Artistic Director/Joint CEO, Jack McNamara who will join the venue in late August 2021, and will share the CEO role with Jacqui Kell, Executive Director.

Previously Artistic Director of Nottingham-based touring company New Perspectives, his critically acclaimed productions, known for their boldness and internationalism, have won numerous awards, transferred abroad and toured to major theatres, as well as to some of the most remote regions of the country. He has staged world premieres by major international artists from Lars Von Trier to Chigozie Obioma and regional premieres by writers ranging from debbie tucker green to Athol Fugard.  Jim Beirne MBE, stood down as Chief Executive of Live Theatre at the end of March 2021 after 21 years.

At TWAM Keith Merrin has taken over from Iain Watson, who stepped down in April this year. Keith had been Chief Executive of Sunderland Culture since January 2017, an organisation formed by the University of Sunderland, Sunderland City Council and the Sunderland Music Arts and Culture Trust to operate cultural venues and deliver major projects, a role he combined with being Director of the National Glass Centre.  At Sunderland he worked on major exhibitions and events including the Leonardo Da Vinci exhibition, Danny Boyle’s Pages of the Sea and Sunderland’s bid to be UK City of Culture.


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Keith Merrin, New Director at TWAM

He was previously Chief Executive of Woodhorn Charitable Trust (2008-2016) where he oversaw the first showing of the Poppies: Weeping Window exhibition outside of London and Chief Executive of Bede’s World in South Tyneside (2002-2008) where he spearheaded Wearmouth-Jarrow’s successful campaign to secure the UK’s World Heritage Site nomination.