REBECCA Atkinson-Lord, artistic director and chief executive of London-based theatre production and development hub, Arch 468, has today been announced as the new chief executive of An Tobar & Mull Theatre and artistic director of Mull Theatre. She will take up the helm in June 2021.
Raymond MacDonald, Professor of Music Psychology and Improvisation, The University of Edinburgh and co-chair of the board, said: “On behalf of the board, I am delighted to welcome Rebecca Atkinson-Lord, an exceptionally gifted and world-class producer, writer, director and performer, to our team.
“She brings a wealth of experience and inspiring enthusiasm to Mull. Her expertise, vision, and passion for the arts combine with her collegiality and community spirit to make her the perfect person to join as our new chief executive and artistic director (Theatre).”
He added: “We would like to take this opportunity to thank our outgoing theatre director, Beth Morton, as her interim post comes to an end. Beth has created some brilliant work while in the post of theatre director and has led Mull Theatre through the pandemic with surety and care, forging new exciting partnerships for the theatre and working to build a strong future.
“Beth will return to her work as a freelance director and theatre-maker but we are very much looking forward to continuing our collaboration with her when she returns to work with us in the future, most notably to direct an upcoming production she commissioned during her time here.”
In response to her appointment, Rebecca Atkinson-Lord said: “I’m incredibly excited to be leading An Tobar & Mull Theatre in the next stage of its evolution.
“Mull has a long history of inspiring world-class art and is home to a remarkable community of artists. As the key repository for the island’s cultural identity, An Tobar & Mull Theatre holds a unique place in our national discourse.
“It’s a small organisation with a big heart that punches well above its weight and I’m thrilled and inspired by its potential to become a cultural beacon for the whole of Scotland, the UK, and the wider world.”
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Rebecca is a hybrid theatre-maker who directs, writes, and produces theatre and performance. She has directed extensively across the UK and internationally. Rebecca read Ancient History and Classics at Bristol University, specialising in ancient Greek drama.
She trained as a director at RADA and with the Royal Opera House and Young Vic. Her work has taken her from major international companies like Shakespeare’s Globe, Scottish Opera, and the Royal Opera House, to intimate found spaces in London and beyond.
In 2008, she founded Arch 468, a theatre production and development hub dedicated to transforming the theatre landscape, and from 2010 – 2016 she was director of Theatre at Ovalhouse (now Brixton House) and National Portfolio Theatre in South London.
Recent directing includes Cuddles (Arch 468 & 59East59 Theatres New York); Dead and Breathing, MilkMilkLemonade, The Sluts of Sutton Drive (Arch 468); Fosterling, Work/Play (Ovalhouse), Yvette (China Plate), and The Crunch (LookLeftLookRight).
Her writing includes Cautionary Tale (Musical), How To Live Dangerously, The Class Project, and Snowballing (UK tour).
Rebecca is also an experienced teacher, speaker, and mentor and has taught acting and directing at several of the UK’s leading drama schools and universities, including RADA, Mountview, Arts Ed, Oxford School of Drama, East 15, Birmingham School of Acting, King’s College London, London South Bank University and the University of Birmingham.
An Tobar & Mull Theatre is a multi-artform organisation producing and commissioning new work across theatre, visual arts, and music, touring across Scotland and the UK, and presenting incoming shows in its two venues on the Isle of Mull.
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