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Kate Denby appointed as new Executive Director

We’re delighted to announce Kate Denby as our new Executive Director and Joint CEO with Artistic Director Dominic Hill. Kate will join the Citizens Theatre in October this year, as we conclude the final stages of the redevelopment of our much-loved Gorbals home and prepare to reopen in 2025. 

Kate has been Executive Director/Joint CEO of Northern Stage in Newcastle since 2015. She was previously Producer at Hull Truck Theatre and Executive Producer at the Gate Theatre, Notting Hill. She has led theatre tours and transfers to Europe, New York and South Africa, and was involved in developing and delivering Hull’s successful bid for UK City of Culture 2017. She was Chair of Freedom Festival Arts Trust from 2019-2024 and is a former Chair of Newcastle Gateshead Cultural Venues and board member of the Independent Theatre Council. 

Kate Denby said,

Kate Denby smilling at the camera.

I am thrilled to be joining the Citizens Theatre as Executive Director. The Citz is one of Scotland’s most significant and loved cultural institutions, and I have long admired the company’s belief in the intrinsic connection between world-class theatre and its Gorbals community. These strong values and deep roots are what attracted me to the theatre and the city. To have the opportunity to work alongside Dominic to complete the redevelopment and lead the Citz through the next stage in its history is a huge privilege. I can’t wait to get started.

Dominic Hill, Artistic Director of Citizens Theatre added,

I’m delighted that Kate will be joining us as Executive Director at the Citizens Theatre. Her vast experience at Northern Stage will be invaluable for the company and I look forward to working alongside her at this incredibly exciting time for the organisation as we move back into the newly renovated building in 2025.

Dominic Hill looks off-camera while holding a book.
A statue being lowered onto the roof of the Citizens Theatre. Two have already been placed. The theatre's name appears in large lettering behind the statues.
Side view of the auditorium of the Citizens Theatre during a performance. A person is on stage and a full audience is clapping.
Interior of the stage area of a theatre which has exposed metal walkways and brick walls, illuminated by overhead lights.

The Citizens Theatre will reopen in 2025. The redevelopment project is the most comprehensive renovation of the building since it opened in 1878. It will transform the experiences of audiences and artists, and offer a more accessible, flexible and sustainable resource for communities and theatre-makers across Scotland. 


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