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Citizens Theatre announces Kate Denby as new Executive Director

The Citizens Theatre is delighted to announce Kate Denby as its newly appointed Executive Director. She joins Artistic Director Dominic Hill as Joint CEO.

Kate will join the Citizens Theatre in October this year, as it concludes the final stages of the redevelopment of its much loved Gorbals home, and prepares to reopen in 2025.

Kate has been Executive Director/Joint CEO of Northern Stage in Newcastle since 2015. Under her leadership the company has expanded its produced and visiting programme, increased audiences and box office income by 40%, and introduced acclaimed programmes with young people, artists and communities. Highlight productions during her tenure include The Tempest directed by Phelim McDermott, Get Carter directed by Lorne Campbell, The White Card directed by Natalie Ibu and the UK premiere of Sting’s The Last Ship.

Kate Denby said: “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.”

Kate’s background is in theatre producing and management. 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.

The Citizens Theatre will reopen in 2025. Building work is anticipated to complete by the end of 2024 with a return to staged productions by the summer of 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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The Citizens Theatre is Glasgow’s major producing theatre and one of the leading theatre companies in the UK. It is internationally renowned for ground-breaking theatre productions and a pioneering programme of participatory and community work. It is led by Artistic Director, Dominic Hill who is regarded as having “a talent for classical drama which is genuinely world class.” (Daily Telegraph) and outgoing Executive Director, Alex McGowan. The theatre presents bold new interpretations of classic texts alongside new writing. It is firmly rooted in the Gorbals community at the heart of Glasgow’s cultural and creative offering, while maintaining a national and international outlook.

The company’s Victorian home in the Gorbals is currently closed while it undergoes a major redevelopment. The building is anticipated to re-open in 2025. This is the first comprehensive, integrated redevelopment of the building since it opened in 1878. The project will transform the experiences of audiences, participants and performers and secure the future of one of Scotland’s most iconic buildings and producing theatres.