Press Release 18 October 2016
Theatres Trust, the national advisory public body for theatres, is pleased to announce the appointment of new Director Jon Morgan who will take up the position in January 2017. Theatres Trust which has been celebrating its 40th anniversary this year will see the new Director lead and champion the work of the organisation with principal activities focussing on campaigning, expert advice, planning, grants, funding and discovery. Jon Morgan who is currently Director of the Federation of Scottish Theatre (FST) will replace Interim Director Rebecca Morland who took over from previous Director Mhora Samuel earlier this year.
With a wealth of experience across the theatre and arts industry Jon Morganleaves the FST where he has been Director since 2008. At the FST he was responsible for delivering a range of advocacy, training, advice, bursary programmes and industry events for the dance and theatre sector in Scotland. Under his tenure the Federation has become an effective membership organisation and an authoritative advocate on behalf of the sectors. During his time at the Federation he also co-founded and now co-chairs Culture Counts, a coalition of 46 strategic and umbrella bodies across the arts, screen, heritage and creative industries advocating for the value of culture in Scotland at both national and local government level.
His previous roles include Director of Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Executive Producer of Contact Theatre, Manchester and General Manager of TAG, Glasgow with earlier periods at Royal Conservatoire Scotland and Orchard Theatre, Kent.
New Director of Theatres Trust, Jon Morgan says: “Theatres Trust supports and campaigns on behalf of communities and theatre professionals to preserve and build the very best theatre spaces, serving the needs of artists and ensuring communities across the UK can enjoy the excitement of live theatre. I am delighted to be joining the expert team at Theatres Trust and look forward to working with them and our partners to continue this vital work.”
Theatres Trust Chair Tim Eyles says: “Having completed our 40th anniversary the Theatres Trust is enthusiastically looking forward to welcoming our new Director, and we have exciting plans for the future. We are keen to capitalise on all opportunities to increase our influence in the industry and I believe Jon Morgan shares both our passion and vision for the Trust. I am confident he will be an inspirational leader and I am looking forward to our working together.”
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