Iskander to take over Battersea Arts Centre

Tarek Iskander, Arts Council England’s director for theatre, is to be the new artistic director and CEO of Battersea Arts Centre.

He will take over from David Jubb in May.

Picture credit, Slav Kirichok

The recruitment was overseen by the BAC’s new chair, David Bryan, who has succeeded Michael Day.

“David Jubb’s legacy is immense, and we want to use that springboard to continuously reinvent how we embolden our communities and our artists” Iskander said today. “Battersea Arts Centre will always be a home for the pioneering and the under-represented, the visionary and the mischievous. It’s that uncompromising, radical and rebellious spirit...”

Iskandar was part of Up Next, an initiative by the artistic directors of Future, the BAC and the Bush Theatre to fast track talented people leadership roles in the theatre. A credited playwright and director, he was a founder of the Yard Theatre in Hackney, and resident director at the National Theatre Studio. Before his theatre career he was a National Health Service executive.

“He brings vision, warmth and a breadth of experience” David Jubb said of Iskander. “He will lead positive change and take the organisation to a whole new level. Battersea Arts Centre owes a huge debt of gratitude to Michael Day, who has played a terrific role as chair over the last six years.”



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