Kerry Kyriacos Michael MBE announced as the new Creative Director of 26 Crowndale

This summer, Kerry Kyriacos Michael MBE will take over the stewardship of 26 Crowndale, a 120 seat venue in the heart of Camden and the home of Theatro Technis.

26 Crowndale is the new name given to the venue that has been an independent theatre space since the early 60s when George Eugeniou and his company of actors made it their home with Theatro Technis. The company has been pioneering international and diverse work since the 60s, always serving its working-class immigrant community.

The connection between George and Kerry goes back 30 years, when Kerry volunteered at the Camden venue aged 20. Since then, he has worked in theatre across the UK and internationally, including as Artistic Director of Theatre Royal Stratford East for 13 years from 2004 to 2017. George himself was an early member of Joan Littlewood's Theatre Workshop Company as an original cast member of The Quare Fellow, Brendan Behan's first play, first produced in 1954.

George Eugeniou says, "I will continue to be the Artistic Director of Theatro Technis, a company I started 65 years ago. But it's also important we look to the next generation and allow Kerry to develop other work in the building. He has a proven track record in developing exciting professional theatre for communities."

Dr Marilyn Panayi, the Board's chair says: "I know I speak on behalf of all the

Board when I say we are delighted that Kerry can support us as we look toward the next chapter. So much ground-breaking work has been done at our venue, integrating theatre and community engagement. Kerry will bring a unique set of skills that helps us build on this legacy and allow the venue to reach its full potential. We are all excited to see things develop."

Kerry Kyriacos Michael MBE says: “I am honoured to be entrusted by George and the Board with their home. I'm thrilled for all the possibilities this space offers. Its ethos and values are why I am here and I'm looking forward to working with friends and partners to grow the opportunities for this independent theatre space in the heart of London."

Joining him at 26 Crowndale is Annabel Williamson as General Manager. Annabel is both a successful producer and a qualified solicitor. She has focused on producing new work with a strong social conscious, The Political History of Smack and Crack (Edinburgh Festival and Soho Theatre), The Brink (The Orange

Tree) and We Anchor in Hope (The Bunker) through her own production company, W14 Productions. She has also worked in a freelance capacity with

Dash Arts and the Gate Theatre.

Finlay Carroll joins as Associate Producer. He is a theatre maker and producer specialising in new musical theatre and creative work with queer or ecological themes. He has links to London and the South West, and recently graduated with a Diploma in Creative Producing from Chris Grady Institute. He also founded Scatter, an ecological musical theatre company using songs and stories to help communities weather the climate crisis.

Kerry's production company, Kyriacos And Company, will also be based at 26

Crowndale developing new works for theatre and screen.

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