Muriel Romanes to stand down as Artistic Director in April 2016

Stellar Quines Artistic Director, Muriel Romanes announced to the Company this week that she is to step down from her role with Stellar Quines at the end of April 2016.

Muriel Romanes was one of the co-founders of Stellar Quines twenty-two years ago and has been Artistic Director since 1996 and has directed many acclaimed productions for the Company. In 2007 she directed the award-winning production The Unconquered by Torben Betts, and in 2011 she won Best Director at the Critics Awards for Theatre in Scotland for Age of Arousal, a co-production with the Royal Lyceum Theatre Company. In 2012 she directed The List, which won a Scotsman Fringe First, Herald Angel Award and Best Production Critics Awards for Theatre in Scotland. Subsequent productions of The Carousel and The Deliverance, all plays by Jennifer Tremblay, translated by Shelley Tepperman and starring Maureen Beattie, won Scotsman Fringe Firsts in 2014 and 2015. Her production of The Jennifer Tremblay Trilogy (translated by Shelley Tepperman) received great critical acclaim at Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2015 and was part of the Made in Scotland Showcase 2015.

Muriel will direct the forthcoming tour of Threads by Sylvia Dow, 31 Oct – 7 November and will lead the forthcoming Rehearsal Room 26 at Traverse Theatre, 13 & 14 November.

Muriel Romanes said:

“ It is with much sadness that I have announced my resignation as the Artistic Director of Stellar Quines Theatre Company as from 30th April 2016. I wish to enable the Company to move forward embracing a more passionate wider and ambitious landscape to exist in. I wish Stellar Quines much success for the future.”

Marilyn Imrie, Chair of Stellar Quines Theatre Company, said:

“ Through her years as the guiding light of this company, Muriel Romanes has ensured that women’s talents in all areas of theatre making in Scotland are celebrated and given a voice and a platform and room to grow; she leaves the company at the height of her powers, and she will, I know, continue to provide inspiration to theatre makers in Scotland and internationally.”

Laura Mackenzie Stuart, Creative Scotland said:

“We wish all of you the very best with future plans and look forward to the continued flourishing of Stellar Quines.”

The formal process to appoint a new Artistic Director will begin in the coming months.

Whilst extremely sad at the news the Company and the Board wish Muriel all the best for her future plans.