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Goldman Steps Down as Artistic Director of Soho

Soho Theatre has announced that Lisa Goldman will be stepping down as artistic director and joint chief executive in June 2010, after four years in charge.

Goldman, who was appointed in 2006, was described today by Soho chairman Nick Allott as having made a “vitally important contribution” to the Dean Street venue at a “key stage in its history”. He added: “She has brought us a keen understanding of the theatre's ability to question, analyse and provoke in contemporary society and has set a new benchmark for international programming in a world cultural capital.”

Prior to joining the Soho, Goldman was artistic director of new writing company The Red Room, which she co-founded in 1995. In her current role she has directed productions includg Hassan Abduhazzak's Baghdad Wedding, which won the Meyer Whitworth and George Devine Awards, Leaves of Glass and Piranha Heights by Philip Ridley and Everything Must Go, the theatre's response to the economic crisis.

Goldman, who is leaving to pursue other opportunities, said in a statement: "I feel privileged to have led Soho Theatre through an amazing time of change and to have worked with many of the most original and daring writers, actors, artists and companies working in the UK today. I have loved every minute of these creative collaborations and the extended Soho family we have forged together.

“I would like to pay tribute to the creative Soho team who have worked alongside me to realise this internationalist vision, enabling multiple platforms for debate and discovery around our work, developing writers, engaging communities new to Soho Theatre and building vital international partnerships. I lookforward to seeing what Soho Theatre does next!"

The board will be recruiting for a new artistic director in the new year.

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