News: Scottish Youth Theatre to recruit new Chief Executive

The Board of Scottish Youth Theatre (SYT) is to begin the process of seeking a Chief Executive to lead Scotland’s national youth theatre company.

Following the successful completion of a new business plan and organisational review, Mary McCluskey, SYT’s current Artistic Director & Chief Executive, has decided to step aside from her role as Chief Executive. From February 2016 Mary will continue, on a part time basis, as artistic director.

Commenting on the move SYT Chairman John Scott Moncrieff said: “After 23 years at the helm, Mary has decided to focus on an artistic role as SYT enters its 40th year of operations. We want to extend our thanks to Mary for being such a committed champion of the company and for youth theatre in Scotland.

“Our plans for SYT are ambitious and have been developed with input from a wide range of people including partners, patrons, the theatre community and young people involved with youth theatre. It’s an exciting time for us all and we look forward to working together to fulfil the ambitions we have set out in the new SYT Business Plan.”

Mary McCluskey commented: “SYT is at an exciting time and I am delighted to have played an instrumental part – working with support from the board, the staff and the participants - in getting the company to where it is today.

“It is now time for me step aside as CEO to concentrate solely on creative and artistic matters and I am looking forward to focussing on and delivering, in liaison with the rest of the team, the new projects and productions leading up to 2018 the Year of Young People.”

The recruitment process for SYT’s new Chief Executive will begin immediately with the aim of having someone in post in Spring 2016.

To ensure a smooth transiton to the new arrangements Anne Bonnar of Bonnar Keenlyside, who has been working with SYT to develop the new Business Plan, will take on the role of Transition Director. She will pick up this role immediately and be with the company on a part time basis from December – March 2016.

In addition to these important developments, SYT plans to appoint new members to the SYT Board to broaden the skill base and support the company to move forward with its plans.


For further information please contact:

Cat Reilly - Marketing Manager, Scottish Youth Theatre / 0141 552 3988

8th December 2015 By CatR

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