Below is a press release distributed by the Edinburgh International Festival announcing Roy's new position:
Over the last 8 years Roy has worked internationally as a producer of theatre,
dance and music-theatre.
Previously he was Executive Director for Cheek by Jowl and the Michael Clark
Company, Programme Manager at Sadler’s Wells Theatre and the
Peacock Theatre, General Manager at DV8 Physical Theatre, and Line
Producer for the first UK tour of Stomp! for Glynis Henderson Productions.
Last year he produced One Thousand and One Nights, directed by Tim Supple
for Dash Arts, an epic production cast and produced in the Middle East
and presented at Luminato (ISPA member organization) in Toronto and at the Edinburgh International
On his appointment Roy said, ‘I am delighted to be joining Edinburgh
International Festival to work on one of the world's truly inspiring
Roy succeeds Alison Riach who has held the post since 2007.
Jonathan Mills, Festival Director added, ‘We are delighted to welcome Roy to
the staff of the Festival. Having worked with him on previous
productions presented at the Festival we are sure that he is going to make
an exciting and dedicated contribution to the Festival and look forward to
having him as part of the team which delivers the Festival each year.’
‘I would also like to pay tribute to Alison Riach for her enormous contribution
to the Festival over a number of years. We wish her the very best in her
futureplans and projects.’
The Edinburgh International Festival presents a programme of approximately 170
performances of classical music, theatre, opera and dance from the
bestinternational artists over a three to four week period as well as a
bi-annual visual arts component. It continues to attract visitors from around
the world toScotland’s beautiful capital city and to present one of the
most prestigious celebrations of the arts anywhere in the world.
The Planning and Operations Director is responsible for delivering this
programme, working closely with the Festival Director. The post involves
co-ordinating the artistic planning and technical functions and leading on
contractual negotiations with artists, companies and venues.