The Core at Corby Cube has announced the appointment of Nick Walker as its new director, following the departure of Chris Sudworth to take up his new post at The Old Rep Theatre in Birmingham.
Walker is a Perrier Award-nominated director, writer and producer who has worked in the theatre and broadcast sector for more than 20 years.
He was previously co-artistic director of Talking Birds, a Coventry-based theatre company whose critically acclaimed work has been presented across the UK, Europe, and the USA.
He also built the company’s reputation for socially engaged participatory activity in a range of theatres and helped secure their funding status as an Arts Council England National Portfolio organisation. He has also developed a range of youth theatre and community projects, has worked with young writers through Writing West Midlands, and is currently completing a participatory storytelling project for Blackpool Council and Leftcoast.
His theatre credits have seen him work with some of the country’s leading new work theatre companies including Action Hero, China Plate, Stan’s Cafe, Insomniac, NoFit State, Bootworks, and Kiln.
More recently, as director of independent radio company Top Dog, his plays and short stories are regularly featured on BBC Radio 4 and he has specifically produced new work designed to broaden and diversify the audience, featuring, among others, Miles Jupp, Mel Giedroyc, Noddy Holder and Peter Capaldi.
Martin Sutherland, chief executive of The Core at Corby Cube and Royal and Derngate Northampton, said: “Nick is extremely well respected as a writer, director and producer both nationally and particularly here in the midlands.
“We are thrilled that he will be bringing his experience and vision to The Core, and we are all looking forward to welcoming Nick to Corby very soon.”
Morag Ballantyne, chairman of the board said: “The board is delighted to appoint Nick as our new Director. He stood out in a competitive selection process and impressed us with his ambitions for The Core and with his passion for Corby.
“I am confident that Nick will build on our successes over the last five years and ensure that The Core continues to reach new audiences and to be at the heart of our community.”
Nick said: “The Core at Corby embarked on a very exciting creative journey five years ago, and it’s a great thrill to get the chance to join it now when its engine is really nicely warmed up!
“I’m very much looking forward to joining the team, and to creating some great stories for the people of Corby and beyond.”
Nick will take up his new post at The Core this month.
The Core at Corby Cube is funded by Corby Borough Council, Arts Council England, Northamptonshire County Council and Northamptonshire Community Foundation.