The Core at Corby Cube has announced that its creative director Chris Sudworth is to leave the theatre in June to take up the role of executive director for The Old Rep Theatre in Birmingham.
Chris has been at the artistic helm of The Core at Corby Cube since May 2010 when he was installed as the venue’s first creative director.
The venue opened in November 2010 and has developed a national reputation for the opportunities it offers the whole community to take part in creative activities in dance, drama, digital arts, music and spoken word.
Chairman of The Core’s board, Morag Ballantyne said: “We’re immensely proud of all that Chris has achieved at The Core and of the impact of his work in the community in Corby.
“The Core has developed into a vibrant hub of arts activity nurturing the creative talents of local people of all ages and the Board thanks Chris for his significant contribution to the organisation over the last five years.”
Chris Sudworth said: “I am immensely proud of all that has been achieved in the five years I have been at The Core.
“It has been a wonderful experience to play a key role in the creation of a new venue that sits at the centre of its community, with children and young people at the heart of its vision.
“It has been a privilege to work hand in hand with the people of the town, our excellent staff team, our Trustees and the many committed partners that continue to make The Core such a success.”
Martin Sutherland, chief executive of Northamptonshire Arts Management Trust added: “Chris has played an integral role in establishing The Core and its activities as a focal point in Corby and the surrounding areas, and we’ll be sorry to see him leave.
“We wish him every success in his new post at The Old Rep. Our immediate challenge is to find a worthy successor who can continue to develop our vision, and we expect the recruitment process to begin imminently”.
Birmingham’s Old Rep Theatre is managed by Birmingham Ormiston Academy (BOA), which specialises in creative, digital and performing arts, and provides high quality arts, performance, training and cultural opportunities for young people throughout the West Midlands.
The Core at Corby Cube is funded by Corby Borough Council, Arts Council England, Northamptonshire County Council and Northamptonshire Community Foundation.
Last year the theatre welcomed more than 32,000 paying audience members and 16,500, mainly children and young people, participated in activities provided by The Core.