According to a press statement, she will lead the revitalization of the RSC’s experimental studio space, The Other Place, as a home for new work, as well as directing her own productions and playing an active role in forging new artistic collaborations. Doran comments, "I am so pleased that Erica Whyman has agreed to join the RSC in a newly created role as my Deputy Artistic Director, following her highly successful tenure at Northern Stage. Erica will play a key part in developing new work and new artistic collaborations, as well as directing for us. She will contribute to our future creative strategy and will deputise for me on artistic matters.... She has a great track record and knows the RSC from her long association with us in Newcastle. The unique relationship between the RSC and the theatres of Newcastle has always been a source of great pride for us and we are very pleased that Northern Stage is currently a partner in the World Shakespeare Festival."
Whyman adds, "I am delighted to be joining the RSC at such an exciting time as it builds on its significant recent success. I am a great admirer of Greg’s work as a director, his plans for the company are thrilling and Catherine Mallyon is a tremendous appointment as Executive Director. I have had seven exceedingly happy and rewarding years at Northern Stage and the company and the North East will always be part of my life, but it is an honor to be invited to join a remarkable new team at a moment of change and opportunity for the RSC."