By Mark Shenton
24 Oct 2012
Featherstone, who was the organization's first artistic director when it was launched in 2006, leaves in December 2012 to take up the artistic directorship of London's Royal Court. During her tenure, the National Theatre of Scotland has been involved in creating 186 productions in 156 different locations. It has no permanent base.
Sansom, who has been at the Royal & Derngate since 2006 (where he succeeded Rupert Goold), was previously Associate Director to Alan Ayckbourn at the Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough, where he developed and directed over 20 new plays between 2002 and 2006. Now 40, he is a graduate of Cambridge University. His productions at Northampton have included Spring Storm and Beyond the Horizon which both transferred to the National's Cottesloe. He has also directed Ryan Craig's The Holy Rosenbergs at the National.
In a press statement, Sansom has commented, "It is a thrilling challenge to lead the National Theatre of Scotland through the next stage of its development as it continues to champion new and innovative work in Scotland and beyond. The Company's unique 'theatre without walls' policy means it can continue to be truly responsive to artistic ambition and a diversity of voices. I am looking forward to working with the many artists, companies and venues producing ground-breaking work throughout the country, and confirming Scotland as the most exciting place to make and experience theatre in the U.K."
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