Professor Philip Tasker, chair of the Board of Directors, commented, "Paul Kerryson's commitment to theatre in Leicester over the last 22 years as Artistic Director at the Haymarket and then Curve is recognised not only by the iconic, state of the art theatre he helped to create but also by the national and international reputation that Leicester has for producing awe-inspiring performances. Under his leadership, Curve has gone from strength to strength building its reputation for artistic excellence as well as its extensive work within the local community. He has created a vibrant artistic culture that is at the centre of its region and of national importance."
He assumed the role of artistic director of Leicester Theatre Trust in 1991, first at the Haymarket Theatre (where he forged a strong association with the works of Stephen Sondheim that included a revised version of Merrily We Roll Along that Sondheim and George Furth came to the city to work on), and since 2008 at Leicester's Curve.
From 2002 he was very much part of the artistic vision for the capital project that was to result in the creation of Curve. Designed by Rafael Vinoly, Kerryson's vision for an "inside out" and totally inclusive theatre was opened by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in December 2008. Curve is designed to create a space which makes theatre welcoming, inclusive and accessible – truly symbolized through a glazed, transparent façade which spills the magic of theatre out onto street level and invites audiences in.
At Curve, his productions have included Chicago, The Beauty Queen of Leenane, Piaf, Hello, Dolly!, Entertaining Mr. Sloane, Buried Child, Gypsy, Absurd Person Singular, The Light in the Piazza, The King and I, 42nd Street, The Pillowman and The Lieutenant of Inishmore.