Chief Executive of Britain's National Theatre to Step Down

News   Chief Executive of Britain's National Theatre to Step Down
Tessa Ross, the former controller of film and drama for Channel 4, where she helped develop and finance films including "12 Years a Slave" and "Slumdog Millionaire," is to step down from the post of chief executive that she formally took up at the National Theatre in November last year. Rufus Norris will continue as director, with Lisa Burger as executive director.

In a press statement, she commented, "I joined the NT last year and have got to know the organisation in great detail. However, it has become clear to me that the new leadership structure, with a separate role of Chief Executive, is not right for the NT at this time, and so I have decided to step down. I will, with great pleasure, continue to work with Rufus and Lisa as a consultant, ensuring the smooth delivery of their first season and planning for the next one. It is an institution that I love and for which it has been a great privilege to work." Norris commented, "Tessa's role in the planning of my first year and beyond at the NT has been invaluable and immense. I’m sad that our partnership is ending prematurely but am grateful for everything she has done here, and happy that we'll work together on a consultancy basis. As I continue to steer this extraordinary powerhouse, I look forward to working in close partnership with Lisa Burger as together we build on our plans for the National’s future."

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