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Artistic director's dream new role.

Byline: By ED JAMES

JOHN E McGrath is the new artistic director of the English language theatre company, National Theatre Wales (NTW) it was announced.

Born in Mold, McGrath is currently the artistic director and chief executive of the award winning Contact Theatre, Manchester, which has established an international reputation for exciting new work, young diverse audiences, and international collaboration.

His previous roles include Artistic Director of Theatre Venture in London and Associate Director of the Experimental Theatre Company in New York.

Mr McGrath will begin his new post in January 2009 and is delighted with this new challenge.

He said: "The invitation to lead the new National Theatre Wales is the opportunity of a lifetime.

It's a chance to dream about what theatre can be and to share a conversation with the theatre-makers, audiences and wider population of Wales.

"It's a chance to collaborate with a huge range of artists on the creation of extraordinary new work. I look forward to the start of a truly dramatic journey."
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Jul 31, 2008
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