Bristol Old Vic has appointed Nancy Medina as its new artistic director, replacing Tom Morris who is stepping down after 12 years in the role.
Medina said she was surprised and excited to take charge of England’s oldest theater, which she will take on a full-time position in the spring of 2023. She said: “It is a great honor to hear, reflect on and engage with the people of Bristol as we together envision what the future of theater and the arts could be in this The vibrant city in the southwest.
Morris described Medina as a “visionary creative leader” and a filmmaker at the height of her power. “Through its own training space and the extraordinary achievement of founding the Bristol School of Acting, it has built an unparalleled reputation for combining radical change with artistic excellence. This combination is precious and rare. To survive and thrive in the decades to come, British theater must change and this requires outstanding leadership,” he continued. . This appointment has put Bristol Old Vic in the best possible position to be at the forefront of this process.”
Sado Gerdi, Vice Chairman of Bristol Old Vic, said Medina is “excited to produce an accessible and honest theater,” adding: “At a time when institutions across the country grapple with the legacy of our challenging history, to appoint a highly talented Black Latina who advances a woman As Artistic Director of Bristol Old Vic, she has a real opportunity to make a real difference in the way we express the diversity of British identities, experiences and stories.”
Originally from New York, Medina has lived in Bristol for the past 14 years and is the co-artistic director of the Bristol School of Acting. She has directed plays such as Trouble with the Mind at the National Theatre, Strange Fruit at the Bush, and the August Wilson Two Trains revival at the Royal and Derngate in Northampton in a co-production with English Touring Theatre. Next month, she will direct Zodwa Nyoni’s The Darkest Part of the Night at the Kiln Theater in London.
The Bristol Old Vic is one of several major English theaters that have undergone changes at the top. In November, Suba Das was announced as the new creative director of Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse and Pooja Ghai was appointed as Tamasha’s new chief executive. The Orange Tree Theater has recently appointed Tom Littleler as its new artistic director, and the Royal Shakespeare Company is currently appointing a successor to its artistic director, Gregory Doran.