Arwel Gruffydd has been appointed as the new Artistic Director of Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru, the welsh language National theatre, announced on St David’s Day today.
He will commence in his new role at Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru’s offices in Carmarthen on 3rd May 2011.
Arwel is currently an Associate Director with Sherman Cymru where he is responsible for the Welsh language programme, that includes planning commissions and developing new work and projects with new authors and playwrights.
Arwel, who is originally from Tanygrisiau, near Blaenau Ffestiniog, has worked extensively as a film, tv and theatre actor and over the last few years he has been concentrating on his work as a director.
He has directed a number of successful productions that include ‘Llwyth’, ‘Ceisio’i Bywyd Hi’, ‘Yr Argae’, ‘Maes Terfyn’ (Sherman Cymru), ‘Gwe o Gelwydd’ (Cwmni Inc), ‘Mae Sera’n Wag’ a ‘Hedfan Drwy’r Machlud’ (Sgript Cymru).
Arwel commented: “It is a great privilege and a challenge to be given the reins to lead Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru as it redefines itself and reassesses its relationship with the various communities of Wales.”
“As the company comes out of a period of review, it is either a fortunate coincidence or a well planned excercise that my appointment is happening when the Company is about to commence a tour of Wales with its Welsh language production of the musical Spring Awakening. I hope that this is a good omen for me!
“This a very exciting time to work with Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru and I look forward to create a lively and varied artistic programme for 2012 and to plant various seeds for the years to come.”
Ioan Williams, Chair Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru said: “We are delighted that Arwel will be leading Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru over the next few years. It is a very exciting time for the theatre in Wales and Arwel’s experience will no doubt ensure that Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru will have a challenging and varied artistic programme in the future.”
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|Tuesday, March 01, 2011|