Dundee Rep announces appointment of new Chief Executive

Dundee Rep Theatre today announces the appointment of Nick Parr as its new chief executive officer, with effect from1 September 2015. 

Nick has over 20 years experience in cultural management specialising in business development, change management and marketing.  He joins DRTL from Festival City Theatres Trust, the organisation responsible for running Edinburgh's Festival and King's Theatres, where he held the post of commercial director.  The Trust recently appeared in The Sunday Times Top 100 Best Companies to Work For list for 2015.

Prior to his role in Edinburgh, Nick worked for North Lanarkshire Council where he led the venues team. He oversaw the £6-million refurbishment of Motherwell Concert Hall and Theatre and the start of a £3-million refurbishment to Airdrie Town Hall.

Nick was also a member of Scottish Ballet’s executive management team (2000-2004). His resume also includes working in theatres across the UK, including Nottingham Theatre Royal, Derby Assembly Rooms, Liverpool Empire and Edinburgh Playhouse.

Nick succeeds chief executive and joint artistic director Philip Howard, who announced his decision earlier this year to step down from the role in the summer to return to his freelancing and teaching work. Nick will lead Dundee Rep Theatre Ltd solely in the role of chief executive, working with leading artistic directors Jemima Levick (Dundee Rep Theatre) and Fleur Darkin (Scottish Dance Theatre).

Peter Inglis, Chairman of Dundee Rep Theatre Ltd, said, ‘We are delighted to welcome Nick Parr to DRTL. He brings a wealth of experience of the UK arts and culture industry to Dundee Rep at an exciting time in the development for our organisation and the city.  The Board is confident that Nick will inspire our organisation and continue to build our reputation for excellence in theatre and dance at home and internationally, with our roots firmly in the community of Dundee.

Commenting on his appointment, Nick Parr said ‘I am really looking forward to joining Dundee Rep in September. After four years at the Festival and King’s Theatres in Edinburgh, I am thrilled to be taking on this new challenge in Dundee, and to be working with artistic directors Fleur Darkin and Jemima Levick on the future success of Scottish Dance Theatre and Dundee Rep. With the spotlight focused on Dundee, especially on the role of arts and culture, this a very exciting time to be working in the city.’

Ken Guild leader of Dundee City Council and Dundee Rep board member said: "Arts, culture and design are at the heart of the city's regeneration strategy. We are delighted to welcome Nick to the city as a highly experienced cultural leader who will build on the success of DRTL in its next phase of development."