Niamh O'Flaherty appointed Executive Director of Cheek by Jowl

4th Dec 2018 11:15am

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Niamh O’Flaherty as Executive Director of Cheek by Jowl. Niamh joins the company in March 2019, from her current position as Senior Producer at Hofesh Shechter Company. She will be taking over from Natalie Highwood who is Interim Executive Director.

Niamh O’Flaherty said today, “From my first personal experience of Cheek by Jowl’s beautiful and innovative Twelfth Night in 2004, I’ve been a huge fan and follower of Declan and Nick’s work. I am greatly looking forward to working with these brilliant artists as well as the board, partners and team of Cheek by Jowl and to meeting their audiences in the UK and around the world.” 

Artistic Directors Declan Donnellan and Nick Ormerod added, “With a proven track record in international touring, Niamh is the perfect addition to the company. Her breadth of knowledge and experience, coupled with her enthusiasm for our work and our audiences, will bring an exciting new dynamic to the company.” 

Richard Philipps, Chair of the Board, also commented, “We are thrilled to welcome Niamh to the company, at a particularly challenging time for international touring work as we operate in the shadow of Brexit. Her experience will prove a perfect foil to Declan and Nick’s leadership, and I look forward to seeing the work they create together.”

Niamh O’Flaherty is currently Senior Producer at Hofesh Shechter Company. During her time with the company she has produced worldwide tours of Hofesh’s new creations including the Olivier Award nominated production, Grand Finale, as well as SHOW performed by the acclaimed junior company, Shechter II. She was also a key producer on the delivery of the large-scale community engagement project, East Wall at the Tower of London, in July 2018 and Associate Producer for Hofesh’s film Clowns, which was broadcast on BBC 2 in September 2018. 

Prior to this she worked at the Royal Shakespeare Company and managed the World Shakespeare Festival as part of the Cultural Olympiad of London 2012, Before moving to the UK in 2011, she worked at Dublin’s Gate Theatre touring the theatre’s productions to festivals worldwide.


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