Manchester International Festival has appointed John McGrath as its new CEO and artistic director. McGrath, artistic director and chief executive of National Theatre Wales, will take over from current MIF director Alex Poots in September. Poots is leaving to become head of The Culture Shed, a new arts space in New York.
Prior to joining National Theatre Wales as its founding director, McGrath led Manchester’s Contact theatre from 1999 to 2008. Speaking about his new role, he said: ”The speed and success with which Manchester International Festival has established itself in the top tier of festivals worldwide has been astonishing.
“I’ve been deeply impressed by the festival’s unique and brilliantly realised artistic policy; and the unprecedented level of local commitment from government and business. And of course a big part of that success is the wonderful setting of Manchester – one of the world’s truly great creative cities.
“I am thrilled by the opportunity to work with the team behind MIF’s success, and alongside the rich and varied talents of Manchester’s unique cultural sector.