Magazine article Screen International

Tessa Ross Quits National Theatre after Five Months

Magazine article Screen International

Tessa Ross Quits National Theatre after Five Months

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By Screen staff

Ross cited structural concerns as her reason for the departure. She was appointed to the job in March 2014 and began her new role last November, working alongside NT director Rufus Norris, who officially succeeded Nicholas Hytner earlier this month.

However Ross ultimately decided that the National Theatre was not big enough for two creative executives at the top and has chosen to step aside at the end of April.

"I joined the NT last year and have got to know the organisation in great detail," stated Ross, who will stay on as consultant during the search for a replacement.

"However, it has become clear to me that the new leadership structure, with a separate role of chief executive, is not right for the NT at this time, and so I have decided to step down.

"I will, with great pleasure, continue to work with Rufus and Lisa [Burger, National Theatre's executive director] as a consultant, ensuring the smooth delivery of their first season and planning for the next one. It is an institution that I love and for which it has been a great privilege to work. …

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