Leeds Playhouse appoints Shawab Iqbal as Executive Director

AEM International are delighted to have been involved in the appointment of Shawab Iqbal as the Executive Director of Leeds Playhouse. Shawab will begin his role in October 2022 following his current role as Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer at Gate Theatre London.

Shawab Iqbal said: “I’m thrilled to have been appointed Executive Director of Leeds Playhouse at this exciting and pivotal moment. The theatre has a genuine commitment and track record of being an authentic civic space, underpinned by a bold programme of work both on and off stage, and continues ongoing work of introspection through Plan for Change specifically looking at the Playhouse’s relationship with Black artists, Black people and communities. I’m hugely energised and look forward to working with James, the brilliant team and the Board of Trustees as we shape the next chapter of the organisation, which will continue to inspire, interrogate and welcome. Leeds is a very special city, with the warmest of hearts, and I can’t wait to return.”

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