15 Sep 2017

Sherman Theatre is delighted to announce that David Mercatali has been appointed as Associate Director. Sherman Theatre’s success under Rachel O’Riordan’s artistic directorship has seen it become rapidly established as one of the UK’s leading producing houses and a powerhouse for new writing in Wales. David’s appointment is further evidence of Sherman Theatre’s commitment to creating exceptional work for Wales and beyond.

Rachel O’Riordan has said “I am delighted to welcome David to the Sherman team at this point in the theatre’s journey. David’s work as a director is exceptional, and his commitment to developing new plays is especially exciting for the Sherman. We are looking forward to welcoming him to Cardiff, and to his vision and energy complementing the work we do with writers, communities and artists. His first production for us will be our co-production of NEW with Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, and I am thrilled that young actors will get to work with him so soon.”

David is one of Britain’s most exciting young directing talents and has a history of working with playwrights at the start of their careers including Alice Birch and Anders Lustgarten. His previous productions have been acclaimed by critics and include Blue Heart (Bristol Tobacco Factory Theatres/ Orange Tree Theatre), Cargo (Arcola Theatre), Radiant Vermin (Tobacco Factory Theatres/ Soho Theatre/ 59e59 New York/ Avignon Festival), Tonight with Donny Stixx (The Bunker), You Look Tasty (Edinburgh Fringe) and Little Light (Orange Tree Theatre). David won a Fringe First award for Dark Vanilla Jungle in 2013, was nominated for Off West End awards in 2011, 2014 and 2016, and in 2011 he was nominated for the Evening Standard Outstanding Newcomer award. David has also worked as Associate Director at Southwark Playhouse.

David Mercatali has said “I am delighted to be taking on this important role at such an exciting time for the theatre. The Sherman has been going from strength to strength since Rachel arrived, with its new work and classic productions making a huge impact in Wales, the UK and beyond. I look forward to playing a big part in building on this and helping take the company to even greater heights.”

The Associate Director works closely with the Artistic Director in realising Sherman Theatre’s adventurous and distinctive artistic programme. The role is responsible for managing Sherman Theatre’s two flagship and sector-leading artist development schemes, the New Welsh Playwrights Programme and the JMK Directors Group for Wales. Both schemes are supported by The Carne Trust.



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