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Lucy Marcus

Oxford Playhouse is delighted to announce the appointment of Lucy Marcus as the new Chair of the Board

Lucy Marcus has been appointed as the new Chair of Oxford Playhouse, taking over from Acting Chair, Moss Cooper, who will continue as Vice Chair.

Commenting on her appointment, Lucy Marcus said: “I am delighted to join Oxford Playhouse as Chair. The mission of Oxford Playhouse is to deliver innovative, relevant, and inclusive programming that sparks, enables, and nurtures curiosity and imaginations. Oxford Playhouse plays a vital role as a place where people can meet, learn, challenge pre-conceived notions, have a moment of respite, contributing to the growth of culture in the city and the region. With its wide range of productions both on and off stage, its work within communities, particularly with young people, and its commitment to nurturing and encouraging bold new voices and talent, it works towards this every day.

As we move forward, we will be laser-focused on future-proofing the organisation, continue to be bold in our commitment to inclusion & diversity and innovation, and invest in vital areas from technology to boundary breaking productions and from environmental sustainability to social impact.

I look forward to working with my fellow Trustees and the talented and dedicated team at Oxford Playhouse – full-time, part-time staff, freelancers, and volunteers - who have worked tirelessly to secure the organisation’s survival throughout the pandemic.”

Vanessa Lefrancois, Joint Director/CEO said: “It is a great pleasure to welcome Lucy as our new Chair. She brings with her an exceptional breadth and depth of skills and experience, and she shares our passion for great theatre, innovation, and supporting the work of artists. As we emerge from the pandemic, we look forward to moving forward with energy and commitment.”

Lucy Marcus is a board chair and non-executive director who is challenging conventional wisdom inside and outside the board room and has emerged as a strong voice helping to set the new agenda in boardrooms and companies around the world. Lucy has served on a variety of boards, including global infrastructure company Atlantia SpA, biotech incubator BioCity, chair of the Mobius Life Sciences Fund, and the Birmingham Rep. She is the CEO of Marcus Venture Consulting and has been a Professor of Leadership and Governance at IE Business School, focusing on corporate governance, ethics, and leadership. Recognised by the Thinkers 50 Award, her writing on boards, leadership, ethics, and innovation have appeared in publications around the world, including columns for the BBC and “The Real Business of Business”, a column which was translated into 11 languages and distributed to news outlets around the world. Twitter: @lucymarcus

Oxford Playhouse is one of the country’s leading regional theatres. The only not-for-profit mid-scale venue in Oxfordshire, the Playhouse showcases international, national, regional, amateur and student companies, with 850+ events per year on its main stage, studio theatre, offsite and online. It also produces small and mid-scale productions, created from its mission to bring inspirational performance to Oxfordshire and beyond. Just as vital as the work on stage, is OP’s exciting and diverse programme of creative learning for all and community work for all ages and abilities. Designed to inspire, connect, and support, OP places particular focus on children and young people, developing artists and those adversely affected by social inequality in the city and region.

Recent co-productions and regional tours include The Remains of the Day, Richard III,Blue/Orange, Persuasion,The Dance of Death and Pride and Prejudice* (*sort of), which transferred to West End and won 2022 Olivier Award for Best Entertainment or Comedy Play.

Oxford Playhouse is currently touring the family show Animal Rocks in a tent to local primary schools and community settings, is part of Oxford Festival for the Arts – presenting an outdoor production of Shakespeare’s Globe Julius Caesar – and is excited to launch Offbeat, an annual festival of work for emerging artists who push the boundaries of live and virtual performance, in conjunction with the Old Fire Station.

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Oxford Playhouse is a registered charity no: 900039