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Theatre News: Joy Haynes

18 January 2016

Joy Haynes will be standing down as Director of Norwich Puppet Theatre from 31 March. During her four years she has led the organisation to raise the profile and reach of our audiences with acclaimed new productions, partnerships, education and talent development programmes.  

“This beautiful theatre represents a unique and important resource for audiences and artists locally and nationally. It has been an extraordinary privilege over the last four years to lead one of the UK’s few building based companies dedicated to the celebration and development of puppetry. 

I’d like to thank all the Norwich Puppet Theatre’s staff, volunteers, supporters and artists for their hard work and commitment. In the current economic climate it remains a real challenge to manage and maintain a stable and sustainable arts organisation - without the continued dedication and support of our users, the Theatre would not be here today” Joy Haynes

As a leading puppetry artist, Joy has been associated with the Theatre for over 20 years prior to her appointment as Director. Joy is standing down to focus on her creative work as a theatre maker and director, and will continue to remain close to the Theatre in this capacity. 

The Norwich Puppet Theatre staff and Board of Trustees would like to thank Joy for her creative flair, drive and commitment as Director and wish her every success in her future plans. The Theatre has grown in achievement and ambition under her leadership. 

Joy will be working with staff and the Theatre’s Board of Trustees to review the Theatre’s activity and future leadership options to ensure the continued success and sustainability of the organisation. Information about the Theatre’s future plans and appointments will be announced in the coming months.


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