A Peckham-based drama school yesterday announced its new artistic director and CEO.
Former Director and CEO of the Jewish Museum and Artistic Director of the Soho Theater Abigail Morris is “extremely excited” to take on the role at Mountview in December 2021.
It comes after Mountview won a RIBA London Award earlier this year, and in 2020 his Peckham home was shortlisted for Theater Building of the Year.
Abigail said: “I want Peckham’s new building to be bursting with creative energy and proudly local while having a national and international profile.
“I look forward to continuing to develop Mountview’s wonderful combination of inclusive accessibility with the highest possible standards.”
While she was artistic director and CEO of the Soho Theater between 1992 and 2005, Abigail was responsible for building the Soho Theater on Dean Street. Here she helped launch the careers of, among others, Doctor Who and Broadchurch writer Chris Chibnall, Oscar nominee and Bridge of Spies writer Matt Charman, and James Tait Black Memorial award-winning playwright. Tanika Gupta MBE.
New Mountview President Dame Rosemary Squire described Abigail as: “A visionary and innovative creative practitioner, committed to the highest principles of professional training, who has developed two successful theater companies and helped shape her career. many great British directors.
In her previous role as Director and CEO of the Jewish Museum, Abigail showcased innovative community engagement programs that helped produce exhibitions such as Blood: Uniting and Dividing, nominated for Polish cultural event 2017, and Amy Winehouse: A Family Portrait.
This year, Mountview also launched the Mountview Prize, which celebrates pioneers who inspire social change. The first recipient was named as director Dawn Walton, founder of the UK’s leading black-run production company, Eclipse Theater.