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7.4.15

The end of an era marks the beginning of a renaissance

End of an era marks the beginning of a renaissance for one of uk's most dynamic theatre companies

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The creative force behind UK's longest-running Black theatre company says farewell after nearly 20 years of producing ground-breaking music theatre. His acclaimed work includes 'Passports to the Promised Land', 'Nitro at the Opera', 'Slamdunk' and 'The Wedding Dance'. Felix Cross MBE who took over leadership of Nitro (previously known as Black Theatre Co-operative) in 1996 as the Artistic Director will now continue to focus on Nitro Australia at his base in Sydney whilst the company in the UK undertakes an exciting and pioneering renaissance spearheaded by the new Director, Diane Morgan.

"Seventeen years after Black Theatre Co-operative was formed, I came along with a whole heap of musical theatre work behind me, so it was inevitable that this would be the way forward. The name change to Nitro reflected the dynamism of this new direction...now we are ready for the next step change in the company's history...and it became blindingly clear to me that, if I left Nitro, Diane was the person with the vision, energy and passion to take it forward." Felix Cross MBE.

"I want to acknowledge Felix's enormous dedication and commitment in pursuance of the artistic vision and success of Nitro. It is the combination of that vision, his multiple talents, his commitment, and above all his immense generosity of spirit which has drawn so many other exceptional talents into the service of Nitro...our sadness at the departure of Felix is matched only by our good fortune in having been able to attract the skills of another visionary, Diane Morgan, whose own experience and talents leave her exceptionally well placed to guide the next stage of the company's development." David Emerson - Chair of Nitro.

Diane Morgan will celebrate Nitro's contribution to UK theatre whilst stepping boldly forward to lead a new iteration of creative innovation. This new direction features a revolving door collective of artists, creatives and producers. The Artistic Associate's joining the programme for this first exciting phase are: award-winning playwright Oladipo Agboluaje, dynamic writer, producer and DJ Charlie Dark & leading British theatre director and Associate Director of the 2012 Summer Olympics opening ceremony Paulette Randall. This high calibre of Artistic Associate's will work alongside Diane Morgan, in the planning, creation and delivery of a new programme of work.

"Diane Morgan is a brilliant appointment as Felix's replacement. A visionary creative producer, who was instrumental in the transformation of Contact, Manchester... Diane has a deep understanding of the processes of artistic creation, and of the challenges and opportunities of running organisations in new ways. Under her leadership Nitro will once again be at the forefront of innovation and excitement in UK Theatre and Performance." John E. McGrath - Artistic Director of National Theatre Wales.

The new Nitro will become an essential advocate and powerhouse within the arts and cultural ecology whilst nurturing new talent and exciting audiences along the way.