News Published 7 July 2011

Bush Appoints New Artistic Director

Madani Younis to take over post from Josie Rourke.

Natasha Tripney

The Bush Theatre has today announced the appointment of Madani Younis as their new Artistic Director. Younis is currently Artistic Director of Freedom Studios in Bradford and before that he was the director of Red Ladder’s Asian Theatre School, for whom he staged a number of productions. He studied on the MPhil in Playwriting at the University of Birmingham and is an award winning theatre-practitioner who has worked nationally and internationally.

The Bush has collaborated with Freedom Studios in the past through their on-line writers’ resource, Bush Green (you can read a Q&A with Younis on the Bush Green website).  Younis will take over the running of the west London theatre at the beginning of January 2012 following Josie Rourke’s departure. Rourke will be taking over from Michael Grandage as Artistic Director of the Donmar Warehouse.

The Bush Theatre is in the process of moving to  new premises in the former Shepherd’s Bush Library. This October, the theatre will open the doors with Sixty-Six Books, an ‘epic performance cycle’ featuring artists from across the globe, which has been curated by Rourke in collaboration with the Bush’s Associate Director Christopher Haydon (himself recently appointed as the new Artistic Director at the Gate Theatre).

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Natasha Tripney

Natasha co-founded Exeunt in 2011 and was editor until 2016. She's now lead critic and reviews editor for The Stage, and has written about theatre and the arts for the Guardian, Time Out, the Independent, Lonely Planet and Tortoise.

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