Welcoming our new Artistic Director - Lou Stein Chickenshed today proudly announces the appointment of a new Artistic Director. Lou Stein will take up the position from Monday 4 April 2016 - leading the artistic vision and direction of this acclaimed and innovative organisation, and joining an executive team responsible for delivering the future strategy and sustainability of an organisation that changes lives through inclusive theatre. Lou will build and enhance the public-facing artistic programme. Leading the hugely talented team of theatre-makers within the company, alongside collaborative partnership initiatives, Lou will further develop an environment in which creativity can flourish. The resulting programme of work will offer a renewed voice through which to showcase Chickenshed’s ethos of ‘excellence without exclusion’. Throughout his career, Lou has consistently placed inclusion and the community at the heart of his work – there is a tremendous synergy of philosophy and practice. His energy, enthusiasm, courage and vision will build on the company’s strengths and challenge the organisation to evolve to meet its ambitions for the future. Lou will support the expansion of Chickenshed’s external reach, sharing even more widely its model of ‘theatre changing lives’ - demonstrating how inclusion remains an unexploited opportunity to build a better world. About Lou Stein Lou is a highly experienced theatre professional, and is hugely respected as a director, writer and leader. Within the industry he is perhaps best known as the founder of the Gate Theatre. He also served as an inspirational and extremely successful Artistic Director at Watford Palace Theatre, establishing it as one of the country’s most successful repertory theatres. He has most recently worked as a freelance director and writer, with notable successes including Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (2014-15).