Chief executive Andrew Smaje leaves Hull Truck Theatre
Chief executive Andrew Smaje is to leave Hull Truck Theatre.
In a statement released today, the company said Mr Smaje was "leaving to pursue new opportunities".
Hull Truck chairwoman Sarah Jane Dickenson said Mr Smaje, who took over in 2010, had "taken the theatre through a significant period of change".
She said: "Andrew Smaje has developed and diversified the artistic profile of Hull Truck Theatre.
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"He has successfully supported the production of work which has attracted new audiences and critical acclaim, both in Hull and on tour throughout the UK."
Mr Smaje arrived from the Ustinov theatre in Bath in 2010.
His time in charge saw major changes including the departure of Truck icons such as John Godber.
He introduced initiatives to introduce emerging new talent and to move the theatre back towards the "punk", cutting-edge ethos that characterised its early years.
Last year, he issued a rallying cry to the people of Hull to support the Truck after funding cuts and a fall in box office takings left it facing a cash shortfall.
Interviewed in the Mail in September, he said the theatre was now on a stable financial, as well as artistic, footing, and he was optimistic about its future.
Mr Smaje said: "I know that the theatre is in safe hands with the excellent team in place there.
"I'd like to thank them for the tremendous job they have done in helping to turn Hull Truck Theatre around in the last couple of years. I wish them well for the future."