Canadian Kris Nelson has been announced as the new artistic director and joint CEO of LIFT.

Kris is currently Festival Director of Dublin Fringe Festival, Ireland’s largest multi-disciplinary arts festival and one of the world’s only fully curated Fringe Festivals. Prior to his 4 years in Dublin where he has curated over 300 shows, he worked extensively as a director, dramaturg and artistic director in his native Canada.

Nelson joins LIFT in April 2018 however David Binder will lead next year’s LIFT 2018 Festival, which takes place in June, as Guest Artistic Director.

Kris Nelson said ‘It’s an honour to be appointed LIFT’s next Artistic Director and Joint CEO. LIFT’s dedication to artistic ambition and commitment to connecting London to the vanguard of British and international theatre is unparalleled.’ He added ‘LIFT has an incredible legacy, shaped by visionary artists and leaders and I’m thrilled to be charting its next bold moves alongside Beki Bateson and LIFT’s dynamic team and Board of Trustees.”

Nelson will be joint CEO with Beki Bateson.

London International Festival of Theatre (LIFT) is a charity aimed celebrating London, its people, and the experiences of the many individuals, cultures and communities that call London home. Over the past 35 years it has presented shows in partnership with London’s major arts venues, theatres and galleries as well as countless hidden spaces across London.