Clint Dyer has been appointed deputy artistic director at the National Theatre in London.
In this new role, he will work with Director and joint Chief Executive Rufus Norris and Emily McLaughlin, Director of New Work, to support and shape the National Theatre’s creative output.
Speaking about his new role, Dyer said: “To be joining the National Theatre at such a crucial time for our sector is incredibly stimulating. I was lucky enough last year to experience first-hand the hard work and dedication from every single member of staff at the NT that went into achieving so much against all the odds…I know that the National is looking to emerge… with a renewed commitment to make world-class theatre that celebrates the breadth of our nation. I am thrilled and honoured to be part of the team that will be making that happen.”
Rufus Norris said: “I’m extremely happy to be welcoming Clint to the National as Deputy Artistic Director. He’s a remarkable artist and has so much to contribute at a time when we need brilliant creative brains the most.”
Who is Clint Dyer?
London born Dyer is the only Black British artist to have worked on full-scale National Theatre productions as an actor, writer and director. He performed the role of Cutler in the 2016 production of Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, and co-wrote and directed Death of England and Death of England: Delroy, which played in the Dorfman and Olivier theatres in 2020. In 2020, Dyer was appointed a National Theatre associate.
As an actor he has appeared in tv shows Black Mirror, Death in Paradise, Fallout, Trial & Retribution, Dalziel & Pascoe, Inspector Linley, The Commander, Lock Stock, Thief Takers and Prime Suspect.
In 2005, Dyer became the first black British artist to direct a musical in the West End: The Big Life, an Olivier-nominated production that took inspiration from Shakespeare’s Love’s Labours Lost in its stories of Windrush-generation Brits.
He is also co-directing a play about cross cultural adoption called The Happy Tragedy of Being Woke with Simon McBurney, in addition to directing a film by Rachel De-lahay, and co-writing a series about the life of the singer Goldie.
Watch Ten Question with Clint Dyer
Get Up, Stand Up! The Bob Marley Musical tickets available for performances from May 2021.