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Final bow for Unity director after 22 years

The executive director of the Unity Theatre is to step down after 22 years.

Sue Williams has announced her intention to leave her the role at the end of 2017 in order to pursue new interests.

During her time at the Hope Place venue, Sue oversaw the building’s refurbishment in 1997 and helped develop ‘Unity Angels’ – the theatre’s monthly donation scheme which to date has raised over £65,000.

Sue has also supported the development of Liverpool based LGBT+ Arts organisation ‘Homotopia’ and is still a very active supporter of LGBT+ arts.

She will be leaving the Unity to undertake various freelance arts management work as well as develop her career as a humanitarian minister.

Speaking about her time at the theatre, Sue says: “I love the Unity and am astonished by how quickly the 22 years have gone by but now feels like the right moment for me to take on new challenges.

“It’s been an amazing time. Over the next few months I’m looking forward to seeing out some of the work I’m doing at the Unity and to continue working with a great group of people.

“I love Unity’s shows and the artists and there have been so many magical moments, including ‘Angels in America’, David Yip’s ‘Gold Mountain and Nina’ – a story about me and Nina Simone with Unity patron Josette Bushell-Mingo OBE, to name but a few.

“And finally, it’s been a great privilege to have worked alongside colleagues and board members who have made Unity Theatre such a special place to work.”

Matthew Linley, artistic director and CEO of Unity Theatre, adds: “Sue’s contribution and impact on the Unity Theatre cannot be underestimated – she’s been at the heart of everything we’ve done for over two decades – tirelessly working to ensure our ongoing success.

“For me and all the Unity Theatre team she has been a consistent support, a steady hand, and a critical friend. As we celebrate all her many achievements with us, we also wish her every success with her new projects.”

About Author: Lawrence Saunders

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