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New Director for Playmarket

26 May 2005

New Director for Playmarket

The Executive Board of Playmarket, New Zealand’s playwright agency and playwright and script development organisation, announce the appointment of a new Director for the organisation, Mark Amery.

“Formerly our Script Development Manager and a past Chair of the Executive and a script advisor, Mark has already played a major role in the shaping of Playmarket’s vision and activities as we have grown from strength to strength in recent years,” says Playmarket chairman Andrew Caisley “We are delighted Mark has agreed to take up this position at the head of the organisation, leading Playmarket forward.”

Mark Amery replaces Anna Cameron as Director. Under Anna’s directorship Mark was responsible for the development of Playmarket’s National Script Development Programme with the introduction of a range of initiatives aimed at providing a stronger national framework for both script and playwright development.

As Director Mark Amery will continue to manage Playmarket’s script development activities as well as its agency services. Playmarket represents most of New Zealand’s playwrights in professional production nationally and internationally. Playmarket’s script development wing will be staffed by two Script Development Coordinators, one of whom Kathy McRae has been working with the organisation since January of this year.

“Through its services and programmes Playmarket is dedicated to the development of theatre of excellence, recognising our country’s distinctive cultural makeup and evolving performance traditions,” says Amery. “Playmarket provides professional services for the playwright.

The organisation has two core areas of business - the Agency, which promotes plays and upholds the rights of the playwright, nationally and internationally, and the National Script Development Programme, which ensures that playwrights and scripts are developed aiming for excellence. Playmarket continues to be committed to seeing an increase in the quality of plays on the stage and an observance of the rights of the playwright.”

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