The Citizens Theatre is looking to appoint a new Executive Director to work alongside Artistic Director Dominic Hill as Joint Chief Executive from 2019.

After more than five successful years, Judith Kilvington has announced that she will be leaving the role at the end of the year to relocate back to London. Judith has had a major impact on the company during her tenure supporting the growth of the artistic and learning programmes.

Crucially, she has led the planning of the Citizens Theatre’s £19.4 million redevelopment. With building works about to commence this autumn and over £18 million raised, she leaves the company in a robust position as it enters a new phase in its history.

On announcing the news, Chair of the Board, April Chamberlain said:
“Judith has made a remarkable contribution to the Citizens Theatre in the last five years - in particular, leading the planning and fundraising for our capital project. Raising over £18m of our £19.4m target is an incredible achievement. Her passion, tenacity and determination have kept the project on track and alongside Dominic’s artistic success have secured the future of our historic company and building in the Gorbals. We will now look to appoint a suitable successor as we look towards the theatre re-opening in 2020.”

Artistic Director, Dominic Hill said:
“I am indebted to Judith for her support over the last five years in leading the Citizens Theatre. Her resolve to bring the capital project to fruition, and integrity and enthusiasm for the artistic programme have ensured we continue to make work that is bold, exciting, accessible and relevant - and in 2020 will finally re-open a building that is fit for that purpose. She has made an essential contribution to the future of the Citizens Theatre and I wish her every success in her future endeavours.”

Councillor David McDonald, Depute Leader of Glasgow City Council and Chair of Glasgow Life said: 
“In just five short years, Judith’s leadership has driven the Citizens Theatre forward through both creative excellence and our shared ambition to fully refurbish its home in the Gorbals. It’s no small task to deliver on both and retain the essence of what is one of Glasgow’s world-class, but community rooted, performance icons and we owe Judith a debt of gratitude for her passion and commitment. The Citizens Theatre is part of the very fabric of our city and the next chapter for this cultural jewel will create a global exemplar of theatre heritage.”

Judith Kilvington said:  
“It has been an honour and a privilege to work alongside Dominic and the talented, hard-working team at the Citz. I have always admired the Citizens’ commitment to making theatre that is accessible to all and connecting with the communities it serves and I am pleased to have made my own contribution to advancing those values further in my time with the company. I am particularly proud of my role leading the redevelopment project to the point where we are about to begin works on site. I wish the whole company success with its future plans and will remain keenly interested in its progress over the coming years as it prepares to open the newly refurbished Citizens Theatre in 2020.”

The Citizens’ production of Edwin Morgan’s scots adaptation of Cyrano De Bergerac, directed by Dominic Hill, (a co-production with the National Theatre of Scotland and Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh), will open at Tramway on 1 September. The company’s learning programme, including weekly drama classes for children and adults of all ages, will be presented at Scotland Street School Museum and Tramway. The Macbeths, a radical reimagining of Shakespeare’s play, adapted and directed by Dominic Hill, that premiered last year in the Citizens’ Circle Studio, will tour across Scotland this October.


For more information please contact: Alison MacKinnon, Head of Marketing & Communications, Citizens Theatre
T: 0141 418 6235 | E:


Capital Project SummaryThe Citizens Theatre’s £19.4m redevelopment project will be the most comprehensive redevelopment of the Victorian building since it opened as a theatre in 1878, with works due to commence in autumn 2018. The Category B listed building has been home to the Citizens Theatre for more than 70 years. It will re-open in late 2020. Over the next two years the company will present shows and projects at Tramway, Scotland Street School Museum and other venues throughout Scotland.

‘We Are Citizens’ public fundraising campaign is encouraging audiences and the public to help raise the final £1.4 million for the building redevelopment.

Judith Kilvington biography

Judith joined the Citizens Theatre in July 2013 in the new role of Executive Director. She was appointed Joint CEO with Dominic Hill in January 2016. Prior to joining the Citizens Theatre, she worked at London-based touring companies, Graeae and Actors Touring Company. She was Joint CEO/Executive Director of Graeae, the country’s leading disabled-led theatre company, where she oversaw the creation of Graeae’s first permanent home, the award-winning Bradbury Studios in East London. From 1992 to 2001 Judith worked in academic administration at Goldsmiths College in the departments of European Languages, Visual Arts, Drama and Cultural Studies, and in the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health at Imperial College. She also carried out research in East German Women Writers and European prostitution policies.

Return to Press