Vikki Heywood was appointed as Executive Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company in 2003. The company has a turnover of approximately £35 million per year and employs 700 staff. As Executive Director she has overseen the company producing 20 productions a year from its home in Stratford-upon-Avon including the West End smash hit "Matilda" and the 2012 World Shakespeare Festival as part of London 2012.
She also oversaw the transformation of the company's Stratford home and launched two new businesses: The Arden Hotel in Stratford upon Avon and Teaching Shakespeare, an online teacher training programme with Warwick University. Vikki raised £110 million to support the RSC's capital programme and through building business and brand partnerships generated £5 million additional income to support production development and education programmes.
Prior to her appointment at the RSC, Vikki was Joint Chief Executive of the Royal Court Theatre. She is a board member of the Society of London Theatre, the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad, the Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership, and a member of Warwick University Council – and an RSA Fellow. She was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Birmingham and became a Doctor of Letters in December 2009.
She was awarded a CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours in 2012 for services to theatre.
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