Important Announcement - Baba Israel resigns as Artistic Director

Important Announcement - Baba Israel resigns as Artistic Director

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Fri 26 Oct

Baba Israel has today announced that he will be resigning as Artistic Director of Contact in Manchester. He will be leaving on Monday 17th December.

Baba Israel has been Artistic Director of Contact  since June 2009. During that time he has led the organisation through a period of intense change, enabling Contact to engage artistically with new digital platforms and international platforms, as well as initiating new income-generation opportunities. He has decided to step down for personal reasons.

Charles Lauder, chair of Contact’s board said: ‘Contact would like to be pay tribute to the tireless effort Baba brought to his role as Contact’s Artistic Director. He particularly embraced the task of pushing forward Contact’s digital profile, engagement and offer. This was encapsulated in his work on CountryBoy’s Struggle, a stage production that developed into music video trailer and a series of web-based episodes. Contact has exciting adventures ahead, which I am sure Baba would have loved the chance to share. We would like to thank him and wish him well in his future endeavours.

Baba Israel, Artistic Director of Contact said: ‘When I first came to Contact on tour with my father in 2005 I was amazed at what I found, a theatre that was so much more. Contact is a dynamic social space full of creativity and diversity where young people hold real influence. As artistic director I am proud to see Contact reaching beyond its walls collaborating virtually and physically across the world. My father passed last summer and I am returning to New York to look after my mother and to begin a new journey as an independent artist. I know that Contact will only grow stronger because of the staff, board, partners, funders and young people who keep Contact’s vision clear and expansive.’

You can download the press release from the documents below.

For more information please contact communications officer James Stanley on 0161 274 0627 or

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