Vikki Heywood was Executive Director of the RSC from 2003 to 2012.
During this period she oversaw the £112.8m Transformation project to redevelop the Royal Shakespeare and Swan theatres in Stratford-upon-Avon. The award winning theatres re-opened in November 2010, having closed in 2007.
Prior to her appointment at the RSC, Vikki was Joint Chief Executive of the Royal Court Theatre, the country's foremost theatre for the development of new writing. During that time she was responsible for overseeing the £20m redevelopment of that theatre and the production of over 100 world premiere productions in London and on Broadway.
She is a board member of the Society of London Theatre, The London 2012 Cultural Olympiad and the Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership, and a member of Warwick University Council and Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. In October 2007, she received the Vitalise Midlands Woman of Achievement Award. She was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Birmingham and became a Doctor of Letters in December 2009.
During her career, she has led a wide range of theatre companies, having trained as a Stage Manager before moving into theatre management. She advised the Arts Council and other stakeholders and arts boards and was Vice Chairman of both the Lyric Theatre Hammersmith and The Young Vic Theatre.
She was awarded a CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours in 2012 for services to theatre.