Everyone at the RSC plays a part in creating the world you see on stage.

Our Board is chaired by Shriti Vadera and comprises around 15 people, all chosen for their skills and experience. These include our Executive Director, Catherine Mallyon, who work closely with our senior management team in leading and steering the company. 

Board and Governors

Apart from Catherine, our Board members are drawn from a wide group of Governors - all of whom champion our aims and act as our advocates. They meet at least once a year during our AGM, which is chaired by the President - The Prince of Wales. Our Patron is Her Majesty The Queen.

Associate Artists

The Artistic Director also invites actors, directors, writers and designers who have made a serious commitment and an outstanding contribution to the life and reputation of the RSC to become Associate Artists and Honorary Associate Artists. The title is offered as a thank you and acknowledgement of achievement. The Associates are not part of the formal governance structure and receive no payment for their role, but are invited to have an involvement in shaping the future artistic life of the company.

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Senior Leadership Team and Steering Group

Erica Whyman as Acting Artistic Director and Catherine are supported by a group of senior managers who make up the Senior Leadership Team and are responsible for developing and implementing our Strategic Plan. They work alongside our Artistic Planning team who develop our artistic programme. A much wider group of department heads meet regularly as the Steering Group, managing our day to day operations and debating the key issues affecting the life of the company. 

Key biographies 


Her Majesty The Queen


His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales

Our board

  • Shriti Vadera

  • Catherine Mallyon

  • Andrew Miller

  • Amanda Parker

  • Winsome Pinnock

  • Clare Reddington

  • Mark Smith

  • Ian Squires

  • Ayanna Thompson

  • Mark Thompson

  • Liz Vernon

  • Lucy Williams

RSC America

Susan Tomasky, President


  • Our Governors

  • Emeritus Chairman

  • Honorary Emeritus Governors

  • Honorary Governors


  • Nominations Committee

  • Audit Committee

Royal Shakespeare Company

Everyone at the RSC contributes to everything that you see on and off our stages. We have more than 700 members of staff and each of them brings their commitment and talents to make the Royal Shakespeare Company a very special charity.

RSC Departments include the Acting Company, Artistic Director’s Office, Audiences and Marketing, Casting, Development, Learning and National Partnerships, Estates, Creative Placemaking and Public Programmes, Executive Director’s Office, Finance, Legal, IT and Risk Management, Health and Safety, Human Resources, Literary, Live From Stratford-upon-Avon, Production and Producers.

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