From Theatre to Triathlon

Following 5 years of varied involvement with The Maddermarket Theatre, Rebecca Wass is excited to be moving on to a new stage of her career.  With the theatre having benefited from her strong and dedicated leadership, she will now be leaving her role as General Manager to retrain as a Triathlon Coach.  A keen runner, Rebecca has become well known for her impressive athletic feats including ultra-marathons and triathlons which she has done as fundraising efforts for the amateur theatre.

Rebecca has brought the same determination to her role as General Manager. Leaving a legacy of financial stability and thriving participation, she has also worked closely with staff to bring education and training to the forefront of the organisation. Her tenure has coincided with the establishment of a strong core staff team who are looking forward to building on the strong infrastructure she leaves in place. 

“I have loved my time in the theatre, working with a great team of staff, volunteers  and a very supportive board as well as creating a great team for the future who understand the true ethos of the theatre and the direction it should be moving in which fits the purpose of the building.  I’m excited to be moving onto a new challenge in the knowledge that the theatre, which I love, is in safe hands.“

Whilst looking forward to taking advantage of the work-life balance that her future freelance lifestyle will allow for, Rebecca won’t be far away from the theatre for long. 

Having first arrived at the theatre in 2012 as an actor in Playhouse Creatures, Rebecca is relishing the prospect of returning in a creative capacity as director of Wind in the Willows in August next year. 

“I’m incredibly excited to be returning to my first love of directing, and cannot wait to start the production process for Wind in the Willows.  I’m also looking forward to becoming part of the volunteer force once a new General Manager is in place, without the volunteers and the board the theatre wouldn’t be able to survive.  It will be incredibly humbling to re-join the volunteer community and continue to assist in whatever form I can, although I promise to leave my lycra at home.”

Before then, Rebecca will be working in a consultancy capacity for the theatre to ensure a smooth transition up to the appointment of a new General Manager.  The theatre will be beginning a recruitment process shortly.  The Chair of the Board of Trustees, Tom Porteous is confident that Rebecca Wass’ outstanding contribution leaves a notable legacy upon which her successor can build. 

“On behalf of the Board and the theatre’s volunteer community, I’d like to thank Rebecca for her exceptional hard work. Working closely with the Director of Productions, Jez Pike, she has initiated a strong strategic plan for the future which holds close to the values of The Norwich Players.”


We will be starting the recruitment process in the new few weeks so keep checking back for information.