Erica Whyman has been appointed as the first deputy artistic director of the Royal Shakespeare Company.Appointed by incoming a.d. Gregory Doran, who takes over from Michael Boyd in September, Whyman joins the RSC in January after seven years in the joint post of a.d. and chief exec of Northern Stage. She will lead the revitalization of the Other Place, the RSC’s experimental studio space in its Stratford-upon-Avon home. She will also direct productions and play an active role in forging new artistic collaborations. New Perspectives, another Midlands-based U.K. legit company, is also undergoing regime change. Jack McNamara has been appointed a.d. after Daniel Buckroyd left the company to become a.d. of the Mercury Theater, Colchester.