BRENDAN HEALY TAKES OVER AS CANADIAN STAGE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

first_imgAdvertisement Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Twitter An acclaimed director and an innovative administrator with international connections and deep roots in Toronto’s performing arts scene: Canadian Stage’s announcement of Brendan Healy as its new artistic director is a sigh of relief.As recently as last week, the Luminato Festival became the latest major performing arts organization in Toronto to have its leadership up in the air with the resignation of Josephine Ridge. (Soulpepper is likewise still in the process of finding replacements for former artistic director Albert Schultz and executive director Leslie Lester.) So far, the arts community has been vocal about wanting leadership that reflects the city and the art made here, and the concern about these influential positions going to candidates from the United States, Europe or Australia.But Healy’s tenure at Canadian Stage will be a warm welcome back to Toronto, after three years away. Having served six seasons as artistic director of Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, where he led the LGBTQ+ company through a period of financial and artistic success (while directing memorable productions of Sarah Kane’s Blasted, Nina Arsenault’s The Silicone Diaries, and Tim Luscombe’s PIG), Healy left the company in 2015 to earn a master’s degree in international arts management through a joint program with the Southern Methodist University in Dallas, the HEC Montréal, and SDA Bocconi in Milan. Facebook Brendan Healy. (ALEJANDRO SANTIAGO / SUPPLIED PHOTO)last_img

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