Category Archives: Artistic Director Spotlight

Artistic Director Spotlight: Gil Garrat, Blyth Festival

Gil Garrat has been with the Blyth Festival for 16 years, working as a director, playwright, dramaturge, actor and theatre administrator. We got to chat with the multi-faceted artistic director to learn about what inspired him to join the theatrical arts.

Q: What has your experience been like at the Blyth Festival.
A: My first season was in 1999, when I had just come out of theatre school. Since I was teenager, I have worked in theatre, both as performer and writer. I got to work with Paul Thompson, who was a very influential and formative director here at Blythe.  Paul has received the Order of Canada, and has a very enormous shadow. He pioneered this concept of “collective creation” that has radically changed and informed my approach to art making.

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Artistic Director Spotlight: Greg Henderson, Centre In The Square

This month, we focus our Artistic Director spotlight on to our very own Programming Manager, Greg Henderson. Since joining The Centre in December 2013, Greg has been expanding what The Centre has to offer through a diverse line-up of talent. We chat with him about his personal favourites and what he has envisioned for the future as he announces his first line-up for The Centre. (more…)

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Artistic Director Spotlight: Cory Crossman, KOI Music Festival

After running their first concert at the ripe age of 15 (Cory) and 17 (Curt), the Crossman brothers helped revitalize the underground indie music scene in the Kitchener-Waterloo area. We spoke to Cory Crossman to learn more about what’s happening at the KOI Music Festival taking place September 25-27. (more…)

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Artistic Director Spotlight: Amanda Kind, KW Glee

Inspired by the hit show Glee, KW Glee is the brainchild of Producer & Music Director Steve Lehmann and Artistic Director Amanda Kind. We spoke to Amanda to find out the secret behind the group’s success. (more…)

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Artistic Director Spotlight: Edwin Outwater, KW Symphony

The Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony has been a source of cultural pride for the region for almost 70 years. We caught up with Music Director Edwin Outwater to discover the secret to the symphony’s longevity. (more…)

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Artistic Director Spotlight: Matt White, green light arts

Created in 2014, green light arts envisions bringing people together from all communities to celebrate theatre arts and provide creative programming that inspires, nurtures and challenges audiences. We spoke to Artistic Director Matt White to find out more about the new and upcoming theatre company. (more…)

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Artistic Director Spotlight: Sam Varteniuk, The Registry Theatre

From its humble beginning in 2000 to a range of diverse programming fourteen years later, The Registry Theatre has been an integral part of the community. We had a chance to chat with the theatre’s General Manager and JM Drama Alumni Artistic Director, Sam Varteniuk to learn more about what’s in store. (more…)

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Artistic Director Spotlight: Mark Vuorinen, Grand Philharmonic Choir

With a long and rich history, the Grand Philharmonic Choir has been an integral part of the region’s community. We caught up with Artistic Director Mark Vuorinen to see what makes this choir so amazing. (more…)

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Artistic Director Spotlight: Isabel Cisterna, Neruda Arts

Neruda Arts is a non-profit world music presenter dedicated to building bridges in our community through music, dance, drama, and literary and visual arts from around the world. We had a lovely chat with Artistic Director and founder Isabel Cisterna to learn more about the company’s diverse programming. (more…)

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Artistic Director Spotlight: Shirley Madill, KWAG

The Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery is one of the oldest and largest public galleries in the area, with its roots in the community and its eye on the world. We caught up with Executive Director Shirley Madill to see what makes this gallery a cultural hub. (more…)

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