Toronto’s Adam Brazier to become CCOA’s eighth artistic director in October 2014
CHARLOTTETOWN – Confederation Centre of the Arts is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2014 and is also recognizing the last Charlottetown Festival with long-serving artistic director, Anne Allan, at the helm. Allan announced earlier this year that after 10 notable seasons as leader, the 2014 Festival would be her last.
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Beginning October 2014, Toronto’s Adam Brazier will accept the torch from outgoing artistic director, Anne Allan, and launch a new era for the performing arts at Confederation Centre and The Charlottetown Festival. Photo from “Evangeline” at The 2013 Charlottetown Festival.
The centre has already announced the selection of the incoming artistic director (performing arts). Beginning October 2014, Adam Brazier will accept the torch from Allan and launch a new era in the renowned history of the national arts centre.
While welcoming Brazier, Jessie Inman, CEO of Confederation Centre, said, “We sincerely thank Anne Allan for her outstanding passion, and contribution to both the centre and the country over the last decade. She has delighted all of our hearts and minds and we look forward to celebrating one more season together next summer.”
Brazier is a multi award-winning actor/director. He co-founded Toronto’s Theatre 20 – an artist-led company devoted to developing story-driven, Canadian musical theatre. Serving as its inaugural artistic director since 2009, he led the development of several new works, including the world premiere of “Bloodless: The trial of Burke and Hare,” which was nominated for nine Dora Mavor Moore awards in 2013. Brazier will remain as the artistic chair of Theatre 20 until Oct. 1, 2014.
"I will remain heavily involved with Theatre 20,” says Brazier, “and I look forward to partnering both companies in the development and production of new Canadian musicals."
“My family and I are excited to build upon the legacy of Confederation Centre and to return to the Island,” continues Brazier, whose grandparents are from Summerside and St. Peter’s Bay.
“Confederation Centre is entering its second half-century as a national theatre and Canada’s living memorial to the Fathers of Confederation, and I look forward to continuing that spirit of leadership by bringing in many brave new ideas, and productions with a strong dedication to mandate."
Brazier’s accomplished acting career includes originating the male lead in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “The Woman in White” on Broadway, and also the male lead, Gabriel, in the recent Charlottetown Festival musical, “Evangeline.” The Toronto native has held starring roles with most major Canadian theatre companies, including Stratford, Shaw, The Canadian Stage, Mirvish Productions, as well as in London’s West End and with the Chicago Shakespeare Theater.
Allan is currently one of the longest serving artistic directors in Canadian theatre, and her tenure is the second most in the history of The Charlottetown Festival, surpassed only by Alan Lund.
“I am immensely proud to have been artistic director for 10 of the 50 years of The Charlottetown Festival,” says Allan. “I look forward to supporting, with great excitement, the future of Confederation Centre and wish Adam every success in leading the charge.”
While with the Centre, Allan has co-created such successes as “Canada ROCKS!,” “British Invasion,” and the “We Are Canadian” Young Company series. In recent years she also led the reimagining of the flagship musical, “Anne of Green Gables –The Musical” and in 2013 co-directed the world premiere of Ted Dykstra’s “Evangeline.”
Next summer Brazier will job shadow alongside Allan and associate artistic director, Wade Lynch, and will join the centre in a year-round capacity as of October 2014, marking the first time this position has been expanded beyond the festival.