The Board of ADC is pleased to announce Gail Packwood will assume the role of Executive Director.
Gail Packwood is a Toronto based arts administrator whose involvement with the performing arts spans 20 years. She has experience with producing and general management, strategy and business planning, as well as financial management, grants writing and labour negotiations. Gail has worked with both large and small companies in the not for profit and commercial theatre sectors. Most recently Gail was the Managing Director of the School of Toronto Dance Theatre. Previously, she was the Director of Project Management and Creative Logistics at Catalyst TCM where she worked with both theatre and dance clients on management solutions, touring and presenting projects. She was the Executive Director for the Artists' Health Centre Foundation (now Artists' Health Alliance) working to secure affordable health treatment options for the artistic community in the GTA.
In 2009-10, Gail was an Arts Management Fellow at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C. Prior to her time in Washington, Gail was the Associate Producer at the Canadian Stage Company and worked for seven years with Mirvish Productions in various positions in company management and production. She was President of the Board of Directors for the Theatre Centre, a highly regarded interdisciplinary arts incubator focused on supporting new work and new ways of working in Toronto's Queen West neighbourhood. Gail holds a Masters degree from the Graduate Centre for the Study of Drama at the University of Toronto and a BFA in Theatre from York University. In 2011, Gail was honoured to receive a Harold Award from Toronto's independent theatre community.
“Gail brings a broad range of skills and specific expertise in the areas of production and management that are very relevant to our members, and is a well-known and respected member of the Canadian theatre industry. We anticipate that her community connections and pragmatic vision will be an asset to the organization and will continue the Association’s significant growth trend,” notes Board President, April Viczko.
Outgoing Executive Director Sheila Sky adds, “After such a long affiliation with ADC, and having developed so many close relationships with members, I am handing over the reins to Gail with complete confidence. She brings a range of experience and perspective that will serve ADC’s membership and the sector as a whole extremely well. I am looking forward to some collegial collaboration as I turn my focus to the development of the Associated Designers of Canada Fund and a return to independent project based work.”
Gail will step into her new role at ADC in the third week of March, and is “excited and honoured to have this opportunity to continue the work of supporting ADC's members. I look forward to working towards appropriate recognition of the important role that designers play in live performance and an increased profile of stage design in Canada."