Today, The Theatre Centre’s Board of Directors and staff announced that Artistic Director Franco Boni will be leaving to assume the role of Artistic and Executive Director at PuSh International Performing Arts Festival in Vancouver commencing June 1, 2019.
Franco joined The Theatre Centre as Artistic Director in 2003. Over the last 16 years, Franco’s vision, generosity, leadership, and commitment to the arts and community building has had a profound impact on the organization.
“I will be forever grateful to the many artists, staff, board members, donors and neighbours of West Queen West who have travelled with me on this journey at The Theatre Centre.
Today, I want to celebrate those triumphant and quiet moments of joy: the opening of our new building; the early morning phone call from a board member who said ‘let’s make it happen!”, despite the impossibility of the task; that time when you are feeling lonely in a crowded room and you turn around to see a familiar face, an artist who shares a moving story of redemption as a result of the support they received; a generous and caring note from a mentor on the eve of a very big day; the night of the Dora Mavor Moore awards where Residency artists received the top theatre and dance awards; a recent community meal where The Theatre Centre has suddenly transformed into your living room at home.
As I reflect on the past 16 years, I can see clearly, how times of joy have far outpaced those of struggle. As we celebrate The Theatre Centre’s 40th anniversary and the 5th year of operations in our building, let us revel in a place that has valued process, invention, debate, imagination, generosity and above all else questions, not answers.” - Franco Boni, Artistic Director
The Board of Directors and staff at The Theatre Centre and the many artists, creators, and community members who have worked with Franco over the years, wish him all the best in this new endeavour.
The Theatre Centre will continue its commitment as a live arts hub and incubator as well as growing its role in the Queen West community. The Board has begun a process in its search for a new leader and more details will be announced soon.
About The Theatre Centre: The Theatre Centre is a nationally recognized live-arts incubator that serves as a research and development hub for the cultural sector. We are a public space, open and accessible to the people of our community, where citizens can imagine, debate, celebrate, protest, unite, and be responsible for inventing the future.