Beginning October 2014, Toronto’s Adam Brazier will accept the torch from outgoing Confederation Centre artistic director Anne Allan and launch a new era at the Charlottetown Festival (Dwayne Brown photo from Evangeline at The 2013 Charlottetown Festival.)
Adam Brazier of Toronto will take over as artistic director of Confederation Centre of the Arts’ Charlottetown Festival in October 2014.
The upcoming 50th anniversary festival in 2014 will mark the end of 10 years as artistic director for Anne Allan. She announced earlier this year that 2014 will be her final season.
Brazier’s appointment was announced Monday by Jessie Inman, CEO of Confederation Centre. She said the centre looks forward to launching the next chapter at the festival.
“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 October 1, 2014.
He said he plans to remain heavily involved with Theatre 20 and looks 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,” said Brazier, whose grandparents are from Summerside and St. Peter’s Bay, P.E.I.
“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.