She is leading with vision, virtue and a great deal of style, too.
The new executive director at Theatre Calgary, Colleen Smith, is a woman with a plan that is powered by her appetite for elevating the arts on everyone’s agenda.
I absolutely love what When you are fortunate enough to find a career that is also a lifestyle, passion and the pursuit of the extraordinary permeates your approach ”
Smith says the most vibrant cities in the world keep art and culture at the heart of their society and economy, and Calgary is no exception.
“Nearing its 50th anniversary season in 2017, Theatre Calgary is solidly rooted in the fabric of this city and is poised to be a central, cultural pillar supporting Calgary’s rise,” says Smith, who took over for Tom McCabe who retired last year.
“Through sustained community investment, advancement of innovative partnerships and a commitment to artistic excellence, we will achieve this goal.”
The role is a weighty one and recruitment was not a task the board of directors took lightly.
“We did an extensive search across the country and we have found the most vibrant, daring and unflappable person for this critical role,” says Mark Thompson, chairman of the board for Theatre Calgary.
For the six years previous to accepting this new position, Smith was director of operations at The Corporation of Massey Hall and Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto.
Previous to that she was the managing director with Factory Theatre, director of finance and education at Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir and the program manager or the Learning Through the Arts program at the Royal Conservatory of Music, all in Toronto.