Friday, May 23, 2014

News: (Toronto) Theatre Centre appoints Aislinn Rose GM (press release)

The Theatre Centre Appoints New
General Manager: Aislinn Rose

Toronto, ON – The Theatre Centre is pleased to announce the appointment of Aislinn Rose as the company’s General Manager. As an independent producer and theatre maker Rose has worked with companies across Toronto, including the Luminato andSummerWorks festivals, and brings seven years experience to her new role at The Theatre Centre.

“I am truly delighted to be taking on this role with The Theatre Centre, and to have this opportunity to work alongside general & artistic director Franco Boni,” said Rose. “There isn't a theatre in this city nearer to my heart, and its ethos is closely aligned with my own. This is an exciting time for the company and I look forward to working with the team as we move into a new era in our new home.”

Rose will join the expanded staff at The Theatre Centre, just two months after the company opened its new live arts hub and incubator in the heart of Toronto’s West Queen West neighbourhood. Taking on the overall management and operational activities of the company, Rose will also focus on producing and supporting new work from resident artists, collaborating with national and international touring companies, and solidifying the company’s reputation as an international live arts incubator and presenter. Rose takes over from The Theatre Centre’s Managing Director Roxanne Duncan, who moves on to the role of Managing Director with the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival.

“We are very excited to welcome Aislinn, who brings a wealth of experience and a unique voice and energy to the company at such a pivotal time in our history,” said Franco Boni, The Theatre Centre’s general & artistic director.
An active member of the Toronto theatre community, Rose sits on the Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts’ (TAPA) board of directors, and is a co-chair of TAPA’s Indie Caucus. Also well known for her work as the artistic producer of Praxis Theatre, and co-editor of their website, Rose is proud to look back on a particularly fruitful year for the company. She produced their five-city national tour of You Should Have Stayed Home, followed by the critically acclaimed adaptation of Rifles by Nicolas Billon at the Next Stage Theatre Festival.

Topping off the season, she and her Praxis colleague Michael Wheeler co-curated the HATCH 2014 season for the Harbourfront Centre. In addition to her work as a producer, Rose experiments with social design on other projects. She worked as a consultant & online creator for the sold-out Toronto run of Michael Healey’s Proud, and developed “The Brain”, the online counterpart for Liza Balkan’s Out The Window for The Theatre Centre’s Free Fall Festival in 2012.

Last year Rose joined the producing team for Luminato’s 2013 festival, and produced projects with the Mark Morris Dance Group, Atom Egoyan, and Ronnie Burkett. This year she is handling a wide range of projects for the festival, including Pina Bausch Dance Company’s Kontakthof, Isabella Rossellini’s Green Porno, Live on Stage, and the 6 hour epic new film by Matthew Barney, River of Fundament.

Rose will join the staff at The Theatre Centre June 17.

In the midst of their inaugural season at their first permanent location (1115 Queen St. West), The Theatre Centre’s upcoming performances include Mammalian Diving Reflex’sPromises to a Divided City May 30 to 31, The Tracy Wright Global Archive June 4 to 8, and Selfconscious Theatre’s The Book of Judith produced in partnership with the Abilities Centre June 12 to 14.

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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. The Theatre Centre promotes artistic innovation by encouraging artists to collaborate across genres including theatre, music, dance, visual art and new media, investing in ideas and challenging artists to develop new ways of working. Since its inception in 1979, when a group of like-minded artistic collectives came together to create a shared space where proactive ideas could be seen and heard, The Theatre Centre has incubated, commissioned, produced, and hosted hundreds of artists from Toronto, across the country and around the world. For more information visit

We want to see art in the street. We want audiences to get involved. We want to provoke. 

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