Announcement: Toronto Fringe Festival Executive Director Departing

After successfully leading the Fringe of Toronto Theatre Festival for the past nine years, Chuck McEwen has announced that he will be leaving the Toronto Fringe Festival in early December to return to Winnipeg to take over the helm of the Winnipeg Fringe Festival presented by the Manitoba Theatre Centre.

Over the course of Chuck’s tenure, the Toronto Fringe Festival has become an integral part of the Toronto theatre community. Under Chuck’s leadership the festival has established an enviable reputation for accountability and community involvement, increased services offered to both performers and patrons and has risen in public profile as a major contributor to the theatre arts world – not only in Toronto, but in Canada and internationally.

The Toronto Fringe is currently the third largest festival of its kind in Canada with 140 productions and a ticketed attendance of more than 57,000.  Chuck has also helped the organization expand into more year round programming with the launch of the new
Next Stage Theatre Festival to take place in January 2008.

“I’ve enjoyed working with the staff, board, artists, and volunteers of the Toronto Fringe Festival for the past nine years, helping to firmly establish it as one of the premier theatre events in the city and I am confident that its success and growth will continue well into the future.” said Chuck McEwen

Derrick Chua, Board President said “On behalf of the Board of Directors, I’d like to express our appreciation for Chuck’s hard work and dedication to the organization over the past nine festivals.  He has been an enthusiastic supporter of the festival and its goals and leaves the organization in a solid position as we look forward to our 20th anniversary festival.  We wish him all the success at his new position in Winnipeg.”

Details for an Executive Director search will be announced shortly. In the interim, Fringe Producer Bridget MacIntosh will assume Executive Director duties for the Toronto Fringe.