Bard on the Beach announces new managing director
Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival announced on October 15 that the organization has appointed Claire Sakaki as its new managing director.
Sakaki will replace interim managing director John McCulloch as of December 30.
She will share leadership of the festival with artistic director Christopher Gaze. Her responsibilities will include administration, production, operations, strategic planning, and financial management.
In a news release, Gaze stated: "I am thrilled that Claire will join our company. She has been a vital component in Soulpepper's meteoric rise and cultural impact, and her unique experience will be of tremendous benefit to us as we shape and develop Bard for the years to come. At the same time, I am deeply grateful to Bard Board Chair, Dr. Jim Bovard and past Chair and current Interim Managing Director, John McCulloch, for their efforts this past year to ensure Bard has thrived while we concluded this transition.”
The Kamloops-born Sakaki is currently a producer and director of education at Toronto's Soulpepper Theatre Company.
She has previously worked with Toronto Dance Theatre, the Weston Playhouse (Vermont), the Canadian Opera Company, and Theatrefront.
Bard on the Beach will celebrate its 25th season, which will run from June 11 to September 20, 2014.