Robert Barr resigns as managing director of Vancouver's Bard on the Beach
Robert Barr is stepping down from his role as the administrative head of Vancouver’s Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival, the theatre company has announced.
Barr will be resigning as managing director of the festival in November after eight years in the position. He has been involved with the theatre company since 1997.
“While there is no perfect time in an organization’s cycle to make such a decision, I firmly believe that now is an advantageous time for me and for the organization to make the change,” Barr said in a statement released September 19.
“Bard has been a significant part of my life for fifteen years and so this has been a difficult decision,” he said. “I take pride in having been an important part of the festival’s development.”
The festival board plans to ensure there is interim leadership in place into early 2013 while the search for a permanent replacement is under way.
The announcement of Barr's departure comes as the outdoor festival, which takes place in Vanier Park each summer, prepares to wrap up its 23rd season on Saturday (September 22).