Touchstone Theatre has announced that Katrina Dunn, will be leaving at the end of the 2016-17 season, after 20 years of helming the company.
The troupe says it is launching a search for a new artistic director immediately, with plans to hire someone in the summer of 2016 to overlap with Dunn's final season.
On Touchstone's website, Dunn said: “I have one of the best jobs in Canadian theatre. It’s been a pleasure to program for Touchstone, and to help the company grow in collaboration with the amazing artists, staff, and board members who have given so much of themselves over the years. I can’t wait to watch a new vision usher the company into its fifth decade of production.” She is planning to pursue freelance work, graduate studies, and increased family time after her departure.
Dunn's notable accomplishments at the company over two decades include the premiere of Kevin Kerr’s Unity (1918) in 2001, which went on to win the Governor Generals Award for English Drama in 2002, as well as lauded productions like Shawn Macdonald’s Prodigal Son in 2006, Janet Munsil’s Influence in 2008, and Judith Thompson’s Palace of the End in 2009.. In 2011 she created In Tune, a festival and symposium surrounding new musicals, with The Arts Club Theatre Company’s Rachel Ditor. And in 2014, she saw Touchstone move into the thriving new multidisciplinary hub The Post at 750 along with the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival (which she helped cofound with Norman Armour), DOXA and Music on Main.
The job posting can be found on Touchstone’s website at www.touchstonetheatre.com/staff-board. The closing date for the search is April 30th 2016.