Following a staff gathering to unveil his 2017–2018 season of programming, Bill Millerd announced that the organization’s 54th season will be his final as artistic managing director of Arts Club Theatre Company. Millerd has filled the role since 1972, during which time the theatre company grew from a 150-seat venue to Canada’s largest not-for-profit urban theatre company.
“I feel blessed to have served the Arts Club for 45 years,” says Millerd. “An incredible amount of growth has happened in our organization over these years, and I’m proud of each of our successes since our humble beginnings at the Seymour Street location. All three of our stages have been built or revived during my tenure, and our focus on premiering Canadian work and engaging new audiences remains a top priority. It’s the right time to welcome new artistic leadership to this thriving organization alongside executive director Peter Cathie White, who will provide continuity for our committed staff, board of directors, and artists.”
The search for an artistic director begins immediately. It will be led by Alexander Whitehead Executive Search in consultation with Cathie White and the Arts Club’s board chair Bruce Flexman. Flexman noted that the Arts Club will be soliciting feedback on their website on the qualities and values prioritized by the community in an artistic director, in order to find a candidate "best suited to the needs of our organization and the communities we serve.”