Western Canada Theatre today announced that its executive director of 18 years, Lori Marchand, will leave the position to become managing director of the National Arts Centre (NAC)'s new Indigenous Theatre in Ottawa.
“Lori’s contribution to the success of Western Canada Theatre has been immeasurable," says artistic director James MacDonald. "She has been a brilliant leader for our company and in our community and has been instrumental in developing Western Canada Theatre’s reputation as a home for Indigenous artists and their work. As much as we will miss her, we know that she is the perfect person to assume a leadership role with the NAC, and we look forward to continuing to collaborate with her in the development and production of Indigenous theatre in the years to come.”
“We are proud of Lori Marchand’s deep experience in creating and supporting Indigenous art and artists. We know that she and Kevin Loring will make history when they open the NAC’s Indigenous Theatre,” said Peter Herrndorf, president and CEO of the National Arts Centre. “Her work across the country and particularly in Western Canada will be of great benefit to the NAC as she builds the team to make this groundbreaking theatre a reality.”