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Blyth Festival seeking new Artistic Director

Marion de Vries, Blyth Festival., departure, artistic directorThe Blyth Festival announced Marion de Vries’s contract as Artistic Director, which expires October 31, is not being renewed.

A search committee led by the Board of Directors will begin an immediate search for a new Artistic Director.

No reason was provided for the decision not to renew her contract.

Marion de Vries served only 1 year as Artistic Director at Blyth, following the departure of Eric Coates who stepped down after 10 years at the helm to take up a similar position with the Great Canadian Theatre Company in Ottawa.

In a press release issued today the festival said “During her tenure with Blyth, Ms. de Vries has contributed a great deal of energy and passion to the Festival and Canadian theatre. Her musical, Kitchen Radio, co-composed with David Archibald, was a critical and box office hit during Blyth’s artistically exciting and successful 40th season.”

De Vries is a director, playwright, dramaturge and producer. She is a former Artistic Director of Cahoots Theatre, and of Native Earth Performing Arts (interim). She holds a BFA Theatre from York University and a BES Honours Geography from University of Waterloo.

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