International theatre veteran returns home to lead The Canadian Stage Company



    
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    TORONTO, Feb. 18 /CNW/ - Matthew Jocelyn, an internationally acclaimed
theatre director and arts administrator, has been named Artistic and General
Director of The Canadian Stage Company, the Board of Directors announced
today.
    "In Matthew, we have succeeded in recruiting a talented, internationally
acclaimed director and artist who is seasoned, smart, creative, a tried and
tested teacher and leader, and Canadian," said Maureen Parkinson, Chair of
both the Board and the search committee that conducted a national and
international search. "The new Artistic and General Director will have the
benefit and support of the Board, a strong and experienced senior management
team, and a wonderful staff."
    Jocelyn, age 51, was born and raised in Toronto, and was named Chevalier
des Art et des Lettres (Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters) by the French
Ministry of Culture in July, 2008.
    In Canada, he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree at Mt. Allison University
in New Brunswick and a Master of Arts degree at Montreal's McGill University.
He attended the Université d'Aix-en-Provence in France and Oxford University
in England as a Rhodes Scholar. He was shaped by some of the leading forces in
European and Asian theatre and dance. He studied with acclaimed Polish
director Jerzy Grotowski, Japanese Butoh dance master Tanaka Min, and was
assistant to renowned French director Patrice Chéreau and England's legendary
Jonathan Miller.
    His professional credits include: guest director at Canada's Stratford
Shakespeare Festival where he received critical acclaim for the direction of
Pierre Corneille's The Liar (Le menteur) in 2006; co-founding the Théâtre de
l'Autre Rive, founding the Théâtre Des-Hérités and directing at the Atelier
Chekhov in Paris; assisting in artistic coordination and directing at the
Centre de Formation Lyrique of the Paris National Opera; creating and
performing dance-theatre productions in France and Spain; developing and
directing original plays, operas and translations in Canada, Switzerland,
France, Germany and Brussels. He is an educator, who has held positions at the
University of Toronto, the American University of Paris and the Université de
Toulouse-le Mirail and more recently at the Conservatoire National Supérieure
d'Art Dramatique in Paris.
    In 1998, the French Minister of Culture appointed Jocelyn as the Artistic
and General Director of the Atelier du Rhin, a regional drama centre in
Colmar, France. Over a 10-year period, he put the Atelier du Rhin on the
international map, establishing the organization as a major centre for
theatre, opera and contemporary dance - the only multi-disciplinary artistic
centre of its kind in France. It became highly regarded for the excellence of
its productions, numerous artistic residencies, network of community and
educational programs, and the state-of-the-art renovations transforming it
into one of the best-equipped and most versatile theatres in France. His
achievements included launching the Jeunes Voix du Rhin, an internationally
recognized training centre which attracts performers and instructors from
around the world; and establishing France's first policy of corporate
sponsorship and partnership for artistic institutions. In addition to his
administrative and financial roles, he directed a number of productions at the
Atelier du Rhin and Jeunes voix du Rhin.
    "I am honored to have the opportunity to lead The Canadian Stage Company,
and once again make my home in Toronto and Canada," said Jocelyn. "My intent
is to be accessible and open, to listen, as I establish a vision for the
future of the Company."
    "I will be relying on Marty and the Company staff, and meeting with the
many talented artists who share my enthusiasm for this important performing
arts institution as I come up to speed," he said.
    "When Maureen told me of the Search Committee's selection for my
replacement, I knew immediately that the Company would be handed over to
someone with the intelligence and artistic vision required to build on the
Company's legacy, and author its next chapters," said retiring Artistic
Producer Martin Bragg. "I am sure you will be as thrilled as I was to learn
Matthew is the new leader of The Canadian Stage Company."
    "On behalf of the Board, our supporters and our audiences, I want to
thank Marty Bragg for his extraordinary leadership over the last 17 years, and
wish him the best for the future," said Board Chair Parkinson.
    The transition plan allows for Jocelyn to spend considerable time with
Bragg over the next six weeks being brought up to speed, and for Bragg to
leave at the end of March. After fulfilling pre-existing commitments, Jocelyn
will assume full-time responsibilities on June 15.

    Nationally and internationally acclaimed, The Canadian Stage Company is
Canada's leading not-for-profit contemporary theatre company. Founded in 1987
with the merger of CentreStage and Toronto Free Theatre, the Company is
dedicated to producing international contemporary theatre and to developing
and producing landmark Canadian works which have been awarded some of the
country's most prestigious literary and performing arts honours, including the
Governor General's, Chalmers and Dora Mavor Moore Awards. The Company presents
the richest variety of Canadian and international plays and musicals - from
edgy and provocative work at the Berkeley Street Theatre to productions with
universal appeal at the Bluma Appel Theatre and a summer of Shakespeare at the
CanStage TD Dream in High Park. Canadian Stage has a long-standing commitment
to education and enhancement programs for the public, nurturing theatre
professionals, and developing new Canadian plays, while producing
thought-provoking theatre and quality entertainment in Toronto, one of North
America's largest theatre centres. For more information, refer to
canstage.com.

    
    Photographs, press kit and webcast are available for download on
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