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Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Changes at the Shaw Festival

Changes at the Shaw Festival

Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, February 4, 2009ĶArtistic Director Jackie Maxwell regretfully announced today that Neil Munro is relinquishing his post as Associate Director of the Shaw Festival, for health reasons. He has also withdrawn from his directorial duties for the production of Born Yesterday, scheduled to appear on the Festival stage as part of The Shaws 2009 season.

In making the announcement, Ms. Maxwell stated Neils contribution to The Shaw over the past several years has been enormous and we plan to continue to work with him on a project basis. However for the time being, Neil must focus on his health, and we support and respect that decision.

Director Eda Holmes, who has a lengthy association with The Shaw, has been appointed Associate Director. In announcing Edas appointment, Ms. Maxwell noted; From her early days as an Intern Director at The Shaw to her strong directorial successes with such shows as Floyd Collins and last seasons The Little Foxes and her curatorial direction of our Play Reading Series, we see this new role for Eda as a natural progression of her work at The Shaw. We are all excited by the energy and ideas she will bring to our Creative Management.

Toronto director, actor and playwright Gina Wilkinson will now direct Born Yesterday.

Already well known as an actor and playwright, Gina has been gaining momentum and kudos as a director over the last several years across Canada and we enthusiastically welcome her on board as she leads the creative team of Born Yesterday, said Ms. Maxwell.

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