Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Pacific Theatre Announces New General Manager, John Sutherland

Pacific Theatre Announces John Sutherland as New General Manager

Pacific Theatre is pleased to announce the appointment of its new general manager, John Sutherland.

Mr. Sutherland brings with him an extensive array of marketing and strategic management experience in the non-profit industry. Born and raised in Ontario, he moved to BC in 1978 to begin his career as business professor at Trinity Western University, where he would become Dean of Business and Economics, a post he held for sixteen years. Other experience includes long-term service on the Abbotsford School Board, work as a non-profit consultant and even as a radio talk-show host. He is widely published, particularly in the areas of business ethics and labour relations. He holds an MBA from Queen’s University.

“I have watched with interest and admiration the growth of Pacific Theatre from Ron Reed's dream to its creative and powerful reality,” says Sutherland. “To now participate in its 25th anniversary as the new General Manager is a dream of my own come true.”

John will begin his duties in September, as several key personnel begin phasing out to pursue other opportunities. The board of directors and staff, including Founding Artistic Director Ron Reed, are delighted to have him aboard:

“The last few years have been instrumental in the artistic growth of our company. I am so pleased with the achievements we’ve been able to make in the debut of exciting new plays, our collaboration with other companies, and the development of our emerging artist program. John’s addition to our team marks a key turning point in Pacific Theatre’s organizational development. He is an impassioned leader with a heart for our mandate and the business smarts to take us to a new level.”

John’s commencement coincides with the launch of Pacific Theatre’s 25th Anniversary Season and pre-production of Emil Sher’s Mourning Dove, opening October 17.

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