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  • 21Jul

    Updates from Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan - A Message from Artistic Producer Will Brooks

    By: Will Brooks
    Category: In the News

    As many of you know, I will be completing my time at Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan this coming November.  The team has accomplished a lot in the years that I have been fortunate enough to be here, and I am so proud of these accomplishments.  But, of course, a change of leadership brings many challenges and to-do lists if an organization is to have a successful transition.  Ours is no different.  While I am sad to close this chapter, I am so looking forward to a new voice coming in to set the tone for the next tenure.  

    Change is good.

    As is often the case, our community is curious about what will come next, when we will post the position, what the next era’s tone will be, etc.

    Behind the scenes, our board and senior staff have spent the last number of months working on our plans for this change, and we have decided to take the slow and thoughtful path.   There is a huge diversity of voices out there and we want to be sure that when we begin the search for new leadership, we, as an organization, are ready to recruit from this diversity of voices; and more importantly, we have done the work to be ready to support the artistic leader in a way that sets them up for success.  We have identified that we are not there yet and I am so proud of our organization for recognizing this.

    …So, now what?

    We talk the slow path.

    We take the time.

    We consult in depth with members of our community that we have not sufficiently listened to.

    We do an audit of our organization’s Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion readiness and implement a strategy to move forward.

    We listen.

    …THEN we begin to look at posting the position with a greater understanding of how we can recruit and support an amazing leader who will take us on the next era’s journey.

    We have already begun a lot of the work needed to start this process by building upon work that many have already done.  Not surprisingly, this means that we will not be posting and hiring for an Artistic Director until sometime this winter.  A working group is currently engaged in a process to assemble a group of artists on an interim basis to plan our 2022 season.  This is already in the works, and we look forward to sharing more about the voices that will take the lead on that!

    See you soon!

    Will

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