|GENERAL MANAGER CHARLES CHILDS
RETIRING FROM CENTAUR THEATRE
MONTREAL, QC (March 3, 2023) – Today, the Centaur Theatre Board of Directors is announcing that after an extraordinary 45-year tenure with the organization, English Montréal theatre champion Charles Childs will be ending his appointment as General Manager on June 30, 2023. Childs’ career has been marked by tireless advocacy for his artistic community.
“After 45 years at Centaur, I find myself a bit sad thinking I won’t be seeing all the wonderful people I have worked with, some for more than 20 years,” said Childs about his upcoming retirement. “While I won’t miss the 3am calls from our alarm company or the fire department, —or filling out those */!*#@* CADAC forms or any grant applications— I will miss being around the fantastic artists who come to share their amazing talents with our audience. I am looking forward to puttering around my cottage, driving my 1979 Mini and spending more time with my family, especially my wife of 43 years, the awesome Anne Clark.”
“It is impossible to quantify the immense contribution Chuck has made to theatre in Canada during his tenure as General Manager of Centaur Theatre,” said Artistic and Executive Director Eda Holmes. “He has shepherded innumerable artists, arts workers and artistic directors —including myself— through an evolving cultural landscape, while remaining intensely optimistic and passionate about the work.”
A Montréal native, Charles Childs joined Centaur Theatre Company in 1978, where he was Production Manager for thirteen seasons, supervising over 100 productions on two stages, including one international tour and three national tours. In 1991 he became Centaur’s General Manager, and has worked with three previous Artistic and Executive Directors – Maurice Podbrey, Gordon McCall, Roy Surette and now Eda Holmes.
Consistently in service to the Québec arts community, he has been a member of the board of Directors of the Québec Drama Federation (QDF) for 19 years, and was a founding Board Member of the Québec Community Groups Network (QCGN) —an organization supporting the English language community, where he successfully lobbied the Federal government for 2.6 million in funding for the English arts scene in the province.
Further testament to his efforts to reach across the language divide, he also helped to establish the English Language Arts Network (ELAN), and as a longtime member of the Professional Association of Canadian Theatre (PACT), he played a central role in the negotiation of the first PACT/APASQ (Association des professionnels des arts de la scène du Québec) collective agreement. Childs also taught Production Management at the National Theatre School for 20 years, and has lectured at Concordia University and McGill University.
As evidenced by his long and remarkable career, Childs’ departure has left the Centaur Theatre Board of Directors and Holmes with the difficult question of how to best replace him within the organization. Working with consultant Wendyllyn Reid, the company has decided to reconfigure the management structure to create a Co-Directorship for the organization.
Holmes will remain as the Artistic Co-Director and she will work collaboratively with a newly created Executive Co-Director role. The search firm La tête chercheuse has been hired to facilitate the search for this new position. For more information about the job posting contact Nicolas Liénart at [email protected].
About Centaur Theatre
Centaur Theatre, located in the heart of Old Montreal, is devoted to telling stories on stage that expand our perceptions of the world. We believe theatre serves a vital role in creating a healthy, democratic and progressive community by fostering an expansive spirit in artists and audiences alike by training a fresh lens on their experiences of being human.
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