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News (Edmonton): Announcing New Artistic Leadership – Concrete Theatre

News (Edmonton): Announcing New Artistic Leadership – Concrete Theatre

June 21, 2024 (Edmonton, AB)Concrete Theatre’s Board of Directors is very excited to announce new artistic leadership for the company. After a thoughtful search, they are confident the company’s mandate and values will flourish under the care of Jenna Rodgers. A strong supporter of new play development, and working with an arts-activist lens, Jenna is well poised to guide Concrete into its exciting next chapter.

“We are beyond thrilled to welcome Jenna Rodgers into the role of Artistic Director for Concrete Theatre. Jenna’s long standing commitment to working with youth as well Theatre for Young Audiences was instrumental in our choice. We are also excited about the breadth of knowledge Jenna has about sharing underrepresented voices and the ability to build and maintain relationships with the beautiful Edmonton theatre community. We look forward to seeing where Jenna is ready to go!”, says Board Co-Chair, Melissa Mayville.

“Concrete Theatre has long been a home for both early career and culturally diverse voices in Edmonton, and it is an honour to step into the role of Artistic Director at this time.” adds Ms. Rodgers. “Theatre for Young Audiences is vibrant and transformative – for it is all about engaging with the future of our sector. Young people are smart, creative, and honest – and – now more than ever – we need to engage young people meaningfully, opening doors to important conversations for their (and our) futures. Concrete is a leader when it comes to balancing values-first practice with creative excellence, and I am excited to continue the rigorous work of my predecessors while working alongside Patrick and Heather.”

The Board, Staff and Artistic Associates are absolutely thrilled to welcome Jenna to Concrete Theatre, and to begin working with her and supporting her transition back to Edmonton over the coming months.

Media Contact: Jenna Rodgers, jenna@concretetheatre.ca

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