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Meet Nancy Morgan, the new Executive Director of the Playwrights Guild of Canada!

The Playwrights Guild of Canada welcomes a new Executive Director!

The PGC Board is proud to announce Nancy Morgan as the organization’s new Executive Director. As Executive Director, Nancy will be a strong advocate for Canadian playwrights, providing consistent, collaborative, and innovative leadership. The ED is responsible for implementing the goals and priorities of the PGC, overseeing all operations, and maintaining the financial health of the organisation.

“Our Hiring Committee did an amazing job and I’m so excited for Nancy to take the helm of PGC. Nancy’s arts management leadership experience, financial acumen, and thoughtful personality will make her an incredible asset working for playwrights in Canada,” says Michelle Kneale, PGC President.

Over her 30 year career in the arts, Nancy has served as the Managing Director at Strategic Arts Management and General Manager of Eastern Front Theatre in Halifax. She has also worked for Great Canadian Theatre Company, Festival Antigonish, PAL Halifax, and Off The Leash Creative. Nancy currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Cultural Federations of Nova Scotia, Playwrights Atlantic Resource Centre, Performing Arts Lodge Halifax, and Upstream Music Association. She has been Executive Director of Theatre Nova Scotia since 2013.

Nancy holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts in music from Queen’s University and an MBA from St. Mary’s University. As an independent consultant Nancy has worked with multiple Nova Scotian organisations of various disciplines and as a mentor for emerging and mid-career arts administrators. She is also an accomplished pianist and continues to teach music.

For the Executive Director search, the PGC board assembled a hiring committee of 7 professionals from across the country that consisted of: Yvette Nolan, Reneltta Arluk, Quincy Armourer, Elyne Quan, Mary Vingoe, Sunny Drake, and Michelle Kneale (PGC Board President). Committee member Yvette Nolan says about this new phase of PGC, “As a longtime member of PGC, and a member of the hiring committee, I am confident that Nancy has the skills, talent and vision to lead the organisation through these strange, strained times and into a whatever a post-Covid Canadian theatre looks like. Nancy brings a breadth of experience as a manager and a leader, and has a reputation as the go-to person in Nova Scotia arts for advice, counsel and perspective. She has been serving Nova Scotian artists and arts organisations for twenty-five years, and I am gratified that she would turn those mighty talents to serving Canadian playwrights.”

Michelle Kneale adds, “Nancy’s ability to unite a community and implement training initiatives, as well as her successful experience in not-for-profit arts management, will make us a stronger guild in improving the careers of our members.”

“I am thrilled to be joining the team at PGC and look forward to working with the staff, Board, National Forum and the membership across the country,” writes Nancy, “I am excited to move from a provincial to a national leadership role and to focus efforts on supporting and advocating for Canadian playwrights. Their talents inspire me – their stories, their characters, their imaginations, their voices are central to our theatres.”

Nancy has begun working part time for the Guild as of Feb 4 and will join the company full time in April. Nancy can be reached via email at execdir@playwrightsguild.ca

Welcome Nancy!

Sincerely,

Michelle, Alex, Wren, Chris, Monique, Ami, Keith, and Jamie 

PGC Board

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