After twelve years at its helm, the 2017 Vancouver Fringe Festival will mark executive director David Jordan’s final season.
In a media release the annual summer theatre festival announced Jordan’s departure. In a Facebook post Jordan confirmed his departure for an opportunity as Arts Service Manager with the City of Burnaby.
Joining the festival in 2006, one of Jordan’s first tasks was to put the festival back on financial footing by retiring an organizational debt of over $100,000. During his time he was also responsible for establishing career development awards for festival artists, including partnerships with The Cultch, the BC Touring Council, and Playwrights Theatre Centre.
In 2015 Jordan launched Theatre Wire, an online platform to serve both Vancouver’s independent theatre community and to cultivate a year-round audience.
During his tenure, Jordan also served as the president of the Canadian Association of Fringe Festivals, as well as on arts juries for the City of Vancouver and the Vancouver Foundation.
“My success was only possible during that time because of the support I received from the entire Fringe community, especially my team of dedicated staff and board,” says Jordan in the release. “Their dedication inspired me as a leader every day and together we have built a resilient and forward looking organization.”
The board of directors for the Vancouver Fringe Festival has established a search committee to include community representation from Simon Fraser University’s Howard Jang and fringe veteran, Tara Travis. A new executive director is expected to be announced in October.