In a media release, the Vancouver Fringe Festival has announced that executive director Laura Efron will leave the post at the end of the year to pursue other professional and personal interests.
“It has been an honour to immerse myself into an organization that is so surrounded by enthusiasm and community support,” says Efron in the media release. “I am proud that I was able to play a significant part in providing thousands of people with the opportunity to share stories and experiences that were inspiring and impactful. I feel confident that the current team including the board, year-round staff, seasonal staff, and dedicated volunteers will move forward and continue offering excellent Festivals and making other positive impacts within the arts community.”
At the helm the Vancouver Fringe Festival through two seasons after replacing long-time executive director David Jordan in 2017, Efron led the organization to a surplus and increased financial payouts to artists. Efron was also responsible for implementing equity, diversity, and inclusion work in the annual festival, including the launch of the TD Fringe Forward Award.
In the release, the Fringe board of directors says it will establish a search committee to include community representation in finding her replacement.