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Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Vancouver Fringe announces new executive director

A long-time supporter of Vancouver Fringe as a stage manager, patron, and volunteer, Duncan Watts-Grant will take up the role in March.

In a media release, Vancouver Fringe has announced the appointment of Duncan Watts-Grant as its new executive director, replacing outgoing executive director Cory Philley.

A long-time supporter of Vancouver Fringe as a stage manager, patron, and volunteer, Watts-Grant was born and raised in Vancouver and received a Bachelor of Music at the University of British Columbia.

Watts-Grant comes to the Fringe from his role in arts programming at Langara College. Before that, he worked for the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (VSO) and the VSO School of Music, focusing on community engagement, special events, and artistic operations.

Watts-Grant became involved with the Festival as an assistant stage manager and served on the Fringe board since 2021 before resigning to take on the role of executive director.
Watts-Grant became involved with the Festival as an assistant stage manager and served on the Fringe board since 2021 before resigning to take on the role of executive director.

Among his work at the VSO, Watts-Grant supported its Connecting Cultures, Connecting People initiative, a multi-year project focused on making the VSO more accessible to the communities it serves. One of the program’s key initiatives is the VSO Indigenous Council, which focuses on truth and reconciliation work within the VSO. He also oversaw major capital investments and developed partnerships with several other arts organizations in Vancouver.

“The Fringe has been a vital cultural institution in Vancouver for over 35 years,” says Duncan in the media release. “The Festival provides crucial opportunities and unique performing experiences for both artists and audiences. As we continue rebuilding from COVID, I’m excited to work with all the incredible people who help make Fringe so special.”

The 2023 edition of the live un-juried, uncurated theatre Festival returns to Granville Island and other venues in Vancouver from September 7–17. From 180 show submissions, this year’s Fringe lottery saw 84 acts selected to participate.

Visit vancouverfringe.com for more information.

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