Nightwood Theatre, Canada’s leading feminist theatre company, has chosen the next leader to usher in its 40th anniversary season next year and beyond.
Long-time company collaborator, director and dramaturge Andrea Donaldson will take over as artistic director in May, following outgoing director Kelly Thornton.
For those within the theatre industry, the choice won’t come as a shock. Donaldson has led the company’s Write From the Hip new play development program since 2014. She also developed and directed two major recent productions, Rose Napoli’s Lo (Or Dear Mr. Wells) in late 2017 and Jane Doe’s Grace last month.
Despite her close relationship with Nightwood, Donaldson says she never felt like a shoo-in.
“I knew the other women who would be putting themselves forward for this position would be really extraordinary,” she told the Star last week. “Never along the way did I feel like, ‘Oh well, they have to interview others, but I’m the chosen one.’ … It was a really prolonged process, a three, three-and-a-half month process of being obsessed about this.”