Festival Players of Prince Edward County announced that Graham Abbey, acclaimed stage, TV and film actor, director and founder of The Groundling Theatre Company, will assume the role of Artistic Director, with 2018 being his first season in this role. Abbey, with over 30 Stratford roles to his credit has just come off of an impressive run with two critically acclaimed productions, The Winter’s Tale and Measure for Measure, that played to sold out audiences at the Winter Garden Theatre in Toronto.
“Festival Players has done a tremendous job in not only building demand for professional theatre in Prince Edward County, but also laying the foundation for it to flourish in one of the most culturally rich regions in Canada. I am extremely honoured to join this remarkable organization, and look forward to sharing my vision in 2018 and being a part of the thrilling future that is in store,” commented Abbey.
Lynn Sullivan, Chair of the Festival Players Board of Directors added “Over the past 10 years Festival Players of Prince Edward County has played a vital role in the surge of creativity, cultural development and tourism in The County. We welcome Graham Abbey to our community and look forward to the development and presentation of new and exciting theatre that speaks to contemporary audiences in a fresh and compelling way in our uniquely rural settings.”
Performing arts professional and Picton resident Julianne Snepsts returns to Festival Players as Managing Director and Producer. A natural leader and entrepreneur with considerable experience in theatre administration, she has held senior roles with major stage production companies including The Second City, The Driftwood Theatre and the Modern Times Stage Company among others. She is also Founder and Managing Producer of The Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival and performs and teaches improv comedy in The County.
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