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Kate Hennig steps into role as Shaw Festival’s new Associate Artistic Director

- Leading Canadian actor, playwright and teacher scheduled to assume role in August -

Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON (May 17, 2017) — Artistic Director Tim Carroll is pleased to announce the appointment of Kate Hennig as the Shaw Festival’s new Associate Artistic Director. Ms. Hennig will replace Eda Holmes, who announced in February that she will be leaving to become the Artistic and Executive Director of Centaur Theatre in Montreal, QC in August.

“Kate is a major figure in Canadian theatre, a leading actor, playwright and teacher, and someone who is in the vanguard of creating the Canadian Theatre of tomorrow,” said Carroll. “She has been a valued colleague and friend since we worked together on Romeo and Juliet, and I am utterly thrilled that she will be at my side as we plot the next steps in the evolution of this amazing company.”

Ms. Hennig has an extensive affiliation with The Shaw. Well-known to Shaw Festival audiences as an accomplished performer – she was a show-stopping Emma Goldman in the 2012 production of Ragtime and was last seen at the Festival in 2014 in When We Are Married and A Lovely Day for Creve Coeur. Her adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s stories for young and old, Wilde Tales, will have its world premiere at the Court House Theatre in June.


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