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Brampton poised for cultural renaissance as new artistic director named

​BRAMPTON, ON – The City of Brampton has hired Brendan Healy, one of Canada’s most acclaimed theatre directors, to lead the vision for performing arts in Brampton and manage the City’s signature cultural venue, the Rose Theatre.

Brendan will begin his tenure as the City’s new Artistic Director, Performing Arts on June 21, 2017. An award-winning artist and accomplished cultural administrator, Brendan was the Artistic Director at Toronto’s Buddies in Bad Times Theatre from 2009 to 2015, a period during which the company experienced unprecedented success. Brendan is widely recognized for his creatively challenging and highly compelling work, an approach that will play a significant role in helping to position Brampton as a bright light on the Canadian cultural landscape.

Now entering its 12th season, the Rose Theatre annually welcomes over 55,000 people who come from across the GTA to enjoy the best in local, national, and international talent in music, theatre, dance, comedy, and literature.

"I am thrilled to be joining the team at this moment in Brampton’s history. The Rose Theatre is one of the most stunning venues in the GTA and, like the City of Brampton itself, it is well poised to assert itself as an innovative, dynamic, and vital cultural centre," said Brendan Healy. “I look forward to working closely with the City’s rich cultural communities to forge a new vision for the Rose and the performing arts in Brampton."

Brendan will also play a key role in developing the City’s first cultural master plan. Launching in fall 2017, the plan will set the strategic direction for cultural development in Brampton and is an important component of the City’s comprehensive planning vision for growing an innovative, connected and dynamic global city.

“The City is committed to a new direction for culture in Brampton, one that recognizes the incredible creative talent and resources we have in this city. We intend to leverage strategic planning and partnerships in the creative cultural sector for real economic and social impact,” said Bob Darling, Director of Economic Development and Culture. “Brendan’s energy and expertise will support this approach and we are pleased to be taking our next steps with him on board.”


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Lisa Cox
Media Coordinator
City of Brampton
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