Charlie Rhindress To Depart EFT
Charlie Rhindress has announced his decision to conclude his tenure as Artistic Producer of Eastern Front Theatre, a position he has held since 2011.
“I have been honoured to be at the helm of this important company for the past four years, but as an artist myself, the time has come for me to commit more time to personal projects rather than the administration side of the business.” His latest play, Reader Be Thou Also Ready, is currently being produced by Live Bait Theatre and he will be on stage at the Chester Playhouse in God of Carnage later this month. His biography of Rita MacNeil will be published next Spring.
“With the support and hard work of a great many people, the past four years have been very busy and productive for Eastern Front,” Rhindress added. “I feel we have ensured our place as an important part of the ecology of Atlantic Canadian Theatre and I have every faith that that work will continue after my departure.”
Since 2011, Eastern Front has co-produced world premieres from Michael Melski, Mary Vingoe, and Joanne Miller. Vingoe’s Refuge was nominated for a number of Merritt Awards and was a finalist for a Nova Scotia Masterworks Award.
Eastern Front has also collaborated with a number of other theatre companies, including Neptune Theatre, Home First Productions, Blue Munday Productions, and the Magnetic North Theatre Festival. Eastern Front has supported countless companies and artists in the past four years, presenting new work from 2b theatre, Zuppa Theatre, Mermaid Theatre, Halifax Theatre for Young People, Cathy Jones, Gillian Clarke, Stewart Legere, Jeremy Webb, Liz Richardson, and Daniel MacIvor.
The strength of the Stages Theatre Festival is a source of pride for Rhindress, as it was his vision to dedicate Eastern Front’s annual festival to the presentation of shows that feature Atlantic Canadian stories and Atlantic Canadian artists; a vision which has proven popular with Halifax audiences. Charlie also worked with Halifax Theatre for Young People to add a family component to Stages called Next Stages Theatre Festival for Families.
“In the midst of significant challenges we continue to do the work of supporting, developing, presenting and producing Atlantic Canadian artists,’ Rhindress said.
“And I’m not done yet,” he added. “I think we have planned a very exciting 2015-16 Season, which we will be announcing in the coming weeks.” Rhindress will stay with Eastern Front until late Fall.
“Over the past four seasons I have had the great pleasure of working with some of this community’s most talented theatre-makers. I’m proud of the relationships we’ve forged and feel that Eastern Front is headed in the right direction, bringing new talent to the forefront and recognizing the established artists we have in this region. As I continue my creative writing, acting, and theatre work, I am confident in Eastern Front’s ability to grow and excel as an important part of the Halifax theatre community.”
Jennie King, Chair of the Eastern Front Theatre Board of Directors on behalf of the Board, thanked Charlie for his leadership of the organization. “While we are very sad to see Charlie leave us, we look forward to the challenge of finding a new artistic leader for this remarkable organization. It has been and continues to be a great pleasure to work with Charlie and we wish him well as he continues his wonderfully successful theatre and writing career. We know that he has greatly benefitted Eastern Front’s reputation as a promoter of quality East Coast theatre by local artists, and we wish him all the best.”
A Call for Applicants has been announced with details on the search for a new Artistic Producer found HERE.