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Toronto: Jennifer Tarver is stepping down as Artistic Director of Necessary Angel Theatre

Saturday, January 19, 2019

With great admiration and appreciation, the Board of Directors of Necessary Angel Theatre announces that after five years of artistic success and ground-breaking projects, Jennifer Tarver is stepping down from her position as Artistic Director.

Jennifer joined Necessary Angel in 2013. Under her leadership, the company became a home for brilliant mid-career and established artists and served as a platform for their most ambitious ideas.

 Jennifer’s tenure was marked by partnerships with Canadian Stage, Theatre Centre and Soulpepper, remarkable multi-disciplinary projects such as ‘What Makes a Man’, a unique staging of the life of Armenian-French singer Charles Aznavour and ‘All But Gone’, an operatic re-working of Samuel Beckett’s short works. She directed strikingly fresh reinterpretations of classic works such as Ibsen’s ‘Hedda Gabler’ and commissioned beautiful new creations such as ‘It Comes in Waves’, ‘Party Game’ and ‘A City’. 

Jennifer closed her time with Necessary Angel creating and directing a stunning and critically acclaimed interpretation of Caryl Churchill’s visionary play ‘Escaped Alone’, co-produced this past fall with Soulpepper Theatre. 

 Jennifer will return to her roots as an independent director and artist. True to her multi-disciplinary practice, she is currently working with dancer/choreographer Susanna Hood on a project that explores anxiety as bridge to creation and with renowned Inuk storyteller Michael Kusugak on a haunting work of caution about our relationship to the land.

Jennifer’s last day will be January 31, 2019. Necessary Angel has engaged Searchlight Recruitment to lead a national search for its next Artistic Director.

Please join us in thanking Jennifer for her vision and celebrate her talent for channeling new voices through the lens of theatre. And join us in the front row for her next projects!

Photo: Jennifer Tarver.