New lead­er­ship at al­berta’s largest ru­ral per­form­ing arts cen­tre

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Rose­bud Cen­tre of the Arts (RCA) an­nounced that Frank Nickel has been ap­pointed the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s new Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor.

“We are thrilled that Frank, with his deep ex­pe­ri­ence in Arts Man­age­ment and pas­sion for ru­ral Al­berta, has ac­cepted our of­fer to be­come part of the Rose­bud com­mu­nity and we are pre­par­ing to welcome him and his wife, Ka­rina,” said Colin Jackson, Chair, Rose­bud Cen­tre of the Arts.

Nickel will be­gin his full­time ap­point­ment in Rose­bud on May 1, 2017.

“Rose­bud Cen­tre of the Arts is where the rich her­itage and deep op­ti­mism of ru­ral Al­berta is ex­pressed and then shared through­out this great prov­ince, na­tion­ally and in­terna- tion­ally,” Jackson con­tin­ued. “It is where post- sec­ondary stu­dents learn the skills of the per­form­ing arts sup­ported by a pro­fes­sional res­i­dent theatre com­pany and through a faith- in­fused cur r icu­lum. Em­brac­ing Al­berta’s ru­ral val­ues, our Theatre is renowned for com­pelling productions that cel­e­brate the hu­man spirit. With Frank lead­ing our ex­cep­tional staff Rose­bud is as­sured of a proud and pros­per­ous fu­ture.”

Nickel was born and raised in Bri­tish Columbia and re­ceived a Bach­e­lor of Fine Arts De­gree, Theatre Ma­jor, from Si­mon Fraser Univer­sity. He comes to Rose­bud from Van­cou­ver, B.C., where he has most re­cently served as Gen­eral Man­ager of Pa­cific Theatre. In 2015, Nickel re­ceived the John Hob­day Award for Arts Man­age­ment from Canada Coun­cil of the Arts. Nickel is a co-founder of two theatre com­pa­nies, Dis­trict 13 Presents and Genus Theatre. He also brings a wealth of ex­peri- ence from his var­i­ous roles on arts and cul­ture boards in the Van­cou­ver area.

“I feel ex­tremely hon­ored to be tak­ing on this role with Rose­bud Cen­tre for the Arts, and to have the op­por­tu­nity to work in part­ner­ship with Mor­ris Ert­man, Artis­tic Di­rec­tor of Rose­bud Theatre, and Paul Muir, Ed­u­ca­tion Di­rec­tor at Rose­bud School of the Arts - two of the most ex­cit­ing theatre artists in Al­berta to­day,” said Nickel. “Rose­bud’s Chair and Board have charged me up with their am­bi­tious, in­clu­sive vision for what Rose­bud means to the per­form­ing arts in Al­berta, and in­deed, the coun­try. I will miss my friends at Pa­cific Theatre, and owe a huge debt of grat­i­tude to Ron Reed who gave me my start in pro­fes­sional theatre over a decade ago.”

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