McHenry named Sudbury Theatre Company Artistic Director - Nov. 23, 2017
The Board of Governors of the Sudbury Theatre Centre (STC) takes great pleasure in announcing the appointment of John McHenry as STC’s new Artistic Director effective Jan. 1, 2018.
McHenry’s professional theatre career began at STC in 1986 as a performer in Show Boat directed by then Artistic Director, Tony Lloyd. This was followed in subsequent years by Annie Get Your Gun, Carousel, Fiddler on the Roof and Christmas in the Land of Oz also with Lloyd. He became STC’s director of marketing in 1989 during Mark Schoenberg’s tenure as artistic director followed by working with Gord McCall at the beginning of his time at STC.
He has worked at theatres across the country as a marketer and publicist: Huron Country Playhouse in Grand Bend, Hamilton’s Theatre Aquarius, the Vancouver Playhouse Theatre Company, Presentation House Theatre in North Vancouver, and most recently, the Blyth Festival. While in Hamilton, he was also president of the Hamilton Fringe Festival Board of Directors, invigorating that company for three years.
“The Sudbury Theatre Centre holds a very dear place in my heart,” said McHenry. “Who’d have thought 31 years ago, when I was here in Show Boat that I would be coming back as artistic director? Naturally, I’m thrilled that the Board has entrusted me with the artistic future of STC.
“With the continued support of our patrons, volunteers, the larger community, the arts councils and the City of Greater Sudbury, this is a time of renewal for our Home for the Performing Arts. Our season continues with many spectacular and moving productions.”
Before McHenry takes the reins as Artistic Director, he is directing STC’s holiday show, A Christmas Story, Philip Grecian’s stage adaptation of the 1983 classic movie. “As I begin planning 2018/2019, I promise a season full of music and laughter that includes some of the hottest shows and playwrights on stages across Canada today; it will be a season to entertain and uplift your spirits.”
Board Chair Gerry Copeman said, “We are thrilled to have John joining us at the helm. His return to Sudbury is inspiring and a true testament of STC’s role in professional theatre in the North. His talent is a welcome addition to our team, and we look forward to continue entertaining Sudbury in the years to come.”
The Sudbury Theatre Centre acknowledges the ongoing support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, and the City of Greater Sudbury.