Gideon Arthurs - CEO

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Photo: Maxime Côté

One of the few under-45 CEOs of large cultural organizations in Canada. An ambitious, civically minded agent of change:

  • Believes that arts organizations have an important role to play in making the world a better place, but they are not doing so yet. 
  • Came to NTS to change that from the ground floor, by creating opportunities for more and different people to make and experience art. 
  • A defender of diversity, youth, art and the under-represented.

Gideon Arthurs is the Chief Executive Officer of the National Theatre School of Canada, the country's leading theatre training organization. Working with the dynamic NTS team, he has helped put in place initiatives that have sought to create a more diverse, inclusive and open institution, including community focussed programs that reach over 8000 people in 350+ communities.

Originally from Toronto and working in theatre since childhood, Gideon strives to serve the arts community in any capacity he can. Prior to joining NTS, he led several major projects as General Manager of Toronto's Tarragon Theatre and Executive Director of the Toronto Fringe Festival. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Conseil des Arts de Montreal and on the Executive Committee of Culture Montreal. In the past, he has served as President of La Serre: Arts Vivant, as a Steering Committee Member for the Canadian Arts Summit, as Chair of the Small Theatre Administrative Facility (now Generator TO), as Vice-President of the Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts, as a Board Director of the Segal Centre for the Performing Arts, and as Chair of the Paprika Festival, among many other volunteer positions.

Above all, he is the father of two beautiful children and the husband of a brilliant playwright.

To reach Gideon Arthurs, please contact Berry Zinga Nkuni, CEO's Assistant: 514-842-7954, ext. 111 or


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