Gideon Arthurs - CEO

École nationale de théâtre
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 CEO of the National Theatre School of Canada (NTS), the only institution in the country entirely devoted to providing professional training in all of the theatre crafts, in both official languages. He currently sits on the Board of Directors of the Conseil des arts de Montréal, is a member of the Steering Committee of the Canada Arts Summit and he was formerly the President of the Board of La Serre/OFFTA. He served as a juror for the 2015 Siminovitch Prize for Excellence and Innovation in Theatre.

Before joining NTS, Gideon Arthurs served as General Manager of Tarragon Theatre in Toronto for close to three years, where he led several important projects including improvements of the theatre’s equipment and facilities, as well as a major audience engagement program. Before that, he was the Executive Director of the Toronto Fringe Festival during a period that saw the development of a second festival presented by the organization, significant growth of the flagship festival, and the creation of a subsidized rehearsal space for independent artists.

He is Past President of the Small Theatre Administrative Facility (STAF), the former Vice-President of the Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts (TAPA) where he also served as Chair of the Audience Working Group, and was a member of the Labour Relations Committee at the Professional Association of Canadian Theatres (PACT). Previously, he served as President of the Paprika Festival, Treasurer of Public Recordings Performance, and Secretary of Pleiades Theatre. He is the founding Artistic Producer of the independent theatre company Groundwater Productions, and has worked extensively as a teacher and consultant in the field. Most importantly, he is the father of two amazing children and the husband of a genius playwright.


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