Kaleidoscope Theatre announces Marcus Handman as new Executive Director

Handman is former Executive Director of both the Victoria Symphony and Pacific Opera Victoria

Kaleidoscope Theatre Productions Society announced the appointment of Marcus Handman as its new Executive Director, effective Oct. 1.

Handman is well known in Victoria as the former Executive Director of both the Victoria Symphony (where he helped eliminate a serious accumulated deficit), and Pacific Opera Victoria. His long and varied career includes senior management positions with the Directors Guild of Canada, the International Cinematographers Guild, and Opera Lyra Ottawa. In a volunteer capacity, he is co-founder of FilmOntario and has served on the Boards of many organizations, including Variety the Children’s Charity, Tourism Victoria, Opera.ca, the DGC Ontario Foundation, the Motion Picture Production Industry Association of BC, and Victoria’s ProArt.

“Marcus brings a wealth of experience in Arts Management and has strong ties to Victoria,” says Kaleidoscope Theatre President George Szwender. “We welcome Marcus as we continue to build our programs in this our 41st year of being part of the local artistic community.”

“What a remarkable gift it is to have Marcus join our creative team,” adds Artistic Director Roderick Glanville. “We are looking forward to the tremendous growth opportunities that his fresh perspective and skills will provide Kaleidoscope as we move into the future creating dynamic, accessible, and affordable professional theatre experiences focused on youth and families.”

Handman says he is delighted to join Kaleidoscope. “This amazing theatre company … has been part of the fabric of the Capital Region for almost half a century. I am looking forward to raising the profile of the organization, and helping it reach new heights in artistic achievement.”

Kaleidoscope’s 41st season begins Oct. 30 with a fundraising production of Little Shop of Horrors at the McPherson Playhouse. Tickets are available online here or by calling 250-386-6121.

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