Ottawa native to take over at GCTC

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An Ottawa native is coming home to be the new managing director of the Great Canadian Theatre Company, the GCTC announced Friday.

Hugh Nielsen will take over as managing director of the Great Canadian Theatre Company in October 2014

Hugh Nielsen, currently general manager of Persephone Theatre in Saskatoon, will take over in October.

Mr. Nielsen is a graduate of Lisgar Collegiate and the University of Ottawa and cut his performing teeth on the improv comedy circuit in Ottawa.

He is the founder of the Canadian Improv Games and still sits on its board. Mr. Nielsen’s history with the GCTC dates back to 1992.  

“I am very happy to be joining the passionate board and staff of GCTC as this company embarks on its next 40 years. I am also excited to be returning to the city and people who were so very influential in the early years of my career in the arts,” he said in a statement.

Mr. Nielsen will replace Nancy Oakley, who has served as general manager for the last nine years, managing financials, human resources, core operations and governance, and leading the theatre through its move from Gladstone Avenue to its current location on the corner of Wellington Street and Holland Avenue.

“Nancy Oakley led GCTC through a period of incredible transformation and we are looking forward to working with Mr. Neilson as he leads us into our fifth decade,” GCTC board of directors chair Nhanci Wright said in a statement.

Organizations: Persephone Theatre, University of Ottawa, Canadian Improv Games

Geographic location: Ottawa, Saskatoon, Gladstone Avenue Wellington Street Holland Avenue

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