Longtime National Arts Centre president and CEO Herrndorf to step down in 2018

Posted on: September 19, 2017

“Peter Herrndorf, the president and CEO of the National Arts Centre, will be stepping down on June 2, 2018, after leading Canada’s largest performing arts organization for 18 years,” reads an unsigned Monday (9/18) article in the Ottawa Citizen (Canada). The NAC, parent organization of the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa, “credited Herrndorf with transforming the centre artistically … and physically through the $225.4-million renewal project…. The first phase of the architectural renewal, a glittering addition designed by Canadian architect Donald Schmitt, opened on Canada Day [July 1].… Under his leadership, the NAC re-embraced its national role, made youth and education a key pillar of the organization, put excitement back on its stages by committing to artistic excellence, and dramatically increased its earned revenues. Herrndorf also created the NAC Foundation, the fundraising arm of the organization…. The NAC will soon open the $25-million Creation Fund, which will provide venture capital to artists … to create bold new works of music, theatre and dance. In recent months, Herrndorf also announced that the NAC will open a new Department of Indigenous Theatre to mark the NAC’s 50th Anniversary in 2019, led by Indigenous actor and playwright Kevin Loring.”

Posted September 19, 2017