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McFarland tops two Canuck theaters

Locations present wide variety of pro, local productions

The former general manager of Ottawa’s Great Canadian Theater Company has taken over the administration of two municipally owned theaters.

Charles McFarland is now the artistic producer-program manager for both the Centrepointe and Orleans theaters. The two facilities, located at opposite sides of Ottawa, present a wide variety of professional and community productions.

McFarland left GCTC abruptly in April 2005, after he and former GCTC artistic director Lorne Pardy were fired by the theater’s board of directors. The reason for the sudden terminations was never made public.

During the four years that McFarland was GCTC’s GM, he also directed and performed in a number of productions around the city, and was the theater’s senior administrator and headed the capital campaign for the company’s major new facility. He is credited with being a key player in the successful campaign that has landed the theater the new building that is currently under construction.

After leaving GCTC, McFarland was appointed managing director of the Manitoba Theater for Young People in Winnipeg for the 2005-2006 season.

Previously, he was assistant head of the theater section of the Canada Council for the Arts; artistic director of the Arbour Theater, in Peterborough, Ontario; and associate artistic director of the Manitoba Theater Center.

He returned to Ottawa to manage the 1,000-seat Centrepointe Theater and 250-seat Orleans facility in April. The Centrepointe facility also houses a second smaller performing space.

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