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David Storch, artistic director of Canadian Stage Company, the country’s largest regional theater, announced his resignation Wednesday after only nine months on the job

“The demands of this company are not ones which I feel are in my creative interests to pursue,” he said.

Storch’s position was introduced last May, working under artistic producer Martin Bragg, who continues to hold chief responsibility over the company.

With a budget of a little less than $11 million, Canadian Stage produces an average of nine shows per year on two stages in Toronto. The org’s accumulated deficit is just over $1 million, most of it from the unsuccessful 2005-06 season, which went $703,000 in the red.

Canadian Stage has been fighting negative reviews and poor public image for several seasons and it was felt a new artistic vision was needed to revitalize the company. However, Storch, a longtime colleague of Bragg’s with little administrative experience, emerged as the wrong person for the job.

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Bragg insists Storch’s departure is “more than amicable,” adding that the exiting a.d. will return to direct “Misery” later this season and another show in the 2008-09 program.

A search for a replacement will begin immediately, according to Bragg.