Lois Brown hired as Stephenville Theatre Festival new artistic director

Frank Gale fgale@thewesternstar.com
Published on February 10, 2014
Lois Brown is Stphenville Theatre Festival's artistic director
Submitted photo by Kenneth J. Harvey

Corner Brook native Lois Brown has been hired as the artistic director for the Stephenville Theatre Festival 2014 season.

According to a prepared release from the festival, Brown was educated in drama at the University of Alberta, returned to Newfoundland after graduation and established a cross-disciplinary artistic practice.

She is working with the board of directors to take the Stephenville Theatre Festival in a new direction that the festival’s board believes will translate into excellent theatre. The festival says its new direction will involve producing works with actors primarily from Newfoundland and Labrador.

Brown is an original member and past curator of Neighbourhood Dance Works and the Festival of New Dance. She is a past artistic animateur of Resource Centre for the Arts Theatre Company.

In 2004, she was one of five Canadian directors short-listed for the Elinore and Lou Siminovitch Prize. The following year she received The Victor Martyn Lynch-Staunton Award for outstanding achievement in theatre by a mid-career Canadian artist from the Canada Council and an Artist Achievement Award from The Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council.

Brown holds a masters from Memorial University, where she has taught acting and directing. Before taking the position of artisitic director at the Stephenville Festival, she held the position of artist and dramaturg in residence at Playwrights Workshop Montréal.

“Lois brings a real passion and vision for the future of Stephenville Theatre Festival. We couldn’t be more delighted that she has accepted the position and we’re (board of directors) thrilled to have her with us as our new artisitic director,” Elizabeth Brown, chair of the Stephenville Theatre Festival board of directors said.

The chair said she believes the festival’s audience will love what the board is planning in conjunction with artistic director Brown for the 2014 season.

Stephenville Theatre Festival is a not-for-profit charitable organization run by a volunteer board of directors and is widely recognized for the substantial contribution it has made to the development of theatre in Newfoundland and Labrador during the past 35 years.