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Monica Esteves to leave Crow's Theatre; New Managing Director to be Recruited

Nov 20, 2018

TORONTO – It is with both great appreciation and sadness that Crow’s Theatre announces the departure of Managing Director Monica Esteves, who will be stepping down from her position at Crow’s Theatre in March 2019 to assume the role of Executive Director at Canadian Stage.   The company is immediately launching a search process for a successor.
Effective December 3, 2018, Esteves will split her time between the two organizations facilitating a smooth transition for both. Crow’s Theatre’s Board of Directors has struck a Transition and Search Committee to conduct the search for Esteves’ replacement.
Monica Esteves joined Artistic Director Chris Abraham in the leadership of Crow’s Theatre in 2010.   Since then, the Company has experienced exponential growth.  Crow’s has moved into a permanent home at Dundas and Carlaw, increased revenues tenfold, and consistently fulfilled its artistic mission by delivering urgently contemporary theatre to great critical and audience acclaim.

“Eight years ago, when I dreamt of creating a permanent home for Crow’s, the first person I turned to was Monica,” says Abraham. “She immediately agreed to join me on that monumental journey and I am eternally grateful that she did. Monica’s strategic thinking, her clarity of purpose and her great passion for the arts have made her an amazing partner. She is also one of the hardest working people I have ever known. Monica is an exceptional arts leader and while we are sad to see her leave Crow’s, we are also excited for her as she takes on this new challenge.”
“My eight years as Managing Director of Crow’s Theatre have been the most fulfilling, challenging and unforgettable adventure of my life.   I feel extraordinarily privileged to have traveled that journey with the phenomenal Chris Abraham and to have been able to meet and work with so many incredible people.   The realization of Crow’s facility, Streetcar Crowsnest, was a shared labour of love.” says Esteves. “I am also grateful to all who have been so supportive of Crow’s and of me personally over the years:  particularly our donors and funders whose faith and support put wind in our sails.”
Crow’s Theatre Board Chair John Duffy added, “Monica leaves the company in strong condition – financially and organizationally.  This solid foundation is built on the talented team she has established here.  Our task now is to look ahead -- to renewed leadership that will work with Chris and the team to take this dynamic, growing organization to the next level.
Crow’s Theatre’s Board of Directors, staff, and artists extend their deepest gratitude to Esteves for her leadership and service to the company and wish her all the best as she embarks on a new stage of her career.
The Board’s transition and search process is aimed at putting a new Managing Director in place in Spring 2019. 
For more information or interview requests please contact:
Suzanne Cheriton, RedEye Media, 416-805-6744, suzanne@redeyemedia.ca