For Immediate Release (Friday, March 26, 2021):

THE GUILD ANNOUNCES GEORDIE BROWN AS ARTISTIC DIRECTOR OF SUMMER FESTIVAL

Lineup to be announced ahead of Atlantic Bubble opening

EPEKWITK | CHARLOTTETOWN, PE – The Guild is happy to announce Geordie Brown as the artistic director of its summer festival. Brown has a long list of credits as a performer, director, and creator in Atlantic Canada and beyond.

Brown will announce the lineup for the 2021 festival on April 7 at 11:00am, together with The Guild’s CEO Alanna Jankov.

“It is a thrill to welcome Geordie to The Guild in this new role. Not only does he produce exciting work, but he is a true collaborator and team player.”, says Jankov.

Brown returns to the Guild after creating and directing The Guild’s production of Singalong Jubilee – A Musical Tribute in 2019. He directed Stan Rogers: A Matter of Heart at The Guild in 2016 – a production that was picked up by Neptune Theatre in Halifax the following year.

On the national stage, he originated the lead role in Jukebox Hero: The Musical, featuring the hits of Foreigner, at the Ed Mirvish Theatre in Toronto, and co-wrote and directed Could I Have This Dance? – a new musical featuring the hits of Anne Murray – at the Rebecca Cohn in Halifax.

As Artistic Director, Brown will oversee all programming during the summer season, in addition to directing professional theatre productions. Historically, the festival has presented over 200 live performances from June to October each year.

Brown looks forward to connecting with the community, stating he wants to amplify historically underrepresented voices.

“Seeing yourself and your stories up on stage is incredibly powerful, and it’s not something that all of us have had the chance to experience,” says Brown.

Brown will also collaborate with Lori Linkletter, The Guild’s artistic director of children’s programming, to explore new practical learning opportunities for aspiring artists at The Guild’s Music Theatre School.

Outside of the arts, Brown has made a second career as a community outreach worker and youth care practitioner with high-risk and marginalized communities. He holds certifications from the Canadian Centre of Diversity and InclusionIndigenous Awareness Canada, and Pride at Work Canada.

“Geordie comes to this position with varied experience beyond his artistic endeavors. He has a real passion for the inclusion of all members of the community”, says Guild board member Blaine Murphy.

As part of an ongoing casting call, Brown is currently seeking submissions from non-binary or genderqueer actors for the upcoming season. Submissions can be emailed to submissions@theguildpei.com. Deadline is extended to Tuesday, March 30th.

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Photo: Geordie Brown

Media contacts for further information and interviews:

Alanna Jankov, CEO

ajankov@theguildpei.com

Geordie Brown, Artistic Director

gbrown@theguildpei.com

About The Guild

The Guild or PEI Arts Guild Inc. is a Not-for-profit Arts Organization, registered charity, and Cultural Hub in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. Its provincial mandate is to support new, emerging, and professional artists, creative industries, and community organizations, through subsidies, mentorship, training, professional development opportunities, and eclectic programming. During the summer months, The Guild presents and produces first-class theatre, children’s programming, and a wide variety of live performance. The Guild Summer Festival boasts over 200 performances from June to October each year. The Guild Music Theatre school provides performing arts education year round to children of all ages. The Gallery at The Guild presents 6 months of curatorial artist-paid exhibitions and an additional 6 months of community-based exhibits.

About Geordie Brown

Geordie is a multi-disciplinary performing artist and creator from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. He is also one of the most active producers and directors in Atlantic Canadian theatre. With a keen ability to engage with fellow artists of any age, identity, or background, while promoting togetherness and teamwork, Geordie has a reputation as a strong mentor for young people, and a consummate collaborator for seasoned arts professionals. Geordie has produced and directed theatre productions at The Guild, Neptune Theatre, and the Rebecca Cohn. He has an intense love for East Coast Canadian music & culture, evident in his productions of Stan Rogers: A Matter of Heart and Singalong Jubilee. Most recently he co-wrote and directed Could I Have This Dance? – a new musical featuring the hits of Anne Murray, which tells a true story surrounding the history of forced adoptions and homes for unwed mothers in Canada.

As an actor and singer, Geordie has performed on stages across Canada. He originated the lead role in Jukebox Hero – The Musical at the Ed Mirvish Theatre in Toronto in 2019. His acting career first began in the film and television industry, leading to many noteworthy credits including a supporting role in Jodi Picoult’s “The Tenth Circle” alongside the late Kelly Preston.

Geordie has also enjoyed a second career as a community outreach worker and youth care practitioner. He is passionate about working with youth and families from high-risk and marginalized communities. He considers himself a lifelong learner and holds certifications from the Canadian Centre for Diversity & Inclusion, Pride at Work Canada, Indigenous Awareness Canada, and participated in the Canadian Red Cross’ Prevention In Motion workshop.

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