The Fredericton Playhouse, and its Executive Director Tim Yerxa, received a national award at the annual conference of the Canadian Arts Presenting Association (CAPACOA) at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa Sunday night. The Presenter of the Year Award recognizes excellence and is given to an organization and its chief executive, which has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to superb programming and professionalism, and has made a significant contribution to community life and the touring sector in Canada in 2009-2010.
On receiving the award, Yerxa thanked the community of Greater Fredericton for continuing to support the Playhouse in its efforts to bring live cultural and arts performance experiences to everyone. “This award is a testament that Fredericton continues to punch way above its weight when it comes to arts and culture,” said Yerxa. “Our patrons, the business community, our donors, our funders, and our volunteers all come together to create something quite remarkable. It’s a collaborative effort and it takes all of these parts to create our success. Our team is very proud of what we are doing and it’s an honour to be recognized by our peers on the national level.”
The award, one of three national awards given annually by the association, is the only national recognition for the role of a “presenter” in a community. Presenters are those people or organizations who invite artists to perform in their venues and develop the audiences for their performances. The Playhouse was nominated alongside such prestigious venues as Toronto’s Roy Thompson and Massey Halls. The winner is selected by a vote of the association’s membership.
In the citation, Yerxa and the Playhouse were praised for their professional work, their commitment to the role of the performing arts in developing a positive community life, and their excellence in promoting emerging and established artists working in dance, music, and theatre.