Since 2003 Franco Boni has served as Artistic Director of The Theatre Centre, leading the company in a $6M Capital Campaign and in the building of its new performance venue in Toronto. Franco is a recognized cultural innovator, facilitator and community builder with a demonstrated track record of restoring financial stability and artistic credibility for local art organizations and festivals for over two decades. Franco previously served as Festival Director of the Rhubarb Festival and Artistic Producer of the SummerWorks Festival. He has recently been appointed the Artistic and Executive Director of the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival in Vancouver.
He is the inaugural recipient of the Ken McDougall Award for emerging directors. Other honors include the Rita Davies Cultural Leadership Award, The George Luscombe Award for Mentorship in Theatre, and most recently an Exemplary Citizen Award from Deputy Mayor Ana Bailao.