Gideon Arthurs is the outgoing CEO of the National Theatre School of Canada (NTS) and incoming Executive Director of Soulpepper Theatre in Toronto. He currently sits on the Boards of Directors of the Conseil des arts de Montréal and recently served on the Board of Culture Montréal. Before joining NTS, Gideon served as General Manager of Tarragon Theatre and the Executive Director of the Toronto Fringe Festival during a period that saw the development of a second festival presented by the organization, significant growth of the flagship festival, and the creation of a subsidized rehearsal space for independent artists.
Gideon was previously President of La Serre: Arts Vivant, a member of the Canadian Arts Summit Steering Committee, President of the Small Theatre Administrative Facility (STAF), Vice-President of the Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts (TAPA), where he also served as Chair of the Audience Working Group and was a member of the Labour Relations Committee at the Professional Association of Canadian Theatres (PACT). He is the founding Artistic Producer of the independent theatre company Groundwater Productions and has worked extensively as a teacher and consultant in the theatrical field.