National Arts Centre

President and Chief Executive Officer Search

About the President and CEO opportunity

This is an enviable opportunity to build upon the National Arts Centre’s strong reputation as Canada’s home for the performing arts, and its proven track record as a catalyst for performance, creation and learning across Canada.

The NAC’s next leader will inherit an organization that has dramatically increased its national role over the past two decades, and that has become an increasing source of pride for Canadians. Benefiting from what is arguably the strongest artistic team in North America, and an extraordinarily talented senior management team, the new President and CEO will provide the vision and leadership necessary to guide the organization into its next phase of growth.

Reporting to a supportive Board of Trustees, this individual will be expected to drive the development of bold new initiatives that support the NAC’s mandate on its four stages in the Nation’s Capital, as well as its national role in supporting the performing arts across Canada. This includes the Centre’s bold new emphasis on supporting the creation of ambitious new Canadian work in theatre, dance and music. The ideal candidate will be bilingual.

Canada is our stage.

Those four words inform everything we do as a catalyst for performance, creation and learning across the country. We are proud to be a home for many of Canada’s most exciting artists, who captivate audiences on our four stages. We strive to be artistically adventurous in each of our programming streams. We provide artistic and financial support to Canadian creators, helping them create highly ambitious new work in theatre, dance and music for national and international audiences.

We partner with our country’s most innovative arts organizations, from Victoria B.C., to Igloolik, Nunavut, to St. John’s Newfoundland, and many, many places in between. And we work with children and young people across the country, fostering young audiences with innovative programs, and nurturing the artists of tomorrow through artist training. The NAC is the only bilingual, multidisciplinary performing arts centre in Canada, and one of the largest in the world.


  • Strategic Plan

    Canada is our stage 2015 ‒ 2020

    Our new Strategic Plan includes a number of initiatives that we believe will help us more effectively work with other arts organizations to build a national stage for the performing arts.

  • NAC 2017

    Building Brilliance

    The new NAC will include improved performance spaces, public areas for education and events, full accessibility for people with mobility challenges, and a magnificent glass atrium with a glittering entrance on Elgin Street.

  • Leadership Team

    The National Arts Centre Foundation is governed by a diverse group of leaders from across the country who share a passion for the performing arts.


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