Carolyn Gray is the new executive director of the Manitoba Writer's Guild. (MWG)
Winnipeg playwright Carolyn Gray is taking the helm at
the Manitoba Writers' Guild on June 17, the organization announced.
"Carolyn's long and diverse experience working in the arts, her strong connections to Manitoba's literary community, and her warmth and enthusiasm are exactly what the Guild needs," said Joanne Epp, Guild president.
"With the new executive director position, the Guild will extend its office hours and activities to better serve our members, and we're thrilled that Carolyn has agreed to join us in this role."
The Stratford-born writer, whose work has been produced at Theatre Projects Manitoba, Manitoba Theatre for Young People, the International Children's Festival and Toronto's Factory Theatre, has worked as an actor, archivist and educator for 25 years.
She steps into the role after the organization has finally recovered from a 2008 financial crisis that saw then-executive director Robyn Maharaj fired without notice and a number of board members resign.
The 31-year-old organization has been without an executive director since, though in the past two years it has climbed out of debt and begun to offer consistent programming both in and outside Winnipeg, Epp confirmed.
"It will be my privilege to grow with this vital organization, further nurturing and promoting the incredible writing talent in Manitoba," Gray said.
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