New Fortune Theatre general manager Nicholas McBryde and artistic director Lara Macgregor at a rehearsal of Calendar Girls which opens at the Fortune tomorrow. Photo by Peter McIntosh.
Former Otago Festival of the Arts director Nicholas McBryde
has been appointed general manager of the Fortune Theatre.
He replaces Jeremy Smith, who resigned last month to take
over as manager of Olveston.
"I've worked in the performing arts most of my career and
I've been in the Dunedin performing arts since 1988, so it is
a serendipity thing, really," Mr McBryde said yesterday.
"I've seen the theatre fluctuate and this a very exciting
time, as it's on a wave. This theatre has moved forward
exponentially in the last two years, through putting in place
a strong artistic structure.
"There's a very passionate and committed team here and it's
exciting to be part of that. I'm just going to look and
listen. But I will be hitting the ground running, as I've
worked in every department of a professional theatre and have
empathy and sympathy for every part.
"There's a great culture here and my previous experience
should be a huge advantage. I'm hoping it will be a seamless
transition. he said.
"It's very exciting. We should celebrate being the world's
most southern professional theatre and having such an
enthusiastic and supportive catchment."
Mr McBryde (55) was born in Mosgiel, but grew up in the Cook
Islands after his family moved there when he was an infant.
After training in performance violin at the University of
Canterbury, he managed the Canterbury Opera Company in 1985
and 1986 and the Dunedin Sinfonia from 1987 to 1992. He has
also sung opera, danced with the Southern Ballet Company, was
the Court Theatre marketing manager and even performed on the
Fortune stage, during the 1984 production Footrot Flats -
The Stage Musical.
He is probably best known for his long-serving role as
founding director of the Otago Festival of the Arts, during
which time it never lost money.
Fortune artistic director Lara Macgregor said it was an
exciting appointment for the theatre.
"There's no doubt Nicholas is very passionate about the arts
and has a strong relationship with funders and sponsors
through his role with the arts festival," she said yesterday.
"We're thrilled to have him aboard and very excited about the
Mr McBryde starts on Monday.
The Fortune releases its 2013 season on December 3.