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New Leadership at Alberta's Largest Rural Performing Arts Centre

It is with great pride that Colin Jackson, Chair, Rosebud Centre of the Arts (RCA) announced that Frank Nickel has been appointed the organization's new Executive Director. "We are thrilled that Frank, with his deep experience in Arts Management and passion for rural Alberta, has accepted our offer to become part of the Rosebud community and we are preparing to welcome him and his wife, Karina," said Jackson. Nickel will begin his full-time appointment in Rosebud on May 1, 2017. 

"Rosebud Centre of the Arts is where the rich heritage and deep optimism of rural Alberta is expressed and then shared throughout this great province, nationally and internationally," Jackson continued. "It is where post-secondary students learn the skills of the performing arts supported by a professional resident theatre company and through a faith-infused curriculum. Embracing Alberta's rural values, our Theatre is renowned for compelling productions that celebrate the human spirit. With Frank leading our exceptional staff Rosebud is assured of a proud and prosperous future." 

"I feel extremely honored to be taking on this role with Rosebud Centre for the Arts, and to have the opportunity to work in partnership with Morris Ertman, Artistic Director of Rosebud Theatre, and Paul Muir, Education Director at Rosebud School of the Arts - two of the most exciting theatre artists in Alberta today," said Nickel. "Rosebud's Chair and Board have charged me up with their ambitious, inclusive vision for what Rosebud means to the performing arts in Alberta, and indeed, the country.  I will miss my friends at Pacific Theatre, and owe a huge debt of gratitude to Ron Reed who gave me my start in professional theatre over a decade ago." 

Nickel was born and raised in British Columbia and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree, Theatre Major, from Simon Fraser University. He comes to Rosebud from Vancouver, B.C., where he has most recently served as General Manager of Pacific Theatre. In 2015, Nickel received the John Hobday Award for Arts Management from Canada Council of the Arts. Nickel is a co-founder of two theatre companies, District 13 Presents and Genus Theatre. He also brings a wealth of experience from his various roles on arts and culture boards in the Vancouver area. 

Rosebud Theatre will open its 34th Season on March 31 with Thornton Wilder's The Skin of Our Teeth, a Pulitzer Prize-winning story about humanity's inventiveness and endurance in the face of the end of the world. It's a comedy that transcends tragedy as the Antrobus family hangs on to hope in the craziest of times. For more information or to reserve tickets call Kevin at 1-800-267-7553 or email or book tickets online at

For interviews or more information, contact:

Mitzy Frere, Assistant to the Executive Director, Rosebud Centre of the Arts
Voice and Text: 403-443-3163

About Rosebud Centre of the Arts (RCA)

RCA is located an hour's drive northeast of Calgary, nestled in the picturesque country hamlet of Rosebud, Alberta. Rosebud Theatre celebrated its 30th Anniversary Season in 2013, and is one of Alberta's premiere theatre companies with an international reputation as an excellent Canadian destination for high quality live theatre. In 2012, it was named one of the 25 Most Innovative Organizations by Alberta Venture Magazine. In past years, Rosebud Centre of the Arts has received multiple awards including Travel Alberta's "Alberta Pride" ALTO Award, the "Rural Tourism Champion" award and the Rozsa Awards. Annually, more than 35,000 patrons enjoy the "Rosebud Experience" of professional theatre, complemented by unique dining, art galleries, museums and shopping. Rosebud is also home to Rosebud School of the Arts, a post-secondary educational institution that offers conservatory training in theatre and music to students, many who advance to perform in productions by Rosebud Theatre.

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