Against the Grain Theatre Appoints Inaugural General Director

By Logan Martell
Against the Grain Theatre has announced that Robin Whiffen has been named as the company’s first General Director.

Effective immediately, Whiffen will continue to work with Founder and Artistic Director Joel Ivany to further the company’s vision.

Since joining AtG in 2019, Whiffen has been crucial in developing several digital opera productions such as their award-winning “Messiah/Complex,” as well as “Savitri,” “BOUND,” and “Identity.” As a speaker Whiffen has participated in the Association for Opera in Canada’s RBC Future Launch Fellowship program , the Business/Arts Executive Leadership program, and OPERA America’s Leadership Intensive.

“This promotion is a reflection of Robin’s strong management skills, as well as her active involvement in artistic decisions,” said Marc Chalifoux, Chair of the Board of Directors, in an official press statement. “With this proven leadership team at the helm, the future feels bright at AtG as we continue to evolve the nature and perception of what opera and vocal works can be.”

“It has been a very exciting few years of growth at AtG, and I look forward to continuing this important and fulfilling work with our team,” added Whiffen. “I am so grateful for this opportunity, and welcome the opportunity to continue challenging the parameters of the operatic art form to make it more accessible and inclusive for our communities.”

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