Filipino-Canadian director Nina Lee Aquino to helm NAC English Theatre

OTTAWA – Filipino-Canadian theatremaker Nina Lee Aquino has been tapped to bring a bold new vision to the National Arts Centre.

Aquino was appointed as the next artistic director of the NAC English Theatre on Thursday.

She’ll succeed Jillian Keiley, who is stepping down this summer after a decade at the helm of the Ottawa institution.

Aquino cemented her reputation as a leader in Canada’s theatre community during her 10 seasons as artistic director of Toronto’s Factory Theatre.

She’s also an award-winning director, dramaturg and teacher who has been credited for championing emerging talent and bringing diverse voices to the stage.

Aquino is set to take the reins at NAC English Theatre on Aug. 29.

“The NAC that I dream of is a creative catalyst for change and transformation,” Aquino said in a news release.

“It is the place where artists and audiences constantly interrogate and explore what Canada’s place is in the world and what the rest of the world’s place is in Canada.”

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 6, 2022.

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