Bermuda Festival Appoints Executive Director

June 29, 2015

The Board of Directors of The Bermuda Festival of the Performing Arts Limited is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. David Skinner as the Executive Director commencing July 1, 2015.

Mr. Ian Davidson, Chairman of the Festival, explained that Mr. Skinner’s appointment to this newly-established leadership role was as a result of a recently concluded strategic planning process.

This process focused on the increasingly significant challenge of presenting an appealing calendar of world class performances representing all genres of the performing arts in a sustainable economic framework.

Mr. Davidson said: “For forty years the Festival has thrived making a positive contribution to the community by entertaining, educating and inspiring local audiences with a high caliber of featured performances and an extensive Outreach Programme. Our Outreach Programme is offered to every school in Bermuda, and master classes are available wherever possible for those already progressing in their study of the performing arts.

“Until this appointment, the administration, finance and management functions of the Festival have been performed by a small contingent of part-time staff and a core group of very dedicated volunteers under the guidance of a volunteer Chairman.

“During our strategic planning process, the Board recognised that a more dedicated commitment was required to these functions and to maintain the standards of the Festival while offering a diverse programme of world class performances that satisfies a broad cross section of the community.

“The Festival is very fortunate to have secured the services of Mr. Skinner as its first Executive Director to lead us through these challenging times. His business and professional background together with his personal involvement with the performing arts, as a musician and teacher, make him ideally suited for this leadership position”.

Mr. Skinner added: “I am excited about the challenge ahead. The Bermuda Festival has a rich history thanks to the dedication of the Board, staff and volunteers over the years. I look forward to working with the organisation to help sustain and develop the Festival’s future.”

Mr. Davidson concluded by stating: “We are aware from community feedback that the Festival plays a significant role in the performing arts space. All of us involved are committed to seeing this role continue and prosper under David’s executive leadership”.

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