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New GM and Exec Take the Helm

Executive Director and General Manager Named at Victoria Playhouse

The Board of Directors of the Victoria Playhouse is excited to announce that Emily Smith has been hired as the Executive Director and Susan Williams Bulman will assume the role of General Manager. Founding General Manager Pat Stunden Smith retired at the end of January but will continue to work on special project initiatives on an ad hoc basis. “I am confident the new management team has the skills and vision to carry on the valuable work of Prince Edward Island’s longest Running Little Theatre. Emily and Susan understand and value our place within the Island community and will bring a fresh energy moving forward,” commented Smith.

Emily Smith brings both experience and a diverse background to the newly formed role of Executive Director. The daughter of Founding Artistic Director Erskine Smith and Pat Stunden Smith, Emily spent many of her formative years onstage as part of the Victoria Playhouse Drama Club. After graduating from UPEI with a BA she moved to Montreal where she obtained her MA in Literature from Concordia University. While in Montreal, she worked with McGill University in the Department of Development and Alumni Relations.  After returning to the Island in 2009, she joined the team in the Holland College Advancement Office.  She has been in a mentorship role preparing for this transition for the past three years. “The Playhouse has been a part of my life since I was a child. It’s a place that I, like many others, have a deep connection with and it’s both exciting and a little scary to be at the helm.”

Susan Williams Bulman has worked with the Playhouse for the past 27 years as the Assistant Administrator and bookkeeper. She earned a Business Administration degree from UPEI and also runs her own bookkeeping business. Susan is the volunteer treasurer for South Shore Health & Wellness Inc. and has worked as the CAO for the Municipalities of Crapaud and Victoria. Susan reflected on her role at the Playhouse “I am very lucky. I love my job and the people I work with.”

PEI Professional Theatre Network

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PEI Theatre is the Guild, Harbourfront Theatre,
Confederation Centre for the Arts,
Watermark Theatre, and Victoria Playhouse

Tribute to Erskine Smith On Tap

Erskine Smith was the founding Artistic director of the Victoria Playhouse and a much-loved Island storyteller.

Even though Erskine never heard of the group The Four Tellers, the Four Tellers have all heard of him, and of his passion and gift for storytelling. Two of them, Alan Buchanan and David Weale, performed with him on many occasions and counted him as a friend.

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In this tribute show The Four Tellers will be recalling with affection, and repeating, what they remember of Erskine’s stories, and supplementing them with their own.

The Four Tellers are of four generations – David Weale, Alan Buchanan, Gary Evans and Denny King – and they have been performing to sold-out crowds at the Kings Playhouse in Georgetown for three summers.

Their shows recreate the Island tradition of individuals sitting around a kitchen table telling stories, with one drawing the next, like tissues out of a box. You thought that had disappeared? Not quite. It is alive and well in this unique show.

The Four Tellers are alternately poignant, and hilarious, and will entertain you in a way you’ve never been entertained before.

The Tellers are at the Victoria Playhouse September 8 – 10.

4 Tellers Telling Tales

Erskine Smith was the founding Artistic director of the Victoria Playhouse. His fifty year career included performing and directing for stage, TV and film, national radio appearances and his much loved storytelling sessions.

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Even though Erskine never heard of the group The Four Tellers, the Four Tellers have all heard of him, and of his passion and gift for storytelling. Two of them, Alan Buchanan and David Weale, performed with him on many occasions and counted him as a friend.

In this tribute show The Four Tellers will be recalling with affection, and repeating, what they remember of Erskine’s stories, and supplementing them with their own.

The Four Tellers are of four generations – David Weale, Alan Buchanan, Gary Evans and Denny King – and they have been performing to sold-out crowds at the Kings Playhouse in Georgetown for three summers.

Their shows recreate the Island tradition of individuals sitting around a kitchen table telling stories, with one drawing the next, like tissues out of a box. You thought that had disappeared? Not quite. It is alive and well in this unique show.

The Four Tellers are alternatively poignant, and hilarious, and will entertain you in a way you’ve never been entertained before.

The Four Tellers: Tribute to Erskine is at the Victoria Playhouse September 8 – 10th.

Photo by: AnnWinslow

Lately at the Victoria Playhouse

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Rope’s End by Doug Bowie, directed by Mark Fraser, 2015

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Kiss the Moon, Kiss the Sun by Norm Foster, directed by Ted Price, 2014

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Having Hope at Home by David Craig, directed by Ron Irving, 2013

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Trudeau Stories by Brooke Johnson, directed by Allyson McMackon, 2012

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‘Till It Hurts by Doug Bowie, directed by Erskine Smith, 2011