Mar 27, 2019
Randy Joynt
Royal & McPherson Theatres Society

 Randy Joynt has been the Manager of External Affairs for the Royal and McPherson Theatres Society in Victoria since 2016. Prior to this, he was the Executive Director of Artspace and the co-founder and General Manager of TRIP dance company in Winnipeg. Randy began his career as a contemporary dancer, performing with companies in Winnipeg, Ottawa and Montreal.  He has a keen interest in cultural policy and arts advocacy and has lead strategic planning processes, governance reviews and operational capacity building initiatives for a number of arts organizations.  He is currently on the Boards of ProArt and the BC Alliance for Arts and Culture; and has been founding Chair of Manitobans for the Arts, Treasurer of the Winnipeg Art Council and Vice-President of the Canadian Dance Assembly.

The Royal Theatre and the McPherson Playhouse are the flagship venues for the performing arts in Greater Victoria. No other Canadian city boasts two beautifully maintained historic theatres at the centre of its cultural life. Each year approximately 180,000 people from all over Greater Victoria and beyond attend shows at the theatres – from professional dance, opera and classical music to variety shows, rock music and community theatre.

 This presentation will detail the history of the theatres and their present day use as the region’s performing arts centre.