by Melinda Cheevers/Niagara This Week
After more than 17 years in the role, Colleen Blake has announced she's retiring as executive director of the Shaw Festival.
Blake commented that as the 50th season comes to an end, the timing was right to take stock, look forward to her own future and The Shaw's. She will be leaving the festival in early spring 2012.
"The Shaw is an incredibly creative company, full of dedicated and talented people who give their all on a continual basis," reflected Blake. "It has been an enormous privilege to share the leadership of this remarkable organization with Jackie Maxwell since 2002 and with Christopher Newton before that."
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