The West End Cultural Centre is pleased to announce the appointment of Kerri Stephens as artistic director. Stephens has been with the WECC for nine years, working as community outreach coordinator and, most recently, as marketing and artistic associate. She will assume her new role September 1, 2019.
"Becoming the first female artistic director of the West End Culture Centre has been a long-time goal of mine", said Stephens. "We've had women in other leadership positions in the organization but this is the first time in the organization’s 32-year history that a woman will oversee our programming. I've worked hard to produce other people's artistic visions, so it's exciting to finally have the opportunity to see my vision in our musical programming."
Stephens has developed a reputation for skilled programming through her years with the WECC. She has helped program the annual summer lunchtime concert series Musical Notes & Lunch Totes, as well as the annual Ellice Street Festival and the WECC's annual community holiday dinner every December. As artistic associate she has helped program numerous concerts, including the hugely popular Throwback Thursdays and Ego Spank Presents… concert series.
"Watching Kerri develop her skills as programmer, particularly in the execution of our current concert series, has been very exciting," executive director Jason Hooper said. "I look forward to seeing where she takes our programming in the coming years."
With the appointment of Stephens, WECC production coordinator Matt Duboff will become the organization’s marketing coordinator. Duboff has been with the WECC for three years, overseeing volunteers as well as the bar and ticketing. His new position will see him working alongside Stephens to produce and promote the upcoming season of shows.