The University of Waterloo Hagey Lectures Committee is thrilled to announce that this year’s Hagey Lecture will be delivered by Antoni Cimolino, Artistic Director of the Stratford Festival, on October 19 in the Theatre of the Arts.
Jointly sponsored by the Faculty Association and the University, the Hagey Lectures are a free, annual series of lectures intended to challenge, stimulate, and enrich not only the faculty, staff, and students of the University of Waterloo, but also all members of the community.
Cimolino has been Artistic Director of the Stratford Festival since 2013. A champion of the arts and culture, Cimolino served as the Founding Chair of Culture Days, a nation-wide celebration of arts and culture in Canada. He has initiated collaborations with several prestigious theatre companies, including Montreal’s Théâtre du Nouveau Monde, Ottawa’s National Arts Centre, New York’s Lincoln Center and City Center, San Francisco’s American Conservatory Theater, and the Chicago Shakespeare Theater. He also spearheaded the Stratford Festival’s involvement in a joint project with CUSO International, Canada’s international volunteer co-operation agency, to establish a performing arts and educational centre in the city of Suchitoto, El Salvador.
Cimolino’s directing credits at Stratford include The Merry Wives of Windsor; The Tempest; Hamlet; The Grapes of Wrath; Coriolanus; Love’s Labour’s Lost, and Filumena. This season, he is directing Richard III and The Miser. Among his other accomplishments at Stratford, Cimolino was instrumental in establishing the Festival’s Endowment Foundation, which now stands at $81 million, as well as in the renovation of its Avon Theatre and the creation of its Studio Theatre.