MONTREAL — The resignation of Manon Gauthier as chief executive officer of the Segal Centre for Performing Arts came as a shock even to those close to the scene.
She will be leaving June 1.
Gauthier, who was appointed less than 3-1/2 years ago, announced her departure May 8 in a joint statement with Alvin Segal, president and chair of the Segal’s board of directors.
“I could not think of a nobler mission than being entrusted by Alvin Segal with the task of growing and positioning the Segal Centre and, by extension, promoting the unequalled cultural leadership of our community,” Gauthier wrote.
“As an advocate of the arts, I have relentlessly shared and celebrated the leadership of the Montreal Jewish community. I will continue to do so, wherever the future leads me. I have great faith that my successor will take this gem of the community and take it to even greater heights.”
Gauthier, who came to the Segal after a varied 20-year career in communications and public affairs, oversaw a budget that this year reached approximately $4.8 million.
The fluently bilingual Gauthier strove to strengthen ties between the Segal and the broader Quebec cultural spheres, both anglophone and francophone, and to find greater corporate and government financial support.
Segal stated in the same announcement: “Manon Gauthier’s devotion and leadership have greatly contributed to the growth and success of [the Segal]… She has been instrumental in positioning the Segal Centre as an ambassador of our community and an artistic pillar of our great city. I am forever grateful for her leadership on behalf of the Montreal Jewish community, and her commitment to building bridges through the arts. I express to her my sincere gratitude and best wishes in future endeavours.”
This is the second loss in top leadership at the Segal in as many years. Artistic director Bryna Wasserman, who concurrently served as executive director before Gauthier’s hiring, left for New York’s Folksbiene Yiddish Theatre in 2011.
Her position was never filled. Paul Flicker holds the position of artistic producer.