Leadership

Christopher Gaze
Artistic Director

Christopher Gaze is best known as the Founding Artistic Director of Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival, which celebrates its Thirtieth Season in 2019. He hosts the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra’s ever popular Tea & Trumpets series and has hosted their annual traditional Christmas concerts for the past 26 years.

Christopher plays a leading role in British Columbia as an advocate for the arts in general, and his passionate dedication to Bard on the Beach has fuelled its growth into one of the largest professional theatre companies in Canada, drawing more than 1.9 million patrons since he founded it in 1990.

His many honours include Canada’s Meritorious Service Medal, Honorary Doctorates from UBC & SFU, the Mayor’s Arts Award for Theatre and the Order of British Columbia.

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Claire Sakaki
Executive Director

Claire was named Executive Director of Bard on the Beach in 2013. Prior to Bard, Claire was the Producer of Toronto’s Soulpepper Theatre Company, Business Manager for Toronto Dance Theatre, Company Manager for the Western Playhouse, Founding Producer of Theatrefront and worked in corporate development for the Canadian Opera Company.

Claire is a graduate of the Non-Profit Executive Program at Georgetown University, the Income Manager’s Program through the University of Waterloo and Queen’s University (BAH Psychology). Claire received the national John Hobday Award in Arts Management, sits on the Board of Directors for the Vancouver International Wine Festival and is a member of the Labour Relations Committee for the Professional Association of Canadian Theatres and the External Advisory Committee for Cultural Services at the City of Vancouver.

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