Christopher is best known as the Founding Artistic Director of Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival. He hosts the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra’s ever popular Tea & Trumpets series and has hosted their annual traditional Christmas concerts for 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 Shakespeare Festivals in North America, drawing more than 1.8 million patrons since its inception 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.
Claire Sakaki was named Executive Director 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 Weston 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.