ROB KEMPSON | ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Rob Kempson is a director, writer, and educator who has 15 years of experience in the non-profit professional arts sector. He was appointed as the new Artistic Producer at the Capitol Theatre in the summer of 2021.
Rob has served in various artistic leadership positions, including as Associate Artistic Director at the Thousand Islands Playhouse (Gananoque, ON) and as Associate Artistic Producer at Theatre Passe Muraille (Toronto, ON). Earlier this year, he was named Co-Artistic Producer of ARC, an ensemble-based company dedicated to producing international work. He was also the founding Artistic Director of timeshare performance, a multi-award-winning Toronto-based collective, and has worked across the province as a freelance director and playwright.
With experience as both an artistic and administrative leader, Rob is well-known for his commitment to community engagement. His career has been marked by an integrated approach to arts education, finding opportunities for participation and engagement in professional theatre-making with audiences of all ages.
He is a graduate of Queen’s University. More info at robkempson.com or on twitter at @rob_kempson.
ERIN PIERCE | MANAGING DIRECTOR
Erin brings to the Capitol Theatre an enormous range of experience in the entertainment industry, innovative sales and business development and building internal and external relationships key to the strategic success of the organization.
She joined the Capitol in early 2020 from one of the world’s most famous and successful entertainment organizations where she held the position of Vice President of Business Operations, Second City Canada, the wildly-popular purveyor of “fearless comedy” that gave the world John Candy and other legendary comedic actors.
While there, she cut operating expenses in year one, launched additional theatre programming in off-peak time slots, increased ticket sales and enacted initiatives to strengthen the culture through financial transparency and increased staff engagement and accountability.
Erin’s 16 years with The Second City Canada were accompanied by a strong educational background in sales and advanced prospecting, travel and tourism and other areas. She supports cancer research, is a member of Women of Influence Inc. and in her personal life is dedicated to outdoor activity.