Jacob Zimmer posted this note via Small Wooden Shoe Blog about his friend and our new Artistic Director, Brendan Healy.
“A huge congratulations to both Brendan Healy and Buddies in Bad Times.
The announcement of Brendans’ appointment as Artistic Director of Buddies is, I think, a very important thing. It marks a generational shift while maintaining the commitment to rigorous contemporary queer (both definitions) leadership from Buddies.
Of course, I’m horribly biased – I think Brendan is terrific – thoughtful, engaged and curious. He’s a friend. I’ve worked with him before and I hope to work with him again. I’ve also worked at Buddies before and hope to work there again. So I can’t remove any of that from my excitement, nor should I. Buddies and Brendan are two of things that I love about theatre in Toronto, and to have them together is great.
Part of change though, is the ongoing need for support from the community and the public. This, I imagine, can take many forms – buying a pass, volunteering, donating and advocating for the importance of a strong queer voice in theatre and performance in Toronto and Canada are all important. Beginnings can be hard, and as excited as I am for Brendan and Buddies, I’m sure there is a daunting learning curve and amount of work to get done.
Let’s take our excitement of today and make sure we remember and contribute to the work tomorrow.”