At its March 20 board meeting the board of directors of the deCoste Centre ratified the hiring of a new creative director, who will start work at the first of April.
Troy Greencorn was selected to fill this position after an extensive search and thorough selection process. Many will know Greencorn for his work with two of Atlantic Canada’s most successful arts initiatives. He was the founder of the Stan Rogers Folk Festival in 1997 and has built it into a major cultural and economic success story, now in its 17th year. For eight years he was also the Event Manager for the East Coast Music Awards, Conference and Festival. In that capacity he produced the event in Halifax, Fredericton, Corner Brook, Sydney twice and Charlottetown twice.
“I am very excited to step into this opportunity with the deCoste Centre. Like the Rebecca Cohn or the Savoy, I consider the deCoste one of Nova Scotia’s signature performance venues. I’m proud to join with fellow staff and the board to chart the Centre’s future programming and very humbled to be entrusted with continuing the great work John has done for over the past 30 years. I’m also comforted that he and General Manager, Darlene MacDonald, will aid in the transition by sharing their history and experiences with me. I feel my community development, event management, financial planning, programming and industry development work with ECMA and Stanfest have lead me to this position. It’s a great next step in my career. I’m eager to get settled in Pictou and get to work."
On behalf of the board of directors, chair Wayne MacGillivary stated “We’re pleased that our candidate search lead us to Troy. We saw in him an energy level, track record of creative accomplishments, body of experience and level of professionalism that we felt would make him a great new member of our team. In his work over the past 17 years he has booked hundreds of artists from a diverse mix of genres. He has also excelled at developing partnerships with community organizations, corporate supporters and government. He has a high profile in the artistic sector nationally and we hope to continue to build the deCosts’s brand and profile under his creative direction.”