May 13 2024 Leadership Transition Announcement | Statement from the Board

May 13 2024

Leadership Transition Announcement: Board of Governors, The Canadian Heritage Arts Society (CHAS)

The Board of the Canadian Heritage Arts Society announces Caleb Marshall, Managing Artistic Director of the Canadian College of Performing Arts (CCPA), is stepping down mid-June after 6 years of outstanding leadership and is accepting a new position in the Maritimes, returning home with his wife, Meredith, and daughter, Lenora.

The Board will initiate a national search for a successor and in the interim has appointed Danielle Meunier, current Director of Education, as Interim Director, taking effect at Caleb’s departure.

Board Chair Roxanne Helme says, “We had hoped to continue working with Caleb, as his leadership has been exceptional, but understand family and opportunity come first. We also want our students, staff, faculty, and supporters to know our goal is to have a replacement in place for the start of the academic year in September.”

The Board recognises Caleb’s contributions to the growth and success of this institution. A very few highlights of his leadership at CCPA include: steering the college through the pandemic to be among the few programs in the country to successfully return in-person through 2020, refining and updating the Acting and Career Management curriculum, implementing college-wide EDIA and wellness initiatives, and spearheading renovations including the new multi-purpose and audio-visual studios. During his tenure, the College broke CCPA’s RMTS box office & sponsorship records with Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and in-house with Pride & Prejudice and The Drowsy Chaperone; and was the recipient of three prestigious accolades: The Lieutenant Governor’s Arts and Music Award (2022), named one of Canada’s Top Acting Schools by Casting Workbook (2021), and honoured with a traditional Indigenous blanket ceremony (2020).

Caleb reflects, “I want to express my heartfelt gratitude to everyone at CCPA for their unwavering support, both work-related and personal, for the spirit of collaboration, the unyielding optimism, the immeasurable adaptability, and above all the commitment to community that has been the foundation of my time here.”

The Board has every confidence that Danielle will manage her current function and the Interim Director responsibilities over the summer months. She brings an artistic practice and a career spanning 20+ years in higher education leadership and educational planning. She has worked with Caleb for the past 3 years, and he will continue supporting CCPA in an advisory capacity, ensuring stability and continuity. 

A search committee, chaired by former longtime Provincial Deputy Minister Bob Plecas, will conduct the search for the new permanent position.