HAMILTON – It is with mixed emotions that the Theatre Aquarius Board of Directors accepts the retirement notice of Executive Director Lorna Zaremba.

Since her start at Aquarius nearly 20 years ago, Lorna has successfully guided the organization through the impact of the 2008 global financial crisis on the theatre, year over year of financial stability with repeated surpluses, and the many challenges brought on by COVID-19.  She has developed and stewarded partnerships with corporate and individual donors, bringing in more than $5-million.  Her leadership on capital projects has brought in a number of positive changes to the theatre centre – improving accessibility, energy efficiency and presence.

Lorna played a critical role in developing the theatre’s next generation, finding space for a multi-faceted education program that’s grown to more than 500 students.  She says a highlight of her time at Theatre Aquarius has been the ability to provide free tuition to one-third of all students.

Lorna has also worked closely with government and granting agencies to ensure the continued financial success of Theatre Aquarius.  In her own words, “Theatre Aquarius is my passion.  Perhaps there is no better example of what that means than my determination to do everything I could to find funding to continue to pay our dedicated staff and to ensure that the Theatre would survive the dire financial impact of the shutdown so that we could one day reopen our doors to welcome back the community.”  She adds she’s “most proud” of the successful opening of Theatre Aquarius’ first production of the 2021/2022 season.

To advance the profile of Theatre Aquarius, Lorna has served on a number of boards, including the Hamilton Fringe Festival, Hamilton Arts Council, Hamilton/Halton/Brant Regional Tourism Organization and is currently serving on the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce.  For her leadership in theatre and the broader community, Lorna received a YWCA Woman of Distinction Award for Arts & Culture.

Board Chair Annette Hamm says “Lorna is an integral part of Theatre Aquarius.  I’m so proud of what she’s accomplished, and the connections she’s made.  Our organization is better for having her be a part of it.”

Lorna Zaremba plans to retire on June 30, 2022.  Theatre Aquarius’ Board of Directors has launched a search for her replacement.

See the Executive Director job posting here.