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Long-time executive director steps down from helm of Edmonton’s Citadel Theatre

Penny Ritco is stepping down from her role as Executive Director of Edmonton's Citadel Theatre.
Penny Ritco is stepping down from her role as Executive Director of Edmonton's Citadel Theatre. Supplied by Edmonton Citadel Theatre

The search is on for a new executive director for the Citadel Theatre, after 13-year veteran in the role, Penny Ritco, decided to step down.

Ritco joined the Citadel in 2003, as a joint CEO with Bob Baker, where she helped to establish the Citadel/Banff Centre Professional Theatre Program and Citadel Young Companies and structured the Academy at the Citadel.

“Penny has played a critical role in ensuring the Citadel’s ongoing success and vitality in our community,” Sheila Witwicky, the board of directors president said.

The Citadel credits Ritco’s leadership for completion of $15 million in facility upgrades including a new entry and digital marquee to mark the Citadel’s 50th Anniversary.

She received the Rozsa Award for Innovation in 2010, and was recently appointed a TRG Arts VIP and nominated for a Global News Woman of Vision Award.

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“We chose Penny at a time when the Citadel needed strong executive leadership,” chair of the Citadel Board of Governors Sol Rolingher said. “She is leaving the theatre in a healthy position to carry on the Citadel’s 50-year legacy in Edmonton.”

Ritco will stay on through a period of transition to ensure the incoming executive director is brought up to speed.

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