The Stratford Shakespeare Festival of Canada announced Saturday that Anthony Cimolino, its current executive director, will become its next artistic director.
Cimolino will replace Des McAnuff, the current artistic director, who is stepping down to pursue other projects, although McAnuff still is planning to direct Stratford shows on a regular basis.
Cimolino will assume his artistic duties with the 2013 season, meaning that McAnuff, a busy freelance opera and theater director, will be departing a year earlier than had been expected.
Cimolino has been with the festival, one of the largest theaters in North America, for 25 years in various capacities, ranging from actor to administrator. He directed"The Grapes of Wrath"during the 2012 season. His appointment was widely expected by festival insiders.