Gerry van Hezewyk


Graduate of the Production Program, National Theatre School of Canada, 1990

Major Career Achievements

Technical Director, Cirque du Soleil, 2006-2008. Led a project team during the creation and installation of Believe, the Cirque’s sixth Las Vegas-based resident show.

Production Director, Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay, 2001-2006. Played key management role in the development of a $550 million national performing arts centre for the Republic of Singapore.

Instructor -Technical/Production Program, National Theatre School of Canada, 1998–2000. Supervised student thesis projects, as well as mentored senior student work on public presentations.

Technical Director, National Arts Centre of Canada, 1992-1994, 1995-2001. Organized the technical aspects of over 100 original English and French-language theatre productions and co-productions at the NAC, as well as in regional theatres throughout Canada.

Associate Technical Director, Live Entertainment of Canada/Livent, 1995. Collaborated on the creation of Garth Drabinsky’s multi-million dollar Andrew Lloyd-Webber touring production of Music of the Night.

Technical Director, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, 1990-1992. Planned and executed the production and logistical requirements for this troupe of contemporary and classical dancers for extensive tours of North America, Europe and Asia.

Recent Credits

Guest Speaker 'Technical Theatre Training' - Organisation Internationale des Scénographes, Techniciens et Architectes de Théâtre (OISTAT) -Shanghai (2014)

National Board of Directors, Canadian Institute for Theatre Technology (2006-2014). Served eight years (four as Vice President) for this trade organization which serves the live performance industry by furthering skills and knowledge in the areas of technology, management, design, architecture and education.

Subject Specialist, Hong Kong Council for Academic Accreditation (2007-2012). Named as an Advisor/Program Assessor in the area of Technical/Production for the Hong Kong Academy for the Performing Arts.

Production Manager, Grand Theatre –Kingston (2008-2009) Project managed the reopening and inaugural presenting season for this historic theatre after a 17 million dollar renovation.

Subject Specialist, Canada Council for the Arts - Flying Squad (2006). Mentored key staff during Grand Theatre (Calgary) reopening after a 12 million dollar facility renovation.