Luminato announces new Artistic Director

We're excited to announce the immediate appointment of Naomi Campbell as Luminato's new Artistic Director.

Sep 11, 2018

Born in Toronto, Campbell has over 30 years of programming, producing and executive-level experience on both a national and international level. She joined Luminato as Company Manager in 2011 and then went on to produce large-scale productions for the festival. In 2013 she was appointed Luminato's first ever Director of Artistic Development where she developed and commissioned new and existing works for the festival as well as helping stage Luminato's 10th anniversary year at the Hearn Generating Station. She was appointed Deputy Artistic Director in 2017. 


Photo by Taku Kumabe.
"I'm very excited by the opportunity to take on this new role at Luminato and look forward to building on the incredible legacy of my predecessors. The festival has an ever-deepening relationship  with our audience which I am eager to expand and develop." 
- Naomi Campbell, Artistic Director 

Campbell is an award-winning producer, director, stage manager and curator who has worked across all performing arts disciplines staging over sixty new Canadian performance pieces.

Currently a Support Lead on Audience Engagement and Community Building for Metcalf Foundation's Creative Strategies Incubator, she also teaches producing at The National Theatre School and Generator, and is a champion for accessibility and inclusivity within the performing arts.

"Naomi has enormous wisdom, profound humanity  and a wonderful appetite for artistic adventure.  Her artistic leadership opens the door to a thrilling new chapter in Luminato's journey."
- Anthony Sargent, CEO

Campbell takes over from Josephine Ridge who stepped down as Luminato's Artistic Director in August after programming two successful seasons (2017 and 2018) at the festival. Luminato 2019 will also reflect several of Ms. Ridge's programming initiatives.

Dates for Luminato 2019 will announced later this year. 

Find out more about Naomi Campbell by reading the full press release here.