Enter Stage Right: The Future of Intermission Magazine

Hello from the new leadership team of Intermission Magazine!

You’ll have read in founding publisher Philip Riccio’s essay on Friday that he’s moved on from running this publication, which he created in 2016 and which has flourished ever since as a site for lively, artist-led coverage of theatre in Toronto and increasingly, beyond. Theatre critic and academic Karen Fricker joined the team as an editorial advisor in March 2022, working closely with senior editor Aisling Murphy on bringing reviews into Intermission’s coverage. Suzanne Cheriton, longtime associate of the Company Theatre, came on board in January 2023, and brings her extensive experience as a publicist and producer to the publishing side of Intermission’s activities.

We came together around our shared belief in the value of keeping Intermission going and the urgent need to maintain space for smart, engaged coverage of Canadian theatre. We’re thrilled to report that the previous fiscal year was Intermission’s most robust to date, and with the existing team of Murphy, Jessica Watson, and Janice Peters Gibson, Intermission is as lively as ever, and preparing for the 2023-24 season.

We want to again thank Philip for his leadership in launching Intermission and stewarding it over the last seven years, and we are so excited for what the future holds!

Karen Fricker & Suzanne Cheriton

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Karen Fricker is a theatre critic at the Toronto Star, editorial advisor for Intermission magazine, adjunct professor of Dramatic Arts at Brock University, and a member of the Canadian Theatre Critics Association. She previously worked as a critic in London, UK; Dublin, Ireland; and New York City, and has a PhD in theatre studies from Trinity College, Dublin. Her book The Original Stage Productions of Robert Lepage: Making Theatre Global (Manchester University Press) was the winner of the 2022 Canadian Association for Theatre Research’s Ann Saddlemyer Award for the best book in English on a Canadian topic. Her research interests also include contemporary circus and the changing nature of theatre criticism in the digital age.

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Suzanne Cheriton is one of Canada’s most established and respected arts and entertainment communications professionals. With over 20 years of career experience Suzanne has represented film, television, and performing arts producers and artists at various stages of the presentation cycle including unit publicity, festival launches, theatrical and broadcast launches, season announcements and production openings. After getting a BFA in Theatre from York University she began her career working in film festival and distribution publicity at VKPR, contributing to campaigns for FoxSearchlight Pictures in Canada, the Hot Docs Film Festival and representing films at the Toronto International Film Festival. She launched RedEye Media in 2005, quickly becoming an industry mainstay with a continued focus on film and television and expanding her practice to include unit publicity, joining IA667. She has also brought her diverse skillset to film producing in the past, with credits on two feature films. Suzanne eventually made a full circle back to her roots, adding live theatre into her media relations practice and working with leading companies including Canadian Stage, Coal Mine Theatre, and Luminato Festival to name just a few. After managing media relations for the SummerWorks Festival for six years, Suzanne now sits on their Board of Directors.