The Professional Association of Canadian Theatres (PACT) is pleased to present the annual Mallory Gilbert Leadership Award to former PACT board member, and General Manager of Theatre Newfoundland Labrador (TNL) Gaylene Buckle. The award was presented at the annual PACT Conference in Ottawa, ON. Gaylene was chosen from amongst eight outstanding nominees from across Canada and she has named Natasha Butt as her protégé.
Gaylene Buckle has been General Manager of Theatre Newfoundland Labrador in Corner Brook for 23 years. Since then TNL has grown from a 38-week operation in Corner Brook to a year-round company which offers youth, community & professional artistic activities in Corner Brook, a summer repertory theatre festival in Cow Head, develops new plays and tours provincially, nationally & internationally. On the PACT board Gaylene served more than 10 years as Region 8 (Newfoundland & Labrador) representative and six years as vice-president and chair of the Membership Committee. Prior to joining TNL, she worked for 13 years as a newspaper reporter. She has served on many government and regional organizations/committees with emphasis on culture and tourism. She is the recipient of the Queen’s Jubilee medal and the Canada 150 Pin.
In choosing the 2018 recipient, the selection panel were impressed with Buckle’s lifetime dedication as an arts administrator, compassion as a manager and the growth that she has fostered in the artistic community of Newfoundland and Labrador through her tireless effort and leadership.
To be included in the list of MGLA winners, all of whom I hold in the highest regard, is surreal.
Says Buckle, on receiving the award, “There are so very many theatre administrators across this country who are deserving of recognition that I am truly honored and more than a little surprised to have been chosen as this year’s recipient of the Mallory Gilbert Leadership Award. Looking back to my first years at PACT, I sat in awe of Mallory Gilbert. Her absolute dedication not only to her own company, Tarragon Theatre, but to the entire professional theatre community in Canada was so incredibly inspiring. And to be included in the list of MGLA winners, all of whom I hold in the highest regard, is surreal.”
The award includes the naming of a protégé chosen by the winner, underlining the importance of skill and knowledge transmission in leadership building. Buckle chose as her protégé Natasha Butt. Butt is from Mount Moriah, NL. She joined Theatre Newfoundland Labrador as Assistant Administrator in 2008 where she found her passion for everything theatre. Natasha is thrilled to have a career in the professional theatre industry and enjoys being a part of youth theatre programming and working with professional artists.
On being named this year’s MGLA protégé, and of her mentor, Butt says, “I am so very humbled and honoured to be named this year’s MGLA protégé by my mentor Gaylene Buckle. It is a privilege to work so closely with her. I cannot put into words the impact her mentorship has had on my career. I am in awe of her knowledge and leadership. Gaylene’s drive and dedication to the growth and success of Theatre Newfoundland Labrador is an inspiration.”
Buckle is thrilled to be sharing this recognition with Butt, “Natasha Butt is the ideal candidate for the protégé portion of this award. I have worked with Natasha for 11 years and have watched her grow into the most capable of administrators. Her willingness to take on responsibilities far beyond the job description, her eagerness to learn as much as possible about the inner workings of arts management and the entire theatre industry and her generosity with artists and groups in our community who need a little bit of help from TNL gives me comfort that the future of our industry is in great hands!”