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Antoni Cimolino
Artistic Director, Stratford Festival. Antoni Cimolino began his Stratford career as an actor, playing such roles as Flute in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Claudio in Measure for Measure, Romeo in Romeo and Juliet and Laertes in Hamlet.

He started to direct for Stratford in the mid-1990s, winning acclaim for such productions as Filumena, with Richard Monette; Twelfth Night, with William Hutt; Love's Labour's Lost, with Brian Bedford; King John, with Stephen Ouimette; As You Like It, featuring original music by Barenaked Ladies; Coriolanus, with Colm Feore and Martha Henry; Bartholomew Fair, with Tom McCamus; The Grapes of Wrath, with Janet Wright; and Cymbeline, with Geraint Wyn Davies. 

In 2013, his first season as Artistic Director, he introduced the Stratford Festival Forum, a season-long series of events illuminating the themes of the playbill and illustrating their relevance in today's world. That same season he directed The Merchant of Venice, with Tom McCamus and Scott Wentworth, and Mary Stuart, with Seana McKenna and Lucy Peacock, a production that was extended an unprecedented four times. 

His recent productions also include King Lear with Colm Feore (one of the top-selling Shakespeare productions in the Festival's history); The Beaux' Stratagem with Colm Feore and Mike Shara; Hamlet with Jonathan Goad; The Alchemist with Jonathan Goad, Stephen Ouimette and Scott Wentworth; Macbeth with Ian Lake; The Hypochondriac with Stephen Ouimette and Brigit Wilson; The School for Scandal with Shannon Taylor, Geraint Wyn Davies and Joseph Ziegler; and last season's The Tempest with Martha Henry and Napoli Milionaria! with Tom McCamus and Brigit Wilson.  

In his previous roles as General Manager, General Director and Executive Director, Mr. Cimolino oversaw the successful launch of an endowment fund which now stands at $81 million. It has significantly improved the Festival's infrastructure with four major construction projects between 2002 and 2008, including the extensive renovation of the Avon Theatre and the creation of the Studio Theatre. In January 2018, Mr. Cimolino and Executive Director Anita Gaffney launched a $100-million campaign to build a glorious new Tom Patterson Theatre, a campaign that had already achieved 70% of its target at the time of its public launch. 

In 2014, he and Ms Gaffney announced an ambitious 10-year project to film Festival productions of all Shakespeare's plays. So far, the Festival has produced 10 films, including Mr. Cimolino's productions of King Lear, Hamlet and Macbeth, as well as King John, Antony and Cleopatra, The Taming of the Shrew, The Adventures of Pericles, Love's Labour's Lost, Romeo and Juliet and Timon of Athens. His production of The Tempest and Robert Lepage's Coriolanus will be released in the spring of 2019. 
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