Quinn will begin working with artistic director Diane Paulus Dec. 1.
Quinn is founding producer of Soulpepper Theatre Company Festival of Classics in Toronto, Canada, and has served as the coordinator of the Arts Administration program at the University of Toronto and executive director of Toronto Women in Film and Television.
She has also previously worked for Cirque du Soleil, which she joined in 2004. During her 11 years with Cirque, she served as public services director, director of artist management, company manager in Las Vegas and, most recently, senior vice president of creative and artistic operations.
In a statement board chair Steve Johnson said, "After an extensive international search and many months of speaking to colleagues inside and outside of the theater world, we are thrilled to have found Diane Quinn. Her twenty years of experience in non-profit management, pedagogy, and building and operating theatrical organizations will align well with the role the A.R.T. plays in Cambridge as the professional theater on Harvard’s campus and globally as a leading institution in the performing arts. Diane’s financial, strategic, and leadership acumen will bring enormous value to the A.R.T. We are fortunate to have her join our community."
Artistic director Diane Paulus added, "The A.R.T. has an incredible team in place that has shepherded the institution through a period of tremendous growth. The board and the university knew how important it was to find someone who could step in seamlessly to continue all of the extraordinary work of the institution. Diane Quinn’s background perfectly combines the expertise we need to take the theater into its next phase and help chart the organizational strategy for the next 10 years."
Quinn stated, "I am very pleased to be joining the amazing team at A.R.T. where I have had the privilege to meet with members of the Board, the staff and Harvard over the past several weeks. I look forward to continuing with the important work of this organization and the strong partnership with Harvard."