Thursday, July 11, 2013

James Comtois Steps Down as Co-Artistic Director of Nosedive Productions

By Byrne Harrison

It has been announced that James Comtois has stepped down as Co-Artistic Director and Resident Playwright of the indie theatre company Nosedive Productions.

"This wasn't an easy decision, but the time has come for me to move on," said Comtois, who is leaving Nosedive after forming the company 13 years ago with fellow Co-Artistic Director Pete Boisvert. "Doing Nosedive has been an absolute blast, and is something I am and will always be immensely proud of."

"I was definitely saddened to hear James' decision, but I can see that it is the right one for him," Boisvert added. "I want to thank James for his tireless dedication to Nosedive over the years. In addition to being an incredibly talented writer, he has been an amazing collaborator and a true friend, and I would not trade the many years we have worked side by side for anything."

Boisvert, Company Manager Stephanie Cox-Williams and Artistic Associate Patrick Shearer plan to continue producing their horror anthology series, The Blood Brothers Present...

Meanwhile, Comtois plans to form a new creative venture to be announced at a later date.

To celebrate the life of the company under Mr. Comtois’ and Mr. Boisvert’s joint direction, Nosedive plans to throw a gala in September that will be free and open to the public. Details to arrive soon. 

I have been a fan of Nosedive for many years, and am always pleased to see the amazingly creative work that the company has fostered.  That said, I find that I'm excited to see what happens next, both for Nosedive, which has clearly been left in remarkably capable hands, and with Comtois himself.  A talented writer, I imagine there is something grand coming up for him.

In the meantime, I look forward to seeing the Nosedive family at their gala in September.

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