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Wednesday, 12 February 2014 15:03

Empress Theatre names new executive director/theatre manager

Written by  Vicki Arndt
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The Empress Theatre Society in Fort Macleod is pleased to welcome Tim Ranson as the newest member to its staff.

Ranson has assumed the duties of executive director/ theatre manager after the departure of former executive director Brent Hutchinson.
Ranson will oversee the operation of The Empress Theatre while ensuring the organization’s mission; vision and financial objectives are met.
He will also be responsible for the development and marketing of artistic programming and the fostering of solid working relationships with organizations and community groups.
“I am thrilled to have Tim on board with us at The Empress Theatre,” says Dianna Wakelin, Empress Theatre Society president. “He brings with him a wealth of knowledge about the performing arts as well as the art of showcasing and enhancing the performance.
“His enthusiasm about the theatre and the possibilities is contagious and I look forward to working with him.”
Ranson brings more than 30 years of experience in the arts and culture sector to the position, most recently working with the local community as executive director with Fort Macleod Allied Arts. 
“The Empress is a proud ol’ gal and I’m pleased to be promoted to captain of her guard. It’s a huge responsibility and a wonderful opportunity,” says Ranson. “There are countless memories to protect and many more to generate. I’ll be seeking a balance between honouring the theatre's history and ensuring a viable future.”
Ranson’s lifelong career in show business began in the 1970s when he found summer work with the Calgary Stampede Grandstand Show.
After university, his hobby became his vocation and he worked across the country and abroad in the professional theatre. He was pleased to come back to Alberta in 1988 to direct the lighting for the XV Winter Olympics Medal Ceremonies in Calgary.
After a brief stint in rock and roll, he went on to travel with the Alberta Ballet and Ballet British Columbia for several years.
In 1995, Ranson’s credentials and experience landed him a gig in the film and television industry. With another door open to him, he took work on numerous productions including Lonesome Dove, Honey I Shrunk The Kids, North of 60, Viper and The Jack Bull. 
In the early 2000s, he became a prop master and collaborated on a variety of projects including Caitlin’s Way, The Magic of Ordinary Days, The Ron Clark Story, Scar and the pilot episode of Heartland.     
Born in Lethbridge, and with an enduring affection for the southwest corner of the province, he impulsively moved to Fort Macleod in 2008. 
“I’d been in the Empress years ago while in town shooting some scenes for In Cold Blood, was aware of the South Country Fair and wanted the pace of a smaller town,” says Ranson. “When my dog approved of the river it was a done deal. The community has since shown itself to be extremely supportive and I feel very fortunate to be here.”
The Empress Theatre in Fort Macleod has operated as a hub for live entertainment and movies since 1912. Going into its 102nd year in June 2014, the theatre continues to serve up an exciting mix of entertainment.

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