The Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre’s Steven Schipper is making his exit after 30 years

The MTC's artistic director, who brought Transit of Venus and Keanu Reeves's Hamlet to Winnipeg, will step down in May, 2019

Steven Schipper has been the artistic director of the MTC since 1989. (MANUEL SOUSA)

It’s the end of an era for Winnipeg: Steven Schipper, artistic director of the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre (MTC) since 1989, is announcing his retirement on Saturday.

Schipper plans to make it an even 30 years in charge of Canada’s first regional theatre, overseeing next season and the programming of the one after that, before he steps down in May, 2019.

“When I started, we had only two computers in the whole theatre, while today, Winnipeggers can binge watch an entire series on Netflix,” the 62-year-old told The Globe and Mail in advance of the announcement. “For most of the time I’ve been here, I didn’t want to be the guy who stayed too long and I guess I failed at that.”

The news of Schipper’s departure is an opportunity for Winnipeggers to recall some of the highlights of his tenure.