Artist Voice: Collaboration, Creation and Curation: Bringing the Life-Cycle of Theatre Full-Circle

Monday November 7, 2011

Time: 1700 - 1800

Location: The Marilyn and Charles Baillie Theatre, Young Centre for the Performing Arts, 55 Mill Street, Building 49, Distillery District

Panelists: Brian McCurdy (City of Kingston Cultural Director), Jorn Weisbrodt (Luminato), Dean Gilmour and Michele Smith (Theatre Smith-Gilmour)

Join Brian McCurdy in conversation with in-coming Luminato Artistic Director Jorn Weisbrodt, Dean Gilmour and Michele Smith on an exploration of the life-cycle of theatrical creation, the value of building partnerships before beginning the creative process and the change it can bring for our audiences – be they big or small, near or far.  Dynamic models of presenting theatre include you – be inspired by the possibilities!


Jorn Weisbrodt

Jorn Weisbrodt studied opera directing at the music college “Hanns Eisler” in Berlin and worked at the Deutsches Theater in Berlin and as artistic production director at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden in Berlin. He currently is the executive director of RW Work Ltd. in NYC representing and managing the work of Robert Wilson and the director of The Watermill Center, an interdisciplinary arts center on Long Island. He has been appointed Artistic Director of the Luminato Festival as of January 2012.


Brian McCurdy

Brian McCurdy is the Cultural Director for Kingston, where he oversees the Grand Theatre, two municipal museums, Tett Centre for Creativity & Learning and municipal cultural policy development. McCurdy has developed the Performing Arts Center, University of Lethbridge, the Thunder Bay Community Auditorium, and the Mondavi Center, University of California, Davis.


Dean Gilmour and Michele Smith

Gilmour and Smith met in 1978 while studying at the Lecoq School in Paris. In 1980, they formed Theatre Smith-Gilmour and have since created 32 productions, 24 of which have been original creations. They have toured across Canada, throughout Europe, Russia and Asia. Their work has been nominated for 34 Dora Awards and has won 10, they have also been nominated twice for the Chalmers’ Best Canadian Play Award.  In 2007 they created Lu Xun blossoms, the first Sino-Canadian co-production in theatre. It toured in China and recently to the 2011 Luminato Festival.


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