This panel discussion was presented at the 25th CAPACOA Conference, The Culture of Place, January 26, 2013.
Heather Moore – National Arts Centre (Ottawa, ON)
Kelly Robinson – The Banff Centre (Banff, AB)
Tina Rasmussen – Harbourfront Centre (Toronto, ON)
Sylvie Isabelle – La Caserne (Quebec City, QC)
Stephen O’Connell – Bluemouth, Inc. (Toronto, ON).
Moderated by: Peter Herrndorf, CEO – National Arts Centre (Ottawa, ON)
What do you need in a space or venue to further the creation of new artistic work? How are you using your facilities - beyond performances on stages, to foster relationships with artists, their communities and your audiences? How are these innovative spaces shifting our thinking around artistic practice, process and the development of contemporary work? Leaders from some of the most important presenting and creation spaces in Canada and artist Stephen O’Connell discussed these questions and shared their philosophies, methodologies, values and ideas.
Peter Herrndorf is the President and CEO of the National Arts Centre. He worked as a television Current Affairs Producer and later as Vice President and General Manager of English radio and television at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, was Publisher of Toronto Life magazine, and Chairman and CEO of TVOntario.
As Producer of the NAC Scene festivals and Project Leader of the NAC’s Creation Lab initiative, Heather Moore has had the privilege of working with thousands of Canada’s creative artists. She is uniquely positioned to understand the needs of artists and arts organizations from all regions of the country and is excited by the potential of local, regional and national partnerships.
Before coming to the NAC, Heather worked with a wide range of arts organizations including the Canadian Film Institute, Ottawa’s Arts Court, and l’Orchestre symphonique de Montréal.
Mr. Robinson is the director of Theatre Arts at The Banff Centre, a position he’s held since 2008. With a career that spans theatre, opera, and film, Kelly Robinson’s award-winning work as a director and choreographer has been seen around the world. Mr. Robinson is a former associate artistic director of the Banff Music Theatre Ensemble, the Edmonton Opera, and Comus Music Theatre in Toronto. He holds a law degree from York University, and is the director of creative development for Toronto’s Mirvish Productions. He has taught at The New School for Drama in NYC, in the opera schools at The University of Maryland and Michigan, and at Ryerson University in Toronto.
Tina is Director of Performing Arts at Harbourfront Centre, an innovative not-for-profit cultural organization on Toronto's waterfront. As Artistic Director of the World Stage series at Harbourfront Centre, she curates an annual programme of international performance, working closely with colleagues across the country and around the world to bring innovative work to Toronto and Canadian audiences.
Sylvie Isabelle has worked with international Quebec-based companies since the beginning of her career. During seven years, she has worked as project manager at Louis Garneau Sports Inc., a cycling clothing and accessories manufacturer, then, during six years, as account executive and creative assistant at Cossette, a communication agency. Sylvie is Ex Machina’s communications and marketing manager since 2011.
From 1990 to 1997, Stephen was co-artistic director of Radix Theatre in Vancouver, a sites-specific interdisciplinary performance collective. He is also a co-founder and co-curator of the Projet Projo in Montreal and of FREE FALL festival in Toronto. Stephen is a co-artistic director of the Toronto based site-specific interdisciplinary performance collective bluemouth inc.