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Meet and Greet – Delegation of Canadian Presenters
Members Only Event
4pm – 6pm, Wed 10 May
Temperance Hall
199 Napier Street, South Melbourne

(Numbers 1 or 12 trams).


Join us in welcoming a special Delegation of Canadian Presenters at Temperance Hall next Wednesday 10th May between 4pm – 6pm. Come and enjoy the newly revamped and reinvigorated Temperance Hall – Phillip Adams BalletLab’s new home – with a glass of bubbles and help introduce our friends from afar to the incredible work you do here in Australia. These seven delegates are here to participate in the Yirramboi program, and are keen to meet local artists, producers, arts workers and companies.     


Hosted by TNA with BalletLab, supported by Creative Victoria, this will be an opportunity to forge new international connections, contexts and give you a chance to have a good yarn to some colleagues.     


Please RSVP by Monday 8th May to Bek Berger:      


Our Esteemed guests are:


Glenn Brown is the manager of the historic Sanderson Centre for the Performing Arts in Brantford, Ontario. His thirty year career in the arts began backstage pushing road cases before working as Head Electrician and Technical Director and finally moving into the front office. He is excited and honoured to be a part of the Canadian & Australian Presenter Exchange Initiative. Glenn is currently serving on the Board of Directors of Ontario Presents and as Past-Chair of the local St. John Ambulance branch.     


Jayson Duggan is the Performing Arts Manager for the City of Kingston, where his primary responsibility is the curation of the “Grand OnStage” performing arts series. As a multidisciplinary arts presenting program, the “Grand OnStage” season features over fifty national and international performances representing multiple genres and providing both public and educational school presentations for the Kingston community.  Jayson is also involved with numerous summer programming initiatives and community co-presenting partnerships that provide accessible performing arts programs across the City.     


Christine Sokaymoh Frederick is artistic director of Alberta Aboriginal Performing Arts and producer of the annual Rubaboo Arts Festival, ED of the Dreamspeakers Film Festival. She is the first Indigenous Associate Artist of the Citadel Theatre and recent appointee to Vice Chair of the Alberta Foundation for the Arts. She is an urban Aboriginal Cree-Métis and has thirty years of artistic experience in multiple disciplines and the 2016 Mayor’s award for Excellence in Artistic Leadership.     


Valerie Hillier has been working full-time as an arts administrator for over 20 years and has built a career in the performing arts sector that combines experience in marketing, fund development, event management and artist curation. Valerie has been working with the Fredericton Playhouse since 2005 where she has since occupied several different positions. Currently she is the Director of Programming, where she oversees five different programs including the Playhouse’s signature presentation series for which she curates up to 35 artists each season. The opportunity to increase her knowledge and learn new aspects of the industry has been a welcomed challenge and truly rewarding experience. Before joining the Fredericton Playhouse, Valerie worked as the Event Manager of the Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival (Fredericton, New Brunswick) and as the Marketing Assistant at the Banff Arts Centre (Banff, Alberta).     


Marielle-Dominique Jobin has worked as a communications and projects officerat the Centre des arts de Baie-Comeau for nearly seven years. A graduate in Cultural Management at HEC Montréal, this dynamic young woman worked for a number of years as a journalist on various media, including Radio-Canada. She’s very involved in her community by giving time as a volunteer for many cultural organizations and also participated in several professional projects as an actress at Espace K Théâtre. In couple of months, Marielle-Dominique is going be the new artistic director of the Centre des arts de Baie-Comeau.     


Natalie Lue is the new CEO of the Living Arts Centre, a performing arts and exhibition centre in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. She was previously the Vice President, Production and Visitor Experience for the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF).  A member of the senior management team, Ms. Lue led the division responsible for producing the annual September Festival as well as all festivals, programmes, events and activities in TIFF Bell Lightbox. Prior to joining TIFF in 2005, Ms. Lue held several senior positions at Harbourfront Centre including Facilities Manager and Director, Planning managing facility operations, rentals, event coordination, and production of major festivals such as World Stage, Today’s Japan, International Festival of Authors, and World Leaders: A Festival of Creative Genius.     

Sue Urquhart is the Executive Director of CAPACOA, the Canadian Arts Presenting Association. The Canadian Arts Presenting Association/l’Association canadienne des organismes artistiques (CAPACOA) serves the performing arts touring and presenting community through its commitment to integrate the performing arts into the lives of all Canadians. She has more than 25 years of experience from a wide range of management positions in the performing arts. Most recently Sue was the Director of Programming for PEI 2014 Inc., the organization responsible for the planning, promotion and implementation of the Sesquicentennial celebrations for that province. She was the first Executive Director of both the Atlantic Presenters Association, the regional presenting network of Atlantic Canada, and the Indian River Festival, a highly successful classical music festival in rural Prince Edward Island.     


Judy Harquail has over 25 years of experience working in the performing arts. She has directed and executed tours for some of Canada’s most highly respected dance and opera companies, developed and executed strategic marketing campaigns, and worked in collaboration with an extensive range of arts organizations and arts professionals across Canada, the United States and throughout the world. She is currently program manager for CCI – the Ontario Presenters Network where she is responsible for the Ontario Dances program, the biannual Ontario Dances Platform, the Fresh Start program and CCI’s block booking program. She also has extensive experience dealing with all levels of government funding agencies, including contract work with the Canada Council and the Department of Canadian Heritage to assist in the launch of the Arts Presentation Canada Program in Ontario. Judy was the 2007 recipient of the National Arts Centre award for distinguished contribution to touring.


You can also rub shoulders with them and other guests at the various Yirramboi Festival events: Book soon, as many of the events are selling out. There are some free events too.      

Image: Alex Cuffe

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