Steering Committee Members:

Frank Boni | Allison Bottomley | Ann Brophy | Chris Dray | Katrina Dunn | Michael Green | Eric Moschopedis | Stephen O’Connel | Lisa Pijuan-Nomura | Robin Poitras | Michele Sereda | Jim Smith | Gerry Thurston | Lori Weidenhammer | Sherry J. Yoon

Franco Boni is artistic director of The Theatre Centre in Toronto. He was artistic producer of the SummerWorks Theatre Festival from 2000-2004 and Festival director of Buddies in Bad Times Theatre’s Rhubarb! Festival from 1998-2000.

Allison Bottomley is Artistic Associate, Performing Arts at Harbourfront Centre, where she coordinates HATCH: emerging performance projects, which supports new work creation by providing four one-week residency opportunities per year to local performance companies. She is also the programming associate on the bi-annual World Stage Festival and other cross-disciplinary programmes.

Ann Brophy is the Managing Producer for Artistic Fraud of Newfoundland and the former General Manager of the Resource Centre for the Arts – The LSPU Hall. Favorite productions with Artistic Fraud include Burial Practices, The Chekhov Variations, The Pope and Princess Di and Belly Up which will be presented in Toronto in March 2006.

Ann has worked in some capacity for most theatre companies in Newfoundland including The Resource Centre for the Arts, Andy Jones Productions and on the international tour of the Jack Tales with Shiela’s Brush Productions.  She is Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors for the Magnetic North Theatre Festival which will be hosted in St. John’s in July 2006. She also serves on the Board of Directors for the Newfoundland Association for Cultural Industries and on the Diversity Committee with the PACT. In her spare time she works as Casting Director for film in Newfoundland, most recently with the CBC series Hatching Matching and Dispatching and Gordon Pinsent’s  HeyDay!

Chris Dray has been founding and managing cultural organizations for over twenty-five years.  He is currently the Executive Director of the Yukon Arts Centre and the Arts Underground Gallery and is the founder of Artspace North, a cultural and business commuinity partnership formed to build new arts and heritage facilities and manage the month-long Longest Days Street Fair in Whitehorse.  Chris is also a founding member of ArtsNet, the Yukon's performing arts industry association. Chris has extensive experience in developing public policy and business plans for the arts, heritage, and cultural industry sectors.  He has also held a number of public service positions and has worked as a consultant on projects in Canada, Mexico and the South Pacific.

Katrina Dunn has been the Artistic Director of Touchstone Theatre since 1997 and has directed many of that company’s productions since that time.  She is also the co-curator of the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival, which she co-founded with Norman Armour of Rumble Productions in 2002.

Michael Green is a founding member and co-artistic director of Calgary’s 23 year-old One Yellow Rabbit, and a permanent participant in the company’s performing ensemble. Michael is also the founder and curator of the High Performance Rodeo, One Yellow Rabbit’s multidisciplinary festival of new and experimental work – now in its 20th year. 

Eric Moschopedis is a creator, performer, facilitator, and curator. As Co-Artistic Director of Bubonic Tourist, a trans-disciplinary performance creation company founded in Calgary, AB, September 2000, Moschopedis has played a vital role in the creation and dissemination of emerging trans-disciplinary performance. Since September 2000, Moschopedis has created and performed over twenty performances, curated three Mutton Busting Performance and Visual Art Festivals, co-founded Birds and Stone, a performance and visual art venue, is currently founding a second venue in the Epcore Centre for the Performing Arts and has programmed over 350 national and international artists.

Stephen O’Connel has a BFA in modern dance from Rutgers University and an MFA in interdisciplinary art from Simon Fraser University. From 1990 to 1997, he was co-Artistic Director of Radix Theatre in Vancouver, a multidisciplinary performance collective. His collaborations include experimental films which have been screened at The Vancouver International Film Festival, The American Dance Festival, and the Moving Pictures Festival in Toronto. He is the co-artistic director of FREE FALL, a biennual festival of of new and interdisciplinary performance and bluemouth inc. a Toronto based site specific interdisciplinary performance collective.

Lisa Pijuan-Nomura  is a Toronto based Performance Artist and Curator.  She has been performing for the past ten years in Canada, Mexico, Ireland and Czech Republic. She is currently working on her puppet show, The Zoe Show.   She is also the curator of the successful RED: A Night of Live Performance; a bi monthly cabaret that happens in Toronto.  She has presented over 300 actors, dancers, circus performers, spoken word artists, musicians, clowns, puppeteers and storytellers.  In October of 2005 she will celebrate 3 years of RED with over 50 artists.

  For more info, please see www.girlcancreate.com

Robin Poitras is Regina-based and a nationally recognized dance presenter, as well as one of Saskatchewan's most prolific dance and performance creators. Creating dance, performance and installation works, Robin has been actively engaged in contemporary dance practice since the early 80's. In 1986 she co-founded New Dance Horizons in Regina, where she continues to act as Artistic Director.

Michele Sereda is the Artistic Director of Curtain Razors - a theatre company interested in pushing theatre forward as an art form to encourage the development of contemporary theatre. The company’s focus is to develop new ways of telling stories. Responding to the needs of the artistic community, and our audience, it is a company in Saskatchewan that has a commitment to the exploration of theatrical form.

Jim Smith is Senior Partner and Producer of Eponymous, an entrepreneurial 'cluster management' organization mandated to assist arts organizations and individual artists. Current clients include Anatomica, The Holy Body Tattoo, Kidd Pivot, Lola Dance and Vancouver New Music. Additionally, Jim regularly acts as a consultant in the cultural sector and an independent arts presenter. Jim studied music performance before going to business school (commerce). He is currently a member of the Dance Advisory Committee of the Dance Section, The Canada Council for the Arts, the National Standing Council of the Canadian Dance Assembly and the board of directors of the Alliance for Arts and Cultural Affairs.

Gerry Thurston is currently @ Ucalgary.  He originated  and conceptualized Performance Creation  Canada  as a website, and donated all info and site name etc to steering  committee, after the inaugral meeting.  His specialization is in Pedagogies related to creation of  original performances. He has 20 years association  with Michael Green and is currently an artistic consultant with Bubonic Tourist and other like-minded artists creating  community through performance.

Lori Weidenhammer. In the 14 years of my professional career I have worked as a singer, poet, actor, video artist, installation artist, performance artist, web artist, and sound artist: in short, an interdisciplinary artist. The past five years of my life I have been a full time stay at home mother and a part-time professional artist. It occurred to me at the last Performance Creation Conference that there are several issues around performance artists and interdisciplinary artists as cultural workers that need addressing. Some of these issues include childcare for artists, appropriate artist fees, and opportunities for community building and professional development. I am particularly interested in challenging the artist unions like CARFAC and Actor's Equity to meet the needs of the artists who tend to fall through the cracks of these unions.

Sherry J. Yoon is currently working as artistic director for Boca del Lupo, where for the past eight years she has directed over a dozen new collaborative productions.  Some of her favourites include THE DOPPELGANGER TRILOGY, BEWILDERED, and VASILY THE LUCKLESS, the most recent of Boca del Lupo's outdoor roving productions set in the treetops of Stanley Park.  Boca del Lupo's award winning productions have also toured Canada and throughout Mexico. She is looking forward to the development and creation of Boca's next production THE PERFECTIONIST premiering January 2006 and set to tour Alberta and Ontario. She is thrilled to be part of PCC.