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CAPACOA’s International Market Development Initiative 2020 – Pilot Program

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CAPACOA is pleased to announce the launch of its International Market Development Initiative (IMDI) – pilot program. This initiative will explore network development in the era of COVID-19, with a view to advantageously positioning Canada in a post recovery environment.  CAPACOA will facilitate relationship building beyond our borders and forward planning for live international exchange.

During a series of networking meetings, presenters from each side (Canadian and International) will discuss programming visions and objectives, planning and processes,  current market conditions and post-pandemic opportunities. A process of matchmaking artists with respective presenters will emerge based on these discussions: each participant will recommend an artist from their home country based on the vision, needs and objectives of the other side. This process will give visibility and opportunities to the artists in new markets, and ensure relevant matchmaking, connecting the right artist based on the needs of the market with the right presenter.     

The Canadian presenter cohort, listed here, includes 40 CAPACOA members who will be paired with colleagues from different countries and regions around the globe. These participants represent the multi-disciplinary breadth of work from all provinces and territories across Canada; from equity-seeking organizations exploring diversity and inclusion.


  • Franco Boni, Artist
  • Naomi Campbell, Artistic Director, Luminato Festival
  • Clothilde Cardinal, Head of Programming, Place des Arts
  • Jim Smith, Artistic and Executive Director, DanceHouse


  • Brendan Healy, Artistic Director, CanStage
  • Ilter Ibrahimof, Artistic Director, Fall for Dance North
  • Aislinn Rose, Artistic Director, The Theatre Centre
  • Ruth Wilker, Deputy Director, TOHU


  • Sherrie Johnson, Executive Director, Crows Theatre
  • Cathy Levy, Executive Producer, Dance, National Arts Centre
  • Pam Patel, Executive Director, MT Space
  • Lynanne Sparrow, Producer, CanStage


  • Brendan Healy, Artistic Director, CanStage
  • Ravi Jain, Artistic Director, Progress Festival
  • Raeesa Lalani, Artistic Director, Prismatic Festival
  • Natalie Lue, Director, Vancouver Civic Theatres


  • Nicholas Beach, General Manager, Jeanne and Peter Lougheed Performing Arts Centre
  • Denise Bolduc, Curator, Luminato Festival
  • Lesandra Dodson, Programming Director, Fredericton Playhouse
  • Annie Wilson, Manager of Programming, FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre

Nordic:  Denmark & Norway

  • Reneltta Arluk, Director, Indigenous Arts, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity and Artistic Director, Akpik Theatre
  • Natalie Bonjour, Head of Programming, Harbourfront Centre
  • Michele Emslie, Director of Programming, Yukon Arts Centre
  • Heather Redfern, Executive Director, The Cultch


  • Angela Campbell, Executive Director, Imperial Theatre
  • Jayson Duggan, Director of Programming, Grand Theatre
  • Jahn Fawcett, Portfolio Manager, Shenkman Arts Centre
  • Erin Kennedy, Artistic Director, Vernon & District Performing Arts Centre


  • Pierre Desmarais, Artistic Director, Danse Danse
  • Neal Rempel, Artistic Director, Winnipeg Children’s Festival
  • Josephine Ridge, VP Programming, TO Live
  • Lynanne Sparrow, Producer, CanStage


  • Michael Caldwell, Producer, Fall for Dance North
  • Marie Coderre, Executive Director, Northern Arts and Cultural Centre
  • Natalie Gan, Artist, Hong Kong Exile
  • Shauna Kadyschuk, Producer, STO Union
  • Nicole Mion, Artistic Director, Fluid Festival
  • Andrea Nann, Artistic Director, Dreamwalker Dance
  • Heidi Strauss, Artistic Director, adelheid
  • Mirna Zagar, Artistic Director, The Dance Centre

We will be sharing more updates about this initiative as it evolves in the future. 

CAPACOA would like to acknowledge and thank Global Affairs Canada and the Department of Canadian Heritage for their support in launching this important initiative.

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