Collaborative Creation Practices – Curious About Your Role?


Time: 13:45 - 15:45

Location: TIFF Bell Lightbox - Cinema 2 (350 King Street West)

Moderator: Michele Emslie (The Yukon Arts Centre)

Panelist: Sarah Stanley (National Arts Centre, English Theatre), Andrea Nann (Dreamwalker), Kelly Langgard (The Canada Council for the Arts), Sara Palmieri (Brock University Centre for the Arts), Tina Rasmussen (Harbourfront Centre)


Explore an innovative case study that demonstrates the evolving role of the presenter as the partner, the producer and creator. Join Artistic Director Andrea Nann and Sara Palmieri as they talk about their three-year partnership, which includes creation, community engagement and performance. This case study will be followed by an interactive discussion with an exciting panel of presenters about national and international collaborative creation processes.

Michele Emslie

Michele Emslie is the Community Programming Director at Yukon Arts Centre. Ms Emslie is heavily involved in the Yukon arts community and is co-founder and president of ArtsNet, a performing arts alliance based in Yukon. She is also involved in forming N3, a Northern presenting network with colleagues in NWT and Nunavut.

Sarah Stanley

Sarah is the Associate Artistic Director of English Theatre at Canada's National Arts Centre. Since joining the company she launched The Collaborations: an approach to creation investment that implicates the NAC in several communities and in several ways. She is also the co-creator of The a site where performance minds meet.

Andrea Nann

Photo credit: Michael Reinhart

Andrea Nann is a Toronto based contemporary dance artist and artistic director of Dreamwalker Dance Company. She is a graduate of York University's Fine Arts Program and is currently a Resident Artist at Soulpepper Theatre. As instigator, producer and artistic director of The Whole Shebang, a multi-arts performance platform, Andrea has developed a unique collaborative interdisciplinary community engagement process, the Shebang Process, that is being shared with artists across Southern Ontario. Andrea has created over 20 works for the stage, film and various outdoor sites.

Sara Palmieri

Sara Palmieri is the Marketing and Sales Manager at the Centre for the Arts, Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario. Her energies are focused on developing community outreach and workshop programs, marketing initiatives, audience development and programming for dance and young audiences. She is a very active member of the cultural community in Niagara, as the Chair and co-founder of In the Soil Arts Festival, President of Suitcase and Point Theatre Company and sits on the Board of Directors for CCI – Ontario’s Presenting Network.

Tina Rasmussen

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.

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