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What Does International Engagement Look Like?: A Reality Check!

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Date: Friday, November 19 2021

Time: 11-12 pm (EST)

Session Description

Similar to other activities, the return to international engagement from the previous 18 months is unprecedented, and will undoubtedly include new standards, rules, and etiquette for global touring. How should arts presenters approach hiring international artists or collaborating with other institutions while also mitigating risk? Should agents and artists prepare differently for future international engagements?

This session will touch on the importance of developing relationships within the international community of institutions, artists, and agents during a period of ever-changing uncertainty. The panelists will discuss why international engagement is necessary while breaking down general concerns about cost, logistics, and the effects on the global economy.


Mariana Aymerich

Mariana Aymerich has been a producer and cultural manager for 20 years. She has participated in international collaborations with artistic companies and governments from Spain, USA, China, and Costa Rica. She has worked at Mexican national festivals in Puebla, Guanajuato, Veracruz, San Luis Potosí and Jalisco.

She has been Director of Special Projects at the National Program of Cultural Activities from 2013 to 2017, which consisted in making culture a social tool that would contribute to reclaim public spaces for cultural manifestations in order to decrease violence and alienation. She has worked at the International Cervantino Festival: under the leadership of Ramiro Osorio (2001); Irma Caire (2006-2009); and Marcela Diez (2017-2018). 

Currently, she is the Head of the International Cervantino Festival. She is now working in maintaining the festival´s quality, diversity and inclusivity taking into consideration community artistic expressions and those of the Mexican indigenous people, as well as international artistic companies. Mariana is also focusing to take the festival to a greater number of audiences and diversify its public by strengthening the festival´s bond with local communities.

Sherry Yoon

As a theatre creator, curator, director and AD of Boca del Lupo, she has co-created over 45 productions that include large scale and intimate work. From interactive installations about climate change to plays2perform@home a national script project from across Canada performed with your chosen family bubble, her award winning productions have toured festivals and venues across Canada, Europe and Mexico. As curator of the Micro Performance Series and co curated Grand Acts of Theatre at the National Arts Centre she also works as a freelance director for Bard on the Beach, Kidsfest, and the NAC to name a few.  She has been part of the Studio 58 Arts Advisory, Canada Council’s REAC and Arts Advisory; Theatre Section, and BC Arts Council Advisory.  She launched the 3.7% local and national leadership Initiatives – supporting BIPOC women and non binary artists, and STOP ASIAN HATE an initiative that has galvanized Asian Canadian Leadership in the performing arts across Canada.

Laura Colby

Recipient of the 2016 Liz Silverstein Award for Agent-Manager of the Year, Laura Colby formed Elsie Management in 1995. Representing a global roster of dance, theater, special projects, and outdoor spectacle, Elsie Management specializes in singular voices for the global stage. Colby co-manages the Dance Managers Collective’s annual APAP showcasing efforts with Jennifer Morris (Siegel Artist Management) and served on NAPAMA’s board (2007 & 2008 as President). She most recently served as Vice President of the APAP board. During the pandemic, she has been active with the Creating New Futures Phase 1 writing group: She received her BFA in dance from The Juilliard School.


Wesley Enoch

Wesley Enoch has written and directed iconic Indigenous productions THE 7 STAGES OF GRIEVING, BLACK MEDEA and THE STORY OF THE MIRACLES AT COOKIE’S TABLE. He has directed productions of THE SAPPHIRES, BLACK DIGGERS, I AM EORA, THE MAN FROM MUKINUPIN, YIBIYUNG, PARRAMATTA GIRLS, BLACK COCKATOO and APPROPRIATE. He was the Artistic Director of the Sydney Festival from 2017 to 2020 and was previously the Artistic Director at Kooemba Jdarra Indigenous Performing Arts and the Ilbijerri Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander Theatre Co-operative. Wesley’s other residencies include Resident Director at Sydney Theatre Company; Associate Artistic Director at Belvoir Street Theatre; the 2002 Australia Council Cite Internationale des Arts Residency in Paris and the Australia Council Artistic Director for the Australian Delegation to the 2008 Festival of Pacific Arts. He was creative consultant, segment director and indigenous consultant for the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. Wesley is currently serving as the QUT Indigenous Chair of Creative Industries.


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