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Work experience

Founder/Owner

Arts Cubed
2009Present

As a self-employed contractor in arts administration, marketing and fund-development I have helped small theatre groups, ensembles, and individual artists in projects as small as CD cover design and promotion and as large as envisaging and raising funds for an annual summer festival with budget of approx. $1 M.  During the past 5 years my consulting work has had a growing body of work in assisting musicians and music educators with projects in 3D online enivironments through my Music Island virtual concert space.

Manager of External Relations

Tapestry Opera
October 2016Present 

Grantwriting and Marketing including website design and maintenance.

Fund Development and Financial Manager 

VIBE ARTS (formerly Arts for Children and Youth)
Oct 2013Oct 2016

Starting in the organization as staff grantwriter responsible for: Research, writing, grant reports, and tracking proposal results and accountability, in 2014 assumed the leadership role in fund-development and was promoted to include Financil Manager role in 2015.  During my tenure, the annual funds raised by our team has increased by 25% over 3 years.  VIBE Arts develops and delivers arts-education programs in collaboration with artists and community organizations serving disadvantaged youth, primarily in underserved neighbourhoods in the GTA.

Administrator

Creative Works Studio
Nov 2011May 2013

Parttime administration for a community arts studio serving mentally-ill clients through St. Michael's Hospital's Inner City Wellness program (concurrent with independent arts consulting)

Career/Life Skills Instructor

Equaywuk
Oct 2010Apr 2011

Sharing my experience with unemployed First Nations young adults in a daily half-day program.

Company Administrator

Puppetmongers Theatre
20092010

General Arts Administration on a parttime basis for a small but internationally renowned Canadian puppet theatre.  Successfully applied for two multi-year operations grants maintaining or increasing past levels of support in a year where most arts organizations were struggling with government cut-backs.  Revamped organizations website and increased social media use.

Executive Director

Toronto Philharmonia
20062009

A small professional symphony orchestra in north Toronto, that began its life as the North York Symphony, the Toronto Philharmonia was the orchestra in residence at the Toronto Centre for the Arts until its demise in 2011-12.

Acting General Manager

Patria Music/Theatre Projects
20042005

Grantwriting, budgeting, and promotion of a new festival in Haliburton Forest working in close collaboration with one of Canada's foremost composers, R. Murray Schafer. The best thing I have done in the Arts for the least money.

General Manager

Soundstreams Canada
20022004

A new music presenting organization that presented concerts and festivals of national and international significance, many in collaboration with the CBC

Interim General Director

Opera Ontario (now Opera Hamilton)
20012002

Led a re-structuring process in my hometown opera company at a time of great change for the company. Under my watch the company balanced its books for the first time in almost a decade, realized strategic priorities and successfully delivered all productions on budget. 

Director of Educational Services

Young People's Theatre
20022002

Supervised a small staff in the marketing of theatre created for children and youth to teachers and school groups.  Oversaw a summer consultation and introduced a new policy of cooperative marketing with family performances.

Artistic Coordinator

Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra
19972001

Responsible for guest artist contracting, contract administration, and all aspects of facilitating the appearance of classical guest artists with the orchestra. This role was a key liaison position between the Music Director, the guest artists, and the orchestra management.

Constituency Assistant--Outreach Worker

New Democratic Party of Ontario
19901997

Working for for MPP Margaret Harrington until 1995, and then for Peter Kormos, MPP I worked on local issues, wrote newsletters, issue statements, researched and responded to questions from voters and organized public meetings.  I was responsible for press conferences, press releases, media questions and produced a local cable television program on political issues hosted by the member.

Fit-for-Life Program Leader

YWCA of Niagara Falls
19851990

Held progressive positions in administration and program management.  Participated in leadership training programs gaining a Fitness Leader's certification, Life Skills Coaching certification and was sponsored by the YWCA for additional education in management accounting and supervisory management.  I developed and led a program that was nationally recognized by Fitness and Amateur Sport program as a model program in promoting women's wellness and was given a "Coach of the Year" award in 1989.

Education

Certificate in Management Accounting

Niagara College

A post graduated certificate offered to those actively involved in management, the certificate roughly included the first 2 years of the CGA program plus additional courses in HR/Payroll topics. 

B.A. hons English and Applied Theatre

A four year prorgram in applied Theatre program.  My focus was on production, design and theatre technology (lighting, sound, and special effects).  Minor in English literature. 

Life Skills Coaching Certificate

YWCA Leadership Training

A two semester program in adult basic training offered to individuals working in the field of career guidance, life-skills, substance abuse recovery and other related fields.

Skills

Organizational Leadership
Experience in top leadership in arts organizations up to the $4 M annual budget level, supervising up to 20 staff Prepared annual and project budgets Worked with volunteer boards.
Grantwriting
Grant and proposal writing experience in several non-profit areas, community development, literacy, health promotion, arts mentored others in researching and writing grant applications experience in sole preparation of grants or working within a team
Communications and Marketing
Excellent writing skills Desktop design proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite Website design and content development using Dreamweaver, Fireworks Cutting edge proficiency in Social Media marketing Able to make the connections between old and new communications vehicle to find the right mix

Portfolio

Summary

Arts Administrator with experience in Orchestra, Opera and Theatre. With an emphasis on marketing, social media, communications and grantwriting, I am able to hit the ground running in any organization that demands facility with project proposals, marketing materials, funding appeals materials and grantwriting.

References

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