Bringing more life into the arts

and more art into everyday life

‘Starting Well’ Research Residency

Creative research on setting up thriving collaborations

Hosted by The Ethics Centre, Sydney (Australia)

2023

Initial research phase into the concept and practice of Starting Well

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Kyiv Producer Gathering Facilitation & Documentation

“Theatre is a playground for future strategies”

Co-facilitated and co-edited by Olga Diatel (proto produkciia) and Fanny Martin (Art of Festivals)

Supported by Insha Osvita and CIPA - Creative and Independent Producer Alliance

Launched at the 2024 Under the Radar Symposium

Professional visit to Ukraine produced by Insha Osvita in partnership with the Prague Civil Society Centre

2023

A snapshot of what drives performing arts producers to continue working today in Ukraine, co-created during a study trip to Ukraine in November 2023.

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Motus Mori Institute: CORPUS

What does it mean to have a body?

2023

A performance-ritual co-devised by choreographer Katja Heitmann and Leeds residents aged 20s to 80s as part of the Motus Mori Institute project (a multi-year, multi-city archive of everyday human movement, collected, preserved and shared before it disappears).

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Climate Change and Other Small Talk

International theatrical podcast series tackling climate inaction with humour

Lead artist: Sunny Drake 

Supported by Canada Council for the Arts, Toronto Arts Council and Ontario Arts Council 

Produced in association with Why Not Theatre and 9 companies around the world

2022-2023

9 audio drama episodes written by playwrights from Canada, Chile, Nigeria, Mauritius, India and Australia to tell stories of the global climate crisis from a local perspective.

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Power-With: From Competition to Collaboration

Community-building session for rural arts practitioners

Produced for Réseau SPARC Network

Co-designed and co-facilitated with WorkInCulture (CAN)

2022

Designing and delivering an in-person workshop on theories and practices of collaboration at the 2022 SPARC Symposium for rural & remote performing arts practitioners.

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Canadian Delegation @ IETM Belgrade 2022

Championing Canadian equity practices on the international stage

Supported by Canada Council for the Arts (Arts Abroad) 

In association with IETM

2022

Leading a delegation of diversity champions and equity-focused arts practitioners at the 2022 plenary meeting of IETM (International Network for the Performing Arts) in Belgrade, Serbia, including conference presentations on Relaxed Performance, Artists-Caregivers and Room Agreements.

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Deeper & Wider: Community Engagement on Tour

Collaborative research on Slow Touring practices

Commissioned by Ontario Presents

Supported by Canada Council for the Arts (Strategic Innovation)

2022

Community consultation and pilot recommendations to shift creation, production and touring patterns towards deeper, slower and more sustainable practices.

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TheatreAgora.ca: Shared Governance for Digital Commons

Co-production agreement for theatre research networks

Commissioned by CATR & SQET 

Supported by Canada Council for the Arts (Strategic Innovation)

2022

Bilingual consultation with the Canadian Association for Theatre Research and Société québécoise d’études théâtrales to develop a co-production agreement for their new shared digital venue, TheatreAgora.ca.

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Future Arts Centres

Serious Game: imagining the arts centre of tomorrow

Commissioned by Ambassade de France au Canada

In partnership with the Centre for Digital Media (CAN)

2021-2022

Strategic advice for a digital simulation ('serious game') exploring the skills and strategies needed to manage tomorrow's cultural hubs

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IETM Satellite Girona 2022

New funding schemes and cultural policies

2021

Co-designing and co-facilitating on-site discussion groups on cultural policy, international dialogue and artistic practice

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Big Band Exchange

Video series exploring the reconciliation of jazz & dance

Commissioned by North York Arts (CAN)

In collaboration with Cinematoscape and StoryCentre Canada

2020-2021

Concept & creative production to celebrate Toronto’s jazz scene during lockdown

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EnAbling Change: Accessibility Sessions

Learning series on accessibility in the performing arts

Production advice for Orchestras Canada (CAN)

2022

Experience design for a digital learning series exploring accessibility in the performing arts with disability rights activists and artists

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State of Emergence

Creative research on dialogic frameworks

2020-2022

Iterative process exploring questions of dialogue, boundaries and critical reflection

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Audience Growth: Theory & Practice

Re-thinking audience relationship for small organisations

Commissioned by Northern Jazz Promoters (UK) 

2022

Designing and delivering a 2-part interactive workshop on audience growth for jazz promoters in Newcastle, Wakefield, Leeds & Manchester.

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Transplanting Practice: from Inspiration to Action

Using case studies to develop collaborative competencies

Commissioned by Orchestras Canada (CAN)

Co-designed with Hill Strategies

2022

Designing and delivering an in-person workshop for orchestral players and managers to foster discussions on organisational and sectoral change based on Hill Strategies’ case studies developed for the “Innovation and Resilience in the Arts, Culture and Heritage” research project.

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Celebration of Community-Based Research

Virtual end-of-year celebrations of student research projects

2021-2022

Framework design and hosting for a 2-hour interactive event showcasing student research in partnership with community partners

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FLeX: Festivals Learning Exchange

Learning series on collaboration and change

Commissioned & co-produced by WorkInCulture (CAN)

2021-2022

Designing, programming and producing a digital learning series for 15 festivals across Ontario to enhance their collaborative practices

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Folk Music Networks

Alliance exploration between two Canadian folk music networks

2020-2021

Exploration of merger options between Folk Music Canada & Folk Music Ontario

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Resilient Orchestras Ontario

Creative consulting for regional & community orchestras

Commissioned by Orchestras Canada (CAN)

Supported by Ontario Trillium Foundation

2021

Consultations with regional, youth & community orchestras on audience development, community engagement, embedded evaluation & ongoing strategic planning

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COVID-19: Changing Culture?

Digital conference & artistic production

Produced for the Centre for Cultural Value (UK)

2021

Designing and producing a 2-day online conference to disseminate findings on the impact of COVID on the UK arts sector

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Cultural Tourism Symposium

Producing Ontario Culture Days' first virtual symposium

Produced for Ontario Culture Days (CAN)


2021

Experience design and production for a 2-day arts, heritage & tourism symposium

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CHILD-ish by Sunny Drake

Web series launch campaign

2021

Concept, campaign and production to launch Sunny Drake’s digital reinvention of his play CHILD-ish

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International Creative Producers

Digital literacy for Creative Producers

Supported by Canada Council for the Arts (CAN)


2020-2021

Peer learning programme co-designed and co-led by 5 independent producers from 5 different countries

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ArtsEngage Learning Community

Community-engaged arts sector development

Commissioned by Ontario Presents (CAN)

2020-2021

Programming & creative production for a series of digital sessions supporting 15 community-engaged arts projects across rural Ontario

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Haliburton Art & Craft Festival

Ecology mapping and strategic directions

2021

Imagining the future of the 50-year-old Haliburton Art & Craft Festival during lockdown

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Mass One: Study Dates

Learning series on future-facing arts research

2021

Interactive online sessions with Canadian arts professionals to disseminate research on the Future of Work, Civic Impact Frameworks and Linked Data

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Rural Arts Advocacy Guide

Examining levers of influence for rural arts development

Commissioned by Ontario Presents & Réseau SPARC Network (CAN)

2019-2020

Researching advocacy strategies for a network of rural performing arts presenters

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Community-led Arts Research Framework

Designing hosting principles to activate community-led research

Commissioned by Mass Culture (CAN)


2018-2019

Designing a gathering framework to promote research in the arts & culture sector across Canada

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Marsden Jazz Festival

Celebrating 25 years of jazz in the Pennines

Commissioned by Marsden Jazz Festival (UK)

Supported by National Lottery Heritage Fund

2016-2017

Participatory creation of digital portraits of people, places & symbols that have been key to the first 25 years of the Marsden Jazz Festival

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Finding a Voice

How do adults learn to sing?

Produced for Guildhall School of Music & Drama (Principal Investigator: Dr Karen Wise) 

Supported by Arts and Humanities Research Council (UK)

2016-2017

Research project exploring learning trajectories with “non-singers” and voice teachers

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Opera Training for Singers

Mapping trends & training needs in the opera sector

Commissioned by National Opera Studio (UK)

In partnership with Graham Devlin Associates

Supported by Arts Council England & Help Musicians UK

2015-2016

National study on the changing training needs of opera singers

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Past Projects