Written by Jeanne LeSage
Are you a leader of a Canadian Performing Arts Organization? I would like to hear from you! Any size, any performing arts discipline, and across Canada - I am conducting primary research for my MBA final research paper - and want to build a profile of the leaders running both the artistic and business functions in the performing arts sector.
Survey link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ArtsLeader
As a lifelong cultural worker, I have been very fortunate along the way to work with incredible arts leaders - and I’m happy now to be studying the topic for my masters.
Like most folks in our sector, I‘ve had quite the ‘hybrid’ path to leadership - starting as a stage manager across Canada, working at TIFF for 10 years, then undertaking work on international arts projects; including the International Arts Management Fellowship at the Kennedy Center under Michael Kaiser, Managing Producer of the Abu Dhabi Film Festival and Deputy Interim CEO of the Royal Opera House Muscat. On my return to Canada I served as Executive Director of the Kay Meek Centre for Performing Arts in West Vancouver, and have since started my MBA and am working as an arts consultant under LeSage Arts Management.
The objective of my research is to gather and interpret data about current performing arts leaders in Canada: demographic information, career path, formal and informal education, as well as their thoughts about traits and skills necessary to be a leader in Canada's performing arts sector. The aim is to have a better understanding of the profile and make-up of our current leadership across provinces, organization sizes, and artistic disciplines.
If you are a performing arts leader please consider taking the 20-30 minute survey that will inform this research.
Many thanks to WorkInCulture for your ongoing work supporting the cultural sector!