Meet the PAD International Guests

Please join the Western Arts Alliance Board and Staff in welcoming the 2017 Performing Arts Discovery (PAD) delegation. This year's contingent represents eight presenting organizations from Pacific Rim countries with established interests in American performance: Australia, China, Canada, Columbia, Indonesia, and Mexico. Now in its third year, PAD is a program funded by the National Endowment for the Arts with additional support by the Mellon Foundation. The purpose of the program is to introduce international presenters to U.S. performing artists and companies thereby reducing barriers for American artists overseas.

Relationship building is the cornerstone of the PAD program and conference attendees will have the opportunity to meet our distinguished guests and hear about their organizations at the session “Meet PAD International Guests on 2:30-3:30 pm Thursday in the Sheraton Cedar Room, 2nd Floor. For more information about the programming interests of the guests, down the 2017 PAD Profile


Jacob Boehme is the Creative Director of YIRRAMBOI Festival. A Melbourne born and raised artist of Aboriginal heritage, from the Narangga and Kaurna nations of South Australia, Jacob is a theatre/dance maker with over 20 years experience working in cultural maintenance and contemporary practice with urban, regional and remote Indigenous communities across Australia and abroad.

YIRRAMBOI Festival is an initiative of City of Melbourne in partnership with First Nations peoples and Creative Victoria, showcasing the diversity and individuality of First Nations artists leading 21st-century contemporary arts practice. YIRRAMBOI means tomorrow in the shared languages of the Boon Wurrung and Wurundjeri peoples of Melbourne.


Cree-Saulteaux performing artist, Margo Kane is the Founder and Artistic Managing Director of Full Circle: First Nations Performance. For over 40 years she has been active as an actor, performing artist and community cultural worker. Her desire to share artistic performance that has meaning for her people is the catalyst for her extensive work, travels, and consultation within Indigenous communities across Canada and abroad. Margo programs TalMoonlodge, her acclaimed one-woman show, an Indigenous Canadian classic, toured for over 10 years nationally and internationally. In 2016, she received an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from the University of the Fraser Valley, a Mayor’s Arts Award in Theatre in Vancouver and most recently a 2017 GVPTA Career Achievement Award at the annual Jessie Theatre Awards in Vancouver. Talking Stick is Full Circle’s international festival of Indigenous performance that takes place each February. The two-week festival includes performances, readings, seminars, and networking events for Indigenous arts professionals.


Grace Lang is the Programme Director for the Hong Kong Arts Festival. Grace obtained her Licentiate of the Royal Schools of Music, London in Piano Performance and her BA (High Honours) degree from Wesleyan University where she studied liberal arts. Furthermore, she holds a Certificate in Arts Administration from the University of Hong Kong and City University in London.

In 1988, Grace joined the Hong Kong Arts Festival, and in 1993, she was appointed the festival’s Programme Director. Since the beginning of her career Grace has initiated cultural co-productions with Germany, China, Japan, and Korea. In 2002, she was awarded the Medal of Honour by Hong Kong Administrative Region (HKSAR) in China.


Hugo Rangel is Deputy Executive Director of Fundacion Amigos del Teatro Mayor and the Legal representative of Teatro Mayor Julio Mario Santo Domingo. Hugo is a man of many talents. He is an industrial Engineer with a Master of Finance degree and an MBA. Hugo has twenty years in public service and trade with the National Planning Department, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the National Federation of Coffee Growers. After a pivot, he has spent the past 11 years working in the culture and entertainment industry. Hugo has been at Teatro Mayor for seven years with responsibilities in management and programming.

Fundacion Amigos del Teatro Mayor is the private organization in charge of running Teatro Mayor and Teatro Estudio, two public venues donated by the Santo Domingo Family to the City of Bogota. Teatro Mayor has 1300 seats while Teatro Estudio has up to 350. Throughout the year, a wide variety of the most important artist of the world perform drawing an audience of more than 200,000 a year.


Rama Thaharani is an independent arts producer, based in Jakarta, Indonesia. She works with artists across disciplines to create new work as well and with other programmers to create series of works. Specialising in international exchange, Rama promotes and sends Indonesian artists to tour overseas, invites international artists to present their works at festivals/venues in Indonesia, and creates international collaboration and exchange in the arts and culture. Previously she worked at Komunitas Salihara, a contemporary art center in Jakarta, as partnership and development manager for 6 years.

Rama is also the founder of Seni Sini Sana, a collective of producers and arts managers in performing arts that focuses on cross-cultural innovation. The collective works with both Indonesian and international artists with an understanding that cultural differences are inevitable but shall not limit people to access the arts.


Roberto Villarreal is Director of Monterrey City Theater, a venue operated by the Consejo para la Cultura y las Artes de Nuevo León (CONARTE). Born in Monterrey, Roberto has B.A. in Chemistry and M.A. in Spanish Letters. From 1980-1997, Roberto was the Director of Cultural Affairs at the University of Monterrey and later the head of the Nuevo León Cinematheque Council (1997 - 2001). He has served as the director of the Monterrey City Theater since 1998.

The Council for Culture and the Arts of Nuevo León (CONARTE) was created in 1995. It is a decentralized public agency of the State Government which aims to promote and encourage artistic expression, popular culture and the various manifestations which foster the preservation and enrichment of culture in Nuevo Leon, protect, preserve and disseminate the cultural heritage of the state, and promote the cultural values of the Nuevo Leon society.

Daniela Yoffe is the Performing Arts Director for the Universidad de Guadalajara, Cultura UDG. Daniela initiated her career as a director in 2009 Festival de Teatro Habimá. Her production of Historias de Tocador took first place in the festival. Since then she has served as Director of the Cultural Department of the Israeli Embassy in Mexico, General Producer of the Israel Project at the International Book Fair (FIL) of Guadalajara in 2013. In addition to her theatre work, she has directed commercials for major brands such as GOOGLE Mexico and Virgin Mobile. Daniela has Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Universidad Iberoamericana and continues her studies of psychoanalysis.

One of the main priorities of The University of Guadalajara is to create, plan and promote a vast, innovative, cutting edge and dynamic artistic offering for the university, the artistic community, as well as for the society of Jalisco and Mexico. This mission is realized through CULTURA UDG. Through its infrastructure and departments of Music, Performing Arts, and Literature, Cultura UDG is an agent of social change, generating a revolutionary impact on the arts in the community. The achievements of Cultura UDG/University of Guadalajara have established it as a leader in the cultural and arts field in Mexico and internationally.