Meet the PAD International Guests

Please join the Western Arts Alliance Board and Staff in welcoming the 2018 Performing Arts Discovery (PAD) delegation. This year's contingent represents eleven presenting organizations from Pacific Rim countries with established interests in American performance: Australia, Canada, China, Costa Rica, Korea, New Zealand, and Taiwan. Now in its fourth 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” from 4:45 pm - 5:45 pm Wednesday in the Donatello Room One. For more information about the programming interests of the guests, download the 2018 PAD Profile

Australia 

JACOB BOEHME 

Jacob Boehme is a Melbourne born and raised artist of the Narangga and Kaurna Nations, South Australia and the Creative Director of YIRRAMBOI Festival, Melbourne's premier biennial First Nations arts festival. He is also a multi-disciplinary theatre maker and choreographer, creating work for stage, screen, large-scale public events and festivals. Jacob currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Blackfulla Performing Arts Alliance and is a member of the International Advisory Panel for the Calouste Gulbenkian UK Enquiry into the Civic Role of Arts Organisations.

BRENDAN ROSS

Brendan has 25 years of experience as an Australian producer, festival director, and theatre maker. He is a Producer at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC), Brisbane, where he identifies, develops and manages a range of mainstage and community engagement programs. He also served as Festival Director of Out of the Box, QPAC’s international children’s festival. Brendan is the founding Executive Director of Lean Forward Arts, is a fellow of the Asialink Business Leaders Program, and an alumni of the Australia Council for the Arts leadership program. He has a Master of Fine Arts (Drama) and a Bachelor of Arts (Music). 

Canada

MARGO KANE 

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. 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.

China

LYNN FU

Lynn Fu has years of experience working in international arts and cultural exchange. She is the International Program Director of the Great Theatre of China in Shanghai, an 878 seat playhouse that opened in 1930 and reopened in June 2018. From 2005 to 2015, she worked for the British Council based in Shanghai and New York, enabling cross-cultural dialogues through different art genres, and in 2017 oversaw the international programs of the Wuzhen Theatre Festival. Lynn holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Shanghai University of International Business and Economics and a Master of Arts in Arts Administration from Columbia University.

JUDITH ZHU 

Jing Zhu (Judith) has been Deputy General Manager of the Beijing Poly Forbidden City Management since 2004. She has developed the Forbidden City Concert Hall into Beijing’s leading venue of music, with innovative and diverse programming of classical music, early music, jazz, contemporary and Chinese music. She also programs for a growing number of Poly theatres, including Wuhan Qintai Concert Hall, Tianjin Grand Theatre, Changsha Concert Hall, among others, presenting over 300 concerts and productions in more than 40 cities in China. Judith was a Clore Fellow on the Clore Leadership Programme 2011-12, and an ISPA fellow in 2016.

Costa Rica

GABRIEL GOÑI DONDI

Gabriel Goñi Dondi is the Director General of the Centro Nacional de la Música. He has held the positions of Academic Dean of the National Institute of Music of Costa Rica, General Manager of the National Symphony Orchestra of Costa Rica, and Director of Programs of the Youth Orchestra of the Americas. In addition to his current work, Gabriel is a flutist for the National Symphony of Costa Rica. He studied the flute at the Juilliard School of New York and the New World School of the Arts in Florida and teaches at the National Institute of Music, the University of Costa Rica and major Conservatories and Schools of Music worldwide.

Korea

LEE JONG-HO 

Lee Jong-Ho is a festival organizer, journalist, and dance critic based in Seoul, South Korea. He started his career as a news reporter and has been an active dance critic publishing dance reviews, and reports of international festivals and cultural policies since 1980. He established Seoul Section of the Int'l Dance Council (CID-UNESCO) in 1996 and launched Seoul International Dance Festival (SIDance) in 1998. For the past 20 years, SIDance has been playing a leading role in the contemporary dance scene in Korea and Asia. Building networks with festivals and theaters in various continents, Lee produced over 40 collaborative dance productions and presented more than 150 Korean dancers and choreographers to international stages.

MARIE SEUNGYEON OH  

Marie Seungyeon Oh is the Program Manager of Korea's biggest jazz festival, Jarasum International Jazz Festival. Jarasum International Jazz Festival was founded in 2004. Jarasum is an island on the Bukhan river, which was long a deserted island without a name. As a growing jazz festival, Jarasum was also developed into one of the most important camping sites in Korea. Now Jarasum is a sightseeing destination in Gapyeong County.

New Zealand 

TAMA WAIPARA

Tama Waipara is the Director of the Tairāwhiti Arts Festival in Gisborne, New Zealand. Of New Zealand Maori descent (Ruapani, Rongowhakaata, Ngāti Porou), he is a multi-instrumentalist, singer/songwriter, composer, actor, performer, Musical Director and Producer. Tama is also a board member of SOUNZ – Centre for NZ Music, Puatatangi Māori Music Committee, Ambassador for the Waiata Māori Music Awards and member of Te Kupenga Toi o Tāmaki Māori Theatre collective. He received a Masters degree from the Manhattan School of Music in New York. Returning to New Zealand in 2006, Tama has become a leading practitioner in the arts and highly respected performer and cultural advocate.

DOLINA WEHIPEIHANA 

Dolina Wehipeihana is Head of Programming at Auckland Arts Festival, an annual arts and cultural festival held in New Zealand’s largest city. Of New Zealand Maori descent (Ngati Raukawa and Ngati Tukorehe), Dolina is also an independent producer through her company Betsy & Mana Productions and an advocate for contemporary indigenous theatre and dance. She has toured New Zealand work to Australia, Hawaii, New Caledonia, and Edinburgh. Dolina was a founding member of Atamira Dance Company and current Chair of Atamira Dance Collective Charitable Trust, and she is a member of National Maori Theatre Steering Committee He Waka Urungi. In 2018 Dolina was a member of the the Tri-Nations Curatorial Advisory group at the Australian Performing Arts Market alongside producers from Australia and Canada. 

Taiwan

ALICE CHENG HUA CHIANG 

Alice Cheng Hua Chiang is the Program Manager of Pulima Art Festival and has worked for indigenous performing art development and cross-cultural communication at the Indigenous Peoples Cultural Foundation, Taiwan since 2013. Over the years, she has managed domestic and international programs and productions, new talent projects and tours home and abroad. Alice received her MFA in arts administration and management from Taipei National University of the Arts and dedicated herself to the arts for 15 years. Recently, she has coordinated the International Austronesian Conference, a forum on the development of Taiwanese Indigenous Media and Language Inheritance, and tours to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

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