Meet the PAD Delegates

2017 PAD Delagation in Seattle

Please join the Western Arts Alliance Board and Staff in welcoming the 2019 Performing Arts Discovery (PAD) delegation. This year's contingent represents eleven presenting organizations from Pacific Rim countries with established interests in American performance: Australia, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, New Zealand, and Paraguay. Now in its fifth 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 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm Wednesday in the Olympic Room II. For more information about the programming interests of the guests, download the 2019 PAD Profiles.

Aotearoa/New Zealand

Hone Kouka
Artistic Director
Kia Mau Festival 

Hone is an acclaimed Maori director, producer and writer for theatre and film. He is the youngest winner of the Bruce Mason Playwrights Award and multiple award winner, he has had plays produced in South Africa, Britain, Hawaii, Canada, Australia, Japan, New Caledonia, as well as throughout New Zealand, with three plays being translated into French, Japanese and Russian. Kouka, along with Miria George founded theatre and film production house Tawata Productions, producing the works of Maori and Pacific artists and in 2015 he was founder and Artistic Director of Kia Mau Festival - a Maori, Pasifika and International Indigenous multi arts platform based in Wellington. He became a member of the New Zealand order of Merit for his services to Contemporary Maori Theatre in June 2009 and was awarded the New Zealand Writers Guild - Mentors Award 2013. He had two films screened at the 2016 Berlin Film festival - Born to Dance (screenwriter) and Mahana (Executive Producer) and in 2017 he was awarded the Arts Category for Wellingtonian of the Year.

Tama Waipara
Te Tairawhiti Arts Festival

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.


Alison (Ali) Murphy-Oates
Managing Director
Moogahlin Performing Arts

Alison (Ali) Murphy-Oates Managing Director Moogahlin Performing Arts Alison (Ali) Murphy-Oates is a Ngiyampaa Wailwan woman (Central-West New South Wales) who was born and raised on Darkinjung-Guringai land (Central Coast New South Wales). Ali is based on Gadigal land (Sydney) and is Managing Director at Moogahlin Performing Arts, working alongside a team of Co-Artistic Directors to develop, produce, and present distinctive, culturally immersive, and interdisciplinary performance works with First Peoples artists and communities. She has recently served on the boards of BlakDance Australia, Theatre Network NSW, and Moogahlin Performing Arts.

Rhoda Roberts
Head of First Nations Programming
Sydney Opera House

A widjabul woman from the Bundjalung territories, Rhoda is an experienced, motivated and versatile arts executive, with a diverse range of international and national industry practice within commercial, community and non-profit organizations. Rhoda was the founder and Festival Director of the Dreaming Festivals (1995-2009). As an actor/producer and director, she continues to work as a consultant, is a sought after speaker and performer in theatre, film, television and radio. She was Artistic Director of Sydney New Years Eve from 2008-2011, the Co-Founder the Aboriginal National Theater Trust, and Creative Director for the Awakening Segment in the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games Opening Ceremony and the 2003 Rugby World Cup.


Mauricio Peña
Chief, Music Section
Banco de la República

Mauricio Peña directs the Luis Angel Arango Library’s recital hall in Bogota, Colombia. Prior to this, he worked as artistic administrator and education coordinator for the Colombian National Symphony Orchestra, director of music programs for the city of Bogota’s Culture Department, executive director for the Bogota Philharmonic Orchestra and in the development department of New York City Opera. He has lectured at the university level in arts administration programs. He holds an MBA from Universidad de los Andes, an M.A. in arts administration from Columbia University and a B.A. in music performance from the University of New Hampshire.

Paulo Andres Sanchez Gil
Theatre Manager
Teatro Colsubsidio Roberto Arias Parez

Paulo Sanchez believes in the power of culture as a tool for inclusion and human development. He advises public and private institutions in cultural policies, develops high-impact cultural projects, and influences the creative and artistic development of communities. He is the Manager of the Theater Roberto Arias Pérez – Colsubsidio in Bogota, Colombia.


Fabiola Pazmiño
Production Coordinator
Fundacion Teatro Nacional Sucre

Fabiola Pazmiño is the Production Coordinator of the Teatro Nacional Sucre in Quito, Ecuador where she programs and produces concert series and festivals such as the renowned Ecuador Jazz. She has headed the Ecuadorian production of operas and musicals such as "La Flauta Mágica de los Andes" and "Les Miserables." She is a content programmer for "Isla Viva Galapagos Music Conference," content advisor of “Ecuador's International Music Industry Market MIIM,” member of the “Network of Latin American Women in Music SateliteLat,” and part of the “Association for the Development of the Independent Music Industry of Ibero-America ADIMI."


Pablo Maya Ortega
Executive Director
Festival del Centro Historico de la Ciudad de Mexico

Pablo Maya Ortega is the Executive Director of Festival del Centro Histórico de la Ciudad de México (Historic Downtown Festival of Mexico City). With an extensive background in marketing and communications for festivals, television stations, and publishing houses, he curated the arts and literature program at Monterrey International Book Fair and is currently the Associate Producer for the documentary Migrating to Eden that films animal species that migrate to Mexico, co-produced with the Smithsonian Channel. Pablo constantly promotes Mexican art and culture and has organized tours for Mexican artists to the United States to institutions such as the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, the Getty Museum in LA, the Mexican Museum of Art in Chicago, and more.

Igor Lozada
Secretary of Linking and Cultural Diffusion
Cultura UDG

Igor Lozada has produced theatre and festivals for more than fifteen years. He founded the international company “Teatro de Ciertos Habitantes” and for six years he functioned as executive producer and theatre coordinator of the International Cervantino Festival. He excelled in the Harvard Business School Chief Executive Program and has been a mentor and juror for FONCA, Mexico’s National Arts and Culture Fund, as well as Efiteatro, Efiartes and the Board of the Centro Cultural Helénico. He is currently the University of Guadalajara’s Secretary of Liaising and Cultural Diffusion as well as an active member of National Arts Strategies and Board Member of the International Society of the Performing Arts.

Diana Rossette
Artist and Advisor

Scenic artist, writer and producer, Diana Rossette was born in Mexico City. Her parents are from Oaxaca and her mother is from the Mixe ethnic group. She studied Scenic Direction at UNAM and completed her Master's in Scenic Direction at INBA. Rossette was a FONCA Fellow in the Young Creators Program and is currently a professor at the Universidad Anáhuac. She directed the delivery of the Nezahualcóyotl Prize at the Palace of Fine Arts. This year Rossette is the Artistic Director of the Recital of Poetry in Indigenous Language within the FLIN.



Lucas Torino
Planea Musica

Lucas Torino is the Director of Planeador Producción y Comunicación, a company with more than 8 years in the regional market. They provide integral production services for events, and also in the audiovisual sector. He is also the Founder and Director of Planea Música, a Digital Distribution Label and Festival of Latin American Music.