Performing Arts Discovery (PAD) 2016

Meet the 2016 PAD Guests
Monday, August 15, 2016

Pictured above, Mr. Yu Fei and Bao Chaoyang, PAD delegates from China in 2015, run into an old friend in Vancouver. 

Please join the WAA Board and Staff in welcoming the Performing Arts Discovery (PAD) 2016 delegation, representing ten presenter organizations from targeted Pacific Rim countries with established markets:  Australia, China, Columbia, Mexico and Taiwan.  Now it its second year, PAD is a pilot program funded through 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 the delegates and hear about their organizations at the session “Meet WAA’s PAD Guests:  10 Presenters from around the Pacific Rim”, on Tuesday morning at 9:00 AM at the location listed on your conference program and app. 


A program of the City of Melbourne, Arts House is one of Australia’s key contemporary arts presenter venues.  Specializing in presentation of cutting-edge contemporary content including diverse and multi-disciplinary work, the venue provides a nexus for cultural expression and social connection.  Angharad Wynne-Jones, has been Artistic Director of Art House since 2011, where she developed Australia’s dance festival Dance Massive and initiated Australia’s first international biennial Festival of Live Art, and Green Room award winning Going Nowhere an environmentally sustainable international arts event.


Renowned for its acoustic quality, the Forbidden City Concert Hall is a multi-purpose venue adjacent to the famous Forbidden City.  Jing ZHU (Judith) has been Deputy General Manager of 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 is programming manager for a growing number of theatres under Poly Theatre Group, presenting over 100 tour concerts in more than 40 cities in China.

Ms. Liao HAN, General Manager, Shanghai City Theater, has been working in the field of performing arts for fifteen years, Ms. Liao Han has successfully negotiated and hosted dozens of international pop music and classical music superstars’ concerts.  The Shanghai City Theater opened in 2009 and is a state of the art venue presenting theater, concerts in a variety of different musical genres, musical theater and family friendly programming.

Ms. Rongrong ZHANG, General Manager of Dalian People's Culture Club and the new president of the China North Alliance of Theaters. The Dalian People’s Culture Club was founded in 1951 and is noted for its distinct design by Russian architects and technical experts.  The Club has presented the international touring performances from America, England and France, Italy, Japan, Germany, Hungary and Russia to name a few. The Club operates year-round and focuses on cultural performances serving over 160, 000 audience annually.  The China Northern Alliance of Theatres was founded in 2005 as an alliance connecting major theatres and venues in Northeastern provinces in China.


The Luis Ángel Arango Recital Hall, Banco de la República de Colombia is a nation-wide institution with venues located in 34 libraries across Colombia supporting year-round programming including classical music, family friendly and other performing arts offerings.  Sara García, Artistic Programming Assistant will be joining the Performing Arts Discovery delegation at WAA as the organization’s representative.

Ricardo Camacho is the theater director and founder of the Teatro Libre which operates a foundation, a professional theater and a jazz festival.  Founded in 1973, Teatro Libre is the first jazz festival in Colombia and one of the first in Latin America.  Teatro Libre operates two venues and partners with local universities for other festival such and the International Theater Festival and the Festival of Chamber Music


Mara Maciel, Show Promotion Manager at Tijuana Cultural Center, an organization of the Ministry of Culture of Mexico  programming scenic shows and administrating one of Mexico´s northwest most important Theatre hall, which has presented international artists such as Omara Portuondo, Diego El Cigala, Fito Páez among others.

Named a UNESCO World Heritage site, The Festival Internacional Cervantio was founded in 1972 around the theatrically staged works of Miguel de Cervantes.  It has since has grown in size and scope into one of the most important international artistic and cultural events in Mexico and Latin America.  In 2011 the festival included 2,800 artists from 29 countries in genres such as classical music, folk music, dance and theater.  Subdirectora de Programación, Marcela Diez will be joining the delegation from Mexico on their behalf.


Ms. Vera Yi-Li LAI is in charge of programming Taiwan’s largest venues, the National Theater and Concert Hall in Taipai.  Completed in 1987, these two performing arts venues were two of the first major performing arts venues to be established in Asia and support year-round programming focused on music, dance, musical theater, opera and culturally specific performances and festivals.

The International New Aspect Cultural and Educational Foundation is a presenter organization serving Taiwan since 1978.  New Aspect presents all genres of performing arts but have an eye out for ‘something to impress us before presenting it to our audience’.  Ms. Yun-Shiou TSAI  Project Manager of International New Aspect Cultural and Educational Foundation will be joining us at WAA as New Aspect Promotions Company’s representative. She received her Master’s degree in Musicology from National Taiwan University. Her specialties and interests include music and cultural development in Taiwan and East Asian countries, as well as development of performing arts between East and West. Her major projects and productions include classical/traditional concerts, dance, drama, international music festivals, and visual art exhibitions.


Andre Bouchard


Andre Bouchard (of Kootenai/Ojibwe descent) grew up on the Flathead Reservation in western Montana.  He is the founder of Walrus Arts Management and Consulting, a booking and consulting agency representing Indigenous Performing Arts and offering a range of consulting services.