Dr. Alan Filewod, President
Alan Filewod is Professor of Theatre Studies and Director of the School of English and Theatre Studies at the University of Guelph. He has published nine books on Canadian drama and theatre history with a focus on politically engaged radical performance. Professionally, he was editor and co-editor of Canadian Theatre Review from 1988 to 2002. He has served as president of the Association for Canadian Theatre Research and of the Association for Canadian and Quebec Literatures/ Association des littératures canadienne et québécoise. He began his theatre career as a dramaturg and actor with the notorious Mummers Troupe in Newfoundland in the 1970s, and worked as a dramaturg for GCTC, Penguin Theatre, Theatre Plus and Catalyst Theatre in the 1980s, at which point he chose an academic path. He has also been a theatre reviewer for CBC radio.
Dr. Andy Houston, Vice President
Andy Houston is an artist-researcher in intermedia and site-specific performance, and an associate professor of drama at the University of Waterloo. He and Kathleen Irwin started Knowhere Productions Inc. in 2002, a company devoted to the exploration of site-specific and site-responsive performance (see www.knowhereproductions.ca). In the last fifteen years, he has directed and dramaturged several large-scale site-specific, intermedia productions. As a scholar, he has published broadly in his field and edited a Canadian Theatre Review issue on site-specific performance, as well as a collection of writings on environmental and site-specific theatre in Canada, published by Playwrights Canada Press.
Kirsten Robinson, Secretary and Treasurer
Kirsten Robinson is an award-winning systems design engineer and designer. She worked on Governor General’s Award-winning architect Phillip Beesley’s Hylozoic Soil team to create responsive architectures that were shown across Canada and at the Venice Biennale. As an engineer, she has worked in robotics and electrical engineering creating ethanol from waste cellulose, reducing pain from pressure on neruofibromas, and on building underwater robots, adjustable high-heeled shoes, operating systems for Blackberries, and energy models. She is currently a researcher at The Waterloo Institute for Social Innovation and Resilience at the University of Waterloo and doing a PhD in Systems Design Engineering. She is interested in the common patterns that drive systems ranging from cells to societies and in what makes long-term prosperity possible.
Neve Peric, Director
Neve Peric is an independent strategic communications consultant that works with a number of arts and cultural organizations on issues related to strategic planning, communications, and outreach. She has served as a member of the Board for Pat the Dog, Ontario’s only independent playwright development centre, since 2010 and has been appointed the President since 2011. She is also a member of the Board of The Writers’ Trust of Canada. From 2008 until 2011, she was Vice President of Operations for the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), a think tank in Waterloo. As CIGI’s VP of Operations, Neve was responsible for all of the organization’s finance, human resources, IT, and facilities, including the restructuring of CIGI’s International Board of Governors and the building of its new research campus. Prior to her role as VP Operations, Neve served as CIGI’s Director of Media and Public Relations and was responsible for creating and executing all communications strategies related to the think tank’s research programs. Concurrent to her role at CIGI she also provided communications support to the Canadian International Council in Toronto. Before joining CIGI, Neve worked as a Marketing and Communications Coordinator at an innovative not-for-profit technology firm delivering online software platforms and services to academic research communities. She is a graduate of the Nick Bollettieri Sports Academy in Florida and the University of Toronto.
Lisa O’Connell, non-voting Director
Lisa O’Connell is the founder and Artistic Director of Pat the Dog Playwright Centre, the only playwright centre in Ontario open to both emerging and established playwrights. In addition to their office in Kitchener, Pat the Dog has an office in Sudbury to serve Northern Ontario playwrights. PTD playwrights’ work has been presented at the Magnetic North Theatre Festival, SummerWorks, MT Space Theatre, Sudbury Theatre Centre, Theatre Aquarius, among others.