The Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts (TAPA) is proud to announce Simon Brault as the Keynote Speaker for the upcoming APASO 2012 Conference in Toronto, Ontario. Mr. Brault holds an impressive biography and is currently the CEO of the National Theatre School of Canada.


CEO, National Theatre School of Canada

Simon Brault was named the National Theatre School’s CEO in 2008 and has held several key administrative positions with the NTS since 1981.

In 1997, he initiated Journées de la culture, a Quebec‐wide cultural event; in 2002, he led a 20‐member delegation at the Sommet de Montréal and founded Culture Montréal. Since 2007, he heads the steering committee of the RV07 –Montreal, Cultural Metropolis.

He is Vice‐Chair of the Canada Council, an Officer of the Order of Canada, an Officier de l’Ordre national du Québec, a Fellow of the CGA, and a recipient of the Keith Kelly Award for Cultural Leadership.

On September 23, 2009, Mr. Brault launched his first book of essays on the rise of arts and culture on global public agendas. Titled Le FACTEUR C ‐ L’Avenir passe par la culture, it was published by La Presse / Éditions Voix parallèles and was released in English, in May 2010, by Cormorant Books (translation Jonathan Kaplansky) under the title No Culture, No Future.

In 2011, the Presses de l’Université du Québec and the Chaire de leadership Pierre‐Péladeau published a monograph about Simon Brault: Prendre fait et cause pour la culture. It is a scholarly thesis on his personal and professional journey in the arts.

Synopsis: No Culture, No Future by Simon Brault: “Everyone has the right freely to participate in the cultural life of the community, to enjoy the arts and to share in scientific advancement and its benefits,” proclaims the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Simon Brault takes these words to heart and goes one step further. In No Culture, No Future, he establishes that arts are not just a right but a necessity. A longtime advocate of the arts inMontreal, Brault has taken action to re-establish that city as one of the most culturally accomplished communities inCanada. No Culture, No Future is part of his campaign to convince the people and governments of cities across Canada that investment in the arts benefits all citizens.

If you have not already read Mr. Brault’s book, No Culture, No Future, there will be copies on sale at the APASO conference. We look forward to welcoming Mr. Brault on Thursday, April 12, 2012.

TAPA is also proud to announce Tim Jones, President and CEO of Artscape, as a plenary speaker for the Conference on Friday, April 13, 2012.



Tim Jones is a champion for the role that the arts play in transforming cities and communities. Under his direction as President and CEO since 1998, Artscape has grown from a Toronto-based affordable studio provider to an internationally recognized leader in city-building through the arts. In Toronto, Tim has played a catalytic role in the redevelopment of the Distillery District and galvanized the vision, interest and investment to create Artscape Gibraltar Point and the award-winning Artscape Wychwood Barns. In Canada and abroad, Tim acts as a consultant and advisor on projects, policy and initiatives and speaks at more than 20 conferences and events each year. He and his colleagues at Artscape are passionately committed to exchanging knowledge with others on how arts, culture and creativity can help make our world more livable, sustainable, and prosperous.

Autumn Ames, Executive Director, Arts & Cultural Alliance of Central Florida
Autumn Ames is the Executive Director of the Arts and Cultural Alliance of Central Florida, a nonprofit arts and cultural organization that exists to increase awareness of and participation in arts and culture in the seven counties within Central Florida. Autumn was the previous Director of Marketing and Communications at United Arts of Central Florida.

She also runs workshops and programs for artists and administrators to increase the capacity of cultural administrators and their organizations, as well as workshops that encourage and facilitate collaboration. She is a founding member and past Chair of the Orlando Young Nonprofit Professionals Network (YNPN) and Vice Chair/Secretary of the Mellon Foundation funded Project Audience. In addition, she serves on VSA Florida’s Board of Directors, A Gift for Music’s Advisory Board, the Visit Orlando’s Marketing Committee and was selected in 2009 and 2011 as one of Orlando Business Journal’s Forty Under 40. She holds a Bachelors in Music Education from Florida State University.

John Beck, Deputy Director, ArtsBoston
A graduate of Tufts University, John Beck joined ArtsBoston in 2001 and assumed the newly created position of Deputy Director in 2010. During his tenure with ArtsBoston, he has been an integral leader on the successful development and implementation of some of ArtsBoston’s signature programs, including the ArtsBoston Big List,, and the cultural calendar. Recently John oversaw the planning, design, and construction of the new Faneuil Hall BosTix Booth which opened in March 2011 and developed financial, operational, and evaluation infrastructure for the implementation of ArtsBoston’s 2011 strategic plan. John is currently leading the creation of a new community database and market knowledge program – the ArtsBoston Audience Initiative.

Frances Black, Director of Programs, Alliance of Resident Theatres-New York
Frances Black is the Director of Programs at A.R.T./New York, the service and advocacy organization for New York City’s not-profit theatre community. She is also an independent theatre producer. Most recently she produced a new clown show called Walled In at IRT. In 2010, Frances was co-producer on A Life in the Theatre by David Mamet on Broadway. In 2009, she produced Even Maybe Tammy, a new commedia dell’arte created by Christopher Bayes, at The Flea Theater. In 2008-2009, she served as Associate Managing Director of Yale Repertory Theatre. Previously, Frances managed two small theatre companies:Yale Cabaret and The Gayety Theatre. Frances has written two arts management case studies; Ice Theatre of New York and Perseverance Theatre and is on the Board of Trustees of Ice Theatre of New York. Hns. B.A in Theatre Studies from the University of King’s College and MFA in Theatre Management from Yale School of Drama. She is from Toronto and interned at TAPA in 2005.

Douglas Clayton, Director of Programming and Operations, LA STAGE Alliance
Doug has been working as a director and administrator in arts-related fields, mostly involving the performing arts or publishing, for the last fifteen years. He holds a B.S. in Theatre Arts and Business Administration (Management Emphasis) from the University of Southern California and did his graduate studies at Florida State University. He currently oversees all activities of LA STAGE Alliance, including the highest profile theatre awards on the West Coast—the Ovation Awards— and the largest dedicated arts journalism outlet for Greater Los Angeles, He is also the project manager for a number of national cultural web solutions, including Free Night/Enter to Win and Project Audience. Artistically, he works regularly as a theatre director and producer, both in Los Angeles and nationally.

Leah Cooper, Executive Director, Minnesota Theater Alliance
Leah Cooper has been passionately devoted to making theater for over 25 years. She is currently Executive Director of the Minnesota Theater Alliance, a freelance stage director, an arts administration consultant, and a co-founder and partner at, Minnesota’s online trade journal for the performing arts.

The Minnesota Theater Alliance serves about 300 theaters of all sizes and all kinds all across the state with learning exchanges, audience development, shared resources, and advocacy to strengthen the industry locally and nationally.

Leah also serves on the Minneapolis Arts Commission and is board chair for Live Action Set theater company. From 2001-2006, she was the Executive Director of the Minnesota Fringe Festival. Prior to that, Leah worked by day in the corporate sector as a software engineer and business consultant.

Jessyca Holland, Excutive Director, C4 Atlanta
Jessyca has worked in art services for over six years in Atlanta. Before joining the world of nonprofit arts administration, Jessyca was an independent actor performing in Greater Atlanta. In 2007, Jessyca participated in the Bank of America Neighborhood Excellence Initiative, a multi-city program for emerging nonprofit leaders. Jessyca has a strong interest in research and information literacy, as well as a strong interest in art as a learning tool for building literacy efficacy among school children and adults. Jessyca earned her B.A. in Theatre in 2000 from the University of West Georgia, and Masters of Library Media in 2009 from Georgia State University.

Adam Huttler, Executive Director, Fractured Atlas
Adam is the founder and executive director of Fractured Atlas. He has a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College and an M.B.A. from New York University. Since forming Fractured Atlas in 1998, he has grown the organization from a one-man-band housed in an East Harlem studio apartment to a broad-based national service organization with an annual budget over $12 million. Adam serves on a number of boards and steering committees, including those of the Performing Arts Alliance, the National Network of Fiscal Sponsors, NYC’s One Percent for Culture campaign, Bay Area Video Coalition, and the Institute for Culture in the Service of Community Sustainability.

Selena Juneau-Vogel, Program Specialist, ATHENA /, Fractured Atlas
As a Program Specialist at Fractured Atlas, Selena facilitates the development of ATHENA and technology. She first joined Fractured Atlas as a Research Fellow in 2010 and returned to the team after receiving her MPA from NYU’s Wagner School of Public Service. Selena is one of the founding members of Emerging Leaders of New York Arts, a networking and professional development group for arts administrators in their twenties and thirties. Previously, Selena managed leadership programs for the Arts & Business Council of New York, coordinated grants for Brown University’s Creative Arts Council, and ran a contemporary glass gallery. Selena grew up in Maine, so she likes nature and knows how to layer. She studied visual art and journalism as an undergrad at Brown University. Currently, her default art medium is chart paper and markers but when she has free time again she’ll get back to encaustic painting.

Tom Kaiden, President, Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance
Tom Kaiden joined the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance’s staff in 2001 and was appointed as the organization’s President in June 2010. He has made community engagement a priority, so that the cultural sector serves as a vital partner in advancing Greater Philadelphia’s economic, community and personal growth. Tom is also the chief architect of Engage 2020, a marketing and civic engagement initiative focused on doubling cultural participation in Greater Philadelphia by 2020.

Jacoba Knaapen, Executive Director, Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts (TAPA)
Jacoba Knaapen is the Executive Director of the Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts (TAPA), an arts service organization that represents 187 professional theatre, dance and opera companies in the city of Toronto. Jacoba is also the Producer of the annual Dora Mavor Moore Awards, which she has been producing since 1999. Jacoba is the recipient of a Harold Award for her contribution and mentorship in the Toronto theatre scene, and has been recognized with a Vital People Award by the Toronto Community Foundation for her work in improving Toronto’s arts sector ‘vital

Kendra Lawton, Director of Programs & Planning, Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance
Kendra Lawton joined the Cultural Alliance in 2006. As Director of Programs and Planning, Lawton designs and delivers programs and services for the Alliance’s membership and regional cultural sector (including the Philadelphia Cultural List Cooperative, professional development workshops, and public events), and provides support for organizational planning initiatives. Lawton is an adjunct instructor in Drexel’s Graduate Arts Administration Program where she teaches Audience Development and has served as a grants panelist for the Philadelphia Cultural Fund. Previously, Lawton worked as the Director of Marketing & Development for the Cultural Resources Council in Syracuse, NY. She has a BA in Sociology from Le Moyne College and an MS in arts administration from Drexel University.

Matt Lehrman, Executive Director, Alliance for Audience
Matt Lehrman is the founding Executive Director of Alliance for Audience, a 501c3 non-profit organization headquartered in Phoenix Arizona to advance the mutual audience development goals of Arizona’s arts organizations and cultural destinations. Since 2003 Alliance for Audience has served the breadth of Arizona’s arts & cultural community – spanning theatre, music, dance, art, festivals, sci/tech, culinary and cultural attractions. Alliance for Audience is best known to the public as and its family of services.

In 2010, the Arizona Republic named Matt Lehrman “Best Cheerleader for the Arts” and wrote, “For some, arts marketing is a career. For Matt Lehrman, it’s a calling … his enthusiasm is genuine and infectious.” Previously, Matt Lehrman served nine years with the Scottsdale Cultural Council (the independent non-profit organization that manages the arts and cultural affairs of City of Scottsdale, Arizona) as Vice President/Director of Marketing & Communications for the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts and the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art.

Matt moved to Arizona in 1988 and served as a Corporate Sales Officer for Citibank, and then as Director of Sales & Marketing for Bank of Scottsdale. Matt’s career started with staff positions as a lobbyist in Washington D.C. for the National Association of Realtors and the Mortgage Bankers Association of America. Matt Lehrman is a graduate of Oberlin College.

Clayton Lord, Director of Communications and Audience Development, Theatre Bay Area
Clayton Lord is the director of communications and audience development at Theatre Bay, where he oversees communications, marketing, audience development, research and advertising. He is the project director for Counting New Beans, the national intrinsic impact study, and also runs Free Night of Theater, the Bay Area Big List and the Leveraging Social Media workshop series with Beth Kanter. He writes for Theatre Bay Area magazine and, has contributed to Stage Directions, InDance,, ARTSblog and, and has presented at the TCG, NAMP, and APASO conferences, among others. He holds a BA from Georgetown University in English and Psychology.

John McEwen, Executive Director, New Jersey Theatre Alliance
Since 2001, John has served as the Executive Director, a service organization for the state’s 35 professional theatres. The Alliance provides advocacy, technical assistance, and programming that supports collaboration among the state’s non-profit professional theatres, encourages theatre-going activity and helps member theatres in their growth and development. Under John’s leadership, the Alliance developed the nation’s first statewide online discount ticketing program for the performing arts—

Prior to the Alliance, John served as Vice President for Development of the New Jersey Network Foundation where he was responsible for providing the leadership for an annual fund goal of more than $7 million in support of NJN Public Television and Radio’s programs and services. Prior to joining NJN, John served as the Director of Development for Paper Mill Playhouse where he oversaw all fund raising activities, long-range planning, and board development. John provided the leadership for Paper Mill’s successful $10 million capital campaign.

John is the founder and Chairman of the Cultural Access Network, Vice-President of ArtPRIDE New Jersey, Trustee of Partnership in Philanthropy, the New Jersey Fund for the Blind, and an adjunct professor for the Arts Administration Program at Seton Hall University.

John’s awards and achievements include the first Excellence in Accessibility Leadership Award from the Christopher Reeves Paralysis Foundation and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Ann Klein Advocate Award from the Community Health Law Project, a Citation of Excellence form the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, and the Community Service Award from the New Jersey Department of Recreation. John is a graduate of Leadership/New Jersey and the Executive Program for Nonprofit Leaders in the Arts at Stanford University, a partnership between the Stanford Graduate School of Business and National Arts Strategies. John received his Bachelor’s of Arts from Montclair State University and his Master of Arts from New York University.

Terence McFarland, CEO, LA STAGE Alliance
Terence McFarland holds both an MFA and BFA from California Institute of the Arts, an Associate’s Degree from the Fashion Institute of Technology and certificates from both Stanford Graduate School of Business Executive Program for Non-Profit Leaders — Arts and Polimoda in Florence, Italy. He is a director, producer and performer having presented work in many international film festivals and throughout the Los Angeles area. He spent over a decade working in the New York fashion industry. McFarland is a member of Southern California Leadership Network and currently serves on the boards of Arts for LA, California Arts Advocates and the California Institute of the Arts. He was named a Trustee by City Councilmember Jose Huizar of the Bringing Back Broadway Initiative – a $40 million public private partnership to revitalize the historic Broadway District of Downtown Los Angeles. McFarland has served as the lead consultant on the Community Redevelopment Agency of the City of Los Angeles Arts retention projects in Hollywood and North Hollywood and as a grants panelist for Ventura Arts Council and the Los Angeles County Arts Commission. McFarland has presented or facilitated workshops on Corporate Sponsorship, Corporate Volunteerism, Arts Marketing and Technology, Creativity and Workforce Development, Performing Arts Touring in partnership with the Western Arts Alliance, New Play Development in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and Arena Stage and led sessions for arts journalism fellows for both the NEA/USC Arts Journalism fellowship program and the Los Angeles Sister Cities Arts Journalism Fellowship of LA, Inc. the Los Angeles Visitors and Convention Bureau. Additionally, he has guest lectured at UCLA, USC, LMU and Occidental College.

John McInerney, Vice President of Marketing & Communications, Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance
John McInerney has led the day-to-day operations and strategic direction of the Cultural Alliance’s marketing initiatives since joining the Alliance in 2004. He currently directs Engage 2020, the Cultural Alliance’s new initiative focused on doubling cultural participation in Greater Philadelphia by the year 2020. He has a BS in business administration from Loyola University (New Orleans) and an MS in arts administration from Drexel University.

Adam Natale, Director of Partnerships and Business Development, Fractured Atlas
With Fractured Atlas, Adam has created innovative audience development, online education, and arts insurance programs, formed partnerships with over 100 arts organizations, presented at multiple national conferences, and has helped the organization grow immensely, with over 5,000 artists joining in the past year. A graduate of American University with a degree in Directing for Theatre & Film, he is a freelance director, serves on the Board of Directors for Red Bull Theater, and is a past member and chair of Americans for the Arts’ Emerging Leader Council. Formerly, he served the Theater & Musical Theater disciplines at the NEA and worked as an Associate Producer with the New York Musical Theatre Festival.

Catherine Peterson, Executive Director, ArtsBoston
Catherine Peterson has dedicated her career to promoting, supporting and celebrating the arts. Peterson was named ArtsBoston’s Executive Director in 1997. Under her leadership, ArtsBoston has been the recipient of the Commonwealth Award, the state’s highest honor for the arts. She currently serves on the board of Chorus America, is co-chair of the Boston Arts Service Coalition and a member of the Mass Creative Implementation Team. She is also on the Mayor’s Create Boston Advisory Committee and participates annually in Boston’s City to City Leadership Exchange.

Peterson earned a Bachelor of Arts in English degree, summa cum laude from Wellesley College. She is a graduate of Stanford University’s Executive Program for Nonprofit Leaders, and LeadBoston, the National Conference for Community and Justice’s cross-sector leadership program. Her previous experience includes serving as Project Manager for the Worcester Art Museum’s $1.3 million audience development program, Vice President at Columbia Artists Management, and as Artistic Administrator for the Cleveland Orchestra. Additionally, Peterson has given numerous talks on audience development and cultural marketing at the Association of Performing Arts Presenters, Association of Performing Arts Service Organizations, New England Conservatory, Temple University, Wellesley College and the Cleveland Institute of Music.

Sam Read, Deputy Director, Theatre Puget Sound
Sam has been deeply involved with the Seattle arts community, both as an artist and an administrator, for more than fifteen years. He has spent the past eight years on the staff of Theatre Puget Sound (TPS) where he now serves as Deputy Director. Before joining the staff of TPS, Sam worked with the Washington State Arts Alliance as well as co-founded and served as Artistic Director of Seattle’s award-winning Burnt Studio Productions.

In his time at TPS, Sam has built a reputation as an effective and dynamic leader with a solid track record of innovative programming, successful fundraising, audience engagement and team management. Through his implementation of programs like Arts Crush and the Cultivating New Audiences Seminar Series, he has proven time and again his ability to gather individuals and organizations around common goals and provide the necessary leadership to facilitate success through collaboration.

Aubrey Reeves, Ontario Manager, Culture Days
Aubrey Reeves is an artist and arts manager based in Toronto, Ontario. Since its inception in 2010, Aubrey has been involved in Culture Days as the Ontario Manager. Culture Days is a pan-Canadian volunteer movement to raise the awareness, accessibility, participation and engagement of all Canadians in the arts and cultural life of their communities. In 2011, an estimated 1.2 million Canadians participated in 6000 Culture Days activities across the country. In 2009 she was the Artistic Producer of spOtlight Festival, a pilot program of the Ontario Art Council and Ontario Ministry of Culture and from 2004-2008, Aubrey was the Programming Director at Trinity Square Video, one of Canada’s oldest artist-run centres. In 2004, Aubrey completed her M.A. at the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College in New York and also holds a B.A. from University of Toronto (2001). She has exhibited her artwork across Canada and internationally.

Chris Shuff , Director of Management Programs, Theatre Communications GroupChris Shuff has overseen TCG’s research efforts, field communications and various professional development programs and events since 1998. Prior to TCG, Chris was a consultant to the Saint Thomas Church Concert Series in New York City. He moved to New York from San Francisco, where he spent 13 years working in the not-for-profit performing arts service field. His last position was as director of ticketing services/community relations for Theatre Bay Area. Chris was a jurist for the Business Arts Council Awards, served on the Diversity Coalition Planning Committee in New York and for over 25 years has been involved with the Association of Performing Arts Service Organizations (APASO), where he served on advisory committees, led sessions and panels at national conferences and coordinated four conferences. For many years, Chris was a member of INTIX, the international ticketing association, where he served as a peer consultant and led sessions at annual conferences. His volunteer affiliations include serving as treasurer on the board of Streetside Stories, Inc, an arts education program in San Francisco middle schools; working with God’s Love We Deliver, a New York-based charity that provides meals and nutritional counseling to people living with life-altering illnesses; and volunteering at various not-for-profit organizations and events. He received his bachelor of arts in international relations from Lake Forest College and studied in the former Yugoslavia at the Filozofski Fakultet in Zagreb, Croatia.

Jini Stolk, Executive Director, Creative Trust
Jini is the founding Executive Director of Creative Trust. Before that, she was Managing Director of Toronto Dance Theatre and Executive Director of the Toronto Theatre Alliance/ Dora Mavor Moore Awards; at the TTA she acquired and revitalized Toronto’s half-price ticket booth, T.O. TIX. She was also Associate Director of the Association of Canadian Publishers and General Manager of Open Studio. She continues her involvement in many community and cultural advocacy activities, and was a member of the steering committee of ArtsVote Toronto 2010. She is Vice-President of the Toronto Arts Council, a director of the Centre for Social Innovation and on the steering committee of the Ontario Nonprofit Network; and is Past-President of Toronto Artscape, Hum dansoundart and Six Stages Theatre Festival. She has been recognized with a Harold Award and the Sandra Tulloch Award for Innovation in the Arts.

Ben Thiem, Director of Member Services, League of Chicago Theatres
Ben joined the League of Chicago Theatres in September of 2004. In his position he serves as a resource for more than 200 member theaters and manages many of the League’s audience and professional development programs and services. Ben is also a company member and literary manager at TimeLine Theatre, a company dedicated to producing plays inspired by history that connect with today’s social and political issues. His credits at TimeLine include work as a producer and dramaturg. Other Chicago credits include directorial and dramaturgy work with Profiles Theatre, The Gift Theatre and the New Theatre Collective. He is a graduate of The Theatre School at DePaul University.

Tiffany Wilhelm, Deputy Director, Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council
As part of the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council team since September 2007, Tiffany has helped GPAC improve its annual planning processes, secure new and increased funding, develop and refine programs, and grow its membership. She earned an MFA in Arts Management from Florida State University and was the Assistant to the Managing Director of the Asolo Repertory Theatre in Sarasota, Florida. Prior to her arrival in Pittsburgh, she was the Executive Director of the Central Wisconsin Children’s Museum in Stevens Point, taught in the undergraduate Arts Management program at the University of Wisconsin in Stevens Point and served on the board of Arts Wisconsin.

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