“SummerWorks Performance Festival has been a part of my life for many years. The first play I wrote was produced at the Festival. I later served as a producer of the Progress Festival of Performance and Ideas (SummerWorks / The Theatre Centre). For the Festival’s past three iterations, I have served on the producing team for Lab and Exchange activities. These positions have allowed me wonderful opportunities to collaborate with artists in the earliest stages of new work development and exploration, and SummerWorks is an organization that has always made the resources available for me, as a producer, to be able to ask artists What is it you need? and then make that happen (delightful, rare, and so important!).
This year’s SummerWorks Exchange programming unites around the idea of convening community. In my work with artists over the years, I’ve felt the palpable desire for more facilitated intersections between various practices, geographies and economies. The Exchange is an ideal place to come together around these curiosities (and sometimes conflicts) as it also brings local and visiting industry folks into the mix for a larger ripple effect of impact.
This year we’ll look both locally (a conversation between this year’s curatorial team members, a gig worker equity-focused meal hosted by Means of Production, and a reading room designed to cultivate cultural literacy and exchange) and globally (examining the impacts of AI technology on our sector, a sharing of practice from three visiting Taipei-based dance artists, and an invitation for technicians to collaborate with Iranian artists through the lens of the Woman Life Freedom movement).
Collaborating and visioning with this year’s Exchange artists has been an honour. My thanks go out to them, my fellow Co-Curators and the entire SummerWorks team that has been generous and supportive with both its time and energy.”
Sue (she/her) is a creative producer and facilitator. In recent years, she has served as Festival Producer for Aluna Theatre’s CAMINOS and RUTAS festivals, Progress international festival of performance and ideas (SummerWorks/The Theatre Centre), and Weesageechak Begins to Dance (Native Earth). She was the 2018 recipient of The Leonard McHardy and John Harvey Award for Leadership in Administration, and is an Adaptive Facilitator for the Metcalf Foundation’s Staging Change program.
Currently, Sue is collaborating with the Associated Designers of Canada to deliver a series of professional development workshops and training opportunities for designers nationwide. She also serves as Executive Director of the Bonavista Biennale, a public art event that embeds contemporary art in historic spaces and daily places of rural communities throughout Newfoundland and Labrador’s Bonavista Peninsula.