In a relaxed atmosphere, focaccia in hand, come and discuss the question of engaging with communities, which is more essential than ever in the cultural sector. How can we nurture the relationship between an organization and its audience? How can philanthropy benefit the field as a whole? How should you approach it if you’re a small organization? Enjoy a generous serving of testimonies and wise advice.
In association with Les Conversations philanthropiques en culture
Marie-Eve Collin (FTA) Moderator
A true theatre kid, Marie-Eve Collin devoted years of study to the art (BA, UQAM 2015). After several years as a street performer, she discovered a passion for the business side of things and pursued graduate studies in arts management (MA, HEC 2021).
Marie-Eve’s integration project research focus is individual donor development for Montreal theatres. She has collaborated with multiple organizations on philanthropic management, including Les Foutoukours, Diversité artistique Montréal (DAM), La Maison de répit La Ressource, and Théâtre du Nouveau Monde.
Ludovic Delrieux (FTA) Moderator
Ludovic Delrieux has been in charge of philanthropy and partnerships at FTA | Festival TransAmériques since 2017. He holds a master’s in Art History from Université Paul-Valéry-Montpellier (2010) and a master’s in Arts Management from HEC Montréal (2016).
Delrieux has managed various cultural projects, helped develop the Arts and Philanthropy program at Conseil des arts de Montréal, and cofounded Les Conversations philanthropiques en culture, an organization whose mission is to bring together actors from across the cultural sector, and to encourage good practice and exciting work in arts philanthropy.
Amy Blackmore (Théâtre MainLine/Festival St-Ambroise Fringe de Montréal) Guest
Amy Blackmore is the Executive and Artistic Director of MainLine Theatre, the St-Ambroise Montreal FRINGE Festival and the Bouge d’ici Dance Festival. A META-nominated (Montreal English Theatre Awards) choreographer, Amy studied contemporary dance at Concordia University.
Recent credits include co-direction/movement for Gratitude (Hyper-Allergenic Productions), direction for Malunderstood (KS Presents) and direction/choreography for Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Show (MainLine Theatre).
Spearheading innovative projects over the years, Amy’s recent collaborations include the visioning of the Fringe World Congress taking place in Montreal in 2016. This event garnered MainLine Theatre a nomination to the prestigious Grand Prix du Conseil des arts de Montreal.
This event inspired Amy to then move on to chair the QDF Congress: Shaping the Future of English Theatre in Quebec which took place in February 2018 at the Segal Centre for the Performing Arts.
An eager advocate for the arts, Amy is a former English Language Arts Network (ELAN) board member and is currently the Past-President of the Quebec Drama Federation (QDF).
In 2019, Amy was a finalist for the Montreal Junior Chamber of Commerce’s Young Cultural Entrepreneur award and a leadership fellow at the Canadian Arts Summit.
Catherine Bourgeois (Joe Jack et John) Guest
After studying scenography and directing, Catherine Bourgeois co-founded the company Joe Jack et John in 2003, for which she has developed, co-authored, and directed nearly a dozen works.
Many of her creations have been staged nationally and internationally for a variety of audiences, earning her recognition within the performing arts community for her aesthetic approach and unique creative process. She has worked with Margie Gillies and Imago Theatre for many years. She is also an activist who is engaged in efforts to make the theatre world more accessible and equitable.
Catherine is a recipient of the Mid-Career Artist Award from the Fondation de la Faculté des arts de l’UQAM (2018) and the Bernard Amyot Award (2019) from the National Theatre School of Canada. In 2020, she was a finalist for the Jovette-Marchessault Award.
Sylvie Pouliot (Théâtre Aux Écuries) Guest
From a young age, Sylvie Pouliot has pursued her career in the cultural field with passion. Trained as an actress and director, she is involved in all areas of activity relating to arts and culture.
As managing and artistic director of her company Le Théâtre de La Bourrasque for over 20 years, she has organized 15 international festivals in several countries (Morocco, Italy, Tunisia, Spain, and France), taken part in the Festival d’Avignon on multiple occasions, and taught master classes abroad.
A mediator, creator, and trainer, Sylvie joined Théâtre aux Écuries in 2017, where she is responsible for private fundraising, audience development, school groups, and mediation. She continues to share her passion and experience in philanthropy and audience development for all ages. Inclusion, education, and sharing are an integral part of her core values.