Colleen Smith

Executive Director, Theatre Calgary/AB

Colleen is a Canadian arts leader, musician, and educator with experience that spans strategic planning, organizational development, financial management, brand development and design and execution of large scale events and performances. She has had executive leadership responsibilities of national and international teams, from producing of ‘A house’ theatrical productions at Theatre Calgary, to being the Director of the Inaugural International Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute, Project Director of Phase 1 of the Massey Hall Capital Project and most recently co-lead on the Arts, Culture And Digital Transformation Summit at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. An MBA graduate from the Schulich School of Business, Smith recently worked with Newfoundland’s Gros Morne Summer Music in designing and implementing a national rollout strategy that resulted in the successful development of partnerships with the Aga Khan Museum, Humber College School for the Creative and Performing Arts and the Banff Centre. Most recently, Smith has been appointed as the new Executive Director of the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre in St. Catharines, serving the greater Niagara area. Proudly identifying Prince Edward Island as her original home, she is humbled and inspired by the artists and arts colleagues that she has met throughout her work throughout Canada and abroad, and gives back to the arts community through volunteer service with such organizations as the International Society of the Performing Arts, ArtsBuild Ontario, Creative Calgary and the Professional Association of Canadian Theatres.

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