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Atlantic Presenters Association takes delegation to New Directions Showcase in Worcester, UK

June 26, 2018 | The Atlantic Presenters Association (APA), with support from Canadian Heritage, is thrilled to lead a delegation of six of its members to Worcester, UK to attend the National Rural Touring Forum’s (NRTF) New Directions Showcase Conference taking place from June 26-28, 2018.

The New Directions Showcase Conference is specifically created for small halls and rural presenters in the UK and provides presenters an opportunity to see showcases and attend professional development that is focused on and created for solely rural touring.

“We are going to be exposed to theatre productions, dance, and music from across Europe -- artists that are interested in touring in Canada,” said Janet Larkman; from King’s Theatre in Annapolis Royal, NS, one of the presenters attending New Directions. “We’ll also be meeting up with theatre managers from around the UK and other places in Europe. We’ll be participating in workshops and professional development opportunities and it will be an amazing time to learn from other folks and hopefully bring home some acts that we can present in the coming year or years.”

The NRTF have worked with creators and artists to develop high quality works in theatre, dance and music that are created specifically for small venues in rural communities with little tech capabilities.

The main goal of attending New Directions is to have rural presenters from Atlantic Canada see artists that are appropriate for their venues and communities with the secondary goal being a tour of Atlantic Canada for at least one of those showcasing artists.

“Presenting in rural communities can often bring its own set of unique challenges from adapting works for the stage to audience development,” says Laurie Gillis, Executive Director at APA. “This is an incredible opportunity for our members to share best practices, network and attend professional development sessions and showcases all focused on touring in rural communities.”

Atlantic Presenters Association gratefully acknowledges the financial support from the Government of Canada for this project.

Delegation Attending New Directions

Courtney Steeves; Folly Fest and Charlotte Street Arts Centre (Fredericton, NB)

Danny Everson; Mermaid Imperial Performing Arts Centre (Windsor, NS)

David O’Leary; Evergreen Theatre (Margaretsville, NS)

Janet Larkman; King’s Theatre (Annapolis Royal, NS)

Kate Gracey-Stewart; APA (Charlottetown, PE)

Kieran Keller; Harbourfront Theatre (Summerside, PE)

Laurie Gillis; APA (Halifax, NS)

Matthew Barrett; Lawrence O’Brien Arts Centre (Happy Valley- Goose Bay, NL)

Rebecca Ford; APA (Charlottetown, PE)

About the Atlantic Presenters Association (APA)

APA is the regional arts presenter’s organization for the four Atlantic Provinces. It is a leader in the presentation of the performing arts and promotes the development of performing arts touring in the Atlantic region. The APA’s mission is to enable our members to enhance, promote, and facilitate diverse, quality live performances, and to provide an exchange of best practices and ideas.

About the National Rural Touring Forum (NRTF)

NRTF is a member led organisation that works strategically with partners to develop work and deliver high quality art experiences that strengthen rural and other communities. They provide the rural touring network with training, information and networking services.They deliver and enable innovative work, international partnerships and commissions.

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