Staff & Board
- Bill Kimball, Executive Director – email@example.com
- Victoria Mohr-Blakeney, Associate Director & Performance Curator – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Eva Fisher, Administrator & Marketing Director – email@example.com
- Peyton Le Barr, Artistic Production Intern (Metcalf Foundation Performing Arts Internship) – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Alisha Solomons, Program Assistant in Media and Communications – email@example.com
- Susan Newman, Bookkeeper
- Patti Shaughnessy, Guest Curator / Arts and Community Consultant
Board of Directors
- Colin MacAdam, Board Chair
- Jonothan Fiddler, Treasurer
- Bingbin Cheng
- Sylvie Dasné
- Jon Hedderwick
- Dorothea Hines
Bill Kimball, Executive Director
Since graduating from Trent University in 1980 with a degree in Cultural Studies, Bill Kimball has been involved in many aspects of the Peterborough arts community, particularly in the areas of contemporary dance and theatre. He has contributed to the creation of live performance spaces in Peterborough, beginning with City Stage, a performance space operated by Artspace in the early 1980’s and continuing to the present with various renovations and improvements to the Market Hall. In 1994, Bill created a nationally recognized dance presenting program called Peterborough New Dance, and later expanded the mandate to theatre and other forms of performance while changing the name to Public Energy, a name which reflects his desire for the arts to be integrated into public life as much as possible. Bill is currently the Artistic Producer at Public Energy.
Victoria Mohr-Blakeney, Associate Director & Performance Curator
Victoria Mohr-Blakeney is a curator and writer with a focus on curating contemporary dance and performance. She has curated/ co-curated performance work in gallery, theatre, and site-specific settings including Harbourfront Centre, CB Gallery, Edward Day Gallery, Artspace, Art Gallery of Ontario, The Citadel, George Brown School of Design, Scotiabank Studio Theatre, Nuit Blanche, and Artsweek Peterborough. Victoria has worked alongside Bridget Moser, Ame Henderson, Peggy Baker Dance Projects, and Dance Collection Danse. She holds an MFA in Criticism and Curatorial Practice from OCAD University. She has published work in Kapsula Magazine, The Dance Current, Toronto Standard, Volume, Peterborough This Week, and the Literary Review of Canada. Victoria is the recipient of the 2015 President’s Medal in Criticism and Curatorial Practice from OCAD University. She has presented her research on performance in Canada, India, and New Zealand.
Eva Fisher, Administrator and Marketing Director
Eva Fisher is Public Energy’s Administrator and Marketing Director. She also works as a food columnist for kawarthaNOW.com. She comes to us with a love of performance first fostered in the role of “Jamie at 6” in the 4th Line Theatre’s 1993 production of The Moodie Traill. Nowadays she is more comfortable in front of a spreadsheet than an audience. Eva has honed her management and event production skills through her role as General Manager of Kawartha Country Wines and the Kawartha Store. She holds a BScH in Earth Systems Science with a minor in English from Queen’s University.
Peyton Le Barr, Artistic Production Intern
Peyton joins us as our Artistic Production Intern, a position made possible by the Metcalf Foundation Performing Arts Internship. Peyton is a theatre artist with a background in performance and independent production. Following a decade long career as a professional actor both in Canada and across the UK, Peyton became the co-producer of Spiel Players, a Toronto based theatre collective. Peyton has been a guest artist instructor at Humber College and in 2016 she was identified as an emerging female leader in the arts, receiving an apprenticeship in artistic direction through the Ontario Trillium Foundation. Peyton is particularly interested in physical theatre, immersive performance, and site-specific works. She is also a passionate activist, using her artistic voice as a platform for social awareness and change. Peyton has a BFA in Acting from the University of Windsor and an MFA from East 15 Acting School in England. We are happy to welcome her to the PE team!
Patti Shaughnessy, Guest Curator/Arts & Community Consultant
Patti Shaughnessy is a proud activist, actor, director, and artistic producer of a range of theatre and multi-arts projects over the past decade. With an academic background in Indigenous Studies at Trent University (Peterborough) and formal theater training from the Centre for Indigenous Theatre (Toronto), Patti is co-founder of the O’Kaadenigan Wiingashk Collective (OKW) – a Peterborough-based Indigenous arts collective that has presented and organized workshops and master classes with several internationally acclaimed Indigenous artists as part of an annual Ode’min Giizis (Strawberry Moon) Festival (2008-2012). International theatre directing credits include, Ananna A/S (Casa Matriz); Rosa Marie-p tiquartikkaluarnera (The Occupation of Heather Rose); and Arnatsialaat, The Rez Sisters – all part of Patti’s work over the past 5 years as director, instructor, and tour leader for the National Theatre of Greenland. Patti will be making her Canadian directing debut with Drew Hayden Taylor’s play, Cottagers and Indians, commissioned by Tarragon Theatre. Hailing from the great nation of the Mchi Saagiig Anishnaabe of Curve Lake First Nation #35, Patti is also born 5th generation Irish. Patti currently lives part-time in Douro-Dummer township, where she rejuvenates and creates at her ancestral home and research laboratory.
Colin MacAdam, Board Chair
Colin MacAdam met his true love at Trent in the late 70’s. He was a poet of sorts in those days and learned to throw a Frisbee. Since returning to Peterborough in 2007 Colin has been singing with the Peterborough Singers and the Convivio Chorus, performing with Old Men Dancing, and working as an adjudicator. Colin has been on several boards of directors and now chairs the board of Public Energy.
Jonothan Fiddler, Treasurer
Hailing from Windsor, long time transplant Jonothan Fiddler joined the Public Energy board in spring ’17.
Spending 8 years writing reviews of movies and performances for the Examiner, Jonothan gained a healthy respect for the quality of programming presented by and supported by Public Energy.
Jonothan has recently retired after 28 years working with people with developmental disabilities, mental health concerns, acquired brain injury and their families, in both direct support and case management capacities, including crisis response.
Bingbin Cheng, Board of Directors
Bingbin Cheng is an arts development professional who works with Tafelmusik and Gardiner Museum. Her comprehensive knowledge of Canadian not-for-profit operations has been honed through volunteer positions with Public Energy Performing Arts, The School of Toronto Dance Theatre, the John Howard Society, the New Canadians Centre, 4th Line Theatre, Art Gallery of Peterborough, and Trent University. Bingbin holds a Bachelor’s degree from Trent University in Cultural Studies and a Master’s degree in Arts Leadership from Queen’s University. Outside of her working life in not-for-profits, Bingbin also provides consultation in Asian arts for her clients, both private collectors and auction houses. Bingbin is a partner of Maklaiheung Gallery, a curated collection of Asian art and antiquities, and a member of ROM’s Young Patrons’ Circle.
Sylvie Dasné, Board of Directors
Sylvie Dasné is a dancer trained in ballet, contemporary and African-rooted dance forms. Her passion for dance focuses mainly on decolonizing techniques by using body movements and undulations that consciously break the rules. She performed at the Precarious ArtWORK Festival, and ReFrame Film Festival. She holds a BSc. in Indigenous Environmental Sciences at Trent University and she is currently doing her Masters in ecotoxicology at McGill University.
Jon Hedderwick, Board of Directors
Jon Hedderwick is a poet, activist, arts organizer and educator of mixed Ashkenazi Jewish and Scottish heritage. He lives in the territory of the Mississauga Anishinabek in Nogojiwanong – Peterborough, Ontario where he performs and mentors emerging poets with the Peterborough Poetry Slam Collective. Jon was the Festival Director for the 2017 Canadian Festival of Spoken Word. In addition to his work as a performance artist, he is an accomplished film producer and works as an employment counsellor with Employment Planning and Counselling. The film ‘Pushback’, which he produced with Free Food Films, premiered in early 2017.
Dorothea Hines, Board of Directors
Dorothea Hines completed her B.A. from the University of Toronto and College Diploma from Sheridan Institute of Technology where she specialized in fine art, art history, and performance art. Combining theory and practice, she completed an M.A. in Theory, Culture and Politics at Trent University with an emphasis on performative writing, live performance, and documentation. She is currently continuing her research (and practice) at the doctoral level in Trent’s Cultural Studies Ph.D. program.
Dorothea has presented/performed her work both nationally and internationally including the University of Durham, UK, University of Western Ontario, Concordia University, and McGill University. In addition to her academic career, she is involved in many community initiatives and roles, which include Public Energy’s Tweet Critic in Residence, the Millbrook Figure Skating Club’s President, and the Co-Chair for the CMCC Project Fundraising Committee (Cavan Monaghan Community Centre). She works as a labour and birth doula and strives towards her childbirth education certification.