Staff & Board
- Bill Kimball, Executive Director – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Victoria Mohr-Blakeney, Associate Director & Performance Curator – email@example.com
- Eva Fisher, Administrator & Marketing Director – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Eryn Lidster, Artistic & Technical Production Intern (Metcalf Foundation Performing Arts Internship) – email@example.com
- Riley Hoffman, Interim Administration and Marketing Program Director – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Noah Sisson, Marketing and Media Intern
- Susan Newman, Bookkeeper
- Patti Shaughnessy, Guest Curator
Board of Directors
- Colin MacAdam, Board Chair
- Mithila Ballal, Treasurer
- Bingbin Cheng, Secretary
- Sylvie Dasné
- Dorothea Hines
- Jeanette Parker
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 – On Leave Until March 2021
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.
Eryn Lidster, Artistic and Technical Production Intern
Eryn Lidster is an emerging producer and technical designer and a proud member of Peterborough’s artistic community. Since first operating tech for a production in 2015, Lidster has been involved in the production of over 30 theatrical projects. Her work, Invisible and Rejoinder, premiered at Peterborough’s Precarious and Precarious2 ArtsWORK Festivals in 2016 and 2019 respectively; Lidster developed Rejoinder as a participant of Theatre Ontario’s Professional Theatre Training Program. Lidster’s work focuses on originating performance from a technical perspective within a collaborative process. She recently graduated from Trent University, receiving an Honors BA in Cultural Studies with a Specialization in Image, Sound and Performance. In pursuit of this degree Lidster has expanded her artistic practice to new media, including work in experimental film for which she was twice awarded Trent University’s Gregory R. Frith Memorial Prize and shortlisted for acceptance into the Toronto International Film Festival’s Wavelengths Program in 2018.
Riley Hoffman, Interim Administration and Marketing Program Director
Riley Hoffman is Public Energy’s Interim Administration and Marketing Program Director. He has always had a strong connection to arts and performance in Peterborough, which has lead him to work in a variety of areas such as: musical performance, events promotions, arts marketing, and box office management at Market Hall Performing Arts Centre. Riley is also experienced working in customer service and technical support. He has a BA in Canadian Studies from Trent University, and a diploma in Journalism-Print And Broadcast from Durham College.
Noah Sisson, Marketing and Media Assistant
Noah Sisson is a recent graduate of York University with a BFA in Devised Theatre & Performance Creation. Since graduating in June his social media and marketing skills have been developing through managing independent creative projects; The Write Outlet (found on facebook), a virtual creative workshop, and The Ark Warehouse (@thearkwarehouse), an instagram account showcasing original art and creative work. During his time at York he wrote and directed two original plays for the playGround Festival. He co-created and performed in the original movement based piece, dead skin, as a part of the 2019 Devised Theatre Festival; for which he also worked as a social media manager and graphic designer. His most recent acting work includes The Heidi Chronicles (Alumnae Theatre Company) and Stunt Club (Web Series).
Patti Shaughnessy, Guest Curator
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.
Mithila Ballal, Treasurer
Mithila Ballal has always had the interest in helping people in need and this lead her to become a Registered Psychotherapist and a Dance/Movement Therapist. She has worked for the last 10 years with children, adolescents and adults with mental health issues in India, United States and Canada. She completed her Masters in Dance/Movement therapy and Mental Health Counselling from Lesley University, Massachusetts in 2012. She moved to Canada in 2013 and continued to volunteer for different organizations and then began working with seniors diagnosed with Dementia and Alzheimer’s as a Recreation Therapist. Currently, she works as a Psychotherapist in Peterborough and Whitby. She is trained in Indian Classical Dance (Bharathanatyam) since the age of 4. Her love and passion for dance helped her start a dance school-Ukti-Centre for Movement and Arts in Peterborough where she teaches Indian Classical and Bollywood dances to various populations.
Bingbin Cheng, Secretary
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 and is currently doing her Masters at Trent University.
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.