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Board of Directors

  • Colin MacAdam, Board Chair
  • Mithila Ballal, Treasurer
  • Bingbin Cheng, Secretary
  • Sylvie Dasné
  • Dorothea Hines
  • Jeanette Parker

Bill Kimball, Executive Director

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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

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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

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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 previous role as Program Coordinator with the Electric City Culture Council. She holds a BScH in Earth Systems Science with a minor in English from Queen’s University.

Colin MacAdam, Board Chair

Headshot of Colin MacAdamColin 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

Headshot of Mithila BallalMithila 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 Trinity College, U of T. 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 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 Gardiner Museum’s Young Patrons’ Circle.

Sylvie Dasné, Board of Directors

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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, Ph.D (she/her/they/them) Dorothea recently completed her PhD in Cultural Studies from Trent University earlier this year. Her research focused on the political implications of digital archives, and she is the first research-creation doctoral graduate in Cultural Studies at Trent University.

Dorothea has been involved in many artists organizations, most recently the Electric City Culture Council and the Art Gallery of Peterborough. She is currently working as the Art Gallery of Peterborough’s Operations Assistant.

Jeanette Parker, Board of Directors

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