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Staff & Board

Staff

  • Bill Kimball, Executive Director – bill@publicenergy.ca
  • Eva Fisher, Administrator & Marketing Director – eva@publicenergy.ca
  • Josh Raspberry, Bookkeeper
  • Eryn Lidster, Project Manager for the Erring at King George Festival
  • Sarah Elise Hall, Interim Performance Curator
  • Michael Morritt, Digital Content Manager
  • Ian Guest, Accessibility Coordinator for Erring at King George

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.

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.

Eryn Lidster, Project Manager for the Erring at King George Festival

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Eryn Lidster is Public Energy’s Project Manager for the Erring at King George festival. They are excited to be back after completing a 2020 Metcalf Internship in Artistic and Technical Production with the organization. Eryn is a multidisciplinary artist whose work in theatre and film originates in technological exploration. As a technician and administrator, Eryn has developed skills in a wide variety of roles in the Peterborough arts community. They hold an Honors BA in Cultural Studies with a Specialization in Image, Sound and Performance from Trent University.


Sarah Elise Hall, Interim Performance Curator

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Sarah Elise Hall is Public Energy’s Interim Performance Curator.

She brings a diverse skill set to Public Energy, having worked in different roles in the Arts. She has been active as an Arts & Culture writer focused on Performing and Visual Arts, and as a Visual Artist engaged with environmental issues. Along with writing and maintaining a studio practice she has worked as a gallery professional and a teacher in the Continuing Studies Department at the New York Academy of Art. Her years studying at OCAD University in Toronto, and at the New York Academy of Art in NYC gave her a broad base of cultural knowledge that includes film, performance and visual arts. She completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2002 at OCAD and her Master of Fine Arts at NYAA in 2009. Sarah has lived and worked in Toronto, New York and Berlin, and been an active participant in the vibrant cultural scenes in each of these urban centres. She moved to Peterborough in 2019 and is thrilled to join the Public Energy team.


Michael Morritt, Digital Content Manager

Michael Morritt is a video editor, cinematographer, animator and graphic designer currently based in Peterborough. He is happy to be returning to work with Public Energy this season as our in-house video producer and digital archive manager. Michael has documented and collaborated with performance artists for twenty years, creating hundreds of original video works and archival recordings. He owned and operated WhiteBulb Animation Studio, a Peterborough-based company which produced nearly a hundred animated videos between 2012 and 2020. Michael brings his skills as a production designer, director of photography and video editor to Public Energy’s projects this year, including Erring at King George where he will be documenting each performance as well as creating a 3D virtual tour of the event, which will be available in perpetuity.


Ian Guest, Accessibility Coordinator for Erring at King George

Ian was Accessibility Coordinator at Fleming College (2011-2017) in Peterborough where led the development and implementation of its multi-year accessibility plan and was considered an in-house AODA/ Human Rights expert. Ian was a strong advocate for people with disabilities within Fleming and in the broader community and continues to advocate today. Ian has firsthand experience with the subject as a person with a disability, and also through his HR/business and political science degrees. In (2017-2018), Ian completed an18-month internship with the MNRF as the Strategic HR Intern within the Accessibility and Inclusion Unit, where he was responsible for coordinating and managing projects related to diversity and inclusion. Currently Ian is busy with consulting for organizations with a focus on DIA (Diversity, inclusion and accessibility) combined with keynote speaker engagements. Ian will demonstrate to organizations the rewards that are associated with a paradigm shift towards the disability advantage.


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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Thank You!

Public Energy gratefully acknowledges the generous support of our 2020-21 Season Funders and Sponsors.

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