Staff & Board
- Bill Kimball, Executive Director – email@example.com
- Eva Fisher, Managing Director – firstname.lastname@example.org (on maternity leave until September 2023)
- Shannon McKenzie LeBlanc, Interim Administrator and Marketing Director – email@example.com
- Josh Raspberry, Bookkeeper
- Michael Morritt, Digital Content Manager
Board of Directors
- Colin MacAdam, Board Chair
- Mithila Ballal, Treasurer
- Bingbin Cheng, Secretary
- Sylvie Dasné
- Jeanette Parker
- Kate King-Fisher
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.
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 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.
Shannon McKenzie LeBlanc, Interim Administrator and Marketing Director
Shannon McKenzie LeBlanc is the interim Administrator and Marketing Director for Public Energy.
Shannon is a gender-fluid artist living and working in Nogojiwanong. A “Jill of all trades – master of some”, they are an arts worker, stage-manager extraordinaire, technical operator, performer, and fibre artist – whose current obsession is crochet. Since first appearing onstage in an original creation: “Sinking is better than standing still” (Feb 2016) Shannon has been involved in over 30 productions at The Theatre on King, Public Energy, and The Peterbourgh Theatre Guild. She has completed two tech operation mentorships with Ryan Kerr (Precarious, 2017; Precarious2:Artswork Festival, 2019) and appeared as a panelist during Precarious2:Artswork festival speaking on “I’m still here: Precarity, Aging, and Life with Art”. Shannon continues to develop skills in theatre tech and production, and is beginning to find herself in the position of peer mentor to emerging theatre artists and technicians herself.
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.
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 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
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.