Staff & Board

Meet the New Works Team

Jason Dubois 

Interim Executive Director

Jason Dubois (he/him) is an arts manager with more than two decades experience working in performing arts creation, dissemination and presentation. Career highlights include working as Festival Manager for the National Arts Centre’s Canada Scene, a 39-day festival in the summer of 2017 involving more than 1000 artists in performing, visual and media arts. Jason has previously served as Managing Director for the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival, Producing Director for the Canada Dance Festival, Executive Director of Dance Victoria, and with Eponymous as Producer for Kidd Pivot and Company 605, Associate Producer for Wen Wei Dance, Production Manager for Vancouver New Music, and Director of Patron Relations for DanceHouse. He was Associate Producer for the Dance Centre’s Dance In Vancouver from 2015-2019 – a biennial showcase for Vancouver dance artists and a networking event for Canadian and international dance presenters. Jason has served as a director on the boards of The Greater Vancouver Alliance for Arts and Culture, The Professional Arts Alliance of Greater Victoria, the Canadian Alliance of Dance Artists BC Chapter (CADA/West), and as president of the Canadian Dance Assembly’s National Council.

Contact: jason@newworks.ca

Amber Barton

Program Director

Amber Barton (she/her) was born and raised in Vancouver and continues to live, work, and play on the unceded and ancestral lands of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.  She has spent the majority of her life working in the arts as a professional contemporary dance artist, performing, choreographing, producing, and teaching dance for 21 years and received her professional dance training with Goh Ballet Academy, Arts Umbrella, Ballet BC’s Mentor Programme, and the Banff Centre for the Arts.  Amber is also one of the few Canadians to receive a full danceWEB scholarship to study at the ImPulsTanz festival in Vienna, Austria and the inaugural recipient of the Iris Garland Emerging Choreographer Award awarded via The Dance Centre in Vancouver, BC.  Amber was also the artistic and managing director of her own contemporary dance company, the response. from 2008-2021. As a past client of New Works, she looks forward to applying her experience on behalf of supporting the livelihood and well being of dance artists.

Contact: amber@newworks.ca

Image Credit: Richie Lubaton

Maura Doherty

Bookkeeper

Maura Doherty (she/her) is an arts bookkeeper, passionate about financial systems and helping artists dot i’s and cross t’s so they can focus on the art itself. She has had the privilege of working with artists and arts organizations of varying sizes, disciplines, and mandates over the past ten years in many different capacities, including operations management, facility management and volunteer coordination. She currently provides bookkeeping services for non-profits and charities such as The Western Front, VIVO Media Arts, C-Space, New Works, Foolish Operations, Théâtre La Seizième, The Chop Theatre, and Wild Bird Trust of BC.

Contact: admin@newworks.ca

Marco Esccer

Social Media Coordinator/Share Dance Facilitator

Marco Esccer (he/him) is a Mexican queer artist, performer, creator and educator, and has a diverse background from the technical to the therapeutic aspect of dance. He received his Bachelor in Ballet by the National Ballet and Contemporary School of Mexico City (2011-2016), followed by certifications in Research, experimentation and artistic production (2015-2016), Dance Movement Therapy (2016), Certified Yoga Instructor (2021), Progressive Ballet Technique Instructor (2022), and Mental Application: mind-body connection (2019-current). Marco’s recent work has been performed with the support of Co.Erasga, 12 Minutes Maxat The Dance Centre, and Coastal City Ballet’s Incubator and Emerge programs. He is currently working on a choreography about migration as a guest choreographer with Coastal City Ballet. He has also worked with New Works as a  Share Dance Instructors since March 2021, and is excited to deepen this relationship and support connections between New Works and the wider dance community.

Contact: marco@newworks.ca

Francesca Fung

Producer

Contact: francesca@newworks.ca

Michelle Kneale

Development & Artist Support

Michelle Kneale (she/her) is an arts administrator, and dramaturg with over 10 years experience in professional theatre; She has worked for companies such as Boca del Lupo, Pi Theatre, Alberta Playwrights Network, Pumphouse Theatre, Handsome Alice Theatre, African Friendship Society, and Ne. Sans Opera and Dance. Michelle is currently Board Past President of the Playwrights Guild of Canada, and Board Vice President of Playwrights Canada Press. Michelle has experience with producing, governance, operations, administration, communications & outreach, grant writing, planning, leadership transitions, artist support, programming, as well as physical and digital organizing. www.silentkorganizing.com

Contact: michelle@newworks.ca

Jenna Kraychy

Administration & Development Manager

Jenna Kraychy (she/her) is a dance artist and administrator residing on Coast Salish territories including the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and Sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) nations, or what is colonially known as Vancouver. In 2016, she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Simon Fraser University in contemporary dance. In the Fall of 2020, Jenna formed Little Fish Productions with Sophie Brassard. Together, they have found joy in creating site-responsive, contemporary dance works. In addition, Jenna is pursuing her Masters in Counselling Psychology at City University.

Contact: jenna@newworks.ca

Photo Credit: Gaetan Nerincx

Charlotte Newman

Program & Communications Manager

Charlotte (she/her) is a dance artist, teacher, arts worker, and producer with over ten years of experience engaged in the arts in Vancouver. She is passionate about accessible community building, play and craft as practice, and supporting arts educators. Past roles include Communications Coordinator at DanceHouse, Front of House Coordinator at Vancouver New Music, and ArtsLIVE Producer at SFUW. She was born and raised in Seattle, is humbled to now call the unceded and ancestral lands of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations home.

Contact: charlotte@newworks.ca

Katheryn Petersen 

Operations Manager

Katheryn (she/her) is an arts presenter, administrator, and event manager with over thirty years of programming, fundraising, marketing and community outreach expertise. She is passionate about the advancement and exploration of the arts and she is committed to healthy community building through the cultivation of equitable representation practices. Prior work includes Managing Artistic Director of the Accordion Noir Festival, Managing Administrator for Kinesis Dance,  and Admin/Promotional Agent for private clients at Doublegroove Arts.

Contact: katheryn@newworks.ca

Meet the Share Dance: In Practice Leaders

Meet the XR Program Leaders

2022 Board of Directors

  • Ben Shockey, President
  • Fiorella Pinillos, Vice-President
  • Lisa McAllister, Treasurer
  • Vidya Kotamraju, Secretary
  • Bradley Trenaman, Member at Large
  • Kate Ladyshewsky, Member at Large