Meet the New Works Team
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
Communications and Operations Coordinator
Francesca has spent a few years here and there taking music and dance classes, and a far longer time being at the service of the art forms and their practitioners and dreaming of living inside a concert hall.Doomed with two left feet and a propensity to shun the limelight, Francesca found her happy place tucked behind the scenes where she attempts to tint administrative labour with imagination and solicitude and ‘play gracefully with ideas’ (O. Wilde).Francesca joined New Works in 2022. She continues to vanquish everyone at the challenge for who’s got the best job in town.
Development & Artist Support
Michelle Kneale (she/her) is an arts administrator, and dramaturg with over 15 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 has experience with producing, governance, operations, administration, communications & outreach, grant writing, planning, leadership transitions, and artist support programming.
Production and Touring Coordinator
Hilary Maxwell (she/her) lives and works on the unceded and ancestral lands of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. She holds a BA and MFA in Dance from the University of Calgary and has over 20 years’ experience working in the dance milieu. Her passion to support artists and their creative ambitions has led her to past roles including Artistic Associate at Calgary’s Dancers’ Studio West, Member Services Coordinator with The Dance Centre, and, more recently, Facility Manager at Left of Main. As a dance artist, Hilary has worked with notable artists and companies such as Danse Carpe Diem / Emmanuel Jouthe, Les Productions Figlio, Company 605, W&M Physical Theatre, and German Jauregui. In her position as Production and Touring Coordinator with New Works, Hilary supports the activities and initiatives of Belsher Arts Management and Action at a Distance. Since 2014, Hilary has sat on the board of mixed-ability dance company All Bodies Dance Project.
Stage Manager/ Production Manager
Siobhan Powell (she/her) is a multidisciplinary theatre manager and visual artist of mixed European and Chinese heritage gratefully living and working on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territories of the (Musqueam); Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ílwətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Peoples. She received her BFA in Drama with a specialization in Technical Theatre and Production from the U of A in 2012, and continues to enjoy working in theatre production, primarily based out of the great PNW. She currently works full-time at The Cultch, and is thrilled to be connecting with New Works as both a production and stage manager for an exciting anniversary season of fun!
Summer Production Management Intern
Jessica (She/Her) is a Peruvian born emerging dance artist raised on the unceded lands of the xwməθkwəy̓ əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. She has spent the majority of her artistic career as a performer and has since had the privilege of working with such companies as the Goh Ballet and the Vancouver Opera. She is, most recently, a 2021 graduate of Flamenco Rosario’s professional training program and has had her sights set on finding a niche that allows her to express her own artistic voice.
For the past seven years, her multifaceted skill set in business and administration combined with her passion for the performing arts sector led her to pursue a professional career in the film industry where she continues her artistic practice both in front of the camera as well as behind. As a keen collaborator from acting to choreography (and most recently associate and line producing), she hopes to expand her knowledge from film and apply that to the live performance sector in stage management. With the help of the New Works Internship program, she aims to focus on improving her technical knowledge in support and service to her fellow artists.
Meet the Share Dance: In Practice Leaders
Meet the XR Program Leaders
2022 Board of Directors
- Bradley Trenaman, President
- Fiorella Pinillos
- Kate Ladyshewsky
- Andrea Hebert
- Kate Franklin