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Transitions: Today’s Future for the Arts

While we often speak of living in the moment, the reality is most of our work requires years of planning. Be it curation, facility development or anticipating new technological advancements, we need to be highly intuitive if not clairvoyant! How do we create the future today? As we adjust for ever changing political environments, infrastructure renewal and development, technological change, and leadership development, how do we address challenges and opportunities of which we may not even be aware? The performing arts has many unique aspects but can we also learn from other sectors? Join 500 colleagues from around the world as we shape our future together.


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Meet the Planning Committee

Collette Brennan

Committee Co-Chair
CEO, Abbotsford Convent Foundation, Australia

Collette Brennan is the CEO of Abbotsford Covent in Melbourne, Australia’s largest multi-arts precinct, Chair of the Sunshine Coast Arts Advisory Board and a member of the ISPA Board. Previously she was: Director of International Development, Acting Executive Director of Arts Development, and Director of Market Development at the Australia Council for the Arts; Executive Director of Brisbane’s internationally acclaimed contemporary circus Circa; the founding Creative Director of The Edge, State Library of Queensland’s program for children and young people; General Manager of the Queensland Performing Arts Centre’s Out of the Box Festival for 3 to 8 year olds, and; Executive Officer of Youth Arts Queensland, the state’s peak body for youth arts and cultural development.

Steinunn Ragnarsdóttir

Committee Co-Chair
CEO, Icelandic Opera, Iceland

Steinunn is born in Reykjavik and earned her Master’s degree in Piano Performance from NEC, Boston in 1987. She has received various awards for her performances and appeared in concerts in Europe and in the USA. Vigorous performer of solo and chamber music she has also recorded several CD-s. Her solo performances as a pianist with the Iceland Symphony have been issued on CD´s, including an album that earned her the 1998 Icelandic Music Award for the year’s best classical CD. She is the founder of the Reykholt Music Festival and was the Artistic Director until she took on the position of the Music Director of Harpa Concert Hall in Reykjavík in 2011. Steinunn has been the CEO of the Icelandic Opera since 2015. Steinunn recently graduated from the three year program at the DeVos Institute of Arts Management at the University of Maryland. She currently sits on the Board of ISPA and appears frequently as a lecturer and member of panels in various International conferences.

Planning Committee Members

David Baile

Chief Executive Officer

Rachel Cooper

Director of Cultural Programs & Performing Arts
Asia Society, USA

Nora Fleury

Program & Development Associate

Alison M. Friedman

Artistic Director, Performing Arts
West Kowloon Cultural District Authority, China

Ben Graetz

Creative Producer

Daniel Valeriano

Executive Director
Camerata Latino Americana, Brazil

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