Speakers

Normand-Pierre BilodeauNormand-Pierre Bilodeau has been working in the entertainment industry for more than twenty-five years. During his career, he worked in various sectors: dance, music, television, cinema, variety shows and large-scale multimedia events. The quality of his accomplishments was many times recognized by the entertainment industry as sound engineer, but also as record producer. In 2005, as Founding Member and General Manager of BeeBop Studios, he partened with multimedia company Nova-lux to create the Shanghai World Circus blockbuster “Era the intersection of time”. From 2007 to 2014, Normand-Pierre Bilodeau was Head of Technology and Specialized Equipment department at Scéno Plus. As such, he supervised designers, integrators, administrators and technical draftsmen work. In addition of managing his team, Normand-Pierre was actively involved in the realization of the projects, particularly at the conception phase. He is now Executive Producer for Scéno Plus Production, Scéno Plus events and shows production division.
Stephen Blank Stephen Blank (BA, Dartmouth; MA, Cambridge; MA, PhD, Harvard) has a career which spanned the academic (Pittsburgh, Pace, many visiting professorships), business (founding partner of MultiNational Strategies Inc.), and not-for-profit (Ford Foundation, Conference Board, PanAm Partnership for Business Education) communities. Blank was a Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellow and scholar in residence at the Villa Serbelloni in Italy, Claude Bissell Professor of US-Canada Relations at the University of Toronto, Fulbright Distinguished Professor at Université de Montréal and Ross Distinguished Visiting Professor at Western Washington University. In 2012-13, he was Fulbright Chair of Governance and Public Administration at the University of Ottawa. Blank is the author/co-author of many books and articles. A member of the Council on Foreign Relations, he was awarded the Ordre national du Québec by the Government of Québec.
Johanne BrunetJohanne Brunet is Professor of Marketing at HEC Montreal. She teaches the EMBA, the MBA and to executive students. She is co-director of the Catalytic Mindset of the EMBA McGill–HEC Montreal. Her research interests lie in innovation, creativity, strategic alliances and cultural industries, as well as performance measurement and indicators. She obtained her PhD from the University of Warwick, UK. Before joining HEC Montréal, Professor Brunet worked in the media industry for organizations such as the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) and TV5 Americas. Professor Brunet sits on many boards of directors, such as the SAQ (Société des alcools du Québec), the SHDM (Société d’habitation de Montréal) and the Théâtre du Rideau vert. Professor Brunet is an Associate Member of Carmelle and Rémi Marcoux Chair in Arts Management at HEC Montréal. She has given many professional seminars in International Executive Education programs to several organizations in Canada, Europe, China and North Africa.
François ColbertFrançois Colbert is a Professor of Marketing and Chairholder of the Carmelle and Rémi Marcoux Chair in Arts Management at HEC Montréal and UNESCO Chair in Cultural Management. He founded the Master’s in the Management of Cultural Organizations (in French) program at HEC Montréal in 1988. He is currently Coordinator of the joint Master of Management in International Arts Management (HEC, SMU, Bocconi), and is Founding Editor and Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Arts Management, published by the Chair in Arts Management. He is the author of some 200 publications including his well-known book Marketing Culture and the Arts (in its fourth Edition), which is available in 12 languages. Professor Colbert is a renowned international speaker; he lectures in numerous countries on four continents. Over his career spanning 44 years, he has also sat on 28 boards of cultural organizations.
André CourchesneAndré Courchesne is Adjunct Professor at Carmelle and Rémi Marcoux Chair in Arts Management at HEC Montréal. He holds a degree in theatre from La Sorbonne Nouvelle (Paris) and in Business Administration from Université du Québec à Montréal. He has held management positions in a number of theater companies since 1980, and since 1989, at the Festival TransAmériques. In 1993, he joined the Canada Council for the Arts and became Head of the Theater Section in 1996. In 2005, he was appointed Director of the Arts Division, a senior management position. He is currently completing a PhD in the Marketing and Management in the Arts and Cultural Industries Program at HEC Montréal where he teaches marketing and cultural policy courses.
Alain DancygerA native of France, Alain Dancyger completed his Master’s Degree in Music at the Juilliard School in New York and graduated in 1984. In 1987, he earned a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from E.S.S.E.C in Paris. Before joining Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal, Alain Dancyger was a founding member of many musical ensembles and toured across Yugoslavia, France, Belgium and the United States. Alain Dancyger held a number of management and marketing positions for the Société nationale des chemins de fer français (SNCF) in Paris and New York, from 1988 to 1991. In 1991, he moved to Montréal to work in management positions at the Saidye Bronfman Centre for the Arts, where he stayed until 1996.
Ana Marta Pizzaro carréAnamarta de Pizarro studied Anthropology at the Universidad Nacional in Bogotá. Her first jobs included working for the Pedagogical Institute of the Education Secretary of Bogotá; a research project on ceramics, basketry and textiles (she co-authored and published two books on these subjects); The National Rehabilitation Plan sponsored by the Presidency of Colombia; the Jorge Eliecer Gaitan Theater as Director; and the NGO Viva La Ciudadanía. In 1993, she began working with Fanny Mikey at the Festival Iberoamericano de Teatro de Bogota (FITB) and at the Teatro Nacional, as Director of Public and International Relations. In 2010, she became the Director of the FITB where she was in charge of the 12th, 13th, 14th and 15th editions of the FITB, the Bicentennial Commemoration in 2010, the closing ceremony of the Under-20 FIFA World Cup in Bogota in 2011 and the opening ceremony of the World Games held in Cali in 2013. Starting in June of this year, she took over the artistic direction of the Teatro Nacional, a cultural institution with three venues and an educational center for actors.
Sara DevineSara Devine has been in the museum field for over a decade. As Manager of Audience Engagement and Interpretive Materials at the Brooklyn Museum, she co-developed and leads the Bloomberg Connects digital engagement initiative, which includes the award-winning ASK Brooklyn Museum app. A vocal visitor advocate, Sara’s expertise lies in crafting accessible and engaging visitor experiences onsite and online. She works with curators, designers, educators, technologists, and visitor services staff on all aspects of interpretation. Sara teaches at Pratt Institute’s School of Information as part of their graduate program in Museum and Digital Culture. In addition to teaching, she enjoys sharing ideas and learning at professional conferences and via the Museum’s award-winning blog, BKM Tech.
Kathryn JonesA leader and innovator in the live-streamed performing arts since the first platforms were launched in 2007, Kathryn Jones has conceived of and produced the first live-streamed web series, the first live-streamed interactive play, the first live-streamed performing arts festival, the first live-streamed webathon, the first live-streamed off-broadway, and off-off broadway play and the first live-streamed educational theater festival. In addition, Kathryn Jones has built the first platform and first mobile app dedicated to the live-streamed performing arts. Kathryn Jones’ clients have included well-known New York theater, dance and music companies, as well as corporate clients. Recent credits include producing and directing state-of-the-art multi-camera live-streams for Major League Hacking, The David Bowie Tribute Live-Streamed from New York’s City Winery and The Dresden Dolls, live-streamed from The Coney Island Amphitheater.
John LanasaJohn Lanasa joined the Brooklyn Academy of Music in December 2014. John Lanasa’s career in arts marketing started more than 20 years ago at Center Stage Theater in Baltimore where he served as the Press Representative for six seasons before joining the New York ad agency SpotCo. While at SpotCo he worked on more than 50 Broadway and Off-Broadway accounts as well as many institutional clients, including the Manhattan Theatre Club and the Roundabout Theatre. Most recently, John was Marketing Director of the Metropolitan Opera where he was responsible for the marketing of the Opera House season, the Live in HD series and Met Opera on Demand, the Met’s subscription video service. Prior to the Met, he was the Executive Director of Business Development at Situation Interactive, a leading live-events digital marketing firm, before which he was the Director of Marketing & PR at The New Victory Theater. John sits on the board of the AEV Foundation, a small foundation dedicated to supporting mature artists, and is a board member of the Doug Varone and Dancers company. He also teaches the Theater Advertising course for Columbia University’s MFA Theatre Management program.
Paul LavoieIn 1992, Paul Lavoie co-founded TAXI with partner Jane Hope, recognizing the advertising industry for its fully integrated approach and consistent creative quality. In 2013, Paul received the Les Usherwood Lifetime Achievement Award from the Advertising & Design Club of Canada. TAXI was named Canadian Agency of the Decade by Strategy magazine in 2010. In the U.S., TAXI was awarded the O’Toole Creative Excellence Award by the American Association of Advertising Agencies in 2007 and again in 2008. Marketing magazine, in August 2008, named Paul Lavoie one of the 10 most influential pioneers in Canadian marketing over the past century. In 2007, Paul received the Spiess Award for lifetime achievement by the Canadian Bessies Awards. In 2006, he was listed among the 50 most influential creative minds in the U.S. by Creativity magazine. That year, he also became the youngest inductee into the Canadian Marketing Hall of Legends. Paul is Past President of the Art Directors Club of New York, a member of the International Advisory Board of the HEC Montréal Business School, a board member of the Virginia Commonwealth University Brandcenter, and is a past member of the marketing board of the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
Vincent LeclercVincent Leclerc leads PixMob’s hybrid team of interaction design magicians & hardcore engineers. From experience design to rapid prototyping, all the way to mass-manufacturing, his team is hard at work reinventing the future of crowd experience. PixMob has created engaging audience experiences for the Super Bowl Half Time Show, the Sochi Winter Games, Taylor Swift, Coldplay, Arcade Fire, Tiesto and hundreds of other event pioneers in over 25 countries all around the world. Vincent holds a Master’s Degree in Media Technologies from the MIT Media Lab. He has been designing and developing interactive technologies for over 15 years. His work has been published in numerous journals and magazines such as Wired, ID Magazine, ACM SIGCHI, Rhizome, MAKE, Core77 and others.
Lin YiYi Lin focuses her research on Arts Management and Intercultural Communication of Arts at the School of Arts of Peking University. She is the Executive Director of the National Center for Research into Intercultural Communication of Arts, the Vice-President of China Arts Administration Education Association, the Chairperson and Specialist of the International Advisory Board for the Promotion of Chinese Arts and Culture at the Confucius Institute Headquarters. As well, she is a board member of the National Academic Committee of Documentary; inspector and board member of the Asia Theatre Education Centre; Editorial Board member of the International Journal of Arts Management, Canada, and a Consultative Board member of the International Journal of Policy and Practice in Post School Education (Higher Education Review, UK).
Michel PatryMichel Patry is a Full Professor at HEC Montréal’s Département d’économie appliquée (Department of Applied Economics) and Director of HEC Montréal. He holds a PhD from the University of British Columbia and a Master’s degree from HEC Montréal. In the past, he has served in other administrative capacities at the HEC Montréal such as Associate Director – Academic Affairs and Strategic Planning; Director of the Doctoral Program and Director of Research. He sits on several boards such as HEC Montréal, Université de Montréal, Bureau de coopération interuniversitaire, Conseil du patronat du Québec, Conseil des relations internationales de Montréal, revue Gestion, European Foundation for Management Development, Global Foundation for Management Education, and Canadian Federation of Business School Deans.
Philippe RavanasA native of France, Professor Ravanas is an Arts Management expert with two decades of experience in building bridges between cultural industries and academia in Europe, North America, China and Russia. He is a Full, Tenured Professor and Chairman Emeritus of the Business & Entrepreneurship Department of Columbia College, Chicago. He is a Visiting Professor at Université de Montréal and the Central Academy of Drama of Beijing (China). He previously served as Corporate Communications VP at Disneyland Paris and worked at Christie’s Auction House in London and New York. He is a musician, has studied under great percussionists Bruno Ziarelli and Jim Latimer, and is an avid traveler.
Steven RothSteven Roth is president of JCA Arts Marketing. Cultural organizations throughout North America have benefited from Steven’s expertise, maximizing their income and increasing attendance through data-enriched, collaborative, strategic and technical solutions. Steven has delivered diverse projects, including pricing studies, house re-scaling, segmentation strategies, and CRM readiness assessments to clients across North America. Arts & culture organizations of all types and sizes have worked with Steven, including Santa Fe Opera; Pacific Northwest Ballet; Steppenwolf Theatre Company; Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra; National Arts Centre, Ottawa; Metropolitan Museum of Art; Kennedy Center; and others. Steven is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and has been a guest lecturer at universities in the United States and China. He also teaches graduate level courses in Arts Marketing and Customer Relationship Management at Boston University. Steven began his career as Marketing Director for The Shubert Organization and is on the boards of Arts Boston and Project Audience.
Gorgun Taner Gorgun Taner (b. 1959) is the General Director of the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV), a non-profit, non-governmental organization founded in 1973 that organizes four international festivals (film, theater, classical music and jazz), the Istanbul Biennial, and the Istanbul Design Biennial. A graduate of Bogazici University’s Department of History, Taner has been working at the Foundation since 1983 and served as Assistant Director and Program Coordinator for Foreign Relations (1987-1994) and Director of the International Istanbul Jazz Festival (1994-2002) before being appointed General Director in 2002.
Alex TurriniAlex Turrini is Associate Professor in Public and Nonprofit Management at Università Bocconi, Italy. He is currently Director of the MSc in Management and Economics of Arts, Culture, Media and Entertainment (ACME) and Core Faculty in Arts Management at the SDA Bocconi School of Management. His current research interests cover leadership and innovation in the arts, experiential aesthetics and the development of taste, demand-based arts policy. He is the International Journal of Arts Management’s Associate Editor for Management.
Zannie VossZannie Voss is Director of SMU’s National Center for Arts Research, and Chair and Professor of Arts Management in Southern Methodist University’s Meadows School of the Arts and Cox School of Business. Previously, she was a Professor at Duke University and Producing Director of Theater Previews at Duke, where she transferred two shows to Broadway. She consults on projects for the League of American Orchestras and Theatre Communications Group, co-authoring TCG’s Theatre Facts since 1998. Her published research examining strategic factors that influence organizational performance in the arts has appeared in journals including the Journal of Marketing, Organization Science, Academy of Management Journal and the International Journal of Arts Management. She serves on the boards of TRG Arts and DataArts, and is co-author of the book Outrageous Fortune: The Life and Times of the New American Play.
Scott Zeiger carreScott Zeiger has been producing and presenting live entertainment events for over 30 years. Mr. Zeiger’s association with Cirque du Soleil began more than 10 years ago as a producing partner on Wintuk at The Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Additionally, he created producing partnerships with Las Vegas Sands for ZAIA in Macao, China and DELIRIUM, Cirque du Soleil’s first-ever arena-based production. Mr. Zeiger is responsible for developing opportunities based in traditional theatrical settings using the Cirque du Soleil signature style and aesthetic. Based in New York City, he taps the company’s potential for theatrical entertainment on Broadway, the West End and global touring. In December of 2015, Cirque du Soleil Theatrical, under Scott’s leadership, co-produced The Wiz LIVE! on NBC TV and plans to bring the production to Broadway. PARAMOUR, Cirque du Soleil’s first-ever show developed exclusively for Broadway, opened at the Lyric Theater in New York City on May 25, 2016. Before joining Cirque du Soleil in March 2014, Scott Zeiger was Co-founder of BASE Entertainment. During his tenure at BASE, he helped create many international successes such as the six-year run of Phantom – The Las Vegas Spectacular, Disney’s The Lion King and Wicked, presented in Singapore. His credits also include current hit shows such as Jersey Boys (Las Vegas), Rock of Ages and Absinthe (Las Vegas). Before launching BASE Entertainment, Mr. Zeiger served as Chairman and CEO of Clear Channel Entertainment’s Productions Group where he developed intellectual properties and extended the company’s content portfolio. He also served as CEO of Clear Channel’s North American theatrical division from 2000 to 2005. Scott Zeiger served as President of SFX Theatrical Group from 1998 to 2000 and managed a period of sustained growth in the company’s international acquisition and producing efforts. While he was there, SFX Theatrical Group became one of the largest theatrical companies in the world. Beginning in 1983, Mr. Zeiger filled many executive positions with PACE Theatrical Group until the Company was bought by SFX Entertainment. Together with the executive team at PACE, Mr. Zeiger was instrumental in the formation of North America’s largest circuit of theatrical subscription programs. Scott Zeiger began his live entertainment career as a regional marketing director for Ringling Brothers’ Barnum & Bailey Circus and the Walt Disney Ice Shows upon graduation from the University of Florida, where he produced events as an undergraduate and graduate student in the business school.