Episode 10: The ART Leads the Audience

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The American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) is serious about audience development. A.R.T. Executive Director Diane Quinn says everything they do is with an eye to what audiences will see once they pass the theater doors. She discusses their mandate to expand the boundaries of theater – both physically and through the content itself.

Diane QuinnDiane Quinn is the Executive Director of the American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) A veteran of the arts, her many positions have included Founding Producer of Soulpepper Theatre Company and Festival of Classics, Coordinator of the Arts Administration Program at the University of Toronto, and Executive Director of Toronto Women in Film and Television.  Most recently she served as Senior VP of Creative and Artistic Operations at Cirque du Soleil and was responsible for managing the artistic quality of all shows globally.

Quinn joined Cirque in 2004 where she held a series of positions including Public Services Director, Director of Artist Management, and Company Manager in Las Vegas.  Volunteerism in the cultural sector has also played a key role for Quinn where she served as Board President of the Toronto Theatre Alliance, and Board VP for Women in Film and Television as well as serving on the Canadian Association of Arts Administration Educators. She has been invited to jury for the Ontario Arts Council and for the Fringe Festival’s inaugural playwriting selection committee, and has also written “The Indie Theatre Producer’s Guide”.  Quinn is a graduate of the University of Toronto Honors Arts Specialist degree program with a concentration in Arts Management and Drama.

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