Krista is Director of Programs and Resources at the Association of Performing Arts Professionals (APAP), the USA’s national service organisation for the performing arts presenting industry. At APAP she’s responsible for the professional development programming for the annual conference as well as year-round programs, leadership development initiatives, regranting programs and resources that advance the skills, knowledge and capabilities of APAP’s membership. Prior to APAP, she was Executive and Artistic Director of BlackRock Centre for the Arts, a non-profit multidisciplinary arts centre in Maryland, and Program Officer of Performing Arts for Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation. She brings more than twenty years of experience working in the non-profit, performing arts, and philanthropy sectors as a curator, funder, arts administrator and consultant for organisations such as the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, the Walker Arts Centre, Houston Grand Opera and Opera America. Krista is also a practicing musician, a current member of the Thomas Circle Singers, a DC-based choral ensemble, and a former board member of APAP. She holds a B.A. degree in Literature and Society from Brown University.
Boomer is the Executive Director of International Performing Arts for Youth (IPAY) as well as holding the same role for the Professional Association of Canadian Theatres (PACT). Aside from work in international partnerships and collaboration, organisational leadership, event production, learning and networking, and festival curation, Boomer also has a wide range of experience in international performing arts for young audiences. Prior work includes the Artistic Directorship of the renowned Milk International Children’s Festival of the Arts at Harbourfront Centre in Toronto. Boomer holds a BFA, visual arts, specialising in photography and visual arts. He splits living locations between the ’burbs just outside Toronto on the traditional and treaty territory of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nations, the Mississauga Peoples and the treaty territory of the Chippewas of Georgina Island First Nation, and a little cabin in the woods by the lake in Northern Ontario on traditional lands of the Anishinabi, Huron-Wendat and Algonquin Peoples, and on the road attending many national and international theatre events and festivities.
Ruth is the Deputy Director of Programming for Circus Arts at TOHU, Montréal’s premier presenter of contemporary circus. Appointed in June 2019, Ruth directs the MICC (International Contemporary Circus Market); develops circus programming for the Montréal Complètement Cirque Festival as well as TOHU’s annual mainstage season; supervises TOHU’s training and residency program for circus artists; and oversees TOHU’s museum collection of circus history art and objects. Ruth trained in circus at Circomedia in the UK and founded and directed a contemporary circus troupe, Cirque Boom, in the early 2000s. She came to TOHU after curating seven seasons of contemporary international theatre and performance for Boom Arts in Portland, Oregon. She also previously served as Associate Director of Programs for the Martin E. Segal Theatre Centre in New York, connecting global theatre, NYC theatre, and academic theatre research; and in various capacities for many other NYC arts organisations.