Neptune Theatre and Prime Mover Theatre Company are excited to announce Patricia Cerra as the first Artistic Director Intern under the newly reimagined 2020-21 RBC Chrysalis Project dedicated to the professional development and advancement of IBPOC arts leaders.
The reimagined project was created in partnership between Neptune Theatre and Prime Mover Theatre Company to support emerging Indigenous, Black and People of Color (IBPOC) artistic leaders. Supported by the RBC Emerging Artist Program, the 2020-21 RBC Chrysalis Project for the Artistic Director Internship was designated exclusively for emerging IBPOC arts leaders.
Over the next 10 months, Cerra will work closely with the artistic and administrative staff at both companies to develop the 2021-2022 Season and redraft policies, develop programming, and advance community stewardship while building her credentials and artistic resume. Click here to read the press release.
Ray Hogg is a Black Canadian arts leader with over 20 years of experience as a theatre artist. He is the founding Artistic Director of Prime Mover Theatre Company, Deputy Artistic Director of Musical Stage Company, and, since 2017, has worked alongside Neptune Theatre Artistic Director Jeremy Webb as Affiliate Artist. From 2012-2017, Ray Hogg was the Artistic Director of Winnipeg’s 2,300- seat theatre, Rainbow Stage. During his tenure at Rainbow Stage, Ray ushered in an era of unprecedented artistic growth and excellence, forged acclaimed partnerships with flagship institutions such as the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet, and spearheaded the creation of nationally recognized professional arts training programs.
Prime Mover Theatre Company is Canada’s newest theatre company dedicated to the advancement of marginalized artistic voices through advocacy, artist training, and large-scale co-production. The company focuses on developing and championing exceptional artists and their works, developing new live-performance work, and assembling production partners from flagship organizations across the country. In October 2020 the company developed its creative artist development program - The Legacy Project (which includes The Creator’s Lab, NoteWorthy, and the RBC Chrysalis project).
Patricia is an award-winning multidisciplinary artist; at present, she works as a director, performer and educator. She has been involved in over thirty productions with theatres around the country. Recently she has been recognized with the Sterling Award for Outstanding Performance in a Leading Role, Comedy. Patricia has had the pleasure of world-premiering many new works and finds great joy in play development. She worked at the Banff Playwrights Lab collaborating with national and international playwrights on over a dozen brand new works. She will be debuting her short play as a part of the Sprouts Festival in 2021. Patricia also serves her community in various committees and initiatives including the 35//50 Initiative YEG and the Mental Health and Wellness Task Force with CAEA. She is also on the Board of Directors for Theatre Alberta. Patricia completed her training at the Citadel/Banff Professional Theatre Program and has graduated from the University of Alberta BFA Acting program with Distinction.
"I’m delighted to join Neptune Theatre, Prime Mover Company and Musical Stage Company as an Apprentice Artistic Director. As a BIPOC artist, I'm committed to passionate leadership that engages in the inclusivity of underrepresented voices; building these bridges will be invaluable for our communities & our industry. I’m so thrilled to be spending 2021 meeting theatre communities around the country. Engaging in important conversations and meaningful collaborations will allow us to take steps forward together. As uncertain as the future feels right now, a shift has happened. Seeds have begun to be planted in hopes of a wonderful bloom, and I have great hope that something beautiful will emerge. Thank you to Ray & Jeremy for having me on this journey." - Patricia Cerra