In Fall 2015, SMArts incorporated as a Canadian not-for-profit association. We are grateful to our small but mighty board who work very hard to support SMArts in this new chapter.
Jeanne LeSage – President
Jeanne is a seasoned arts leader with a background in stage management and human resources, which she translated into executive positions on international arts projects in Canada, U.S.A., U.A.E., and Oman. Jeanne collaborated closely with Winston Morgan on publishing the original Stage Managing the Arts in Canada. She is currently the principal of LeSage Arts Management and is seeking her M.B.A at Royal Roads University, Victoria BC.
Julia Gaunt-Rannala – Treasurer
Julia worked as an Equity stage manager for many years before transitioning to the administrative side of the arts. Julia worked as part of Winston Morgan’s team for several seasons at TIFF. She currently works for Young Associates, providing bookkeeping to charity and nonprofit organizations across Toronto.
Jeff Morris – Secretary
Jeff Morris studied technical theatre production and administration at Ryerson’s Theatre School (1987 – 1990), pursuing a growing interest in stage management for dance. After leaving Ryerson, he worked as Production Stage Manager for Toronto Dance Theatre (1990 – 1995, company debuts in Warsaw, Berlin, Tokyo, New York), Production Manager for Dancers for Life (AIDS Committee of Toronto, 1991 – 1997), Stage Manager for Theatre Passe-Muraille (Never Swim Alone, Metamorphosis of a Shadow), and Stage Manager for the Fringe Festival of Independent Dance Artists (fFIDA). In 1995 he joined the National Ballet of Canada, and has been Stage Manager for a wide range of the company’s unique classical and contemporary repertoire, including world premieres of The Four Seasons, Cinderella, and An Italian Straw Hat (Kudelka), Emergence (Pite), company premieres of Christopher Wheeldon’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and The Winter’s Tale, the world premieres of Alexei Ratmansky’s Romeo and Juliet, and most recently Frame by Frame – a collaboration between the National Ballet’s Guillaume Côté and Robert Lepage/Ex Machina. In addition to his work with the National Ballet of Canada, Jeff is an adjunct faculty member with The School of Toronto Dance Theatre, and has taught and mentored stage managers at the Banff Centre for the Arts and SMArts.