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International Society for the Performing Arts’ Canadian Fellowship Program

The Canadian Fellowship Program gives emerging and mid-career Canadian professionals in the performing arts an opportunity to build leadership skills and connect with leaders in their field from around the world. The Canada Council for the Arts has partnered with the International Society for the Performing Arts (ISPA) on this important initiative since 2011. The 2019-2021 Canadian Fellows are the third cohort to benefit from this partnership. Most recently, in March 2019, a special initiative was launched to support leaders from Canada’s Indigenous performing arts sector.  

[The fellowships are] an essential tool not only to build connections among emerging and mid-career leaders around the world, but also to transform the very nature of our sector, and what and who it represents.

Marcus Youssef, 2016-2018 Canadian Fellow

The 2019 Indigenous Fellowship Delegates

These 8 leaders from Canada’s Indigenous performing arts sector have been selected to participate in the Guadalajara 2019 ISPA Congress, including two-day Anthony Field Academy prior to the Congress. They will also receive a 2019 ISPA membership with access to all member benefits. 

Reneltta Arluk

Reneltta Arluk

Inuvialuit, Gwich’in, Denesuline and Cree
Banff, AB

Denise Bolduc

Denise Bolduc

French and Ojibwe | Anishinaabe kwe from the Robinson Huron Treaty Territory
Member of the Batchewana First Nation with familial ties in Garden River First Nation
Toronto, ON

Theresa Christine Frederick

Christine Sokaymoh Frederick

Edmonton, AB

Citali Germe

Citlali Germé

Montreal, QC

Margo Kane

Margo Kane

Cree Saulteaux Metis
Vancouver, BC

Krish Shoshona

ShoShona Kish

Anishinabe, Batchewana First Nation
Barrie, ON

Lindsay Lachance

Lindsay Lachance

Algonquin Anishinaabe
Ottawa, ON

Santee Smith

Santee Smith

Kahnyen’kehàka (Mohawk) Nation
Six Nations of the Grand River Territory

The 2019-21 ISPA Fellows

Beginning in January 2019, at the 103rd ISPA Congress in New York City, these participants will spend three years engaging in the development and exchange of ideas with leaders from some of the world's most significant presenting organizations, performing arts centres, artist management agencies, cultural policy groups, foundations and more.

We are pleased to announce the newest group of fellows for the 2019-21 program:

Sergio Elmir

Sergio Elmir


Mhiran Faraday

Mhiran Faraday

Nova Scotia/Alberta

Leslie McCue

Leslie McCue

Curve Lake First Nation

Nina Patel

Nina Patel

British Columbia

About ISPA’s Canadian Fellowship Program

ISPA’s Canadian Fellowship allows five Canadian arts professionals, representing diverse practices, to participate in the program for three years. The fellows receive access to ISPA's extensive network of international arts professionals with a complimentary ISPA membership, annual congress event registration, travel subsidies and a mentorship opportunity with an ISPA member.

The International Society for the Performing Arts (ISPA) is a global network of more than 500 leaders in the performing arts, with representation from more than 185 cities and many diverse regions around the world.

In 2011, ISPA noticed growth in its Canadian membership, which had become the second largest group by region in the network. Even with this growth, Canada’s presence did not reflect the full diversity and scale of Canada’s performing arts market.

The Canada Council for the Arts recognized this as an important opportunity, and partnered with ISPA to create a new fellowship program. This partnership paved the way for other countries to build similar programs, and today the ISPA also has fellowship programs with Australia, Denmark, England, Hong Kong, the Netherlands, Quebec, Scotland, Singapore, and Sweden.

Today the program continues to thrive as the Canada Council has re-launched its partnership with ISPA by sponsoring a new group of fellows for 2019-2021.


The cohort was selected through an application process jointly managed by the International Society for the Performing Arts and the Canada Council. Applicants were selected based on their response to application questions, with regional, geographic and cultural diversity, as well as a range of artistic disciplines also taken into account.

For more information

Sabra Ripley

Partnership and International Coordination Officer, Partnership and International Coordination

Canada Council for the Arts

150 Elgin St. P.O. Box 1047

Ottawa, Ontario K1P 5V8

E-mail: sabra.ripley@canadacouncil.ca

613-566-4414, ext. 5144

Toll free: 1-800-263-5588, ext. 5144

Fax: (613) 566-4390

TTY: 1-866-585-5559

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