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New York 2016 ISPA Congress - Planning Committee
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Meet the Planning Committee

The New York 2016 ISPA Congress Planning Committee was co-chaired by Tim Brinkman (Director, G Live) and Shoshana Polanco (International Producer, La Teatreria) - meet the co-chairs and planning committee below.

Tim Brinkman

Committee Co-Chair

Director, G Live, UK

Tim was born in Manchester, England and has a BA (Hons) in Drama from Leeds University.  He is the founding director of touring company Pilot Theatre Company, and went on to become Assistant Drama Director of the Arts Council of Great Britain. In his role as the first Executive Director he oversaw the rebuilding of the Haymarket Theatre, Basingstoke, following which he became the Director of one of the UK’s largest arts centres - South Hill Park Arts Centre.
In October 2000 he became the Director of Hall for Cornwall.  Under his leadership Hall for Cornwall has won the TMA award for Achievement in Presenting Theatre in both 2005 and 2007, the 2006 Marketing award, the Arts & Business Sustainable Sponsorship award, the ERDF Workforce Development Award 2009 and the 2010 TMA Eclipse Award.  In 2006 Tim was nominated as UK Theatre Manager of the Year.
Following that he spent three years at Arts Centre Melbourne in charge of all its arts activities. In Australia he managed the programme in five spaces including the record breaking presentation of War Horse in Melbourne.  He produced the reopening events for Australia's top concert hall, The Hamer Hall. 

Now back home he works for the UK’s second largest chain of theatres, HQ Theatres, where he runs the organisation’s flagship venue in Guildford, G Live.

Shoshana Polanco

Committee Co-Chair

International Producer, La Teatreria, Mexico

Shoshana Polanco is a creative producer with international exposure and work experience in Buenos Aires, New York, and Mexico City. She is currently the International Producer of La Teatreria -- a new theater in Mexico City which opened in March 2015. Previous experience includes General Producer of FIBA (Buenos Aires’ International Performing Arts Festival), Director of Production for the main Zocalo event that was part of Mexico Bicentennial Celebration in September 2010, Production Coordinator at the Festival Internacional Cervantino in Mexico, Executive Assistant of Executive Producer Joseph V. Melillo at BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music), Managing Director of The Builders Association, Media and Outreach Consultant at Lincoln Center Festival, Company Manager and Volunteer Coordinator at TeatroStageFest, Production Manager for International Contemporary Ensemble, Creative Producer for BAiT (Buenos Aires in Translation) at Performance Space 122, and Festivales de Buenos Aires where besides producing FIBA, she produced the Contemporary Dance Festival (2012) and the Shakespeare Festival (2013).

Shoshana is a 2014 ISPA fellow. She holds a Magna Cum Laude BA from the CUNY Baccalaureate Program in Women in Performance.

Planning Committee Members

David Baile
Chief Executive Officer, ISPA

Luiz Coradazzi
Director of Arts, British Council Brazil

Eugene Downes
Director, Kilkenny Arts Festival

Nora Fleury
Program and Development Associate, ISPA

Julia Glawe

Catherine Jones
General Manager, Arts House

Reiri Kojima
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan

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