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Meet Ryan Cunningham (Toronto, Canada; 2012-2015 ISPA Fellow)

Monday, September 21, 2015   (0 Comments)

Meet Ryan Cunningham, Artistic Director at Native Earth Performing Arts in Toronto, Ontario; Canada’s leading and longest running Professional Aboriginal Theatre Company now in its 33rd season. Prior to joining Native Earth Performing Arts, Ryan was a freelance actor in Theatre, Television, and Film, and independent producer touring Theatre and Contemporary Dance productions. He was also the Artistic Director and co-founder of Alberta Aboriginal Performing Arts and the Rubaboo Arts Festival in Edmonton, Alberta.

Ryan’s favorite part about working in this field is “meeting other people from around the world who also have the same passion for supporting the arts.”

When asked about what he hopes to contribute to the field in his career, Ryan explained “we have amazing Aboriginal Artists in Canada that a creating incredible work. My goal is to develop an International Indigenous Touring Network to help my community access international markets through strategic partnerships with presenters and public funding organizations.”

Ryan has been an ISPA Fellow since 2012, thanks to the support of the Canada Council for the Arts. When asked about his impression of his first Congress three years ago, Ryan recalled “an extremely supporting and inclusive group of Arts leaders who are working towards keeping our industry exciting, relevant and evolving.”

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In 2015, ISPA brought 52 Fellows from around the world to the New York Congress. We know it’s impossible to meet all these emerging leaders onsite so we’re highlighting 2015 ISPA Fellows in features via the member-only monthly newsletter Network and the website.