Meet our Facilitators for Manitoba Showcase 2019!
Eric Plamondon is a valued arts administrator, having worked at Artspace for the past three years. He is equally respected as an active artist; regularly seen on stage or in front of a camera lens, mounting art installations of his creation or of other artists, as well as writing and directing. Eric is driven to participate in new art experiences and see how cross contamination can elevate and define Manitoba’s artistic offerings. As a triple minority, (francophone, métis and queer), Eric also knows the importance of art as a tool of empowerment. Which is also why he spends much time empowering other artists and communities through art.
Eric Plamondon has won a mayors award for his project Nuit de_ART, his short film You And Me in a City won audience choice at the Reel Pride Film festival, and he was a leadership fellow for the Canadian Art Summit.
Nicholas Beach is returning to Manitoba Showcase after presenting 3 workshops last year. He is the General Manager of the Jeanne & Peter Lougheed Performing Arts Centre on the University of Alberta, Augustana Campus in Camrose, Alberta. He has been at the Lougheed Centre since mid-way through construction of the building, which opened in October of 2014. Nick has worked at several performing arts centres over the last 19 years including the National Arts Centre, E. A Rawlinson Centre for the Arts, and Keyano College before moving to Camrose. He also spent the last season working with Manitoba Arts Network to coach 3 presenters under the Arts Management Stream.
Rhonda Head is from the Opaskwayak Cree Nation in northern Manitoba, Canada. Rhonda is a Mezzo-Soprano and has released 3 CDs and numerous singles and is working on her 4th CD. Rhonda has received 13 nominations in total and won six International music awards since she began her music career in 2010. She writes her lyrics in her Indigenous Cree Language and composes her melodies based off the landscape in her home reserve of Opaskwayak Cree Nation.
Rhonda is pleased to share her music with you. Rhonda says, “No matter what language you sing in, you can hear the beauty of the music through the melody.”
Joan Stephens has spent more than 25 years in Manitoba’s vibrant not-for-profit sector, including 15 years as Director of Marketing and Communications for the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre. In addition to her ‘day job’ in the not-for-profit sector, Joan has served on a multitude of boards, including (currently) the Winnipeg chapter of the Actors’ Equity Performing Arts Lodge (PAL), the Winnipeg Philharmonic Choir (Marketing chair and Past-president), Virtuosi Concerts (Chair, 25th Anniversary Committee), and the Flin Flon-Cranberry Portage Folk Music Society. Joan also holds a Bachelor of Music (Applied Vocal Performance) from Brandon University.