Rachel Billet began taking an interest in innovative organizational models in performing arts after earning her Master’s degree in performing arts and culture (Lyon 2 University) in 2007. Her Master’s research on joint construction of presentation space in Montréal prompted her to join the members of dance production company La 2e Porte à Gauche from 2010 to 2016, becoming executive director for the last three years. At the same time, Rachel worked for eight years with the administrative units of several organizations in succession (Les éditions esse, Les Sœurs Schmutt, OFFTA live art festival, and the Agora de la danse) and completed consulting contracts for numerous artists. Rachel is very familiar with the organizational challenges of artistic project management facing creators and cultural organizations and takes her inspiration from Actor-Network Theory.
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Morgane De Bellefeuille is a cultural manager with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Concordia University and a Master’s degree in cultural enterprise management from HEC Montréal. As management advisor at La Machinerie des arts, she supports and assists artists with both administrative and strategic issues. She also works as a lecturer in Philanthropy and Management of Cultural Industries at HEC Montréal.
In 2018, Morgane was a finalist for the Prix ARDI, which rewards innovation in cultural philanthropy. As co-chair of HEC Montréal’s Alumni Management and Culture Committee, she participates in various events that bridge the business and arts communities. She is also board chair for the Théâtre La Bête Humaine and was mentor for Artvest, the core training program of the organization Business/Arts, which specializes in developing Canada’s cultural sector. Morgane worked as director of administration and development at SBC contemporary art gallery and marketing manager at La Guilde and is one of the tool designers for La Machinerie des arts.
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A singer by training, Ariel Lefebvre graduated from McGill University’s Schulich School of Music. In recent years, he has worked on numerous musical and lyrical productions across Quebec and the Maritimes. In 2018, he participated in the Halifax Summer Opera Festival in Nova Scotia as well as the Montréal Bach Festival. In addition to pursuing his ambitions as a next-generation singing talent, Ariel has worked as an administrative coordinator for a number of cultural organizations, including the voice ensemble Les Rugissants, which is very involved in the borough of Sud-Ouest in Montréal. Looking for an active role in the socio-economic development of Montréal’s culture sector, Ariel is very pleased to join La Machinerie’s team.
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Katherine Lynch is an author and cultural worker with an educational background in psychology. She has also worked as a paralegal. She is interested in the administrative and human issues facing artists residing in Quebec in order to make their work sustainable in the long term.
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Viviane Tougas earned her Bachelor’s degree in visual and media arts from UQAM and then pursued her studies in cultural organization management at HEC Montréal. With a background in marketing, project management and communication, she has had the opportunity to apply her skills to numerous projects and undertakings. Her professional career has included work for Usine C, the Phi Centre, Kisskissbankbank and Théâtre PÀP. Viviane also sat for three years on the board of directors of Diagonale, a distribution centre dedicated to contemporary art that promotes fibre as a material as well as a concept.
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Certified in cinema and contemporary dance, Ingrid Vallus has been a cultural worker for the last 15 years. She worked for the Film Festival CINEMANIA, O Vertigo Dance company and the Cultural Department of the city of Montreal, among other experiences. Self-employed for the last few years, she offers support to the artists in their writing, project descriptions, and grants. She leads her own artistic projects on the side.
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