The Machinery is a collective endeavour driven by artists and cultural workers.

Our team

Executive Director | Development Advisor

Rachel Billet

Rachel Billet is the winner of the Prix Jeune gestionnaire culturelle 2022 awarded by the Carmelle and Rémi-Marcoux Chair of Arts Management at HEC Montréal and a finalist in the provincial ARISTA 2020 competition awarded by the Jeune chambre de commerce de Montréal. In 2018-2019, she enrolled in the Microprogram in Artistic Leadership at the National Theatre School of Canada to discuss the much needed changes in the cultural sector.

Rachel has been interested in innovative organizational models in the performing arts sector since the beginning of her Master’s degree in Métiers des arts et de la culture (Université Lyon 2) in 2007. Her final research on the co-construction of performance spaces in Montréal led her to join the members of La 2e Porte à Gauche from 2010 to 2016, where she was the general manager of the organization for three years. At the same time, she worked for eight years in the administrative units of several organizations (in turn: éditions esse, the Schmutt Sisters, the OFFTA festival, Agora de la danse) and provided ad hoc consulting mandates to numerous artists.

Since 2016, Rachel has dedicated herself as project manager for the start-up of the Machinerie des arts, a service organization where the sharing of resources is at the heart of all its activities. As Executive Director since 2017, she oversees the realization of its mission and federates this community of nearly 2000 arts practitioners. As a development consultant, she supports her peers in the management of their organizations, shares her expertise through educational activities and accompanies many creations in their realization. Rachel is familiar with the organizational challenges faced by creators and is inspired by actor-network theory in the field.
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Services Director | Management Advisor

Morgane De Bellefeuille

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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Director of Activities | Writing Advisor

Ingrid Vallus

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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Service Coordinator

Ariel Lefebvre

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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Communications Officer

Nabiha Alam

Nabiha Alam completed a bachelor of arts from McGill University in political science with minors in English literature and Middle East studies. Following her undergraduate, she obtained a Post-Graduate Certificate of Strategic Communication from University of Toronto (School of Continuing Studies).

Her work experience includes communication and administration in public service, as an organizer for a Quebec-based ethnographic film festival, grant writing and as a communications coordinator for ELAN (English-Language Arts Network).
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Administration Advisor

Thérèse Ghobriel

Thérèse Ghobriel has over fifteen years of experience working with non-profit cultural organizations. Her main areas of interest are financial management, capacity building and institutional development & sustainability. Following graduation from School of Fine Arts at Alexandria University (Egypt) in 2001, she pursued a career in cultural management working with cultural and artistic organizations in the Arab region and in Canada such as Culture Resource, Dumont St-Pierre and Les productions Porte Parole.

Since 2010, Therese has worked as a consultant where she supports cultural organizations in developing and restructuring their financial systems. She holds a Master’s degree in Management of Cultural Enterprises from HEC Montréal (Canada).
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photo credit : Alex Tran