ANNOUNCING: CASEY PRESCOTT FROM BANFF CENTRE, NEW CEO OF THE YUKON ARTS CENTRE

May 18, 2017
WHITEHORSE – Casey Prescott will come on board as the new Chief Executive Officer for the Yukon Arts Centre starting September 5, 2017. Casey joins the Yukon Arts Centre with an extensive background in Canadian performing arts. Across his career, Casey has had the opportunity to work with exceptional artists and pieces as an artistic director, arts training program manager, and most recently as Director of Presentations and Community Partnerships at Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity in Banff, Alberta. There, he was responsible for managing the annual presenting calendar, collaborating with a team of 10 programming directors. Previously, Casey managed Banff Centre’s Opera, Dance, and Performing Arts Residency Program, which included commissions, co-productions, and creative collaborations with 2010 Vancouver Olympics, Push Festival, Tarragon Theatre, Royal Winnipeg Ballet, National Ballet of Canada, The National Arts Centre, Vancouver Opera, and many more.

In 2014, Casey was the co-artistic director of the Convergence Summit at Banff Centre, an industry focused weekend that explored how art, design, and technology are shaping the future of live performance.

Casey: "I am humbled to be given this opportunity to lead such an impactful cultural facility and programming resource for the Territory. I look forward to working with the Arts Centre's talented staff and connecting with community partners as we begin to explore the possibilities for the future. On a more personal note, I am also thrilled to bring my young family to the North and become a part of such a remarkable and passionate community. "

With several outstanding candidates that interviewed for the Yukon Arts Centre’s CEO position, the Board was determined to find someone who had the skill set to lead the Arts Centre team into their 25th year, but further a leader who understood in their heart how the Yukon community, Indigenous peoples, and the landscape impact and influence the work that is done at the Yukon Arts Centre. Casey Prescott is that leader.

Yukon Arts Centre Corporation Board Chair, Dr. Deb Bartlette: “The Board is very pleased that we were able to hire Casey to be our new CEO and further build on the excellent work of the last 25 years.   Casey is bringing a wealth of experience on both the artistic and the administrative sides of the house, including considerable background in working with indigenous and other communities.   His approach to connecting with diverse communities and groups was particularly attractive to us.    We see Casey as an arts leader for the 21st century.”  

 

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Casey Prescott
Chief Executive Officer
Yukon Arts Centre

Before accepting the role of Yukon Arts Centre CEO, Casey Prescott was the Director of Presentations and Community Partnerships at Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity and was previously acting director of the Theatre Arts Department from January 2014 to June 2015. He was responsible for managing the annual presenting calendar, which is comprised of over 200 events, collaborating with over 10 programming directors on the multi-disciplinary programming for five performance venues, the Eric Harvie Theatre (959 seats), Margaret Greenham Theatre (250 seats), The Club (150 seats), the Rolston Recital Hall (225 seats) and the Shaw Amphitheatre (1600 capacity).

Casey stewards Bow Valley community partnerships locally with Parks Canada, Banff Lake Louise Tourism, Town of Banff/Canmore and the Rocky Mountain School Board. He currently manages the Banff International String Quartet Competition and produces the Banff Centre’s Children’s Festival (now in its 5th Year), while also producing the annual Performance in the Park, the largest live concert event to happen in Banff National Park, in collaboration with Parks Canada and Banff Lake Louise Tourism, which has featured Walk Off The Earth, Stars, Hey Rosetta, Shad, Serena Ryder, Corb Lund, Sarah Harmer, and Sam Roberts. He has also produced the Legendary Leaders Series which included special “in conversation” events for live audiences and webcast featuring Oliver Stone, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Spike Lee, Whoopi Goldberg, and a special performance of Shakespeare in Words and Music featuring Christopher Plummer. He also produced the Banff Talks Series which welcomed notable artists such as Robert LePage, Deepa Meehta, Rita Coolidge, Daniel Lanois, Tanya Tagaq, and Lawrence Hill, discussing their artistic practice.

Previously, as Associate Director of Theatre Arts, he managed professional development training programs in Opera, Dance, Spoken Theatre, Musical Theatre, Indigenous Arts, Arts Administration, and the Banff Playwrights Colony. He also managed the workshop development for the Operas Filumena and Frobisher by John Estacio, Composer and John Murrell, Librettist, in collaboration with the Calgary Opera. Recently, he was instrumental in launching the new Open Space: Opera in the 21st Century program, working with artistic director Joel Ivany on introducing a new program that explores opera production in non-traditional spaces.  He has also managed Banff Centre’s Professional Dance programming for over 8 years, supporting the artistic visions of three Program Directors, Brian Macdonald, OC, Lindsay Fischer and Emily Molnar and overseen the commissioning of numerous choreographers through the Clifford E. Lee Choreography Award, including Wen Wei Wang, D.A. Hoskins, Peter Quanz, Sabrina Matthews, Donald Sales, Simone Orlando, among others.

Casey also managed Banff Centre’s Performing Arts Residency Program for 10 years, which included creative production collaborations with the Luminato Festival, 2010 Vancouver Olympics, Red Sky Performance, Kahawi Dance Theatre, BJM Danse, Canstage, Push Festival, Tarragon Theatre, Ballet BC, Cork Midsummer Festival, Harbour Front, Ballet BC, Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Red Sky Productions, Kidd Pivot, Wen Wei Dance, Alberta Ballet, the National Ballet of Canada, Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, The National Arts Centre, The Canada Dance Festival, Calgary Opera, Vancouver Opera, Mirvish Productions, among many others.

In 2014, Casey was the co-artistic director of the Convergence Summit at Banff Centre, an industry focused weekend that explored how art, design, and technology are shaping the future of live performance. In 2013, Casey produced the inaugural Quietest Concert Ever featuring the band Hedley for CBC and Parks Canada, in partnership with Sennheiser Canada.

For two years Casey served as the presenting programmer for The Arden Theatre (St. Albert, AB) overseeing a brand re-design and audience renewal strategy and also produced the Northern Alberta Children’s Festival, Canada’s Largest Children’s Festival. He also produced the Canmore Children's Festival (2009, 2010), and received a professional development grant from the Canada Council for the Arts to be a part of the creative production team for the 10 Days on the Island Festival in Tasmania, AUS, in 2009.

Casey currently serves on the board of the Candance Network, and has worked previously at the Glimmerglass Opera Festival and has been engaged as a freelance