TORONTO, ON — Cahoots Theatre proudly announces the appointment of Lisa Alves as Managing Producer of Cahoots Theatre. A producer, educator, and artist, Alves comes to the company with a background in business and in human resource management. The newly envisioned and created position replaces the former General Manager role.
Alves joins Cahoots as co-leader alongside Tanisha Taitt, who became the company’s new Artistic Director in October.
“What incredible providence to have Lisa join us at this time”, says Board of Directors Chair, Dale Yim. “It’s a dynamic time for us as an organization and as a nation. Cahoots needs to be adaptable but unfaltering in our efforts to make sure that our artists, their art, and our audiences are supported and that we’re continually engaging in meaningful dialogue. Lisa’s openness, her energy, her background as an artist and also in HR makes her a fortuitous fit for where we are right now. She and Tanisha are going to be invaluable as we forge paths to navigate through these uncharted terrains.”
Taitt concurs. “I am so pleased to have Lisa in this new role. Her experience, knowledge, enthusiasm, and social conscience are a wonderful addition to the company, and our early conversations already have me excited about the future we will build for Cahoots together.”
The Board is incredibly grateful to the Search Committee for volunteering their time and energy during a long and rigorous search process. Our search committee comprised three board members and a member of the community not directly tied to the company.
Alves is a graduate of Humber’s Theatre Performance and Business Management programs. She is currently working towards obtaining her designation as a Certified Human Resources Professional. Alves says, “Human Resources has impacted the way I have been approaching my producing practice in the last two years. Safe(r) and more equitable ways of working are possible and Cahoots has been striving for those changes. I am proud to be part of a team that is willing to have these conversations with the artists and communities they engage.”
Alves offers her breadth of knowledge and experience to this new co-leadership role. Her eight years of experience at Stagecoach Performing Arts have provided her with inclusive teaching and mentoring practices as well as equitable management skills. She developed her project management and communications planning processes during her time at Generator, where she worked on the coordination of the Performance Criticism Training Program (PCTP) and the 2018 #UrgentExchanges. As an established producer, Alves continues to support manidoons collective. She has worked with the team on Yolanda Bonnell’s bug since 2018, beginning withtheir initial tour to the Coast Salish Territory (Upintheair Theatre’s rEvolver festival and Intrepid Theatre’s Uno Fest) and their premiere in
Tkaron:to (Luminato Festival Toronto). Most recently, she was an Associate Producer for their Theatre Passe Muraille and Native Earth Performing Arts co-presentation of bug i n February 2020. Through her work with her own company, Surge Theatre, Alves has honed her understanding of the process of developing original work in multidisciplinary ways.
Alves says, “It is without a doubt a strange time to be starting a new position in theatre. We are seeing performance and audience engagement swiftly adapt to these unusual circumstances. I’m grateful and excited to be working with a team who is developing its own ways to engage and empower artists in the diverse communities it serves. As we ride out this pandemic, we will continue to challenge the status quo and make decisions through impactful dialogue.”
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CAHOOTS THEATRE: Cahoots Theatre is a home for artists from the edge. Celebrating 33 seasons, Cahoots seeks, develops, produces and presents works that refocus the spotlight, empower artists and engage diverse communities. Working with artists of colour, Deaf artists, queer artists, and other marginalized groups, Cahoots focuses on intercultural encounters, intersection of identities, and innovation of form.