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The TDArts team is made up of Paul Fujimoto-Pihl as Director, Janelle Rainville as Conference Administrator and, of course, our many talented instructors. TDArts instructors are chosen because they are working professionals with successful careers in the arts. Through their advice, expertise and helpful hints, each participant will have the opportunity to explore the many facets of Technical Direction.

PAUL FUJIMOTO-PIHL Paul began his technical theatre career when he was selected as the slide projector operator for the police officer’s Stranger Danger presentation to his grade one class. After attending the Theatre Technical Production program at Humber College, Paul freelanced as a technician in Toronto before heading off to cut his teeth as Head Technician at Theatre North West in Prince George, BC. He has served as Technical Director at the Blyth Festival, Tarragon Theatre, and the Grand Theatre in London, Ontario, where he is now. Paul sits on the Program Advisory Committee for the Technical Production Program at Fanshawe College, is Chair of the Ontario Section of CITT/ICTS, and is Director of TDArts.

JANELLE RAINVILLE has had the opportunity to stage manage for a variety of genres over the past 22 years including theatre, musicals, tours and special events, though the bulk of her time is spent working in the realm of dance. She spent 4 seasons with the National Ballet of Canada as ASM and SM for YOU Dance. In 2006, Janelle transitioned into Production Management, working with Le Théâtre français de Toronto, University of Waterloo & Magnetic North Theatre Festival. In her “spare” time, Janelle is the Executive Director of SMArts Stage Managing the Arts, the not-for-porfit organization that houses SMArts, PMArts and TDArts. She has taught stage management in many institutions across Southern Ontario including Ryerson, UWaterloo, and Fanshawe College. But her favourite project thus far has been her son, Hunter – the first ‘SMArts’ baby.

During each conference we have the invaluable assistance of an emerging TD / PM. Without their help the conference could not run as smoothly as it does.

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