Introducing Rebecca Ballarin: SPARC’s new Network Coordinator

Hello members of SPARC: creators, presenters, producers, and community animators… movers n’ shakers, activators, collaborators, organizers, supporters, and think-outside-the-box-ers! My name is Rebecca Ballarin and I am SPARC’s new Network Coordinator. I look forward to working with all of you to continue the work that Elisha, Greg, and the SPARC steering committee have done to further strengthen the performing arts in rural and remote communities across the province over the past several years.

Rebecca with Madeline Smith at the 2014 Symposium

My first introduction to SPARC was as a member of the youth caucus at the 2014 Symposium. I was sitting on Theatre Ontario’s Youth Advisory committee at the time, and at the symposium I learned a great deal about youth-oriented initiatives across the province, and the variety of barriers to access youth in rural and remote communities face. It was such an enriching experience that I attended the second symposium in 2016 as an independent theatre director and producer. Again I was inspired by the range of community engaged, collaborative, and cross-disciplinary initiatives spearheaded by those in attendance and by everyone’s desire to connect, communicate and work together to increase their breadth, accessibility, and sustainability. The opportunity to now work with SPARC – to act as a catalyst for collaboration, to support capacity-building initiatives, to encourage knowledge sharing and mentorship – is very exciting.

I look forward to exploring how we can best support you, our members, as collectively we grow the online network; creating a vital resource that is accessible, adaptable and sustainable.

Please don’t hesitate to get in touch and introduce yourselves! I can be reached by email at, by phone at 416-884-1494, and will also be active on our social media sites: @SPARCperforming on Twitter and @sparcperformingarts on Instagram.



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