Staff & Board

Staff & Board


  • Bill Kimball - Artistic Producer
  • Victoria Mohr-Blakeney - Performance Curator, Metcalf Foundation Curation Intern 2016-2017
  • Susan Newman - Bookkeeper
  • Eva Fisher - Office Administrator

Board of Directors

  • Barbara Chisolm - Chair
  • Colin MacAdam - Vice-Chair
  • Rachel Bemrose - Secretary
  • Jonathan Fiddler - Treasurer
  • Sylvie Dasne
  • Jon Hedderwick

Bill Kimball, Artistic Producer


Since graduating from Trent University in 1980 with a degree in Cultural Studies, Bill Kimball has been involved in many aspects of the Peterborough arts community, particularly in the areas of contemporary dance and theatre. He has contributed to the creation of live performance spaces in Peterborough, beginning with City Stage, a performance space operated by Artspace in the early 1980’s and continuing to the present with various renovations and improvements to the Market Hall. In 1994, Bill created a nationally recognized dance presenting program called Peterborough New Dance, and later expanded the mandate to theatre and other forms of performance while changing the name to Public Energy, a name which reflects his desire for the arts to be integrated into public life as much as possible. Bill is currently the Artistic Producer at Public Energy

Victoria Mohr-Blakeney, Performance Curator


Victoria Mohr-Blakeney is a curator and writer with a focus on curating contemporary dance and performance. She has curated/ co-curated performance work in gallery, theatre, and site-specific settings including Harbourfront Centre, CB Gallery, Edward Day Gallery, Artspace, Art Gallery of Ontario, The Citadel, George Brown School of Design, Scotiabank Studio Theatre, Nuit Blanche, and Artsweek Peterborough. Victoria has worked alongside Bridget Moser, Ame Henderson, Peggy Baker Dance Projects, and Dance Collection Danse. She holds an MFA in Criticism and Curatorial Practice from OCAD University. She has published work in Kapsula Magazine, The Dance Current, Toronto Standard, Peterborough This Week, and the Literary Review of Canada. Victoria is the recipient of the 2015 President’s Medal in Criticism and Curatorial Practice from OCAD University. She has presented her research on performance in Canada and New Zealand.


Eva Fisher, Administrator


Eva Fisher is Public Energy's Administrator. She also works as the Program Coordinator with the Electric City Culture Council, and as a food columnist for She comes to us with a love of performance first fostered in the role of "Jamie at 6" in the 4th Line Theatre's 1993 production of The Moodie Traill. Nowadays she is more comfortable in front of a spreadsheet than an audience. Eva has honed her management and event production skills through her role as General Manager of Kawartha Country Wines and the Kawartha Store. She holds a BScH in Geography with a minor in English from Queen's University.


Mandate & History

Mandate & History



Public Energy sparks the curiosity and passion that only occurs when risk-taking artists and diverse audiences meet.


Public Energy is a cultural catalyst, electrifying the community with powerful dance, performance, and theatre.


Public Energy is an animator of contemporary dance, theatre, performance, and interdisciplinary work. We are dedicated to supporting the creation, touring, and presentation of innovative contemporary performing arts, and to developing audiences that are knowledgeable and passionate. As a presenter, Public Energy programs both well-known artists and new artists; develops audiences through a variety of activities including talks, lectures, pre-show chats, artist residencies, and curated programming; participates in national initiatives that move dance forward, such as the CanDance Creation Fund and the CanDance Touring Exchange; commissions and co-commissions new work from significant artists and commits to their presentation; serves as a venue and touring destination for artists; and supports new work and new directions for artists through residencies, and financial and administrative support.


Formerly known as Peterborough New Dance, since 1994 we have presented a mainstage series of dance companies and independent choreographers drawn from across Canada, commissioned new work in concert with other Canadian presenters on the CanDance Network, and supported the development of the local dance, theatre and performance community by presenting area artists and arranging specialized classes and workshops.

Professional Affiliations

  • CAPACOA - Canadian Arts Presenting Association
  • The CanDance Network
  • Canadian Dance Assembly
  • Ontario Performing Arts Presenters Network (Ontario Presents)

Curator's Corner

Curator's Corner is a collection of critical, creative and engaged writings on Public Energy's 2016-2017 season performances. The aim of these writings is to give context, pose questions, and provide new points of access to the artistic work produced within our season. I hope these writings can serve as a companion to all those who wish to delve deeper, and explore the breadth and depth of our performance season.

Victoria Mohr Blakeney
Performance Curator, 
2016-2017 Metcalf Intern

 Myrmidon: Reflections on an Enigmatic Legacy

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Love is about life and so is death…it’s quite a ride on this little boat.
– Ryan Kerr, Director of Myrmidon

Myrmidon was written by Bernie Martin, directed by Ryan Kerr and performed by Kate Story and Curtis Driedger, with design by Martha Cockshutt at the Theatre on King, November 30-December 3 2016.

Bernie Martin: Prolific Creativity

“There’s something in the throat” performer Kate Story says as she gently touches her neck, perched on the edge of a blue Newfoundland dory, in Myrmidon, landlocked in a black box theatre at Peterborough’s Theatre on King. Myrmidon is the final performance of a two month long interdisciplinary arts festival in the playwright’s name. A Certain Place: The Bernie Martin Festival was conceived and created by two local artists and tours de force Kate Story, and Ryan Kerr. Read the full article here.


 petites danses
: Review

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In addition to providing critical, creative, and engaged writings on our performance season, Curator’s Corner also occasionally provides local performance writers an opportunity to share their critical performance writing. Dorothea Hines is a PhD student at Trent University whose research centers on performance and activism as well as performative writing practices. The following is a review written by Hines in response to the October 29th performance of Chartier Danse’s petites danses presented by Public Energy.  Read the full review here.



Bboying: Fusion & Beyond


Crazy Smooth grew up with dance. But not the way you might think. It seeped in slowly. Crept around the edges of his day. He listened to funk and hip hop. He watched cyphers form at school dances. But never went in. He wasn’t a dancer. He was an athlete.  Read the full article here.


Public Energy in Calgary: Highlights from High Performance Rodeo

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This year's High Performance Rodeo, Calgary's international festival of the arts organized by One Yellow Rabbit theatre company, celebrates it's 31st season. On behalf of Public Energy I have had the pleasure of attending this year's festival thanks to support from a Canada Council travel grant for arts presenters. I bring you some reflective and interpretive writings on three of the most engaging performances I had the opportunity to experience. Each of these performances changed something in me, shifting how I see and understand the role of performance in our lives.  Read the full article here.



Digging Below the Surface: damned be this transmigration

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In many ways damned be this transmigration is like the town of Peterborough itself – delightful at first glance, but bearing some deeper and darker truths the closer you look.  Amid its funny one-liners, quick-step choreography, and lilting notes damned be this transmigration asks us some difficult questions. What is the role of the artist in society? Are artists being compensated fairly for the value they bring to our communities? Read the full article here.


A Quiet Moment with Charlie Petch: Mel Malarkey Gets the Bum's Rush

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Charlie Cathy Petch is a playwright, actor, spoken word artist, and musical saw player. Petch's new full-length spoken word vaudeville play Mel Malarkey Gets the Bum’s Rush has toured all over Canada and is featured in Public Energy’s current season, coming to the Theatre on King March 29-April 2. Petch has toured nationally as a spoken word artist and member of the League of Canadian Poets. They are widely published, and have had nine plays produced. It was an absolutely pleasure to get to ask Petch some key questions about their work, what motivates them, what inspires them, and how their performance practice continues to grow and evolve. Read the full interview here.



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