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The Art and Audience for Livestreaming Dance

A conversation with Smuin Contemporary Ballet




Smuin Contemporary Ballet’s Artistic Director, Celia Fushille, and Patron Services Manager, Jason Narin joined Stellar Co-Founder Jim McCarthy for a conversation about "The Art and Audience of Livestreaming Dance."

They shared how Smuin successfully navigated the livestream medium to engage their audience and generate revenue for the company. Find out how they created online works with the same level of artistic integrity Smuin audiences expect from in-person performances, and welcomed a global audience to their virtual performances.

You can also view clips of past livestreams and access a case study on Smuin here.

More about our guests:

Celia Fushille has served as Artistic Director of Smuin Contemporary Ballet since 2007. From 2008-2014 she also served as Executive Director of the company. A founding member of Smuin Ballet and its principal dancer for more than 12 years, Fushille worked closely with company founder Michael Smuin. In a performing career spanning 25 years, Fushille appeared on stages in the U.S. and Europe, on television and in film. As Artistic Director, Fushille has created her own vision for the company while maintaining Michael Smuin’s legacy. She has expanded the repertoire of the company by commissioning 18 world premieres and including the work of renowned choreographers. Increasing the company’s stability and place in the arts community of San Francisco, she realized a 10-year goal with the company’s move into its permanent home in 2019. For the last decade Fushille has been part of the national discussion addressing diversity, equity and inclusion among leaders of U.S. dance companies. Fushille sits on the board of Dance/USA and is chair of the Artistic Directors’ Council for Member Companies with budgets of $3 million and greater. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree (summa cum laude) from Saint Mary’s College of California.

Patron Services Manager Jason Narin has worked in live event ticketing and customer service for 20 years. After beginning his box office career at Yoshi’s Jazz Club in Oakland, CA, he has worked for non-profits such as San Francisco Ballet and commercial producers such as Shorenstein-Hays, Nederlander. For the past five seasons, Jason has held the position of Patron Services Manager at Smuin Contemporary Ballet while simultaneously working as an Assistant Head Treasurer at BroadwaySF, managing the box office for sold out performances such as Hamilton and Madonna’s Madam X tour.

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