Executive Director – Peter Hemminger
Peter Hemminger has spent the last decade immersed in Calgary’s arts community, as a freelance journalist, an editor at Fast Forward Weekly, a programmer at the Calgary International Film Festival, a DJ at CJSW 90.9FM and a volunteer at Sled Island, the Calgary Folk Music Festival, the Calgary Underground Film Festival and more. Anything that lets him spend all his time thinking about movies and music, two obsessions he refuses to grow out of.
A lifelong animation fan, he is looking forward to helping Quickdraw grow into its fourth decade as a centre for the production and appreciation of the best that the medium can offer. Plus, he’s secretly pretty happy to finally put his business degree to use.
Programming Director – Laura Leif
Leif is a starter: she has a lot of heart and builds a lot of things from scratch. She has been a huge part of making Choose Yer Own happen (Calgary’s own festival of mess, now in its 7th year), and runs a little record label (dog choir cassettes etc). She has also worked on 2 all-ages arts venues (The Local Library and Comrad Sound), a temporary community centre (Imaginary/Ordinary), and at least 200 music/art/variety shows (including with The Summerwood Warren). She is golden hearted and likes people to have a good time and to make things that they are proud of, preferably together, and is often instigating scenarios where this can happen.
Leif also makes art of various sorts herself, namely music and bad drawings, and occasionally cardboard installations. She’s toured the states as part of The Believer Magazine’s Road Show, and recently went to Iceland to collaborate with 4 other musicians to write and record an album about Canadian/Scandinavian landscapes.
Leif sometimes makes little animations and films but is more than that an appreciator and a lover of the art form. She loves Quickdraw and is super excited to be putting together events and programs that show off its fuzzy and magical underbelly.
Production Coordinator – Tyler Klein Longmire
Tyler is an animator, illustrator, designer of various media, and a film and theatre maker based on Calgary AB. He has been working as a freelance artist since 2010, and became staff at Quickdraw in the spring of 2014 after hanging out there forever. He makes stuff for a living – puppet shows, music videos, illustrations, video designs for live performance, animations, strange elaborate machines, art installations, etc. Tyler is a founding member of Humble Wonder, a network of curious artists exploring the aesthetic space where the performing arts, animation, technology, and intimacy intersect – sometimes we do performances! In addition to jobbin’ for Quickdraw he has worked for the High Performance Rodeo, Telus SPARK Science Centre, Alberta Theatre Projects, Theatre Junction, Sage Theatre, Apparition Theatre, Swallow-a-Bicycle Theatre, music video director Doug Cook, and is keeping up with his own studio practice. He holds a degree in Theatre Directing from the University of Victoria, but all the shows he directed were basically cartoons anyway. Check out his portfolio at tklongmire.com !
Tyler thinks Quickdraw is one of the most amazing, unique places in North America, and is keen to extend its resources, knowledge bank, and opportunities to the thriving Calgary arts scene. Shoot him an email about your project, he’s here to help you make it happen!
Education Coordinator – Tanya Freed
Originally from Calgary, Alberta, Tanya has a BFA from the Alberta of College of Art and Design and a Master of Arts Degree from Concordia University in Montreal. Tanya Has a broad range of teaching experience, both formal and informal, from teaching kindergarten in Hong Kong to working in various galleries, museums and community education programs in Canada.
Librarian – Jean-Francois Cote
Jean Francois is a man of mystery. We just know he keeps the world of Quickdraw’s extensive and wonderous Library under control, and that he’s been around longer than anyone knows.