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Senior Director, Digital Engagement

Maurizio Ortolani

Maurizio Ortolani began working with the National Arts Centre as a consultant in emerging Internet technologies and web communications in 1998. He became the National Arts Centre's first New Media Producer in June 2000, a position now titled, Senior Director, Digital Engagement. As such, he is responsible for the National Arts Centre's digital outreach programs including websites, network audio and video production, podcasts , livestreaming, as well as distance learning and telematic programming; part of the National Arts Centre’s "Hexagon" project.

The Hexagon project allows the NAC to produce high-fidelity, high-definition interactive videoconferences using research networks like the CANARIE network in Canada and Internet2 across the United States and around the world. The Hexagon project now produces over 100 network-based distance education sessions each year, including multi-site tele-mentoring sessions, public masterclasses, auditions, and performing arts lectures. Maurizio has produced telematic events across Canada, the US, Mexico, Israel, Europe and China.

The NAC's digital team currently produces six very popular performing arts podcast series , among them the NACOcast , one of the most downloaded classical music podcasts in the iTunes podcast directory.

In 2002, Maurizio and his team launched the award-winning ArtsAlive.ca website. ArtsAlive.ca is the National Arts Centre's educational outreach website. The site, which features four complete modules dedicated to Music, English Theatre, French Theatre and Dance is an engaging, informative and entertaining resource for kids, their teachers and their parents. ArtsAlive.ca welcomes more than 4500 visitors each school day.

The latest addition to the virtual exhibits featured on ArtsAlive.ca is NACmusicbox.ca — A first-of-its-kind project for any major orchestra in the world. NACmusicbox.ca offers over 250 high-quality, full-length NAC Orchestra recordings spanning 50 years.

Upon completing his university education Maurizio began his project management career in arts administration as executive director of the Ottawa International Jazz Festival. He has also worked with the Canadian Tulip Festival as programme director. Before joining the National Arts Centre, Maurizio ran a successful consulting group dedicated to helping local arts organizations with their digital strategies.

Maurizio is frequently asked to speak on the subject of digital outreach, distance learning and telematic programming in the performing arts, and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Ottawa.

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