Nathan Medd joined Canada’s National Arts Centre in 2013 as managing director of English Theatre, working with a highly talented team of theatre-makers from all corners of the country. Nathan is the co-founder of two studios that are at the heart of contemporary performing arts creation on the west coast of Canada: Progress Lab 1422, a co-op creation centre in Vancouver; and the 200-seat Metro Studio in Victoria, one of the busiest live venues in British Columbia for independent dance, theatre and music. In 2012 he co-founded Vancouver Creative Space (CSpace), a cultural property management company that responded to a trend of arts organizations co-locating in a challenging real estate market.
As managing producer of Canada’s acclaimed innovator Electric Company Theatre (2007-2013), Nathan produced original stage works at venues like American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco and the Vancouver 2010 Cultural Olympiad. Electric Company tripled in size during his tenure, and one production received a feature film adaptation (Eadweard / Studies in Motion). Previously Nathan worked in cultural policy at the BC Arts Council as its theatre program officer, and in festival production as development & operations manager with Intrepid Theatre (Victoria Fringe and Uno festivals).
He has enjoyed long-term producing collaborations with two Siminovitch prize-winning directors (Kim Collier and Jillian Keiley) and a Governor General’s Performing Arts Award recipient (Kevin Kerr) among other acclaimed artists. Nathan was in the global pioneer class of Harvard Business School’s first-ever distance program, HBX, and is currently completing a graduate degree in Management at Harvard University. He holds a BFA degree in Theatre and English from the University of Victoria.