Member since: 2006

Professional member


Jane Needles

Jane Needles’ wide experience in the arts covers all disciplines of the cultural world, primarily arts administration and teaching administrative techniques. Born into a well-known theatre family, she learned from an early age, working hands-on, in almost every aspect of productions and latterly, of producing artistic events and theatre seasons. Along with her regular employment, she has maintained an active role in the arts world as a volunteer lobbyist, board member, consultant, teacher and participant in many groups and committees, both French and English. Her involvement with both cultures has increased her awareness of their complex diversities. She was the Executive Director of the Montreal Young Company, President and then Executive Director of the Quebec Drama Federation for 7 years, Vice President of ELAN, board member and Executive Committee member of the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN), Treasurer of the Community Economic Development and Employability Corporation (4 years), National Advisory Board Member for the Actors’ Fund of Canada, to name some of the volunteer activities she has taken on. Currently, she is the President of the Centre D'Activites Recreatives et Educatives (Project C.A.R.E.), Board member of the Conseil Quebecoise du theatre, Steering Committee Member for the Arts Coalition of Canada, and President of the Board of the Ariadne Ensemble. She teaches Arts Administration at Bishops&rsquo University; teaches Arts Management for the University of Windsor, as well as career management courses for the various anglophone CEGEPs in Montreal.

She is also a Mentor for the Business for the Arts in Toronto, the Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales (H.E.C.) Montreal, Academos, Y.E.S., and Futurepreneur.