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Ingrid Kottke | Production Stage Manager

Ingrid is proud to be back for her sixth season with Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet.  Her constant wanderlust has been satiated by Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet touring across Canada, the United States and to Israel in 2010.  Wanting the tour experience from all points of view, Ingrid drove the production truck to Jacob’s Pillow in Massachusetts in the summer of 2012 to support the Company in their triumphant return to the world renowned Festival in the Berkshires after almost 50 years.  It was a four day drive; one way!

Ingrid also continues to play an active role in Peter Quanz’ Q Dance projects and accompanied Peter and his company to the 2010 Canada Dance Festival in Ottawa at the NAC with In Tandem, the 2012 Spring to Dance Festival in Saint Louis and the 2012 Gotham Dance Festival in New York City at the Joyce Theatre in Chelsea with In Tandem and Luminous. She is a continual supporter of Q Dance from its inception as a founding member to its fourth season this year.

Ingrid has traveled the high seas as Stage and Production Manager for the Royal Caribbean International cruise line. She has visited many sites in the Caribbean, Alaska, Mexican Riviera, South Pacific, Australia and New Zealand. Ingrid has been "on the road" stage managing national tours of She Loves Me, Grease, Chicago The Musical, Jesus Christ Superstar, CATS, Starlight Express, West Side Story and even stage managed a production of 42nd Street in Moscow, Russia.  A lover of classical theatre, Ingrid took on the Bard at summerstock Shakespeare Festivals in Boise, Idaho and Cedar City, Utah.  “All the world’s a stage…”

Ingrid fulfilled the duties of Stage and Company Manager for the Alberta Ballet for the 1989/90 and 1990/91 seasons. She travelled to Phoenix, Arizona to participate in Ballet Arizona’s Nutcracker and Spring program in 1991/92 and returned to Alberta Ballet for the Nutcracker in 1992.

Ingrid is an avid motorcyclist and returns to Winnipeg each year after spending her summer vacations traveling the winding roads of Canada and the U.S.  She has completed a 2004 rally from Mexicali, Mexico to Kelowna, British Columbia in four days on her R1200 BMW and a 1999 rally from Nogales, Mexico to Medicine Hat, Alberta on her 650 Honda Nighthawk. Ingrid also spends time underwater and swam with dolphins in the Red Sea during a scuba diving trip to Egypt.

The travel bug hit her early and was an asset after graduating from the Theatre Production Department at Grant McEwan College in Edmonton, Alberta in 1987 and a stage management internship at the Banff Centre of Fine Arts in 1987/88. Ever since, she has gone where the work is and has visited every state in the union and every province in Canada (and one Territory).

Photo: Réjean Brandt Photography

 

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