Gillian Ferrabee (Canada)
Director, Creative Lab at Cirque du Soleil Media
Ferrabee wrote, directed and produced her first long-format play at the age of 10, and has been telling stories ever since.
Ferabee's early training was as a modern dancer. She performed for more than 10 years with contemporary dance and physical theatre companies touring North America, Central America and Europe. She began acting professionally after she was scouted for a TV series through her acting class.
At 29, she retired from dance due to injuries and transitioned to acting in film and television full time, as well as writing and translating screenplays, coaching young actors on set, and assisting in casting sessions.
She joined Cirque du Soleil's casting team in 2004, and for five years she travelled the world meeting artists and discovering new trends in performance. She was responsible for the artistic casting of "The Beatles: LOVE," the house Cirque Du Soleil show at The Mirage in Las Vegas. In 2009 she became the artistic casting adviser for the company's touring shows, and in 2012 she was promoted to creative director for images and special projects.
In December 2012 she was named director of the Creative Lab for Cirque du Soleil Media. She heads a team of in-house creatives in developing projects for film, TV and new media, in collaboration with various outside partners. Gillian also has a thriving practice as an expansion coach for artists, creatives and entrepreneurs.
Ferrabee also speaks and leads workshops regularly, most recently at the Feast Conference in New York City and the C2-MTL event in Montréal.
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