Staff Profile – Nathan Kelly, Communications Coordinator
How long have you worked for Soulpepper and tell us a little bit about what you do.
I’ve had the good fortune of being employed at Soulpepper for nearly four years. I work in our Marketing and Communications Department, helping to manage the website, creating digital content like our videos, coordinating artist materials like bios and headshots, overseeing our social media presence (perhaps you’d like to follow us on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube?) and even updating this very blog you’re reading now.
What has your job consisted of lately?
Digital video and photography as become a big part of my job here, so I’m periodically scampering around the Young Centre with a camera and video gear. I get to sneak into rehearsals, interview artists and directors, and generally try to capture stuff happening “behind the curtain”. Recently we’ve been planning our approach for the 2014 season and coming up with new and hopefully interesting ways to connect our audience with the amazing work that goes on in this building.
What kinds of shows/productions/events have you been involved in outside of work?
I fill up some of my off hours doing freelance photography and videography. Working at Soulpepper exposes you to a very broad group of creative types, some of whom I’ve helped doing photo/video for their independent theatre projects, filming music videos and other more “offbeat” ideas. Recently I’ve been doing some video projects for the Director’s Guild of Canada, which has been very exciting!
When you’re not at work, what are you doing?
Probably basking in the warm glow of Netflix on my couch. But despite my love of the Internet I do get out often – I try to take in as much culture as I possibly can – concerts, movies, theatre, comedy. I love biking around the city (though it gets considerably less fun in this kind of weather). I’ve even been known to tear up a dance floor on the weekends, if the mood strikes me.
What do you love about being a part of the staff at Soulpepper?
Soulpepper is packed to the brim with creative, engaged and interesting people. Artists, admin, box office staff – pretty much all the people who work here are very unique souls who lead extremely fascinating lives! It’s inspiring (and mildly intimidating) to be right in the middle of all that energy. It’s also impossible not to feel the warm, special sense of community and family that permeates the building. Everyone here takes pride in what they’re doing, and I think that shows both on stage and off.
Photo: Jacob Whibley