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Donna M. DuCarme

Creative Facilitator/Writer/Farmer
US/NL/UK

Telephone (UK)                  +44(0)798.566.1682
Telephone (NL)                  on request (for use only when in NL)
Skype                                     donna.ducarme
E-mail                                   donna@donnaducarme.com
Web                                        www.donnaducarme.com 
Nationality/Languages     American (native) + Dutch (naturalized)

Profile                                    

Being based in Amsterdam and on a remote hill farm in the Scottish Highlands is illustrative of the multi-faceted career I’ve enjoyed in the creative sector for 30+ years.

As an artist and administrator, I have an organized but flexible approach to every project, whether we’re in a rehearsal room or a planning session.  My love for the creative process is balanced by an ability to prioritize and trouble-shoot, keeping a clear sense of our long term goals, and  I can lead or support, depending on the needs of the project. My experience working with and without comfortable budgets, and with people from many backgrounds and disciplines (and in the Scottish Highlands!), makes me comfortable working in a wide variety of environments. The common theme in all my work is that I love helping clients and projects reach their maximum potential. My Myers Briggs profile is Counselor INFJ.  I’m legal to work in the USA, UK, and EU, and am willing to travel, given the right project and time of year.

Skills

Creative

  • Writing, editing, coaching, and script doctoring (stage and film)
  • Translation (Dutch to English)
  • Directing (stage)
  • Coaching actors, inc. ESL performers
  • Talent/project scouting
  • Project development
  • art exhibitions: coordinating and curating
  • Performance, acting and voiceover
Administrative

  • Project and event management
  • Forward planning and the ability to prioritise
  • Time-management
  • Client support
  • Volunteer management
  • General Administrative support, including office management and executive assistance.
  • Venue management

General

  • Can work independently or as part of a team;
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Comfortable working with all ages, disciplines, backgrounds
  • Community building and troubleshooting venue/community issues

Experience

2015 – present    Partner
The Hirsel
Project manager and farmer at The Hirsel, a 35 acre family farm located in the Scottish Highlands, under the management of Donald Gillies. The Hirsel is currently undergoing intensive rehabilitation, which will lead to a diversified program of crop and animal farming, farm hire services, and cultural tourism. https://www.facebook.com/TheHirsel/

1980 – Present  Theatre generalist (since 1980) and Film writer/translator (since 2002)
Multiple clients, USA, NL, UK.
Writing, translating, coaching, script doctoring (film) Writing, producing, directing, and performance (stage). See project lists below for specific credits. 

2000 –2015   Creative Facilitator,  (Self-Employed)
I have offered project support from concept to opening night and beyond, working in the areas of film and theatre, the visual arts, and the community. I’ve participated in the creation or rehabilitation of multiple arts and community centres: moving a theatre company from a church basement to an re-purposed facility (San Jose, CA); working with a collection artists and groups to acquire and turn an abandoned canning factory into a mixed use creative space (San Jose, CA); working with Arnold Engelman (owner, Westbeth Entertainment) to manage and rehabilitate the Westbeth Theatre Center  in New York City (see paragraph below); and rehabilitating and managing the ABC Treehouse in Amsterdam, NL (see paragraph below). Note: I am not currently seeking large scale projects in this arena.

2014 – 2015    Founding Director
Inverkeithing Arts Initiative CIC
One of four founding directors of this Ltd Community Interest Company, which facilitates and supports opportunities for community participation in a broad spectrum of educational, cultural and heritage, artistic, and other activities which foster creativity and lifelong learning in Inverkeithing and SW Fife .

2002 –2015    Artistic Director/Producer Theaterworks Amsterdam, NL (occasional)
This company focused on new and classical works of a socially or politically relevant nature, and worked with entertainment and teaching professionals from the Dutch and international community living in the Netherlands. The company is currently dormant (June 2015)

2006 –2011       Manager and Programmer
ABC Treehouse – Amsterdam, NL
The Treehouse is a cultural meeting venue with 3 meeting/workshop rooms and a gallery program, serving Amsterdam’s Dutch and international business and arts communities. During my tenancy, I worked on professionalizing our services and operational procedures, and broadening the outreach into the community. I was responsible for program development, promotions, event management and hosting, booking and billing, facility management, staff and volunteer supervision. I also directed the art exhibition program – 50 exhibitions during my tenure, 16 of which I curated or co-curated.

1994-1999         Associate Producer and Venue Manager
Westbeth Theatre Center, New York City, NY
An 18,000 sq. ft. performance facility and production company with three stages and two full bar facilities. Programming included “Showcase” and Off Broadway productions, cabarets, concerts and solo shows, as well as hosting Broadway-bound rehearsals and outside events. My responsibilities included: client management, on-site event and production management; scouting and booking projects; troubleshooting capacity, box office, and guest list issues; oversight of all aspects of the day-to-day operations; hiring, training and supervision of staff and volunteers; community outreach and problem solving; facility management. I also curated the New Works program, for which I was responsible for playwright and script development; coordination and direction of readings and workshop productions; search and hire of workshop teachers and directors.

1987-1989        Administrative and teaching assistant
Academy of the Sword, California
This instruction and performance company specialized in stage combat techniques. While there, I served as a general office assistant: coordinating registrations and bookings, reception, travel, etc, as well as the interim office manager while the directors were out of town. I completed the certification process for multiple weapons techniques. In addition, I performed, assisted the instructor during the adult classes, and taught the youth classes.

1985-1987         Assistant to the Executive Producer
San Jose Repertory Company, California
Regional (LORT) Theatre Company. Acting as the E.P.’s first full time assistant, my tasks included scheduling, travel arrangements, correspondence, filing and phones; representing the organization at events and speaking engagements; and organizing and teaching classes for the annual “Arts in Education” project. While in this position I also served as the liaison to the board of directors and volunteer groups, as well as the special assistant on the ‘New Theatre Project”, a $14 million plan to design and build a company theater facility (which facility was successfully built by a subsequent administration). I also served as assistant to the Artistic Director on two mainstage productions.

1983 – 1984      Producer and company member
City Lights Theater Company, San Jose CA
First working as a costume designer for this company’s debut production, I moved quickly into front of house and eventual producing roles. My overall responsibilities included production planning; marketing; fundraising (events and grants); volunteer and staff management; and liaising with other companies, city officials and the community. I participated in efforts to convince Equity that Bay Area theaters should be able to produce under ‘showcase’ rules, and spearheaded the relocation of the company from its initial home to a re-purposed facility in San Jose’s redevelopment zone.

Education and Training

2015                First Aid at Work, Certificate, via St. Andrews First Aid
2014                Proofreading and Copy-Editing, introductory courses, via Society for Editors and Proofreaders
2014                Script Editing & Development Skills, via BECTU (www.bectu.org.uk); Trainer Ludo Smolski
2012                Federal Voting Assistance Program, Certificate of Training, via US Consulate, Amsterdam
2010 & 2011     First Aid for businesses + AED (Certificate); MKB Cursus en Training BV, Amsterdam
2001-2002        Dutch as a 2nd language/Integration Course (Certificate Level 3.4); ROC Amsterdam
1980 – 1999      Workshops in writing, performance, and dance; various instructors, CA & NY
1989 -1990       Wells Fargo Management Training Series, In-company, San Francisco Children’s Council; time and management, employee                            supervision and review, active listening, problem solving.
1985                City of San Jose Grantees Workshop Series (for companies receiving city grants); Long range planning, fundraising,                                    publicity
1980 – 1982       Course work toward B.A. Degree, San Jose State University, CA, Theater/Dance
1976 – 1980      A.A. degree, San Jose City College, CA, Theater and Dance

Memberships
Associate member, Rotary Club of Inverkeithing and Dalgety Bay 2014-2015
Member, Federation of Scottish Theatres

Project list: Theater/Film credits

Project list: Writer/Translator

Project list: Exhibitions (2005-2011)

Project list: Events (2005-2011, additional on request)

Project list: Courses hosted at ABC Treehouse (2006-2011)

References here

My Backstory here

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