Magpie Exchange Arts Management was founded in 2018 after a group of innovative Calgary theatre makers - Ghost River Theatre, Downstage, and Inside Out Theatre - joined forces to address the lack of an Alberta-based tour agency. With funding from Canada Council for the Arts, they engaged Christy Offer to be their agent. The goal is to establish a sustainable agency that will create touring opportunities for a growing roster of regional companies and foster a vibrant culture of theatre and performing arts creation in Calgary and the Canadian prairies.
Christy holds a BMus (UBC) and an MBA in Arts & Media Management (Schulich School of Business, York U.) From 2015 - 2018, she was Curator of the multi-disciplinary Calgary International Children’s Festival. Previously as Artistic Presenting Manager of the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts (Vancouver), she was associate curator of Chan Centre Presents and received a UBC President’s Staff Award for developing the centre’s outreach series. She has sat on numerous arts boards, including as President of the Western Front Society artist-run centre in Vancouver.
Magpie Exchange acknowledges the support of Canada Council for the Arts which helped kick start this agency through a Sector Innovation and Development grant to client Ghost River Theatre.
Magpie Exchange is a member of CAPACOA (the Canadian Arts Presenting Association), Western Arts Alliance, Arts Touring Alliance of Alberta, NAPAMA (North American Performing Arts Managers and Agents), and is a PACT (Professional Association of Canadian Theatres) colleague.