Nathan Medd

Nathan Medd, speaker

Nathan Medd oversees performing arts programming at Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity as managing director for music, theatre, dance and opera. There he wrangles a talented faculty group that includes numerous recipients of Grammy, Oscar, Tony, Olivier and Juno awards.


Nathan was previously managing director for English Theatre at Canada’s National Arts Centre, where his team was charged with strengthening the organization as a national theatre. In the process, they worked with stakeholders across the land to initiate plans for the world’s first national Indigenous theatre company, launched in 2019.


He has co-founded or consulted on the design of a number of new performance creation facilities across Canada, including a co-op in East Vancouver called Progress Lab 1422; a former CBC staff cafeteria in downtown Vancouver called The Post at 750; and a vibrant performance space in Victoria called the Metro Studio. Electric Company, an acclaimed performance creation ensemble that he guided as managing producer through its international emergence from 2008-2013, was one tenant of these spaces. A dual Canadian and American arts manager, Nathan was raised in a west-coast island village called Qualicum (named for a Straights Salish word meaning “where the dog salmon run”).