Meredith Potter receives Leonard McHardy and John Harvey Award

By Megan Kimmerer
  • Meredith Potter with her Leonard McHardy and John Harvey Award / Photo by Anne-Marie Krytiuk
  • Meredith Potter / Photo by John Lauener

The Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts (TAPA) has presented Meredith Potter with this year’s Leonard McHardy and John Harvey Award for Outstanding Leadership in Administration.

TAPA announced the win on June 2, describing Potter as creative, passionate and essential to the Toronto arts sector. Managing three Toronto performance companies – Peggy Baker Dance Projects, Nova Dance and Volcano Theatre – Potter has proven to be a successful leader in Toronto’s dance community.

Apart from managing these companies through her own Meredith Potter Arts Management, Potter is an active volunteer and mentor to young people with creative goals similar to her own. Much of her volunteer and mentorship work has been done through the Metcalf Foundation, whose mission is to create a just and sustainable society in Canada.

The Leonard McHardy and John Harvey award is named for the co-owners of Theatrebooks, an independent bookstore specializing in theatre, dance, film and opera, founded in 1975. Award winners, who have devoted at least ten years to administration in Toronto’s theatre, opera or dance sectors, receive a plaque and a cheque for $1,000 sponsored by philanthropist Elizabeth Comper.

“The spotlight that Elizabeth Comper has placed on arts management through the Leonard McHardy and John Harvey Award is tremendous, and I’m honoured and so thrilled to join the ranks of the esteemed previous winners,” said Potter.

Previous winners include Jim Lefrancois in 2008, Naomi Campbell in 2009, Natasha Parsons in 2010, Ghislain Caron in 2011, Leslie Lester in 2012 and Paul Templin in 2013.

Learn more >> tapa.ca/doras

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