Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Executive Director
Amount Raised: $1305
A native of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Jeff Herd has nearly 40 years of experience producing and managing stage productions and companies across Canada, the United States and in Europe. He began his ambitious career at the age of 15 as an apprentice at Rainbow Stage inWinnipeg which then led to four successful years of freelance lighting design, production and stage management at theaters throughout Manitoba. In 1973, Herd joined Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet as production stage manager, a position he held until 1980.
Herd’s work at Cirque du Soleil led to an opportunity in Belgium and in 2007 he left Cirque to accept the position of general director at Dragone, a creations and productions company. Founder Franco Dragone, who created many of the original Cirque shows, recruited Herd based on his extensive knowledge in the field of production.
Now back in Winnipeg with his wife and two young children, Jeff Herd is bringing his diverse experience and training to the position of Executive Director at Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet.