DIGITAL CATALYSTS

Digital Producers Laurel Green and Rebecca Ballarin create and host virtual gatherings. 

Our events, parties, conferences, and performances are imaginative, accessible, and energetic.

We build active and social digital spaces that empower people to engage and express themselves.

Our work is immersive, experiential, rooted in community, and centred on connection.

We value presence, relationship-building, and creative play.

We consult on all aspects of digital events with thoughtful planning, hands-on hosting, and technical support. We start with the question: how do you want your event to feel? 

 

Our shared approach to digital placemaking centres audience experience, interaction, and connection. This is what makes our work unique. We blend interactive online platforms with the use of low fi, analog approaches that de-mystify digital tools and create opportunities for skill-building and creative experimentation. 

We Offer:

  • Digital Producing 

  • Creative Strategies

  • Event Design & Scripting

  • Tutorials & Coaching

  • Artistic Programming

  • Hosting & Facilitation

  • Platform Walkthroughs

  • Collaborative Troubleshooting

  • Research & Prototyping

As digital catalysts, we find the right platform to bring your event to life, spur action, and inspire change. You'll be surprised by how fun and impactful your digital event can be, when we create it together. Our rates are designed with your budget and project in mind. 

 

Ready to start imagining?

Meet the Team

Rebecca Ballarin (she/her) is an artist, producer, and creative educator. She has extensive experience in event planning, outreach, and audience relations. She is passionate about community building, and works with regional theatre companies to amplify local voices in the national ecology. 

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Laurel Green (she/her) is an adventurous dramaturg and arts & culture producer with a decade of practice in the creation, development, and production of new performance work. As a community activator, she creates invitations to participate and provocations for change. She specializes in helping new ideas grow.

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Our work

We've Been Hired To:

  • Design & build a virtual Theatre Festival Hub on Gather 

  • Program & host a 3-week conference on Zoom that activated a new professional network

  • Create an immersive theatrical experience on Gather with regional artists & businesses 

  • Coach presenters to deliver materials online 

  • Develop How-To Guides, plan tech support strategies & lead tutorials. 

  • Write promotional materials, audience communications, newsletters & feedback surveys. 

  • Increase event accessibility using captioning, transcripts & ASL-interpretation. 

  • Produce a 2-week online festival of workshops, artist residencies, panel discussions & shows. 

  • Lead groups of 2 to 250+, offering personal interaction, community care & methods of participation at every scale.

In 2020/21 Laurel and Rebecca were the in-house Digital Catalyst Team for Pat the Dog Theatre Creation. During this time, we worked on the Northern Ontario Touring ConferencePlaySmelter Festival, Femme Folks Fest, and The Vintage Project. You can read more about those projects and our learnings here.
 

We were commissioned by Digital Arts Nation to write this article about our work: Possible and Impossible Spaces to Gather: A Case Study 

Tools We Use: 

  • Zoom

  • Gather

  • Google Drive

  • OBS

  • Slack

  • Trello

  • Discord

  • iMovie

  • Wix

  • Miro

  • WhatsApp

  • Teams

  • Google Meets

  • Mighty Networks 

  • DaVinci Resolve

  • Audacity

... and always exploring more! 

Laurel's current work as a dramaturg + digital producer includes the Kingston Arts Council's Essential Arts Thinking Group, Trophy's Remixed, Dramaturgy of Virtual Gatherings (LMDA), asses.masses, and the International Dramaturgy Lab. She hosts peer support programs online at Wellspring for young adults with cancer, and recently undertook artEquity's Everyday Justice and Anti-Racist Theatre's (A.R.T.) Foundations Training. 

Rebecca is the Artistic Producer of Pearle Harbour and Tweed & Company Theatre, working with the latter to present an innovative 'Flexible Season' this year, consisting of different kinds of online programming. She also works with Explore It! Inc., running science, performing arts and arts & crafts programs for kids. Earlier this year she completed Jumblies Theatre's Art of Community training. 

people say...

“Thank you and congratulations for running such a smooth and engaging Zoom environment. Best facilitation for this kind of thing yet!” 

“Energized, impressed by the engaging format of the conference.”

"The most successful immersive online theatrical experience I have encountered!"

"So interesting, creative, fun...what more could I want for a Friday night adventure!"

"This room is just so open and accepting. I needed to be here and experience this."

"It was great to see a live (though at-a-distance) play performance...the format worked beautifully. I felt like I was in the space, right there, with the actor and the audience."

"You did a tremendous job helping us plan and run online events and you always had a trick or two up your sleeve to make the digital experience more enjoyable and polished."

"This is magic."

As settlers on this land, we live and work as uninvited guests committed to mutual respect and care on the unceded Coast Salish territory of the Lekwungen-speaking Nations, now known as the Songees & Esquimalt Nations (Victoria, BC), and the traditional territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation, the Anishinaabe, the Haudenosaunee Confederacy and the Wendat peoples (Toronto, ON).

We continue to learn more about the lands on which we reside through resources like Native-Land.ca

 

We acknowledge that we are using digital tools not available to everyone, and that technology is a historical and ongoing force of colonization. As we meet online, we maintain a relationship to the land and waterways across Turtle Island, gathering places of Indigenous Communities past and present.