Community Engagement Officer, Research and Partnerships
Marie Zimmerman has worked in the realms of both theory and practice in cultural studies, having been both an academic and a festival director for over twenty years. She has worked for five Canadian arts festivals in music, dance, jazz, film, and literature, acting as Artistic Director, publicist, HR consultant, emergency plan architect, strategic planner and Treasurer. She is one of the founding members of the Guelph Fab 5, a collective of local arts festivals. She has also been the editor of a scholarly journal, the executive editor for a Canadian publisher, a creative writing teacher, and a freelance writer. She continues in her role as Executive Director of the Hillside Festival, a position she assumed in 2009.