WHO WE ARE
Catch the Keys does it all – from curating arts events to creating independent new work to managing arts-based publicity and production. We are proud to bring evolutionary experiences to our audiences.
Run by sisters Megan and Beth Dart, Catch the Keys is equal parts party starter, community activator and multidisciplinary creator.
Megan is the co-artistic producer of Catch the Keys Productions, and holds her Bachelor of Communications in Professional Writing from Grant MacEwan University. Megan is a professional writer, playwright, spoken word artist and freelance arts publicist. Megan has penned eleven original stageworks with Catch the Keys, under the direction of Beth Dart. Megan is the artist liaison and publicity manager for Nextfest; the publicity manager for The Expanse Festival; a Street Team member with the Arts Touring Alliance of Alberta; the President of The Good Women Dance Collective; and a committee member with Theatre Network and the Theatre Edmonton Project.
Megan is also a Communications Consultant, and has experience in corporate and not-for-profit communications, public affairs, event management and local and national media relations. Working with a variety of clients from small startup entrepreneurships to large government and academic institutions, Megan has managed upward of 200 events per year, coordinated national lobbying campaigns involving more than 2 million Canadians, changed provincial and federal legislation, unveiled city landmarks, and helped coordinate media for the largest minor hockey tournament in North America.
Megan was named one of the Top 100 Women in Business by The Wanderer Online, and is a 2014 Grant MacEwan University Distinguished Alumni. Megan is also a member of the 2014 Edmonton Slam Poetry Team, and will be representing Edmonton at the national finals this fall. Megan is deeply in love with Edmonton, and is proud to be an active champion for her city.
Beth is the co-artistic producer of Catch the Keys Productions and holds her Bachelor of Fine Art in Technical Theatre with a Specialization in Stage Management from the University of Alberta. Beth is a freelance production manager, producer, talent booker, lighting designer, stage manager and director. She has managed large scale corporate events on behalf of Grey Cup Canada, Aquila, Ford Canada, the Professional Arts Coalition of Edmonton, Pecha Kucha Edmonton, and Consumer Strategy Group. Beth is the resident production manager and lighting designer of The Snow Globe Festival of Children’s Theatre and Send in the Girls Burlesque, resident stage manager and lighting designer for Good Women Dance Collective and has previously acted as the Festival Coordinator of The Canoe Theatre Festival and Assistant Producer of The Expanse Movement Arts Festival.
She is currently the co-producer, stage manager and programmer for The Late Night Cabarets for the Edmonton International Fringe Festival. For the past seven years, Beth has served as the curator of the Nextfest Emerging Arts Festival NiteClubs, a series of late night multidisciplinary arts parties. She is a board member of Common Ground Arts Society and sits on the Artist Relations Committee for Fringe Theatre Adventures.
Select directing credits include six annual incarnations of Dead Centre of Town by Megan Dart, a historically based, site specific performance; Snout by Megan Dart; Art on Art by Megan Dart; and Subterranean by Joleen Ballendine and Jessie McPhee. Select Stage Management credits include touring assistant stage manager for Catalyst Theatre’s Frankenstein, stage manager for Su-Kat, Tall Building, Sister Su-Kat and Brother Platypus Go to the Sea (Azimuth Theatre), Death: LIVE! (SurrealSoReal Theatre), ONE (Red to Blue Productions). Beth was named one of the Sizzling 20 Under 30 by Edmontonians Magazine in 2014.