Janis A. Barlow & Associates is an independent consulting firm that is proud to be affiliated with some of the most distinguished consultants in North America.  Frequent partners have included:

Killis P. Almond, FAIA, NCARB Killis Almond’s architectural design career extends over the last thirty-eight years and as president of his San Antonio based design firm, Killis Almond Architects, P.C., he has excelled in the field of Historic Preservation and Cultural Resource Management, which includes Theatre Design and Consulting, Adaptive Re-use, Restoration and Renovation, Feasibility Studies and Master Plan development. Killis has worked on a plethora of design and construction projects involving historic structures and he has also served as the Project Architect/Theatre Consultant on over 40+ theatres across North America.

In 1999, Killis was named a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects for his significant contributions to historic preservation in the architectural profession. He has received many awards for the high quality of his work, including his personal commitment to his profession, such as the 2009 Outstanding Individual Contribution Award presented by the League of Historic American Theatres (LHAT).

Stephen Barefoot is former Executive Director of North Carolina Presenters Consortium, the 200-member association of presenters, agents and artists that became a prototype for presenter networks and block-booking programming initiatives in the US. He served as director of the ArtsMarket performing arts showcase conference from 2000 thru 2013. A longtime arts programming consultant, Barefoot handled series booking negotiations and programming for historic Thalian Hall (1856) in Wilmington, NC for 20 years, in addition to providing booking services for a number of other venues in NC.  Barefoot served as Managing Director of the 1926 Carolina Theatre in Durham and produced the restored venue’s grand re-opening events.  He owns ‘goingbarefoot,’ a boutique artist representation agency.  www.goingbarefoot.com

Jenny Ginder is the Principal of Ginder Consulting, a firm dedicated to developing and implementing capacity building strategies for the cultural sector. Building on a career in the public and private sectors, Jenny’s consulting has focussed on strategic planning, facility development, government relations, research and cultural policy with a broad range of clients including professional arts organizations, art service organizations, government departments and agencies.

Jenny has worked in communities large and small. Regardless of the size and scope of the project, Jenny brings strategic thinking, business acumen, project management and effective communication techniques to all the projects she undertakes. She is a skilled facilitator with certificates in Facilitated Planning and Consensus Workshop delivery through ICA Associates and IAP2’s Planning for Effective Public Participation.

Between 1979 and 1992 Catherine was founding Executive Director of the Toronto Theatre Alliance (now TAPA), Executive Director of Theatre Ontario, and Executive Director of the Professional Association of Canadian Theatres.  In each of these positions she worked with diverse groups of organizations and individuals, focusing on member services and professional development, advocacy, government policy, and labour relations.

Since 1996 she has been a consultant, facilitator, and project manager for a wide variety of clients: arts organizations, foundations, government agencies, and other consultants.  Her many years of association management in the arts give her particular expertise with membership-based service organizations, and collaborative projects (such as the first iteration of The Creative Trust).  In 2000 Catherine helped the Metcalf Foundation develop a new and expanded Performing Arts Program.  She became the Foundation’s first Program Director with its launch in 2001, and held that position until she returned to her consulting practice in 2007.

Catherine was a founding board member of Arts Consultants Canada and has recently retired from the board of ArtsBuild Ontario.  For six years she was an advisor to the Cooperative Arts Management program at U of T.  In 2012 Cathy was given The Robert Johnston Award for “a commitment to excellence in human resources for the arts and culture sector”.

Principal of the Theatre Consulting Group (TCG), Richard incorporated the Company in 1985 with a contract to design and specify technical and operational elements of the Elgin/Winter Garden Theatre Restoration Project in Toronto for the Ontario Heritage Foundation. TCG has been involved continuously in theatre, auditorium and arena building projects since that time. Richard’s design and consulting knowledge is based on 22 years of practical work in the live entertainment industry in England, Germany and Canada and an additional 30 years of consulting work for TCG.

The scope of TCG expanded over the years to include special projects in the industrial, economic development and tourism fields.

These included the design and transformation of an existing 100ft. fire lookout tower in Temagami into a tourist attraction with staircases and viewing platforms to provide public access to the top cupola. This was completed in 1998 and remains a greatly used attraction. This work led to the restoration of the historic Temagami Train Station which was under threat of demolition. Both projects were the direct initiative of TCG.