Maurizio Ortolani


Maurizio Ortolani

Maurizio Ortolani began working with the National Arts Centre in March 1998 as a consultant in Internet technologies and web communications. He became the National Arts Centre's first New Media Producer in June 2000. As such, he is responsible for the National Arts Centre's digital outreach programmes, including websites, webcasting, podcasting, and the NAC's broadband videoconference project, "Hexagon" (2001). The Hexagon project allows the NAC to produce high-quality interactive videoconferences using high-speed research networks like CA*net4 in Canada and Internet2 across the United States. The Hexagon project now produces over 50 network-based distance education events each year.

In 2002, Maurizio and his NAC New Media team launched the highly-lauded ArtsAlive.ca website. ArtsAlive.ca is the National Arts Centre's educational outreach website. The site, which features four complete modules dedicated to Music, English Theatre, French Theatre, and Dance is a highly engaging, informative and entertaining resource for kids, their teachers and their parents. ArtsAlive.ca welcomes more than 6000 visitors each school day.

That same year, Maurizio was asked to sit on the Content and Innovation Sub- Committee of the Department of Canadian Heritage's National Advisory Board on Canadian Culture Online.

Upon completing his university education, Maurizio began his project management career in arts administration as executive director of the Ottawa International Jazz Festival. He has also worked with the Canadian Tulip Festival as programme director. Before joining the National Arts Centre, Maurizio ran a successful Internet consulting group dedicated to helping local arts organizations with their Internet strategies.

Maurizio Ortolani is frequently asked to speak on the subject of emerging web technologies and broadband applications in the performing arts, and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Ottawa.

Articles by Maurizio Ortolani:

The NACOcasts: Podcasting is changing the way orchestras communicate with audiences
May 21, 2019