Our Team

cSPACE is led by a small team of dedicated enablers, conveners, animators and collaborators.

Our staff manages a complex facility while underpinning the collaboration, collisions, risk-taking, and community building that helps drive innovation.

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Deeter Schurig (He/Him)

PRESIDENT & CEO

Deeter Schurig is a multidisciplinary designer and passionate leader for city-building. His 20 years of professional practice combines experience in stage design, architecture and project management into an approach for designing, developing and managing space for creative communities to thrive.

Deeter leads the social purpose business of cSPACE to build a network of large scale, multidisciplinary creative workspaces. Since 2009, his focus has been to develop the award-winning cSPACE King Edward Arts Hub, a historic sandstone school converted into a LEED Gold facility. Prior experience includes freelance design work on theatre and opera projects across Canada and abroad.

Deeter has a Masters in Architecture from the University of Calgary and a BFA in Theatre Production and Design from York University. A native Calgarian, Deeter resides here with his creatively-infused family and is pleased that cSPACE captures his passion to develop innovative places that are inclusive, equitable, environmentally responsible and excite the imagination of Calgary.

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Alexa Badea-Hasasian (She/Her)

VENUE ADMINISTRATOR

Alexa comes to us from her previous role as a Visitor Experience Coordinator at the National Music Centre. She has a background in theatre and is an experienced arts administrator. With over 15 years of customer service experience, Alexa always strives to build strong relationships with everyone she works with.

Alexa loves that cSPACE is a true multidisciplinary space where arts, crafts and events can come together and collaborate. She believes we need more art of every kind to be celebrated and shared and is excited to help make that happen. She’s happiest when she can see something, make something, and talk about something creative every day if she can.

When not at cSPACE Alexa enjoys spending time with her two super adorable tiny rescue dogs, and going to shows of any kind – from Broadway musicals to open mics.  She loves gory B-movies, and gives really good hugs.

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Kyle Riege (He/Him)

STUDIO TECHNICIAN

Kyle is excited to be working at cSPACE and continuing his technical work in lighting, sound and broadcast. He is passionate about supporting events to be the best they can be. He has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, and is also the co-founder of Canadiana Music. He believes in local support for all kinds of art (performance and visual), and works hard to promote local support for local business and entrepreneurs. He is a firm believer in community, family, and being a team player – his favourite adage being “a rising tide lifts all ships.”

When he isn’t working (a rare sight!) he is usually outside in nature exploring the tranquility, peace, and reconnection to human roots. At home, he plays his collection of guitars, and miscellaneous other instruments and hangs out with his cat, Cleocatra.

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Maxime Beauregard (They/Them)

CONTRACT ADMINISTRATOR

Maxime Beauregard is a non-binary polyglot multi-potential-diverse human. After graduating from the School of Toronto Dance Theatre, Maxime worked in contemporary dance (dance, choreography, teaching) as well as in backstage production (stage management, assistant producer, coordination, wardrobe technician and costume stitcher). Beauregard worked on multiple festivals with an assistant stage management practicum for dance and opera at the Banff Centre. In 2017, they worked on the touring season of Toronto Dance Theatre and then started their journey as a nomad traveler (videography, photography, content creator). In 2019, Maxime found their home in Calgary and started performing with Fake Mustache Drag Troupe as a drag king, Alek Ginger Bend. Alek is the winner of two Calgary competitions and has performed on the main stage of Vancouver and Calgary Pride. Maxime is now very honored to be a part of the team as the Facility Administrator for the diverse community that is cSPACE Projects.

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François Ouellet (He/Him)

ALUMNUS – FIRST BUILDING SUPER INTENDANT

My community experience in Quebec, my passion for art and culture has permitted me to access a great position in Western Canada. Being the King Edward’s “court jester” I take care of the building’s mechanical. Jack of all trades with high maintenance standards please! The artistic community from cSPACE contributes to my creativity in my work space in Calgary! It is very stimulating.

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Juan Hurtado (He/Him)

THEATRE & FACILITY MANAGER

Juan Hurtado was raised in Ecuador and moved to New York state to get his BFA in Theatre and Physics. He graduated in 2011 after which he moved to Calgary to rejoin his family, who had immigrated. After freelancing as a technician for several years, he worked at Arts Commons as the Technical Coordinator for the Engineered Air Theatre. He then moved to the National Music Centre, where he was the Production Manager before taking the role of Theatre and Facility Manager at cSPACE King Edward. He is very excited to connect with the cSPACE community and continue to grow the creative projects that make it so unique. Juan lives with his wife and chihuahua in Calgary, spending his time diving underwater sites in Alberta and volunteering for his community association.

Katherine Ringer (she/her)

BOOKKEEPER & OFFICE ADMINISTRATOR

Katherine comes to cSPACE with numerous years of progressive accounting, administration and coordination experience in multiple industries, including 25 years in film and television.

She believes creativity and community-building keep us growing, allowing us to recognize and appreciate alternative perspectives. She offers authentic communication in all her interactions. We welcome Katherine for her hard skills as well as for her work as a supportive liaison for the diverse communities that make up the whole here at cSPACE.

“This building is incredible. It’s such a pleasure to see a historical building being repurposed in Calgary. For me, it is certainly a space to be grateful for, due in no small part to the people and community within.”

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Kate Ware (She/Her)

EVENT STAFF

Kate is a modern-day Renaissance woman. On any given day you might find her with a camera, paintbrush, garden trowel, crochet hook, keyboard, circular saw, or sewing machine in hand. A life-long learner and creative, she enjoys exploring various media as a form of expression and means for connection, and is particularly inspired by the synthesis of disciplines.

A scientist at heart, Kate obtained degrees in both Zoology and Psychology while also pursuing an Art minor at the University of Calgary. After years of natural history programming in Alberta parks, she took some time to tend to her own growing family while also making time to tend to her creations, all of which can be found at www.katewares.com. 

When not supporting all of the great stuff happening at cSPACE, you can find her playing board games with her teenage sons, helping her husband with his LEGO art, throwing a ball for her sweet cattle dog rescue, or tooling around in her magical VW van.

Cristiana Tercero

Cristiana Tercero (She/Her)

EVENT STAFF

Cristiana is a visual artist from Nicaragua with a creative background in Graphic Design and Digital Illustration. Her involvement in cultural programs and social activism from an early age influenced the intention of her work toward visualizing issues around feminism and equality. She was named ICAI’s February ‘22 Artist of the Month, and currently collaborates with renowned creative studios and independent artists in Calgary.

At cSPACE you can often find her helping out at the weekly Farmers and Makers Market, or working with the fine folks at Metrographics and Atelier Artista.

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Erin MacLean-Berko (She/Her)

EVENT & ENGAGEMENT MANAGER

Erin MacLean-Berko is a community champion who lives for events. She has been Managing Director for the Calgary Boys’ Choir Society and Manager for Spiritus Chamber Choir, and is a classically trained singer. In 2020 Erin was the recipient of the Rozsa Foundation’s Emerging Arts Administrator Award. Simon Mallett, Executive Director for the Rozsa Foundation, describes Erin as “a great community builder, who is always finding ways to support other arts administrators working for smaller organizations.” 

Erin is a long time engaged member of the cSPACE community, having joined us initially as a co-worker in our Sandbox space. It was here that Erin learned to love the community at cSPACE, which allowed her networking and social opportunities not available as a freelance contractor working from home. 

When not supporting events and pursuing community partnerships at cSPACE, Erin can be found at the Opera, local festivals, and wherever a great local craft beer tent can be found.

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Nicole Zylstra (She/Her)

EVENT & COMMUNICATIONS SPECIALIST

Nicole is delighted to be working at cSPACE after falling in love with the building during an early tour while it was still under construction. She has dabbled in all of the arts at one time or another. She is often recognized for unusual things, or because she looks like your Aunt Mimi. In time away from work you will usually find her involved in improv as a teacher, coach and performer with the Kinkonauts, or playing local festivals with her wee band, Canadian Famous. At home she lives with her massively talented teen sons, and less talented 2 cats and a dog.

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Brian “Bunny” Batista (He/Him)

EVENT STAFF

A practicing artist, Bunny graduated from ACAD in 2001 with distinction, won the board of governors award, and was valedictorian. He co-founded the Calgary Underground Film Festival (CUFF) and is the current president of the Calgary Allied Arts Foundation (CAAF).

Currently Bunny instructs classes all over, hosts figure events, workshops and spends most of his time in the cSPACE studio he owns and operates, the Atelier Artista. His work and livestream videos are available to view on his personal site, brianbatista.com and on the Atelier Artista site. He continues to play a pivotal role in the Calgary arts community and is a cherished member of the cSPACE team.

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Beatriz Vasconcelos (She/Her)

EVENT STAFF, TECHNICIAN

Beatriz loves pursuing new challenges. After graduating in Journalism, she worked as a producer and reporter for four years, then opened her own video production company. She is always seeking to provide the best solution for clients. 

She is constantly willing to learn about different cultures. Her latest adventure saw her move to Canada from Brazil to strengthen her professional skills.

At cSPACE you can find her working as a theatre technician and supporting events, and she is also a master at social media reels. She feels lucky to be part of an environment full of community spirit and art.

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Darren Flach (He/Him)

EVENT STAFF

In 2011, Darren sold his house and IT consulting business to travel the world by bicycle. Five years of nomading later he returned to Calgary and commenced writing his first travel memoir, tapping into the goldmine that is the Alexandra Writers’ Centre Society for writerly support. When AWCS moved to cSPACE, Darren was blown away by the concept of a building dedicated to supporting and nourishing creativity, collaboration and community. Not to mention how good it felt being there as a member of AWCS. When an opportunity to be a part of cSPACE came up, Darren jumped at it. His role as Event Support Staff has expanded to include software and technical support and he is thrilled to contribute to this game changing organization. He is currently working on his second book. His first book, Memoirs of a World Cyclist is available on Amazon.

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