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November 14, 2014

Staff Profile – Teri Worthington Coombs, Director of Development

Teri Worthington-Coombs
How long have you worked at Soulpepper and tell us a little bit about what your job consisted of lately.

I’ve worked at Soulpepper since March of 2011, it will be 4 years in the spring and the time has flown by! As Director of Development I work on all of our Private Sector fundraising projects including working with our amazing corporate sponsors, foundation partners and individual donors as well as bringing new supporters to the company. I also work on our annual fundraising event Soulpepper at Play – I’m so proud that the 2014 event was the most successful fundraiser in our history, raising over $600,000 for our work onstage and in the community!

What (if any) kinds of shows/productions/events have you been involved in outside of work?

Outside of my work life, I mostly support the arts as an audience member and a donor. Before Soulpepper, I worked at the National Ballet and am a huge fan of the company’s artists and their work. It is also great to see the new generation of artists come into their own as producers including the Howland Company ( and Jacqueries (

When you’re not at work, what are you doing?

I’m a bit obsessed with running, and just completed my 2nd full marathon. There are a few runners at Soulpepper and of course we are all inspired by our master athlete Oliver Dennis – once I learn to swim I might try a triathlon!

I’ve also figured out how to mix running with my love of travel so I can indulge in great food and wine and get a race or two in at the same time!

What do you love about working at Young Centre/Soulpepper?

I’m consistently in awe of the level of dedication everyone at Soulpepper has to the company and all of our streams of activity! I have the great privilege to work with some of the most talented, hard-working, inspiring and fun people I’ve ever met. Under Albert and Leslie’s leadership, amazing things happen here and it is wonderful to be a part of those accomplishments!