With an arts, heritage and culture career spanning more than 20 years, Allan Boss has a wide range of experience as a writer, speaker, performer, and leader in cultural organizations.
Boss is currently part of the leadership team with a municipality, where he manages the culture and heritage portfolio including: a class-A art gallery, a Museum and Archives, a performing arts centre. He oversees: a gallery that has featured the Group of Seven, Edward Burtynsky, Andy Warhol and Cris Cran; a Museum and Archives focused on preserving local history; and a theatre that has featured a variety of performers including Tom Jackson, Ian Tyson, and Liona Boyd. Boss spearheaded the creation of many guiding documents for the municipality including a Performing Arts Centre Feasibility Study, Municipal Heritage Designation Program, Public Art Policy, and a Culture, Heritage and Arts Master Plan
Prior to Okotoks, he was on the leadership team at CBC Radio, responsible for Alberta as National Producer of spoken word and drama. He produced programs for The Debaters, Sounds Like Canada, Between the Covers, Monday Night Showcase, and Sunday Night Playhouse and others. His productions won nominations for Peabody Awards, New York Festivals Awards, Gabriel Awards, and Prix Italia Awards. His CBC production of Ghost River Theatre’s musical play An Eye For An Eye resulted in an international broadcasts with the play representing Canada at the International Radio Drama Festival. Retired Ideas Executive Producer Bernie Lucht called Updrafts — a bold docudrama Boss wrote and narrated about recovering from trauma — “One of the finest ever produced on the program.“
His history of community service includes serving as President of the Southern Alberta Brain Injury Society; President of This is my City Arts Society; Steering Committee of the Calgary Distinguished Writers Program; Juror Canadian Comedy Awards and Festival; and Steering Committee National Symposium on Arts Education.
Boss has three degrees, including a Ph.D. and has written articles and columns for numerous publications including Canadian Theatre Review, Alberta Anthology, West-words, and the Globe and Mail and he researched and wrote two ground breaking books on his mentor, cultural polymath Mavor Moore.