Terry Costa founded Mirateca Arts in Vancouver-Canada. Since 2012, he leads MiratecArts based out of Pico island, Azores
As an "artist of artists" Costa's mandate is to elevate an idea step by step through its development and production and raise its visibility from local to national, and at times around the planet.
Canadian-born Costa from the Town of Oakville, was actually raised in Pico island (Azores, Portugal) from ages two to fourteen. When he reached "middle-age" as he calls it, he decided to spend more time on the island.
Past leadership positions include Managing Artistic Director of AQT Vancouver (2002-2006) in the Canadian Pacific, and UNI Theatre (1997-2001) in Mississauga-Ontario; he also founded the Gastown performance art gallery Spaces
, the Looking Forward, Looking Black Festival
and Vancouver's Portuguese Heritage Month
Festival (2004-2011). Costa was also a Consultant/Conselheiro for the Government of Portugal - Language, Education and Culture Commission (2008-2015). He leads MiratecArts
since 2012 in Azores islands.
LIVE STAGE: Costa has produced, directed and presented hundreds of events including music, theatre, dance, and multi-disciplinary works across Canada and abroad. From independent "whole in the wall" performance spaces to large state-of-the-art theatres and concert halls including Living Arts Centre’s Hammerson Hall, Vogue Theatre, River Rock Casino Show Theatre, and beyond. Original multidisciplinary spectacle shows created include An Evening of Fado (2005); Latin Vox (2007); and, Circus Musicale (2009); also, he created the very successful 4-year-run live event, turned television show, Gay Top Model that premiered in early 2008 and spearheaded a series of spectacles based on competitions in Canada's lgbt community including Go Go Boy Star, Mr Gay Canada, the first Mr. Gay World in Whistler, Canada and Hot Gay DJ.
MUSIC: Costa has worked with a variety of Canadian musicians and presented international artists including the Canadian tours for Suzana da Camara, Stockholm Lisboa Project, Pe de Cana, Sara Marreiros, solo shows for international artists including Sara Tavares, Helena Lavouras Quartet, Margens and supported presentations of Mariza, Ana Moura, Helder Moutinho, Cesaria Evora, Seu Jorge, Bebel Gilberto, Fabianna Cozza, Yamandu Costa, amongst many others. Costa also produced artistic nightclub events with local and international DJs. In 2008 he produced Celebrating Black History in Conversation and Music with Ron Small and the late Denis Simpson at the Vancouver East Cultural Centre (The Cultch).
Terry Costa created many new works for the theatre stage including the international award-winning hit 69 Moments of Life
[over 200 performances around the world], Madonna in my Mind, Go Tell It On The Mountain, Peace - No Fear!, Stories Grandma Never Told Me, discovery@erotic, Phaedra’s Dreams
and Inception in Extremis.
He also directed and managed the Canadian and U.S.A. tour of Shannon Jardine's award-winning audience and critical hit play Torch River,
the Canadian premiere adaptation of Douglas Coupland's Life After God,
Jan Caruana's Kitty Kat Klub
and Daniel MacIvor's Humans
along with the official Canadian premiere of Anthony Burgess A Clockwork Orange. A
mongst published work he has directed Lysistrata Project
in protest of the war lead by USA, Eight Reindeer Monologues
to liven up the holiday season and John Mighton's Body+Soul
. He developed a series of piano-singer shows called Kabaret Season
for Vancouver's Alpen Club and a series of readings called Hot Guys Read...
for J Lounge,
a Vancouver venue he programmed for 2 years and turned into a legit live-event space.
Costa worked as a freelance producer and correspondent for Rogers/RTPi and the show Canada Contacto
from 2005-2010; he was the consultant and story-developer for Mosaico TV
(2006-2007) and was on the Western Canada team for Canadian Idol
(CTV/Insight) from 2003 to 2008. Other work includes television specials Anne Murray Duets
, Gemini Awards
, Cirque du Soleil and Ontario Live
. Costa also produced work that turned TV show: 9 episodes of How Far Will You Go
(OutTV/Here) and the special Mr Gay Canada (2009).
Terry Costa runs workshops and speaks in various communities about Participation and Partnerships in Arts+Culture; he has been at various events across the country of Canada as an invited guest speaker or panel participant including Pacific Contact
, Toronto Youth Conference, "Encontro
in Ottawa, Portuguese-Canadian National Congress
(Winnipeg, Victoria, London, Montreal, among other cities); he has also been a guest of the Government of Azores
as a speaker, workshop leader and facilitator.
Costa's institutional education comes from certificates, diplomas and a degree:
On The Road Touring Workshop, Canada Council for the Arts (2008)
Community Building and Strengthening for Ethnocultural Groups Certificate, Canadian Ethnocultural Council/AMSSA (2005)
The Art of Managing Your Career, The Cultural Human Resources Council (2002)
Honours B.A. Theatre and Drama Studies, University of Toronto (1999)
Acting Diploma, Sheridan College (1998)
Loyola Secondary School, Oakville (1994)
Externato Particular da Madalena, Pico-Azores (1989)
FAVOURITE THINGS: great food, wine and long cross-country drives... and yes, he does not mind being called "Costa" as that is his family name!
AZORES: In 2011 he decided to spend more time in Azores islands, kick-starting MiratecArts officially at the beginning of 2012 as a cultural organization with home on the island of Pico. Amongst many projects he has founded Azores Fringe Festival as a showcase for all arts and artists, Montanha Pico festival to celebrate the mountain culture through art, Cordas World Music Festival in the Town of Madalena, and a platform to promote local artists at www.discoverazores.eu