Janis Barlow established an arts consulting practice in Ontario in 1981 after a decade of work in Ontario theatres. Her post-secondary education includes honours degrees in drama and sociology and studies in architectural technology. Throughout the 1980s, she was best known as the Ontario Government's project manager for the $30 million rehabilitation of the Elgin and Winter Garden Theatres in Toronto. Since 1990, she has undertaken feasibility studies and management plans for dozens of projects throughout the United States and Canada. She was one of the first arts consultants in Canada to adapt successful corporate strategic planning workshop methods to the distinctive needs of non-profit art organisations. She has facilitated hundreds of planning workshops for artist-run organisations, emerging community arts boards, arts councils, professional theatres and associations. Janis has served on the board of the Toronto Theatre Alliance, the World Encyclopedia of Contemporary Theatre (an international UNESCO project), Carousel Players (a Niagara-based theatre for young audiences) and the League of Historic American Theatres. She has lectured in Arts Administration at Brock University and is a founding member of Those Women: Consultants to the Arts and Arts Consultants Canada.