Stephanie Aranda is a graduate of York University and has spent most of her professional career in the arts non-profit sector, with a focus in marketing and communications. Currently, she is the Communications Manager at Dance Umbrella of Ontario (DUO), a non-profit service organization that offers business services to small to medium size dance organizations and dance artists. Her connection to the cultural sector in the city is deep, having also worked in events and marketing roles at VIBE Arts, ArtReach Toronto, North York Arts and Toronto Arts Foundation. Stephanie is interested in developing and implementing strategies to maximize audience development and engagement. She is passionate about community engagement through the arts and believes it builds stronger, more vibrant communities.
Mimi Beck has dedicated her career to advancing and promoting contemporary dance. As Dance Curator for DanceWorks, Toronto’s longest running contemporary dance series, she presents artists with different approaches to dance making, encouraging dance literacy among adults and youth. Named “One of 19 who made a difference in the arts” by The Toronto Star, she has served as a juror and assessor for arts councils and foundations. She is Executive Director and a Board Member of The Canadian Network of Dance Presenters CanDance, Canada's national arts service organization for dance presenting organizations, that strengthens the dance milieu through commissioning, advocacy and research. Honoured with a Dance Ontario Award (2007) and Harold Award (2006), Beck received the first Canada Council Grant given to a Dance Curator. From 1990 – 1994, she was Canadian director of a bi-lateral touring exchange with Dance Theatre Workshop (NY) and the U.S. National Performance Network.
Courtnae Bowman is co-founder of The School of Cadence Ballet and International Ballet Judge for competitions across the globe. Bowman has been awarded “Outstanding Teacher” by Youth American Grand Prix, "Top Choreographer" American Dance Awards and “Best Teacher” by the World Ballet Art Grand Prix Finals.
Courtnae’s students have been accepted, often on scholarship, to numerous international schools, which include as Paris Opera Ballet, The Royal Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet Academy, Moscow, American Ballet Theatre, School of American Ballet, and Canada's National Ballet School.
Bowman’s students and have received top awards, scholarships and invitations to represent Canada at the finals at competitions across the globe such as the Youth American Grand Prix, American Dance Competition, WBAC Grand Prix and American Dance Awards.
Former students of Courtnae are currently found performing in various companies across the globe. Courtnae looks forward to further the development of dance artists who continually push the boundaries of what is possible
Menon Dwarka is the Executive Director of Arts Etobicoke. Born in Guyana, Menon returned to Canada after almost 20 years in New York City, serving as music program director for the 92nd Street Y, Harlem School of the Arts and Greenwich House.
Prior to joining Arts Etobicoke, Menon served as the Artistic and Managing Director of 918 Bathurst Centre for Culture, Arts, Media + Education, as well as a member of the inaugural cohort of the Banff/Toronto Arts Council Cultural Leaders Lab. He is currently a Support Lead for the Metcalf Foundation’s Creative Strategies Incubator, a member of the Toronto Arts Council’s Board Nominating Committee, and the City of Toronto’s Economic Development and Culture Thought Leader Panel. Media appearances have included TVO’s The Agenda and CBC Radio’s Metro Morning. He is also actively consulting with several organizations on matters of curatorial and administrative diversity.
Sue Edworthy has worked in the non-profit performing arts for nearly twenty years. Her passion for the performing arts has led her to stints as a director, event coordinator and arts administrator and she is now respected and sought after in Toronto as a marketing and communications specialist. Sue is a former Board Member for TAPA, was co-chair for Artsvote 2014, and spent 2 years of a seven-year stint as Vice President of The Toronto Fringe Festival. She is a Harold Award recipient, received the 2012 and 2013 Char-PR Prize for PR, and is the 2015 recipient of the Leonard McHardy and John Harvey Award for Excellence in Arts Administration. She runs Sue Edworthy Arts Planning, a marketing, producing and strategic planning company for the Toronto arts community.
Chris Enns holds a financial planning certification from the Financial Planning Standards Council, Canada’s premier standards- setting and certification body for financial planning. He works with creatives and other money misfits across North America to help them get control of their money.
He is also the founder of the site From Rags to Reasonable, a financial resource built specifically for people with non-traditional finances. His work reaches thousands every month and has been referenced and published on numerous online platforms including: The Globe and Mail, The Huffington Post, Schmopera, and ArtsHub. Mr Enns remains an active performer in the operatic world. This year he’ll perform in Toronto, Chicago and France. http://www.ragstoreasonable.com/
Catalina Fellay-Dunbar is excited to join the TAC after many years as a dance artist, educator and advocate. Her professional dance experience, although varied, has long focused on a personal heritage in Flamenco and Classical Spanish dance. Catalina’s academic interests prompted the pursuit of a BFA and MA in Dance Studies at York University, an MA from the Drama Centre at the University of Toronto, and certification in Movement Analysis from the Laban Institute for Movement Studies. As a PhD candidate in Dance Studies at York University, her research examines the intersections between cultural policy and dance arts from fluid, pluralistic perspectives. Catalina comes to the TAC after serving as co-chair of the Canadian Alliance of Dance Artists - Ontario Chapter.
Program Manager for Cultural Pluralism in the Arts Movement Ontario (CPAMO) and Artistic Director of KasheDance, Kevin A. Ormsby works as a dancer/choreographer and arts marketing consultant, and is an Adjunct Artist with Dance Exchange in Washington, DC. An Ontario Arts Council Chalmers Fellowship recipient, OAC KM Hunter Dance Award 2016 nominee, Toronto Arts Council’s Cultural Leaders Fellow, and the 2014 Canada Council for the Arts’ Victor Martyn Lynch — Staunton Award recipient in Dance. He sits on the Boards of three leading arts organizations in Toronto and has career that spans over 25 years, performing with various companies and projects in Canada, Caribbean and the United States.
Yvonne Rodney is a consultant, author and playwright that provides counselling/coaching to individuals and organizations in areas of career planning, personal development and spiritual growth. She divides her time between her company, Inner Change Consulting and Jewish Vocational Services.
Co-Founder and President FLIP PUBLICITY - Armed with an honours degree from McMaster University (in English and Drama), Carrie Sager launched her publicity career in 1986 working with Theatre Collingwood, the Royal Ontario Museum, Equity Showcase Theatre and the AIDS Committee of Toronto. In 1991, Carrie founded FLIP with the aim to create Canada’s premiere arts and entertainment PR firm. In the early years, FLIP was dedicated to servicing Toronto’s thriving indie performing arts scene, working with virtually every theatre and dance company in Toronto. FLIP’s roster grew to include larger arts organizations and Festivals such as Luminato, Cirque du Soleil, Blue Man Group, Harbourfront Centre, The Second City +++. In 2002, Carrie received a Harold Award for her contribution to the Toronto Theatre Community, from which she has never really strayed, and continues today to work with Factory, The Theatre Centre, Cahoots, Coal Mine, Why Not Theatre and more.
Robert Sauvey has an extensive background in arts and cultural leadership positions and is currently the Executive Director of the Dance Umbrella of Ontario. Previously he was the Executive Director of Dancemakers the second oldest contemporary dance company in Ontario. At Dancemakers Robert successfully developed and implemented a new curator led operating model. His experience in dance includes over five years as the Director of Touring and Artistic Administration for Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet.
He held leadership positions at Groundswell, Manitoba’s new music series, The National Screen Institute, managing film and television training and as the Head of Distribution for Video Pool Media Arts Centre. He has curated exhibitions, sat on juries and been a board member. He has considerable experience in film and television working as Manager of Development, and running his own independent company developing and producing projects and winning a Canadian Screen award for best-produced documentary.
Vivine Scarlett is an administrator, choreographer, and instructor, whose artistic goals and aspirations are rooted in the love of dance. She is Founder, Executive Director and Curator for dance Immersion, an organization that presents, produces and supports dancers and dances of the African Diaspora. For 24 years this organizations mandate and vision has provided Canadian and international dance artists with opportunities that have laid a foundation for continued growth and representation. As former Artistic Director and performing member of the Usafiri Dance & Drum Ensemble, Vivine created and presented works in both traditional influenced African and contemporary dance styles. Drawn to all kinds of dance expressions and movement, Ms. Scarlett’s passion has manifested many experiences that have served Canadian artists of African descent.
Lys Stevens is a Program Officer in the Explore & Create Program at the Canada Council for the Arts. Prior to returning to the Outaouais region in 2013 where she grew up, she was a Montreal-based arts researcher, writer and administrator. A regular guest contributor to The Dance Current and Dance International, she also participated as a researcher on Canada Council’s Dance Mapping Study. She worked regularly for the contemporary dance and interdisciplinary arts centre Studio 303 in various capacities, including curating the long-running Vernissage-danse series, as well as on shorter contracts with Effendi Music, cie Par B.L.eux/ Benoit Lachambre and the Regroupement québécois de la danse. Her Master’s thesis (UQAM) looked at b-boying/b-girling in vernacular and performing arts settings.
Myles Warren has worked in the Canadian arts field over forty years. Appointed Dance and Awards Officer at the Ontario Arts Council in 2002, he administers OAC’s Dance and Awards Sections’ grant and award programs. Among many initiatives at OAC, he was co-chair of the Canada Dance Mapping Study; a study conducted in partnership with the Canada Council for the Arts and OAC to identify, quantify and describe the ecology, economy and environment of dance in Canada.
Prior to joining OAC, he contributed to the founding of on the MOVE (Co-Chair) and Arts for Change (co-leader), a capacity building initiative for the performing arts in Toronto, and was active in community advocacy initiatives that included ArtsVote and Dance 2020 (Co-Chair). He was Executive Director of Dance Umbrella of Ontario (1992 - 2002), General Manager of the Desrosiers Dance Theatre (1998 - 2002), and prior to 1988, Myles worked in the Canadian theatre sector.
Timea Wharton-Suri is a dance professional. Over the past 20 years she has performed in western contemporary, African-American and Caribbean dance productions; earned a BFA in dance, an MBA, and a graduate diploma in arts and media management; produced seven dance-theatre shows; owned and operated a dance-fitness studio; advised the Dancer Transition Resource Centre and National Arts Centre on grants to dance artists; and managed the Toronto Arts Council's dance and literary arts programs. She is currently programming dance as the curator of Uptown Moves at the Toronto Centre for the Arts. From time to time, she still dances too.
Helping dancers make necessary transitions into, within, and from professional performing careers since 1985.