Team

Roshanak Jaberi

Artistic Director

 

Roshanak Jaberi is an Iranian-Canadian artist, activist and producer. She creates inter-disciplinary dance works that are thought-provoking, emotionally driven and politically charged. The stories and lived experiences of racialized women motivate her artistic inquiry, as do her frequent travels and unique collaborations with artists, scholars and activists. Her practice focuses on the intersection of art and social justice, while re-envisioning traditional dance aesthetics, integrating multiple art forms and experimenting with different avenues to creation. Her work is grounded in a research informed artistic practice that reflects a commitment to ethically and authentically share the stories, experiences and cultures from which she draws inspiration. Roshanak Jaberi’s work has been presented in Canada, US, and Europe.

Highlights

Roshanak holds an Honours Bachelor of Fine Arts from York University, and currently serves on the Toronto Arts Council Dance Committee and the Board of Directors of the Dance Umbrella of Ontario (DUO).

  • Associate Producer, Expect Theatre
  • Committee Member, Canadian Dance Assembly Pluralism Committee
  • Juror, Dora Mavoor Awards and the Toronto Arts Council
  • Guest Lecturer, Historical and Cultural Studies program at the University of Toronto
  • Finalist, Soulpepper Theatre Dance Awards (Community Arts)
  • Resident Artist, Political Prisoners: The Art of Resistance Project
  • Panelist, The Dance Debates-Choreographing Our Future by the Toronto Arts Council
  • Keynote Speaker, the Iranian Alliance for Peace, Freedom and Social Justice (Washington, DC)
  • Panelist, Engaging Arts to Represent Violence Against Women-A Conversation About Ethics at the University of Toronto
  • Moderator, Feminist Art Conference (FAC)
  • Co-host, Evi-Dance Radio

Samyuktha Punthambekar

Administrative Producer

 

Samyuktha Punthambekar is a Bharatanatyam dancer, arts educator and arts administrator. She is a graduate of the world renowned Bharatanatyam institute Kalaskshetra Foundation in Chennai, India, and has performed and worked in India, Switzerland, UAE, Malaysia and Singapore. Since moving to Canada in 2011 from Bangalore, India, Samyuktha has gained invaluable experience in teaching, performing and working on many reputed projects with organizations such as Dancer Transition Resource Centre, Sunny Artist Management, Toronto Arts Foundation, lbs/sq” performance, Tapestry Opera, LeSage Arts Management and most recently, The Musical Stage Company. As part of leadership development and her keen interest in cultural policies, she has worked with Shannon Litzenberger on projects such as the Canadian Arts Summit, 2018 and several others. To further enhance her leadership skills, she has been part of residencies at The Banff Centre including the Truth and Reconciliation program. She is an artist educator for Toronto District School Boards, Peel School Regions and conducts workshops for various festivals across the GTA. Along the way, Samyuktha has won several awards and recognitions to her credit.

Highlights

Samyuktha holds a Graduate Certificate with Honours in Arts Administration and Cultural Management from Humber College, and received her degree in Economics from Mount Carmel College, a dance diploma from Kalakshetra Foundation in India as well as a fundraising certificate from The University of Leeds, UK.

  • Assistant Cultural Secretary at Mount Carmel College
  • VAACT Award for Volunteering in the Arts and Culture community in Toronto
  • OAC Skills and Career Development grant recipient for Arts Administration and Cultural Management program at Humber College
  • Recipient of Dean’s Award for excellence in Arts Administration, Humber College
  • Recipient of the Jerry Smith Scholarship for Arts Administration, Humber College
  • OAC Compass grant recipient for Shadowing Process in Leadership Development
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