Adina Herling began her career in Arts Management after receiving her Bachelor of Arts in Dance at the University of Calgary and diploma in Dance from Ryerson University. After working with a number of arts organizations including Alberta Ballet School, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Genovese Vanderhoof and Associates, and Dance Umbrella of Ontario, she founded Adina Herling Arts Management in 2002. She currently works as General Manager for Tribal Crackling Wind, Dreamwalker Dance Company, Moonhorse Dance Theatre, and pounds per square inch performance; and oversees Financial Management for Dusk Dances, BoucharDanse and ProArteDanza. Past clients include 20 years as General Manager with CanAsian Dance, as well as short-term contracts with princess productions, adelheid dance projects, M-DO, Toronto Tabla Ensemble and Company Erasga Dance (Vancouver).
Jessica (she/her) is a queer second-generation settler from Scarborough and a multidisciplinary arts worker based in Tkaronto. She is a graduate of Albert Campbell C.I. (Arts & Culture Specialist High Skills Major) and Toronto Metropolitan University (BFA Theatre Production with a Minor in Acting & Dance). From this specialized foundation, Jess works across disciplines in stage and production management, arts administration, marketing, public relations, creation, and design. She has worked across the GTA with organizations like Flato Markham Theatre and Female Eye Film Festival. With her dynamic team-building and human-centered approach, she contributes to interdisciplinary artists realizing their visions in creating safe intersectional spaces and transcendent immersive experiences, and collaborates out of the confines of traditional performance venues and hierarchical, patriarchal working models. Jess was the inaugural Production Assistant of the 2019 Summer Company, the Business Manager from 2020-2022, and is now the Director of Operations of Frog in Hand. She’s also the Project Coordinator of Jaberi Dance Theatre, and the Social Media and Marketing Coordinator of Kaeja d’Dance.
Karen Bennedsen is a freelance bookkeeper, providing financial services to multiple organizations, mostly working within the Toronto dance community. Her training was acquired working for a bookkeeping service with a wide variety of clients and a specialization in television production. Her connection to the dance community goes back to her years as a dancer in both Toronto and Winnipeg. Karen is pleased that her roster of clients allows her to contribute to the healthy functioning of arts organizations in the city.
Karen Kaeja is a performer, choreographer, project instigator and mentor. She develops platforms for collaborative relationships between dancers, everyday people and the body. Her research concentrates on the agency of Touch. Co-Artistic Director of Kaeja d’Dance with Allen Kaeja, Karen is in The Canadian Who’s Who with awards including George Luscombe Mentorship, Dance Ontario Lifetime Achievement, CDA “I Love Dance” Community, and Paul D. Fleck, plus finalists for the TAF Celebration of Cultural Life, and TAF Muriel Sherrin for International Achievement. Karen’s nominations include the Eldred Family Dance Award, CDA “I Love Dance” Innovation Award, and 7 Dora Mavor Moore’s, winning one. Her dance films and featured roles have been screened in over 400 festivals world-wide. Karen teaches contact and improvisation globally and has been on faculty at the Dance Arts Institute (formerly STDT) for 3 decades. Karen is commissioned and presented globally, collaborating with many of Canada’s brilliant artists. www.kaeja.org
Doris Rajan is a graduate of the University of Toronto and the Director of Social Development at the Institute for Research and Development on Inclusion and Society (IRIS) where her focus is on violence against women, access to justice, migrant, Indigenous issues, and disability rights. Her work involves designing community-based social development and applied research projects with international, national and provincial/territorial organizations. As an educator, Doris has taught community development courses at a variety of post secondary institutions. She had written many training resources and advised national and international NGO’s on how to conduct effective community-based research and development strategies. Doris is also an actress, playwright/screenwriter and filmmaker. She is very proud of her work with director Pierre Tetrault on the films This Beggar’s Description, The ‘R’ Word and the comedy Healing Rani. Favourite theatrical work includes: Gandhi High, Doris Does Damage, and most recently, her play A Tender Path.
Shahrzad Mojab, scholar, teacher, and activist, is internationally known for her work on the impact of war, displacement, and violence on women’s learning and education; gender, state, migration, and diaspora; Marxist feminism and anti-racism pedagogy. She is Director of Equity Studies at the University of Toronto. Dr. Mojab is Professor of Higher and Adult Education in the Department of Leadership at OISE/University of Toronto and the former Director of the Women and Gender Institute. She received the prestigious Royal Society of Canada Award in Gender Studies in 2010. A unique feature of her work is making knowledge accessible to the public through the use of arts such as story-telling, dance, drama, painting and film. Her most recent research projects are Youth in Transition: War, Migration, and ‘Regenerative Possibilities’; The Pedagogy and Policy of Refugee Youth Resettlement; and No Woman’s Land, which is a dance project to capture the experience of refugee women of sexual violence.