Roshanak is an Iranian-born Canadian artist and a Dora nominated choreographer and performer. Described as a “force to reckon with,” she has presented her work in Canada, US and Europe. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from York University, is an ISPA Global Fellow and the recipient of the Chalmers Arts Fellowship.
My art is personal and political. It reflects the life that I've lived and the world that I see.
I come from a family of artists and entrepreneurs. My love of the arts was passed down to me from my father–a visual artist, craftsman and musician; and my grandfather–a master ceramic artist. My interest for storytelling was sparked and nurtured at a young age by my mother and my grandmothers. My spirit of activism was fueled by the culture and political climate I was born into. I travel often and love nothing more than following my curiosity and getting lost in my own imagination. My desire to create and my need to respond to the injustices of the world around me, led me to develop this company in 2017. It is my great privilege to be able to tell the stories of the many women from around the world who have, and continue to, inspire me.
2004 – Graduate of York University, Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours)
2020 – Recipient of the ISPA Global Fellowship, International Society of Performing Arts
2020 – Recipient of the Chalmers Arts Fellowship, Ontario Arts Council
2019 – Nominated for Outstanding Original Choreography, Dora Mavor Award, No Woman’s Land
2019 – Nominated for Outstanding Performance of An Ensemble, Dora Mavor Award, Stones
2013 – Nominated for the Soulpepper Theatre Dance Awards (Community Arts)
2016-2020 – Executive Board Director, The Dance Umbrella of Ontario (DUO)
2016-2019 – Committee Member, Toronto Arts Council Dance Committee
2013- 2016 – Committee Member, Canadian Dance Assembly Pluralism Committee
2015-2020 – Juror, Dora Mavor Awards, Toronto Arts Council, Ontario Arts Council
2020 – Guest presenter, Foundations for Community Engagement, University of Toronto
2020 – One of 10 Ontario female entrepreneurs, WOSEN-Women of Ontario Social Enterprise Network
2019 – Resident artist, Public Energy
2019 – One of 12 Canadian artists for Pitch New Works, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Scotland
2019 – One of 12 Canadian artists for Pitch New Works, Cervantino Festival, Mexico
2016 – One of 10 Canadian artists for Pitch New Works, ISPA-International Society of Performing Arts
2010-2016 – Resident Artist, Political Prisoners: The Art of Resistance Project
2015 – Guest Lecturer, Historical and Cultural Studies program at the University of Toronto
2009-2017 – Associate Producer, Expect Theatre
2013 – Keynote Speaker, the Iranian Alliance for Peace, Freedom and Social Justice (Washington, DC)
2012-2014 – Co-host, Evi-Dance Radio