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Morgyn Aronyk-Schell

Morgyn Aronyk-Schell

Morgyn began her dance training in Edmonton, Alberta at Victoria School of the Arts, where she graduated with an International Baccalaureate dance certificate. She then studied at the School of Toronto Dance Theatre where she was awarded the Walker Wood Foundation and Lindy Green & Sam Chaiton bursaries and graduated in 2019 as class valedictorian. Following graduation she travelled with her class to Mexico for a residency with La Escuela Profesional de Danza de Mazatlán. She has worked with Frog in Hand, Kaeja d’Dance, the Citadel + Compagnie, Human Body Expression and has performed in Nextfest, the Toronto and Edmonton Fringe Festivals, InSitu, Dance Ontario DanceWeekend, SummerWorks and the Festival des arts de Saint-Sauveur. She recently joined Wind in the Leaves Collective as a dancer/ collaborator for an upcoming project titled Gay Guerilla and is in rehearsals for a new work choreographed by Laurence Lemieux, set to premiere in November 2020. Morgyn is extremely excited to be one of tiger princess’ Facilitators as she finds arts education invaluable for young people.

Johanna Bergfelt
Performer / Rehearsal Director

Johanna Bergfelt, a native of Sweden, graduated from The Royal Swedish Ballet School in 1989. She has an extensive performance background beginning with Östgötabaletten, where she worked for six years,and later joined Norrdans, and the Barents Dance Ensemble. Since coming to Canada in 2000, Johanna has worked with The Chimera Project, Kaeja d’Dance, Kathleen Rea, Santee Smith, Darcey Callison, Louis Laberge-Côté, Kate Alton, Holly Small, William Yong, Pro Arte Danza, Mairéad Filgate, Yvonne Ng, and the Toronto Dance Theatre, where she was a company dancer for six years. From 2019 – 2022 Johanna was an Artistic Associate at the School of Toronto Dance Theatre. Since fall 2022 she has worked as both a dancer as well as rehearsal director for Citadel + Compagnie. Johanna has been nominated four times for a Dora Mavor Moore Award.

As a teacher Johanna teaches regularly at In Studio, The Citadel, her own online classes, The Dance Institute, and company classes at Toronto Dance Theatre.

Amelia Brown

Amelia Brown is a Toronto based artist, and a graduate of Dance Arts Institute (formerly known as The School of Toronto Dance Theatre) in 2023. While attending Dance Arts, She was privileged to have worked with Choreographers Amanda Acorn, Kate Alton,Tia Kushniruk, Sharon Moore, Pulga Muchochoma, Tillman O’Donnell, Mateo Torres, and Sashar Zarif. Upon graduating she had the pleasure of performing in Frog in Hand’s summer company, as well as Performing Ellen Moore’s 52 Navigation in both SummerWorks and Common Ground Dance Festival. Amelia is also a graduate of and would like to give thanks to Etobicoke School of the Arts and The Pia Bouman School for Ballet and Creative Movement, without whom she would never have had the opportunities she does now. Amelia is very excited to work with tiger princess dance projects and is looking forward to this new chapter in her life.

Charlotte Cain

Charlotte Cain is an emerging dance artist originally from Ottawa. She began dancing with National Capital Dance Educators, and attended the high school dance program at De La Salle. Thereafter, while attending The School of Toronto Dance Theatre, she delved into Graham technique, flourished as a producer of a student-run production and received The Winchester Prize for choreographic distinction. Following graduation, she performed in SummerWorks Performance Festival 2021, Tafelmusik’s Musik in Motion series, dance: made in canada/fait au canada festival 2021 and Dance Ontario DanceWeekend’22. Furthermore, she passionately teaches dance with Van Buskirk Studios of Dance Ltd., Sprouts Growing Minds & Bodies, and Kaeja d’Dance. In addition to fulfilling a Career Catalyst Grant from the Ontario Arts Council, Charlotte recently premiered her solo “the contents” in a co-presentation with Ottawa Dance Directive. Driven by her intuition and curiosity, Charlotte Cain continues deepening and sharing her craft in meaningful ways.

Marie-Josée Chartier
Outside Eye / Creative Facilitator

A multi-faceted artist, Marie-Josée Chartier moves easily between the worlds of dance, music, opera and multi-media in the roles of choreographer, performer, director, vocalist or teacher. Her choreographic works have been presented in festivals in Canada, Europe and Latin America and have been featured on documentary films and presented on national television and film festivals.

She is the recipient of the 2001 K.M. Hunter Artist Award, the 2015 Jacqueline Lemieux Prize, nine Dora Mavor Moore Awards nominations winning for fifty-one pieces of silver and sharing with Urge for And by the way Miss. Since 2000, Marie-Josée Chartier is in demand as a director of dance, multi-media and opera productions and collaborates with Queen of Puddings Music Theatre, the Gryphon Trio, Toca Loca, Tapestry Opera and l’Ensemble Contemporain de Montréal. She is also active as a guest teacher in major training centres and universities in Canada as well as in Latin America in the field of modern dance, movement for singers and musicians, voice exploration and improvisation.

In 2003, Marie-Josée Chartier founded Chartier Danse in order to support her creative activities. Acclaimed large scale productions include petites danses 2014 (six dance works, 4 short films and 25 performers), Red Brick celebrating composer Michael J. Baker with Arraymusic, Contes pour enfantspas sages with PPS Danse, Screaming Popes with fabrik Potsdam, Germany and Bas-Reliefs with Danse-Cité including eleven collaborators from Montreal and Toronto.

Irvin Chow

Irvin Chow graduated with a BFA in Dance at York University. Through the years he has toured across Canada and internationally working with many choreographers such as: Angela Blumberg, Sylvie Bouchard, Jasmyn Fyffe, Robert Glumbek, Michael Greyeyes, Terrill Maguire and Yvonne Ng. Irvin has had the pleasure of performing in David Earle’s, Miserere, in the Toronto Heritage Dance project as well as in William Yong’s Harbourfront Centre’s World Stage show, vox:lumen. He has worked with Christopher House’s as part of Toronto Dance Theatre in 2015 and was honoured to dance for Julia Sasso again in the remount of her much-acclaimed work, Sporting Life. Irvin’s latest performance was with tiger princess dance projects in Time Travel while Standing Still and looks forward to working with them more this season. Irvin has been working with tiger princess dance projects since 2012.

Mairéad Filgate
Artistic Associate / Performer / Arts Education Facilitator (Dance)

Mairéad Filgate (Toronto/Montreal) has performed extensively throughout Canada, and to Europe, U.S.A., China, and Mongolia. She was a member of the Danny Grossman Dance Company, and has since performed with tiger princess dance projects, Public Recordings, Dusk Dances, BoucharDanse, Chartier Danse, Bill Coleman, and Kaeja d’Dance, among others. Mairéad creates choreography both independently and collaboratively. As a founding member of Throwdown Collective, she presented work at Jacob’s Pillow Festival, (MA); Sony Centre (Fall for Dance North); and received a Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding Choreography (2016). Mairéad makes regular sojourns to New York City to study the work of Trisha Brown. She holds a Bachelor of Arts with High Distinction in Women & Gender Studies and Sociology from the University of Toronto, served as Chair for the Board of Directors of the Canadian Alliance of Dance Artists (2016-2018) and is a K.M. Hunter and Johanna Metcalf Performing Arts Award nominee.

Luke Garwood
Outside Eye / Creative Technologist

Luke Garwood makes hybrid media installations, dances, and choreographs. Garwood has performed with companies such as Toronto Dance Theatre, Alias Dance Projects, adelheid, Tiger Princess Dance Projects, and Citadel + Compagnie. Independently, Garwood works in Toronto and Berlin, collaborating with choreographers such as: Valerie Calam, D.A. Hoskins, Allison Cummings, Sashar Zarif, Kate Hilliard, and Christoph Winkler. Garwood has received 6 Dora Mavor Moore nominations, and landed a win with Michael Caldwell and Naishi Wang for best ensemble in Heidi Strauss’ what it’s like. Garwood attained a BDes in Digital Futures from OCAD U, where he received the Dr. Eugene A. Poggetto, and Dorothy Hoover awards. As a maker, Luke investigates digitally translating the body and movement; this research includes developing Ephemeral, an app based augmented reality (AR) performance, creating Wounded Woods, an AR and photography exhibition with collaborator Jeremy Mimnagh, and making In Shift, a movement and VR installation for the d:mic/fac festival 2019.

Emerson Kafarowski (Photo by Benjamin Lappalainen)

Emerson Kafarowski
Lighting Designer

Emerson Kafarowski (she/they) is a Lighting Designer, Technical Director, and Multidisciplinary Artist based in Tkaronto, Canada. A graduate of the Toronto Metropolitan University Performance Production + Design program, they’ve worked on performances and workshops in a variety of genres, including dance, theatre, opera, and live music. Dedicated to life-long learning, Emerson gravitates towards projects that explore the richness and complexity of diverse human experiences, in which important stories and voices of the past and present are uplifted. She has had the pleasure of working with and designing for many inspiring artists and companies, including BoucharDanse, Citadel + Compagnie, Fall For Dance North Festival, MOCA Toronto, Naishi Wang, Soulpepper Theatre Company, Toronto Dance Theatre, and Venusfest. Other projects include EMRSN x EOS, an open-source project designed to bring financially accessible and portable lighting control devices to emerging artists, companies, and site-specific performances.

Heather MacCrimmon
Costume Designer

Formerly based in Toronto, Heather now lives in Potsdam, Germany She has worked for film, television, and theatre, but costuming contemporary dance has been her focus. Some of the Canadian choreographers she has worked with include Serge Bennathan (Dancemakers), Marie-Josée Chartier, Sarah Chase, Shannon Cooney, Isabelle van Grimde, Susanna Hood, Yvonne Ng, Claudia Moore and Heidi Strauss. In Germany she has worked on dance productions with fabrik Potsdam, children’s theatre with T-Werk, circus performance with Circle of Eleven (now Y2D) and site specific installations with Dudendance (Scotland).

Frédérique Perron

Frédérique Perron (she/her), from Abitibi-Témiscamingue QC, is a dance artist based in Tkaronto. She graduated from The School of Toronto Dance Theatre (2022) from which she received the Lindy Green and Sam Chaiton Bursary and Winchester Prize. While immersing herself in movement-based art, she finds her creative investigations to offer sensations, connection to impulses and space for individuality. She presented works in various stages of development at SABO by Marie-Josée Chartier and Darryl Tracy, Gathering by Meaningful Movement and Nautanki Festival. She has performed creations by Katie Adams-Gossage, Frog in Hand, Kaelin Isserlin, Sofía Ontiveros, Near&Far Projects, among others, in Citadel Dance Mix, CAMINOS 2023, dance: made in canada/fait au canada, Prospects by Aeris Körper, Peggy Baker Dance Projects, SummerWorks and Toronto Fringe Festival. Frédérique explores how to support art spaces as an outside eye/dramaturg for Angela Blumberg Dance and in her training to become a facilitator with Yvonne Ng.

Erin Robinsong
Poet / Outside Eye

Erin Robinson is a poet and interdisciplinary artist. Rag Cosmology, her debut collection of poetry, is forthcoming with BookThug in spring 2017. She is also the author of four chapbooks, and her work has appeared in numerous journals, including The Capilano Review, Canadian Xtasy, Dandelion, The Goose, Regreen: New Canadian Ecological PoetryTag: Canadian Poets at Play and onstage at the &NOW Festival of New WritingThe Conference on Ecopoetics, and many others. Recent / upcoming performance works include This ritual is not an accident and Trading Power (2017) with choreographer Andréa de Keijzer. She won the Irving Layton Award for Poetry at Concordia University, and has been nominated for a KM Hunter Award. Originally from Cortes Island, BC, Erin lives between Toronto & Montréal.

Sierra Chin Sawdy

Sierra Chin Sawdy (she/her) is an independent dance artist and arts educator based in Tkaronto. Since graduating from Toronto Metropolitan University’s BFA Dance program, she has had the opportunity to work and perform with Alysa Pires Dance Projects, BoucharDanse, Brodie Stevenson, Citadel + Compagnie, Dancetheatre David Earle, Dusk Dances, Emma Kerson, Hanna Kiel, Peggy Baker Dance Projects, Aria Evans/Political Movement, tiger princess dance projects, and Toronto Heritage Dance. She has toured throughout Canada, China, Europe, Mexico and the UAE. To further develop her abilities, Sierra has trained across Canada, the United States, Israel, and Italy, working and creating with world-renowned artists.

Arun Srinivasan

Arun Srinivasan
Lighting Designer

Arun Srinivasan has worked extensively in the performing arts for the last 25 years. Dance collaborators include Robert Desrosiers, Peter Chin, Danny Grossman, ProArteDanza, William Yong, COBA and tiger princess dance projects. He has been the resident designer for Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre since 2002. Theatre credits include The Stratford Festival, Factory Theatre, The Canadian Stage Co., The Globe Theatre, Expect Theatre, fu-GEN, Cahoots Theatre Projects & Buddies In Bad Times Theatre. His career has garnered him seven Dora Mavor Moore Award nominations for Outstanding Lighting Design. Arun has had the privilege of teaching lighting design at both York and Ryerson Universities, the University of Waterloo and The National Theatre School. He has production managed The CanAsian Festival, Living Ritual and 6 seasons of DanceWorks. Productions have taken him to Ukraine, Malaysia, Singapore, India and across North America.

Nick Storring

Award-winning composer Nick Storring creates scores for performers, but has also generated a body of multi-layered recorded work consisting of his own performances on a wide and largely acoustic variety of instruments. He has collaborated with a number of leading artists and organizations in contemporary music including Montréal’s AKOUSMA Festival, Oxford UK’s Audiograft Festival, the Esprit Orchestra, Arraymusic, Soundstreams, Eve Egoyan, Thin Edge New Music Collective, Quatuor Bozzini and Vancouver New Music. His recordings have appeared on acclaimed experimental music imprints such as Orange Milk, Notice Recordings and Entr’acte. Storring’s interest in parallel art-forms has translated into several film and theatre scores as well as collaborations with choreographers such as Yvonne Ng, Deepti Gupta, and Brandy Leary. His music for ‘ambient gaming environment’ Tentacle was mounted with the work at the Museum of Modern Art.

Sim Suzer (Photo by David Cooper)

Sim Suzer
Costume Designer

Recent Design Work: Costume Design and Associate Set Design for Everybody (Shaw Festival), Costume Design for Per Gint (George Brown College), Associate Costume Design for Three Women from Swatow (Tarragon Theatre), Set and Costume Design for Untamed (XU) Stratford Festival 2021: Assistant Set and Costume Design for Romeo and Juliet. Shaw Festival 2020: Assistant Costume Design for Gypsy, Assistant Set Design for Devil’s Disciple. Shaw Festival 2019: Assistant Set and Costume Design for Horse and His Boy, The Ladykillers, Victory, Holiday Inn. Design Work 2019: Costume Designer for Water Wonder (Carousel Players), Set and Costume Designer for Play House (Shaw Festival), Set and Costume Designer for The Subjection of Kezia and Poof! (Shaw Festival), Set and Costume Designer for Journey to the Greatest Gift (L’Arche Daybreak), Costume Designer for Good Morning, Viet Mom (Cahoots Theatre). Online:

Silvie Varone
Set Designer

As a Carpentry major in Technical Theatre, Silvie Varone began building props where furniture and upholstery became my strengths. Silvie was fortunate to be part of the burgeoning Toronto Theatre scene, working alongside creative talents and building for large scale musicals, opera, ballet, Canadian and International plays. These experiences helped fuel and develop her skills allowing her to explore different techniques and materials opening up endless possibilities to creating and construction.

To continue to explore the versatility and design of wood, she founded Silvie Varone Design and Build in 2013. Working with sustainable woods and finishes to create original and functional furniture and develop wood products for the home. Handcrafted in her studio in Toronto focusing on beauty, strength and longevity, Silvie works in collaboration with her clients to craft for them pieces they will enjoy for years to come.

Nic Vincent
Lighting Designer

Nic Vincent, Lighting Designer (He / Him) Nic is a New York and Toronto-based lighting designer. He designs for theatre, dance, opera, film, and live events. Recent design credits include All the Lonely Women (Rattlestick), The Barber of Seville (Sacramento Opera), JANE AGNER (Play Per View / New Ohio), Everybody, Constellations (Brown / Trinity Rep), The Indigo Room (Timothy White Eagle / La Mama), Fragments, Lists, & Lacunae (New York Live Arts), Hoppla! We’re Alive! (New School / La Mama), NIGHTGOWNS (Sasha Velour / The Documentary Group), El Huracán (Yale Repertory Theatre / The Sol Project). M.F.A: Design from the Yale School of Drama.

Kathia Wittenborn (Photo by Ming Bo Lam)

Kathia Wittenborn

Originally from Montreal, Kathia is a Toronto based dance artist and movement teacher. Kathia has trained, created and performed throughout North America and Europe; collaborating with various artists and companies including, most recently, Marie Lambin Gagnon, Shannon Litzenberger, Sharon B. Moore, Sashar Zarif and JD Dance. Her work in Peter Chin’s Woven received a Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding Performance.

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