STAFF & BOARD
Raeburn Ferguson, Managing Director
Raeburn holds a degree in Theatre from York University, a certificate in Entertainment Law from Osgoode Law school and a post-grad in Arts Management from Centennial College. After beginning to train in dance, acting and singing at a young age Raeburn naturally found herself on stage and spent the first few years of her career performing. She then found herself in the director and choreographer's chair and has since transitioned into an arts management career while enjoying theatre creation and dance as a passion project and hobby with her own indie theatre company, Truesight Collective. Raeburn was the Co-Executive Director of Theatre Ontario until October of 2019. When the organization folded the board of directors offered her the opportunity to take over the largest program Theatre Ontario produced yearly, and she accepted the challenge. She now runs Next Generation Showcase, a yearly event that allows post-secondary acting graduates the opportunity to audition and connect with the industry. Raeburn has served on several non-profit boards and was also the President of a community theatre group. Recently, Raeburn was a pre-production assistant for HenryG20, a production that will be part of the Luminato Festival this year. She is passionate about the arts and creating opportunities to connect people through the joy and energy of live performance.
Sarah Caraher, Project and Communications Manager
Sarah is an arts manager with a background in musical theatre performance and arts education. She is a graduate of St. Clair College's Music Theatre Performance Program, Capilano University's Bachelor of Performing Arts program, and Centennial College's Arts Management Program. Previously, Sarah has worked as an Artist Educator with Young People's Theatre and in Marketing and Communications with GhostLight, Driftwood Theatre, and DAREarts. As a performer, she played the title role in Nicholas Lloyd Webber's world premiere musical The Little Prince with Theatre Calgary.
Yolanda Ferrato, Operations Associate
Yolanda is an arts leader who has been working in Toronto for the past six years, after nearly a decade as a freelance theatre artist in London, UK. She is passionate about mentorship and community building and advocates for arts and culture spaces as part of healthy urban environments. She is a member of TAPA's Advocacy Committee and Groundstory's Advisory Committee and of World on a String Fiddle Toronto.
Aysha Terra Turgeon, Administrative Assistant
Aysha Terra Turgeon is a Brazilian Franco-Canadian artist and arts manager with a background in dance and digital art. Currently, she is a B.A. candidate at the University of Toronto, earning a Specialist in Arts Management with a double Minor in Anthropology and Studio Art. Having trained in various dance styles since a young age, she has developed a passion for dance and believes that art has the power to transform people and create social change. In addition to cultivating her own artistic practice, Aysha has interned at the Dance Umbrella of Ontario, and worked as Membership Assistant at the Ontario Museum Association.
Shajiba Sooriyakumar, Marketing Coordinator
Shaji (she/her) is an arts administrator and social media manager. In the past, she has taken on a volunteer photographer role at UforChange, a not-for-profit focused on nurturing creativity. Additionally, Shaji has completed a 40-hour, collaborative online international learning workshop on cases in fashion innovation and sustainability, held in partnership with Humber College and Brazil’s Senac University. Moreover, she has interned through the Music and Performing Arts Management program at the Florence University of the Arts; where she successfully planned and implemented the first six months of an artist’s career. Shaji is passionate about sustainability, accessibility, and inclusivity in the arts. She hopes to spark conversations on these topics in all her endeavours.
Michael Caldwell, Curation and Production Director, Porch View Dances 10th Anniversary
Michael Caldwell is a Toronto-based choreographer, performer, curator, director, producer, and arts advocate. He has performed/collaborated with over 50 of Canada's esteemed performance creators/companies, performing across North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia, earning two (2) Dora Mavor Moore Awards for outstanding performance in dance. His choreography has been commissioned/presented throughout Canada at major festivals, in traditional venues and in site-responsive and community-engaged contexts. Caldwell is a two-time K.M. Hunter Charitable Foundation Artist Award finalist. He is the Executive Producer at Fall for Dance North in Toronto, and Associate Artistic Director at Festival of Dance Annapolis Royal in Nova Scotia, and sits on the board of directors at The CanDance Network and the Dancer Transition Resource Centre.
Mateo Galindo Torres, Artistic Producer, Laneway ART-ery Dances
Mateo Galindo Torres is a multidisciplinary dance artist, actor, and performer based in Toronto. He started his training in Bogota at an early age and deepened his studies in the USA, Cuba, and Canada. As an interpreter, he has worked with a wide array of directors and choreographers, for live theatre, voice-over, and film. Mateo has performed in Canada, Colombia, Cuba, Germany, Mexico, and Panama. As a choreographer and creator, his work is highly influenced by his Latinx American background, often politically charged, and inspired by social subject matters. Mateo fuses his eclectic movement training within his choreography creating a distinct movement quality. Mateo is the founder and artistic director of GUETCHA GUARITCHA, a dance and performance company whose call is to find our essential truth, to connect with it, honour it, and to express ourselves from it.
Drew Berry, Marketing Assistant, Photo, Video and Moving Connections Program Coordinator
Drew Berry is a Toronto-based multidisciplinary performance artist and teacher. Her mediums include dance, theatre, photography, videography, and classical piano. Drew works with Kaeja D'Dance as a marketing & development assistant, photographer/ videographer, dancer, and over the last 3 years has been working closely with Karen Kaeja as a scribe, documenting her latest project which is set to premiere in 2021. Drew is certified to teach Kaeja Elevation and often assists workshops in schools in the GTA. In 2016, Drew joined Rock Bottom Movement as a company member and since has participated in residencies at the Banff Centre, Canadian Stage, Canada's National Ballet Open Space Program, and Toronto Dance Theatre as well as performing in five full-length works. Her most recent production with Rock Bottom Movement, hollow mountain, was awarded two Dora Mavor Moore awards for Outstanding Production and Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble.
Katherine Semchuk, Moving Connections and Open Circuit Program Coordinator
Katherine is a dance-based collaborator, performer, and instructor currently based in Toronto. Originally from Edmonton, AB, she attended Victoria School of the Arts and went on to graduate from The School of Toronto Dance Theatre. Katherine has worked in both Toronto and Alberta with Good Women Dance Collective (GWDC), Kaeja D'dance, Kylie Thompson Dance, Meghann Michalsky, Mile Zero Dance, Nostos Collectives, Peggy Baker Dance Projects, Sasha Ivanochko, and Naishi Wang. Her teaching endeavours have taken her into studios, company classes, and high school programs across the country where she has had the pleasure of leading workshops, choreographic processes, and professional development for both dancers and educators.
Photo by: Tessla Stuckey Photography
Aria Evans, Photo and Video
Aria Evans is an award winning (Afro-Indigenous, settler) Toronto-based multidisciplinary artist working in dance; creation, performance and film/photography. Aria is Artistic Director of Political Movement where collaboration is the departure point to the work that she creates. Her choreography has been presented on Turtle Island and abroad and she has toured, performed and collaborated with a number of the nations leading arts institutions, organizations and independent artists. To see her work and to learn more you can visit her website at www.politicalmovement.ca.
Warren Viegas, Treasurer
Warren Viegas is a graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University. He is a compliance specialist dealing with various federal/provincial taxes, customs and income tax issues while identifying areas of exposure. He is also involved in community service and humanitarian work, including fundraising efforts and most noteworthy, the safe delivery of the co-joined twins separated at Sick Kids hospital in Toronto in 2005. He is currently working on projects with hospitals in Africa and in them protective equipment as well as helping create telehealth platform between medical personnel in Africa and Canada.
Warren has three children, two of them are daughters who are very active as dancers
Amanda Baloukas, Secretary
Amanda is a bilingual lawyer trained in both Civil Law (LL.B- Université de Montreal) and Common Law (J.D.- University of Ottawa). She currently works as a Senior Policy Advisor at the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade- Office of Red Tape Reduction Small Business, supporting large scale, multi-ministry policy initiatives to reduce the regulatory burden on business and encourage investment in Ontario. Previously Amanda supported the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) at the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development, an economic immigration program for foreign skilled workers to obtain permanent residence in Ontario. In support of the OINP, Amanda drafted administrative decisions at the stage of internal review as well as internal policy and procedure and public-facing guidance in-line with program regulations. Formerly, Amanda articled with in-house legal counsel in the pharmaceutical industry where she negotiated and drafted a variety of commercial agreements and advised on compliance and privacy-related legal matters. Amanda also has a background in dance and has several years of dance training and performance experience in classical ballet, jazz, tap, and contemporary dance. She is enthusiastic to share her passion for the performing arts and contribute her legal and policy experience to the Board of Directors at Kaeja D'dance.
Christine Jackson, Director
Christine Jackson has provided arts leadership in a variety of contexts, as a teacher and Arts Coordinator at the Toronto District School Board, Arts Education Officer at the Ministry of Education, President of the Council of Ontario Dance and Drama Educators, and faculty member at OISE/UT and York University. Christine advocates for the arts as pedagogies of connection, civic engagement, and empowerment in all initiatives, and in her frequent talks and workshops. She is inspired by bold creative collaborations with teachers, students, and artists, and draws upon this work to design innovative projects and arts education resources. She participated as a Fellow in the inaugural Toronto Arts Council Cultural Leaders Lab, and deeply values the relationships that were inspired across a diverse range of arts experiences and practices. Christine is a member of the Educational Advisory Boards for Theaturtle Canadian Stage, and the Art Gallery of Ontario. She also is a member of the steering committee for the 2018 National Round Table for Teacher Education in the Arts. Currently, Christine is Sessional Lecturer at OISE/UT and provides consulting services to Boards of Education. She has collaborated with Allen and Karen on a number of school-based initiatives and is thrilled to now serve as President of the Board for Kaeja d'Dance.
Lori Pacan, Director
As a marketing and communications specialist, Lori is passionate about building a brand and showcasing what makes it unique. Starting out as an artist and copywriter has given her a unique perspective and has enabled her to use that creativity to conceptualize great ideas. Over 25 years ago, she began her career in England and Japan and has since worked with many influential clients at marketing agencies across Toronto. After completing her BEd in 2015, Lori found her true passion in education. Since that time, she has worked in educational publishing, and is now, at her current role as a Communications Specialist and occasional Visual Arts Teacher for a private school. The winning combination of education, marketing, and the arts, is what keeps this adventurous spirit fulfilled.
Ciragh is an innovative leader and educator with a passion for helping folks find their voice. Her teaching took her all over the world; rehabilitating at English prisons through George Orwell, inspiring language confidence in Japan through High School Musical, directing Mexico City teenagers in Shakespeare comedies. To Ciragh, the arts in all their diverse forms are paths to self-discovery and empowerment. In 2016 Ciragh founded PIFF, the only film festival in Ontario showcasing movies made by and starring adults with developmental disabilities. She has a passion for community building and connecting people from all backgrounds to reach the same goal. She is currently the Community Relations Director for Pegasus Community Project.
Ciragh’s extra-curricular adventures include live-streaming foosball games, supporting community theatre, and having one-woman dance parties in the basement.
Lori Endes, President
Lori Endes is a graduate of the Institute without Boundaries at George Brown College (GBC) and completed an MA in Interdisciplinary Design Strategy from IADT in Ireland. Since 2010, she has worked at the Centre for Arts, Design and Information Technology at GBC as the Special Projects Coordinator working with young designers and industry partners and she is Faculty in the Design Department. Lori has over 25 years experience in the world of dance as both a performer and a designer. She has designed costumes and sets for film, television, dance and theatre. From 1995 to 2005 she worked with Toronto Dance Theatre as a resident designer and Head of Wardrobe. Her independent design practice includes clients such as The National Ballet, Ballet Jorgen, the CBC and Kaeja d'Dance among others. She and her family participated in Porch View Dances twice and were thrilled to share this experience with each other and the community.