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M.A., Dance Studies, York University

Andrea Roberts was a scholarship student in the Professional Training Program at The School of Toronto Dance Theatre, where she has worked as both an administrator and rehearsal director since her graduation in 1997.  She has spent the majority of her professional career exploring her artistic voice through improvisation and theatre training, and has performed in works by Peggy Baker, Sonya Biernath, Murray Darroch, Terrill Maguire, Sharon B. Moore, and Julia Sasso. As a rehearsal director/assistant, Roberts has been involved in the creative process for both new works and remounts by more than 20 choreographers, including Massimo Agostinelli, Sonya Biernath, Marc Boivin, Rachel Browne, Peter Chin, Corpus, Jennifer Dallas, Jasmine Ellis, Jasmyn Fyffe, Christopher House, Bill James, Karen Kuzak, Louis Laberge-Côté, José Limón, Coralee McLaren, Sharon B. Moore, David Pressault, Tedd Robinson, Julia Sasso, Ofilio Sinbadinho, Roger Sinha, Mariko Tanabe, Michael Trent, Gerry Trentham, and Apolonia Velasquez. She has acted as Rehearsal Director and Artistic Advisor for Jennifer Dallas / Kẹmi Contemporary Dance Projects since the company’s inception in 2007. Roberts was the adjudicator for the modern / contemporary section at the 2009 Surrey (BC) Festival of Dance.

A recipient of The W. Lawrence Heisey Graduate Award in Fine Arts, Roberts holds a master’s degree in dance studies from York University.  Her thesis used psychoanalytic visual art theory to discuss the dance-theatre work of Canadian choreographer Murray Darroch, and her research included co-production of a tribute performance following his passing in 2005. She has also done substantial original research into the history of Toronto’s Pavlychenko Studio. Roberts has an active interest in the conversations around performance archives, and has presented several papers throughout North America that investigate various aspects of creation, preservation, and (re)interpretation.

In 2014, Roberts was awarded a Metcalf Foundation Renewal Grant to attend one of the renowned Leadership Development programs at the Banff Centre. She served on the board of the Canadian Alliance of Dance Artists (CADA-ON) for six years, where she acted as Treasurer, then Chair. Roberts currently sits on the board of Dancemakers. Beyond that, she has a passion for databases and systems building, and has recently completed a certificate in Information Systems Management at Ryerson University.