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M.A., Dance Studies, York University

Andrea Roberts has worked as both an administrator and rehearsal director at The School of Toronto Dance Theatre since her graduation from the Professional Training Program in 1997. She recently completed a six-year term on the board of the Canadian Alliance of Dance Artists (CADA-ON), where she acted as Treasurer (2013-15), and then Chair (2015-16). Roberts has spent the majority of her professional dance 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 twenty choreographers. She acted as Rehearsal Director and Artistic Advisor for Jennifer Dallas / Kẹmi Contemporary Dance Projects for nine years, from the company’s inception in 2007. 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. 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. Beyond that, she has a passion for databases and systems building, and has recently completed a certificate in Information Systems Management at Ryerson University.