Born and raised in Russia, Lilya Sultanova has called Toronto her home since 2007. Prior to moving to Canada, she worked on a number of arts, culture, and education projects at the British Council. She also previously worked on marketing Britain as a tourist destination at VisitBritain.

After her move to Toronto, she completed a post-graduate course in marketing and customer relationship management, while freelancing at performing arts venues in the city and volunteering at the Art Gallery of Ontario. Before joining the team at The School of Toronto Dance Theatre, she worked at Young People’s Theatre and The Theatre Centre.