Andrea Roberts is a rehearsal director, arts administrator, dance historian, and database enthusiast. She is a graduate of the Professional Training Program at The School of Toronto Dance Theatre. She has spent most 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, Tanveer Alam, 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 Norsworthy & Marielis Garcia, David Pressault, Tedd Robinson, Julia Sasso, Ofilio Sinbadinho, Roger Sinha, Mariko Tanabe, Michael Trent, Gerry Trentham, and Apolonia Velasquez. She was Rehearsal Director and Artistic Advisor for Jennifer Dallas / Kẹmi Contemporary Dance Projects for the first decade of the company’s work. Most recently, Roberts participated in a research project that examined Susie Burpee’s role as interpreter in Tedd Robinson’s choreography from 1996-2018. She was also on the artistic team for Sylvain Émard’s Le Grand Continental, coaching community members and performing in Toronto’s 2018 Luminato Festival.
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. She 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. Her current project is a chapter on “the archived body” for an upcoming issue of Digital Performance in Canada – New Essays in Canadian Theatre.
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. She 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.