FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 11, 2021

The School of Toronto Dance Theatre announces the retirement of Artistic Director Patricia Fraser at the end of the 2020-21 school year

Photo by Cylla von Tiedemann

Patricia Fraser has been the Artistic Director of The School of Toronto Dance Theatre for nearly 28 years, and will retire at the end of the 2020-21 school year. She has brought to her position an extensive teaching background, significant experience as a dancer and artistic director, and most importantly, a personal commitment to the life-long learning continuum of a dance artist.

During her tenure as Artistic Director, she has led the School with a combination of long-range vision, integrity, and compassion. She continues to support students and graduates as they develop their careers, and she has built an outstanding roster of faculty, committed guest artists, and supporters. Through her connection with other schools across Canada, she has built a collaborative forum for shared experiences and collective problem-solving. She has been passionately committed to the training and education of young dancers in contemporary dance, and has dedicated herself to investing in the artistic potential of youth and for the development of the art form.

“Notwithstanding the challenges of the pandemic, this transition has been in the planning stages for some time”, stated Fraser. “I have every confidence that the new leader will have a firm foundation upon which to build a fresh direction for the School. I extend my immense gratitude to the Board of Directors, as well as the administration, staff, faculty, and students of the School, both past and present, for their years of support and guidance.”

“Pat has given several generations of emerging dance artists an inspiring and stimulating initiation into the challenging world of the contemporary dancer”, said Gail Lilley, President, Board of Directors. “She leaves the organization in a solid position and we will miss her wisdom, generosity, dedication, and commitment. We look forward to celebrating her contributions in person when it is safe to do so later in 2021.”

The posting for the search for the new Artistic Director will be released February 12.

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The School of Toronto Dance Theatre would like to acknowledge the sacred land on which we operate, the site of human activity for over 15,000 years. This land is the traditional territory of many nations: the Wendat, the Haudenosaunee, and the Anishinaabe, including the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation. We are grateful to have the opportunity to work on this land and to share our space with all peoples 
 those indigenous to Turtle Island and those from the world. 

Our mission is to train creative people to perform, choreograph, and teach, and to assume leadership roles that will change the face of contemporary dance in Canada and around the world. The School comprises the full-time, three-year Professional Training Program, providing conservatory-based training and education to students intent on a career in contemporary dance; the Summer School intensive program; and recreational contemporary dance programs for adults and youth. The School has served as the foundation and inspiration for generations of dancers.