While completing her HBSc in Human Biology and Bioethics from the University of Toronto Jennifer had the unique opportunity to serve on a student Executive Committee that managed the University’s extracurricular dance collective (at that time comprised of 150 members from faculty, students and the UofT community). It was during her time as a part of that Executive Committee, and her opportunity to serve as the Managing Producer of the University of Toronto Festival of Dance at Hart House Theatre, that her interest in performing arts and not-for-profit administration began.
Jennifer began her career in Arts Management and Production Administration in 2007 at the Dance Umbrella of Ontario where she had the privilege of working with companies such as Claudia Moore’s MOonhORsE dance theatre, Break it Down Dance Initiatives and Gadfly; and independent artists Holly Small, Sashar Zarif, Darcey Callison and Robert Glumbek.
In 2011 Jennifer founded Motive Management Inc. (MMI), a boutique, multi-sector project and production administration company. MMI’s roster included Toronto-based dance companies ProArteDanza (Roberto Campnella, Artistic Director) and princess productions (Yvonne Ng, Artistic Director), which produces the biennial dance: made in canada / fait au canada. MMI’s consultants and project specialists continue in Jennifer’s absence with clients such as PNR Railworks.
Jennifer was appointed the Managing Director of the Dance Umbrella of Ontario in January of 2013. In this role, Jennifer leads the organization in delivering tailored management services to Ontario’s dance enterprises.
Jennifer sits on the Board of the Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts (TAPA) and the steering committee for the annual On The Move conference.
Natalia, originally from Belarus, Russia, came to Canada in 1992 with a degree in economics. She began working at DUO in 2006, and she achieved her CGA designation in 2012. In her free time, Natalia enjoys dancing and knitting.
Andrea Mapili is a Toronto-based performer, arts administrator and teacher of the Life/Art Process, a movement-based expressive arts education and therapy approach. She is the founder of the newly launched company Mindful Abandon: Paths to Artful Living that promotes creativity and wellness through movement-based expressive arts. The work is grounded in the Life/Art Process, the teachings of the Tamalpa Institute and Anna Halprin. Andrea is interested in origin stories, asking why and lots of karaoke.
Nicole Rosove graduated from Carleton University with a Bachelor of Arts Honours in Communication Studies. During her time in university, she was a member of the University of Ottawa Dance Team, CASCO – a student run charity organization at the University of Ottawa, and Nu Sigma Pi; where she held the position of Athletics and Fundraising Chair. In 2012, Nicole joined DUO, and was thrilled with the opportunity to combine her love of dance with her academic background in communications.
Nicole is also a Toronto-based dance artist and has worked professionally as both a performer and choreographer. In her spare time she enjoys writing, and has a fluid and succinct style that has been recognized by local publications.
Amy Benson joined the DUO team in early 2014 having made the move to the bright lights of Toronto from the ocean breezes of Vancouver. Since earning a BFA from the University of Victoria, Amy has worked in arts administration and management with dance, theatre and music companies large and small. Amy spent time honing her skills the Vancouver East Cultural Centre, Centennial Theatre, and the Firehall Arts Centre, where she developed the multi-tasking skills, thick skin and sense of humour needed to be a great arts administrator. Amy has been busy immersing herself in the life and culture of Toronto, but is still getting used to the winter.