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 Campanella, 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.
Originally from Ottawa, ON, Nicole Rosove attended Carleton University for Communication Studies, and spent a semester abroad studying at the University of Leeds. Shortly after, Nicole completed a certificate course in Arts Marketing at the Chang School of Continuing Education. Nicole began working in arts management in 2012, as an intern at the Dance Umbrella of Ontario (DUO). She now holds the position of Communications Coordinator at DUO, where her area of expertise lies in arts marketing, publicity, and social media management. 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.
A Toronto native, Natasha Powell is a dedicated member of the Toronto performing arts community and has worked for a number of arts organizations since 2008. Companies she has had the privilege to work for include the Young Centre for the Performing Arts, ManifesTO Festival for Community and Culture, Catalyst Dance Company, and most recently Peggy Baker Dance Projects and Volcano Theatre where her portfolio included event producing, marketing, fundraising, and communications for both companies. Natasha is also an independent dance artist and has successfully produced and choreographed shows shows in the Toronto Fringe Festival, TD Bank’s Then and Now Series, and Harbourfront Centre’s NextSteps series. She is the co-producer and choreographer behind the dance-theatre production, Gimme One Riddim, and is thrilled to be joining the team at the Dance Umbrella of Ontario!