Soraya Peerbaye: Cultural Dramaturge, Participatory Practices Activator, Collaborator
Soraya Peerbaye is an arts consultant specializing in creative, career and community development for dance artists. She was the Dance Officer at the Toronto Arts Council from 2004 to 2012; prior to that she was the Equity Officer at the Canada Council for the Arts, advocating for artists of colour and diasporic artistic and cultural practices. She is currently the Director of Development for adelheid dance company (Heidi Strauss); she also supports the development of numerous independent dance artists and dance and theatre companies, including Dreamwalker Dance Company, Anandam Dance Theatre, Allison Toffan, Compañia Carmen Romero, Pratibha Arts, Triana Project, and The Independent Aunties. She was the producer of the inaugural Body Percussion Festival (Artistic Director Viv Moore). Soraya is also a poet and the author of Poems for the Advisory Committee on Antarctic Names (Goose Lane Editions, 2009), nominated for the Gerald Lampert Award for first poetry collection. She graduated with a BA in Theatre from York University and also holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Guelph.