Soraya Peerbaye

Soraya Peerbaye has more than 20 years of experience in the arts in the field of program management, policy development, and advocacy. She began her career in theatre, working with Nightwood Theatre, and as an independent artist as a director, dramaturge and collaborator; more recently she has worked in dance as a producer, curator, and dramaturge for companies such as Anandam Dancetheatre, Nova Dance (Nova Bhattacharya), Compañía Carmen Romero, and the Toronto Rhythm Initiative (Allison Toffan). She was the Dance Officer at the Toronto Arts Council, and prior to that the Equity Officer at the Canada Council for the Arts, advocating for artists of colour and diasporic artistic and cultural practices. Soraya has also acted as a consultant for a range of cultural entities, including the ArtReach, the Canadian Alliance of Dance Artists, Cultural Pluralism in the Performing Arts Movement Ontario, and the Deaf, Disabilities and Mad Arts Coalition of Canada. She is a poet and the author of Poems for the Advisory Committee on Antarctic Names (Goose Lane Editions, 2009), nominated for the Gerald Lampert Award, and Tell: Poems for a Girlhood (Pedlar Press, 2015), shortlisted for the Griffin Poetry Prize and winner of the Trillium Poetry Award.