CHRISTOPHER HOUSE - Artistic Director
Born and raised in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Christopher House has been Artistic Director of Toronto Dance Theatre since 1994. In addition to contributing over sixty works to the TDT repertoire, he has created choreographies for many companies and individuals including Lisbon’s Ballet Gulbenkian, The National Ballet of Canada, Les Grands Ballet Canadiens, Peggy Baker and Guillaume Côté. He has also directed two collaborations with inde-pop band The Hidden Cameras, made several short films and videos, and in 2015 was a contributing choreographer with Cirque du Soleil for the Opening Ceremony of the Pan Am Games.
He recently curated Singular Bodies, a choreographic platform for visual artists and continues his performance practice in the works of Deborah Hay, Ame Henderson and Jordan Tannahill.
Christopher House has received many awards and honours for his work including three Dora Mavor Moore Awards, the Muriel Sherrin Award for International Achievement in Dance and an Honorary Doctorate from Memorial University of Newfoundland. He is an Associate Dance Artist of Canada’s National Arts Centre
ANDREA VAGIANOS - Managing Director
Andrea has been Managing Director of Toronto Dance Theatre since January 2010. Over the past twenty-five years, she has held a variety of positions in the cultural sector on both the producing and funding sides of the industry. In the early ‘90s, Andrea spent several years creating and running arts education programs for The Shaw Festival and the Canadian Opera Company. She moved to the Laidlaw Foundation in the late ‘90s, where she was Arts Programme Coordinator and facilitated its province-wide funding of new works in the performing arts.
Andrea spent six years as Managing Director of Dancemakers (2000-2005), during which time she negotiated and managed the company's move to and leasehold improvements of the Centre for Creation in Toronto’s Distillery District. She worked in the public sector as Acting Arts Education Officer at the Ontario Arts Council (2006-07), and was General Manager of The School of Toronto Dance Theatre (2007-09) before moving into her current role at TDT. Andrea has volunteered on numerous arts boards over the years and is currently President of the Toronto Alliance of the Performing Arts (TAPA).