Board of Directors
Board of Directors: Ilona Dougherty, Jane Gabriels, Caroline Guimont, Michael Montanaro, Miriam Ginestier, Cory Garfinkle, Sarah Bronsard
Advisory Board: Martha Carter, Paul Caskey, Guy Cools, Suzanne Miller, André Houle
Founding member of Culture Montréal
Founding member of the Regroupement des Arts Interdisciplinaires du Québec (RAIQ)
Member of the Regroupment Québécois de la Danse (RQD)
Member of the Canadian Dance Assembly
Member of CanDance, a network of Canadian Dance Presenters
Biographies of Studio 303 board members
Ilona Dougherty began her career as a concerned citizen at a young age, serving on the Sierra Club of Canada’s Board of Directors, co-founding the Youth Environmental Network, and participating in the U.N. Commission on Sustainable Development in 1997. Combining her passion for environmentalism and the arts, Ilona completed a joint degree in Policy Studies and Contemporary Dance at Concordia. She is currently the Executive Director of Apathy is Boring and continues to choreograph. She joined the board of Studio 303 in 2007.
Jane Gabriels is a performer, poet, producer and arts administrator. With over 15 years experience as a performing arts consultant, she has helped artists at all stages of their careers through booking, grant-writing, managing press relations, and general management issues, in part as director of Pepatian, a South Bronx-based arts organization dedicated to supporting contemporary Latino performing arts. Currently she is pursuing a PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies at Concordia University. She has been on the 303 Board since 2007.
After completing a college degree in Visual Arts in 1994, Caroline Guimont undertook university studies in Cultural Animation and Research (UQAM) where she was drawn to communications and events production. Her eclectic professional path led her to coordinate activities and projects in multiple sectors. Since 2012, she is a self-employed Communications Consultant, supporting individuals and organisations among the artistic community, with their promotion and communications needs. http://www.linkedin.com/pub/caroline-guimont/33/66a/65a
Helene Petoussis CPA, CA, has been working at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP as both an audit and tax senior associate since 2008. Helene has gained extensive experience in audit and tax, ranging from the needs of publicly held corporations to privately held family businesses and non-profit organizations. Helene has always been an avid fan of dance and performance art and has been a regular patron of Studio 303 for several years.
Cory Garfinkle has an eclectic background in fundraising and event planning, arts management, and public relations. She began her professional career in the arts working primarily as a dancer and teacher, but also as a tour manager, artistic director, rehearsal director, translator and choreographer. Cory continues to teach dance and yoga, while her main focus over the past 10 years has been on special events management. She has been on the board since 2007.
Michael Montanaro has a background that has crossed the boundaries of many different art forms. Accomplished as a composer, musician, actor and trans-disciplinary artist, he is best known for his work in the field of dance. Michael currently holds the position of Chair of the Department of Contemporary Dance, Concordia University and is a member / researcher in Hexagram. He has served on the 303 Board since 2004.
Sarah Bronsard’s artistic trajectory took root in visual and numeric arts and led her to dance through the art of Flamenco. In 2009, she obtained a bachelor’s degree in New Media (Concordia and Paris 8) after which she trained in contemporary dance in France and Quebec., Through diverse musical and choreographic collaborations Sarah develops new dialogues in Flamenco, an approach where rhythms, intensity, contrasts and codifications come into play. Her first production 4kg, was presented at Studio 303 and at the M.A.I in 2012.
Miriam Ginestier is the Artistic and General Director of Studio 303, a busy Montreal centre for dance and interdiscipinary art, and an award-winning creator of cultural events for Montreal’s lesbian community. An innovator at Studio 303, Miriam has prioritised the development of emerging artists and practices through a holistic vision incorporating residencies, artist exchanges, workshops and mentorships, alongside events such as Edgy Women and projet/projo. She sits on several boards including Culture Montréal, OUT Productions, and she is the president of the RAIQ (Québec’s Interdsicplinary Arts Network). Miriam is also a DJ, performer, and videographer – she has directed three silent films which have been screened internationally.
After training as a dramaturge, Guy Cools became involved with dance in Flanders as a dance critic and later as theatre and dance director of the Vooruit centre in Ghent, and as VP of the Dance. He left Vooruit to dedicate himself to dramaturgy (working with Les Ballets C. de la B. and Daniele Desnoyers amongst others), artistic consultancy (for Place des Arts, amongst others), and to return to his old passions of teaching, writing, and publishing. Guy was a 303 board member between 2005 and 2007.
Paul Caskey involvement in Canada’s professional dance community has ranged from that of dancer/choreographer to Lighting Designer to Artistic Director. Moving from Vancouver to Montreal in 1989, he quickly immersed himself in the Quebec dance milieu, choreographing his own works and dancing for numerous independent choreographers. In 1994 he became Co-Artistic Director of Studio 303, a position he held for ten years. In February 2005, Paul joined Live Art Dance Productions as Artistic Director and now lives and works in Halifax.
Artistic Director of mmHoP, Martha Carter has worked in New York, Ohio, Italy and Montreal where she produced dozens of stage and film works with her companies Marta Marta Danse, House of Pride and martamartaHOP. Martha co-founded Studio 303 and was on faculty at Concordia, Ohio State and Simon Fraser Universities. Since 1993 she has toured regularly with the internationally acclaimed Cie. Marie Chouinard as Touring Artistic Director. Martha is now in Vancouver producing a new stage and film work for the Vancouver International Dance Festival in April 2009.
Suzanne Miller is a dancer, choreographer, teacher and company director with composer Allan Paivio. Dedicated to the art of collaboration, their work has toured throughout North America, South America, Europe and most recently in the Middle East. In 2012, their company Suzanne Miller & Allan Paivio Productions toured extensively throughout the Northern States of Mexico with one of Mexico’s most important contemporary dance companies, Contradanza. Their upcoming production “Thirst” is scheduled for a world-premiere and tour in the Middle East in 2014. Suzanne has been involved with the ongoing activities of Studio 303 since its foundation in 1992 and joined the board in 1995. She was the President until 2012.
André Houle is a technical director and lighting designer. He has been technical director of Montanaro Danse, of Tangente, of l’Usine C, of the Festival de Théâtre des Amériques, of Média-FX of a theatre production by the company Les Deux Mondes. Since 2003 he has been the technical director of O’Vertigo. André joined the 303 Board in 2001 until 2013.