artistic director
Heidi Strauss’ work explores how people interact with each other, and with their environments.  Her work bridges disciplines of dance and theatre, crossing into immersive and installation-based performance as well as being presented on different sized stages.  As Artistic Director of adelheid, she develops new performance works and initiates programs for other artists - currently including re:research(for emerging dance creators),and Cohort (for makers integrating digital technologies into creation). She has been a resident artist at the Factory Theatre, The Theatre Centre and Harbourfront Centre.  Her film collaborations have been screened at dança em foco (Rio de Janiero), nu2’s IDN festival (Barcelona) and d:mic (Toronto).  She has been commissioned by/choreographed for Toronto Dance Theatre, Mocean Dance, The Frankfurt Opera, The Canadian Opera Company, Volcano Theatre, and the Stratford Festival. Heidi is a recipient of the KM Hunter Award for Dance and multiple Dora Awards.
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Thank you to Lucius Dechausay, video producer, CBC Arts.  Catch more of the CBC series, The MOVE. 

artistic producer 
Rachel Penny is a producer working in dance, theatre and community-engaged arts, with an interest in being a part of a more equitable and just performing art community in Toronto. Rachel has worked with a diverse range of organizations including Harbourfront Centre, The Luminato Festival, Young People’s Theatre, Volcano Theatre, Peggy Baker Dance Projects, and The AMY Project. Rachel has been mentored in producing through Theatre Ontario’s Professional Theatre Training Program (with Aislinn Rose) and the Metcalf Foundation Performing Arts Internship Program (with Meredith Potter). Currently, Rachel also works as a Creative Producer with The Theatre Centre.
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artistic associate 
Jeremy Mimnagh is a photographer, projection designer, composer, and adelheid's Artistic Associate, and resident designer. He has recently designed for acclaimed Canadian dance artist Peggy Baker (‘Who We Are in the Dark’), Citadel & Compagnie (‘Four Old Legs’/James Kudelka; ’Jusqu’à Vimy’/Laurence Lemieux) and for adelheid’s LOT X. He is currently collaborating with performance artist Jess Dobkin on a retrospective of her work for the Art Gallery of York University. As a filmmaker, he has collaborated with Peter Chin on ‘Floating Construct’ and feature length ‘Jamaican' (winner Best Documentary 2017, Caribbean Lens Film Festival, Los Angeles) as well as on several short films with adelheid. His photography focuses on dance and theatre work, largely of Toronto-based artists.
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re:research producer/social media manager
Originally from New Brunswick, Jane-Alison McKinney is a dancer, choreographer, and producer.  A graduate of The School of Toronto Dance Theatre, she has performed the works of a variety of contemporary dance artists in Canada and Internationally. In 2016, she was awarded a Metcalf Foundation Internship Grant in Artistic Direction with adelheid under the mentorship of Heidi Strauss, whose close mentorship has played a profound impact on Jane-Alison’s artistic development.  She has also worked with adelheid as a dancer, emerging choreographer, and producer. Jane Alison’s choreography has been supported nationally by a variety of festivals and residencies; most recently her solo work ‘There she was’ was presented by Tangente in Montreal. She is also co-director of the performance collective Bare Nerve with Emma Kerson.

Dedra McDermott is a new generation artist of colour, working as a professional dancer, emerging choreographer, producer, and movement dramaturg based in Tkaronto (Toronto). The scope of her performance career includes the diverse worlds of theatre, film and television. She has a B.F.A in Choreography and Performance from The School of Arts, Media, Performance and Design at York University and a Master of Arts from The Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies at The University of Toronto. Currently, her artistic practice utilizes autoethnographic methodology to weave both movement and literary choreographies to create live and filmed works. Her work focuses on identity, memory, and exploring what it means to reconstitute the voice and bodily presence as a way of decolonizing the self. 

Dedra McDermott is a recipient of the Metcalf Foundation Performing Arts Internship, focussing on Artistic Production (Curation and Dramaturgy) at Canadian Stage and adelheid for 2021-22.
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Claire Holland, Chair
Nicole Hensen, Secretary
Irma Villafuerte, Treasurer
Bradley Powell
John Dalrymple
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