I believe in the power of the arts to elevate connection, awareness, understanding and health.
Uptown Moves / TO Live
Uptown KidLit / TCAF & North York Arts
Insights Discussion Series / TO Live
Strategic Planner / Performing Arts Companies
Project Management Facilitator / Legacy Leaders
Chair / Dance Media Group-Groupe Danse Média
Artistic / Dancemakers
National Creation Fund / National Arts Centre
Biography: Timea Wharton-Suri is an arts and entertainment professional with twenty years' experience creating and directing dance productions, cultural programs, and arts engagement projects that are accessible to a broad range of communities. She is a programmer and producer of dance, multi-arts and literary events; an arts manager; and an advisor to arts organizations. Timea earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Dance from York University, and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Arts and Media Management Graduate Diploma from Schulich School of Business. She performed for several years with dance companies such as Ballet Creole and Ronald Taylor Dance before opening a dance/fitness studio – one of the first that now proliferate in urban centres. Timea has worked for the Dancer Transition Resource Centre, TVOntario, and Toronto Arts Council (TAC), where she managed the dance and literary arts portfolios. At TAC, she worked with Canada’s largest communities of dancers and writers to administer a $2.5 million grants budget, was the architect of the What’s Your Story? and Toronto Lit Up programs, and co-developed the Long-Term Dance Projects, Cultural Leaders Lab, Performing Arts Facilities, and Animating Toronto Parks programs. These programs have increased access and exposure for many marginalized artists. Timea has served as a Big Sister mentor, taught dance to youth, and has been engaged as a speaker on the topics of equitable access to public programs, arts funding, and career skills for the Canadian Alliance of Dance Artists, Dancemakers, dance Immersion, Dance Umbrella of Ontario, NIA Centre for the Arts, Diaspora Dialogues, Writers Union of Canada, Toronto Public Library, Centennial College, Royal Academy of Dance, Ontario Book Publisher’s Organization, and Schulich School of Business. While working as a programmer and producer at large (for Uptown Moves, Insights Discussion Series, Uptown KidLit, and more), she is currently the Chair of the Board of Directors of Dance Media Group.