Timea Wharton-Suri is an arts executive, curator and producer. She 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.
Timea 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. She has produced events for TO Live, North York Arts, Holla Jazz, Toronto Comic Arts Festival, Toronto Dance Theatre, and the Remarkable Women Awards, and curated dance performances for dance Immersion, TO Live, and Canadian Stage. A frequent moderator, Timea has conducted on-camera artist interviews and panels for Toronto International Festival of Authors and Harbourfront Centre Performing Arts, CPAMO, Canadian Stage, The Dance Current, and On The Move.
On the management front, Timea served as the Interim Managing Director of Toronto Dance Theatre in 2020, and previously in administrative roles 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 and co-develop the What’s Your Story?, Toronto Lit Up, Long-Term Dance Projects, Cultural Leaders Lab, Performing Arts Facilities, and Animating Toronto Parks programs. These programs have increased access and exposure for marginalized artists. In 2019, Timea co-developed and facilitated curriculum delivery for dance Immersion's Legacy Leaders Arts Project Management course.
Working with many communities, Timea has served as a Big Sister mentor, taught dance to adults and youth, and has been engaged as a speaker for the Canadian Alliance of Dance Artists, CPAMO, On the Move Conference, 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.
Currently, Timea is the Chair of the Board of Directors of Dance Media Group (The Dance Current) and the Program Director at dance Immersion. She is a member of the International Association of Blacks in Dance, Black Business and Professional Association, Ontario Non-Profit Network, and Canadian Black Chamber of Commerce.