BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Christine Moynihan has spent the past forty years actively working in the performing arts – as an actor, producer, technician, administrator and executive director. She was the Artistic Producer of Equity Showcase Theatre (EST) from 1988 – 2002 and the Executive Director of the Dance Umbrella of Ontario from 2002- 2012. She has received both the Brenda Donoghue Award for Outstanding Service to the Theatre Community (1994 – presented as part of the Dora Awards) and The Harold Award (2000) also for Outstanding Service to the Theatre Community, this one presented by the “Indie” theatre and dance community.
"I am honoured to continue my long association with Moonhorse Dance Theatre. Claudia Moore as a performer is, of course, a national treasure - a truly extraordinary dance artist. However, I am also in awe of her continued evolution as a producer, curator and community catalyst. It is a continual pleasure to work with this vibrant company."
Carol Anderson has enjoyed a diverse career as a dancer, choreographer, director, teacher and writer. She started her performing career with Canadian pioneer Judy Jarvis’ first company. A founding member of Dancemakers in 1974, she danced, choreographed for, and was active in the direction of the Toronto company until 1989.
Mining her parallel interests in dancing and writing, Anderson is the author of a growing body of writing on Canadian dance and other cultural matters. An Associate Professor of Dance at York University until July, 2016, she taught both studio and studies courses. A lifelong investigator/educator of forms and styles of movement, Anderson is also a devotee of writing as a mode of exploring personal creativity and expression.
In his forty-year career, Allen MacInnis worked across Canada directing contemporary and classical theatre, new plays, opera and musicals, aboriginal theatre, and theatre for young audiences. Vancouver Opera, Shaw Festival, Centaur Theatre and Neptune Theatre are a just a few of the theatres at which he worked. He was Artistic Associate of Alberta Theatre Projects helping to found playRites, a national festival of new plays that ran for 27 years. Prior to becoming Artistic Director of Young People’s Theatre (YPT) in 2002, he was Artistic Director of Prairie Theatre Exchange in Winnipeg where he worked to revitalize PTE’s national reputation for contemporary theatre. Allen recently retired from YPT after 19 successful seasons focussed on deepening the vital link between innovative, professional theatre and young people’s education and development. In retirement, Allen is keen to volunteer and advocate for affordable housing.
Jean’s professional experience has been primarily in the artistic and educational sectors. Her early
career as an actor included several seasons at the Shaw Festival and the Manitoba Theatre Centre.
Subsequently she freelanced as an administrator, with clients such as ACTRAWORKS, the Artists’ Health Centre Foundation, and the Toronto Arts Council, as well as a variety of non-arts organizations. In 2020 she retired from the position of Academic Administrative Coordinator in the Engineering
Communication Program at the University of Toronto, one of several administrative positions she held at the university over the past twenty years. Throughout her life Jean has maintained an avid interest in all art forms, as an enthusiast, an audience member and an active participant. Currently she is a joyful participant in 55+ community dance classes at MOonhORsE Dance Theatre and the National Ballet School.
Claudia’s dance as well as MOonhORsE’s productions have long been an inspiration to Sandi who dances for fun. She was an eager participant in Claudia’s ‘Dance for All’ community project in 2014-2015, which gave non-professional dancers an opportunity to take to the stage prior to some amazing Older and Reckless performers.
For more than a decade Sandi has consulted to organizations in various non-profit sectors. She brings the board extensive knowledge of non-profit governance, strategic planning and stakeholder engagement. She recently completed a M.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies at York University, and also holds a B. Ed. (University of Toronto) and B.Comm. (University of Guelph).
“I am looking forward to helping others discover and experience MOonhORsE’s marvellous, engaging performances. And to celebrating 20 years with all those who’ve been part of this welcoming dance community Claudia has nurtured and cultivated.”
MOonhORsE Dance Theatre Board: In Memoriam
President from 1996 - 2016
Deborah Sheppard, PhD, was a sociologist, poet, playwright and performer. She taught at York and Concordia Universities and gave many public talks related to gender, work and family, as well as numerous poetry readings. She and Vinzenzo Sestito co-authored three one-woman plays, “Hear the Crows’ Wings”, “A Minyan of One”, and “Green Spears and Pomegranate Seeds” which she performed for several years.
A devoted supporter of MOonhORsE with a gusto for life and art, Deborah passed away on June 27, 2019.
“Moonhorse reconnected me to the world of dance and to a remarkable community of artists. My own creativity was inspired by Claudia and the work that she has created and nourished in others.” - Deborah Sheppard
Sallie Lyons retired from the vibrant undergraduate Drama Program at the University of Toronto where she collaborated with national and international theatre artists, training actors. She danced/choreographed with the pioneering companies of Judy Jarvis Dance and Theatre Co. and T.I.D.E. (Toronto Independent Dance Enterprise) where she was also co artistic director; choreographed numerous seminal works for composer R.Murray Schaffer and has coached/performed/guest taught for various theatres, independents and institutions.
Sallie held professor certification levels I & II in the Margolis Method -The Physics of Acting; was a certified instructor of Hatha Yoga, Restorative Yoga, and Rada Yoga and trained in Viewpoints and Suzuki with the SITI Company of New York in Saratoga Springs.
A remarkable woman who led a rich life in the arts, Sallie passed away on February 15, 2021.
MOonhORsE is grateful for the gift of Deborah's and Sallie’s presence in the arts community and for their benevolent work over many years on the MOonhORsE board. We sincerely appreciate their enthusiastic support and their thoughtful offerings. Deborah and Sallie are dearly missed by the entire MOonhORsE community and we honour their memory with our ongoing work.