BOARD OF DIRECTORS
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.
Sallie Lyons recently 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.
She holds professor certification levels I & II in the Margolis Method -The Physics of Acting; is 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.
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)f rom 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.
Ms Moynihan is currently working as a consultant/administrator with ProArteDanza, Theatre Ink and Doane Uschool.
"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."
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 in June 2019. She is deeply missed by Claudia and the entire MOonhORsE community.
“Moonhorse has reconnected me to the world of dance and to a remarkable community of artists. My own creativity continues to be inspired by Claudia and the work that she has created and nourished in others.”
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.”