Soraya Peerbaye has over 20 years of experience in the field of arts, arts management and cultural policy and program development. She was the Dance Officer at the Toronto Arts Council, and prior to that the Equity Officer at the Canada Council for the Arts. She is a long-time advocate for artists of colour and diasporic artistic and cultural practices. She has worked with a wide range of independent dance artists and companies, and was the producer of the inaugural Body Percussion Festival (Artistic Director: Vivien Moore); she also co-founded the Verde Viento Collective to support contemporary explorations in flamenco. As a consultant, she has also supported strategic planning, outreach initiatives, and field mapping projects for the dance sector. She holds a B.A. in Theatre Studies from York University, and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Guelph University.
Soraya’s interactions across multiple disciplines have allowed her to develop an intricate analysis on issues of race, gender, Indigeneity, generational succession, and the development of artistic ecologies; she has brought this perspective and expertise to national granting bodies, arts service organizations, and diverse arts community forums.