Mary Louise Albert is based full time in Sointula, BritishColumbia and is actively growing the BC Movement Arts Society (that she co-founded in 2015 and is the Artistic & Executive Director/Producer of) producing and facilitating a professional contemporary dance series, artist creation residencies, community outreach and digital dance projects in rural and remote coastal communities of BritishColumbia.
Albert previously held a 15-year position as the ArtisticManaging Director of the Norman Rothstein Theatre (NRT) and the multidisciplinary international Chutzpah! Festival.
A former professional dancer, choreographer and teacher, she worked for 20 years nationally and internationally as a solo dance artist and as a company member with the Judith Marcuse Dance Company, Anna Wyman Dance Theatre, Karen Jamieson Dance Company as well as apprenticing with Les Grands Ballet Canadiens. Alberthas performed work by choreographers such as Mark Morris, Crystal Pite, Lar Lubabvitch, Robert North, Serge Bennathan, Allen Kaeja, Judith Marcuse, Grant Strate, Peter Bingham, Tedd Robbinson, Judith Garay and ChristopherHouse, to name a few.
She has an extensive teaching background that includes ArtsUmbrella, Sessional Positions at Simon Fraser University School for theContemporary Arts, Harbour Dance Centre, Goh Ballet and the Portside Academy inPort McNeill, as well as adjudicating for dance festivals throughout WesternCanada.
Transitioning from professional dance at the age of 45,Albert won the nationally awarded Eric Bruhn Memorial Award from the DancerTransition Resource Centre to attend Capilano University and the BritishColumbia Institute of Technology (BCIT), School of Business, graduating with aPost Diploma of Technology in Business Administration and an Advanced Arts and Entertainment Management Certificate, respectively.
Albert is the recipient of the 2011 Canada Council for theArts’ John Hobday Award for Excellence in Arts Management, one of two awarded nationally annually. She was an appointed member of the City of Vancouver’s first Arts and Culture Policy Council, was an Executive Board member of Temple Sholom, and was a five-year member of a Program Advisory Committee for the BCITSchool of Business. She is a member of the Board of the Gate House Theatre inPort McNeill and a member of the Board of the Sointula Museum HistoricalSociety.