In February 2020, Mary-Louise left after 15 years her position as the Artistic Managing Director of the Norman Rothstein Theatre (NRT) and the multidisciplinary international Chutzpah! Festival. Based in Sointula, she is looking forward to growing the BC Movement Arts Society and the development of professional dance, artists residencies and community outreach activities throughout rural BC.
A former professional dancer, 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. She has 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 Christopher House, to name a few. She has an extensive teaching background that includes Arts Umbrella, Sessional Positions at Simon Fraser University School for the Contemporary Arts, Harbour Dance Centre, Goh Ballet as well as adjudicating for dance festivals throughout Western Canada.
Transitioning from professional dance at the age of 45, she won the nationally awarded Eric Bruhn Memorial Award from the Dancer Transition Resource Centre to attend the British Columbia Institute of Technology’s (BCIT) School of Business and Capilano University graduating with a Post Diploma of Technology in Business Administration and Advanced Arts and Entertainment Management Diploma, respectively. She is the recipient of the 2011 Canada Council for the Arts’ John Hobday Award for Excellence in Arts Management, one of two awarded nationally, was an appointed member of the City of Vancouver’s first Arts and Culture Policy Council. She sits on a Program Advisory Committee for the BCIT School of Business and is a Board of Director of the Sointula Museum Historical Society.
In September 2020 she will be presented by the The Dance Center’s Global Dance Series with a show that includes three works originally created for her in the latter part of her dance career by Tedd Robinson, Peter Bingham and Allen Kaeja remounted now on and performed by three exquisite dancers Vanessa Goodman, Livona Ellis and Rebecca Margolick respectively, as well as a new work choreographed by Serge Bennathan for Albert who returns to performing after a 19 year “hiatus”!