Erika Iserhoff
Artistic Producer

Erika A. Iserhoff comes to Native Women in the Arts with experience in arts administration, theatre production and community relations. She has several years of experience as a Community Liaison at Native Earth Performing Arts and assisted in creating performing arts programming for youth, and in all aspects of theatre production and tour management. She also worked in arts administration at the Centre for Indigenous Theatre where she was the liaison between the administrative office, training studio, faculty and students, and the coordinator of special events. She also holds a Bachelor of Design from the Ontario College of Art & Design University.

Erika has worked with various local, national and international arts communities and organized community events, programming, and conducted artistic research. She is also a multidisciplinary visual artist, costume designer, and theatre creator.

Erika is of Omuskego/Eeyou Cree heritage and a member of Constance Lake First Nation situated in Northern Ontario.

 

 

Victoria Mata
Associate Producer, Weaving Stories of Transformation Project, 2012

Victoria Mata is an indigenous identified Venezuelan-Canadian choreographer, dancer, muralist, urban planner and activist. Born in Montreal and raised in the Andes of Venezuela, France and The United States, Victoria has developed and directed over a dozen choreographies, that have been performed in New York, San Francisco, Caracas, El Salvador and Toronto. Victoria is the co-founder of MataDanze, a six-women dance and theater collective based in Toronto with a mission to “empower women through movement." She has been part of Aluna Theater since 2008 where she has had the privilege of performing in Bogota’s women’s festival Mujeres en Escena and Toronto’s Summer Works Festival. After attending the Indigenous Dance Residency program at The Banff Centre in Alberta, Victoria is inspired to seek further training in Dance while simultaneously learning new and innovative models that financially sustain the arts.

 

 

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Sandra Laronde
Founder/Mentor

As the Founder of Native Women in the Arts, Sandra Laronde is an accomplished and prolific innovator in the artistic and cultural sector, working for the past 19 years as a director, producer, performer, program manager, and creative leader. She has helped to play a significant role in fostering the careers of hundreds of Aboriginal women artists, and produced an immense ripple effect of artistic growth, confidence building and proliferation of performing arts, literary arts and publishing, visual arts, and community development projects through Native Women in the Arts.

In 2011, Sandra was recognized for her high achievement with an Honorary Degree from Trent University, and a 2011 Expressive Arts Awards from the Smithsonian Institute. Sandra was also awarded the Ontario Good Citizenship Medal that pays special tribute to those Ontarians whose lives exemplify excellence and achievement in the finest order; Paul D. Fleck Fellowship in the Arts from The Banff Centre; one of 225 Canadians chosen to participate in the Governor-General's Canadian Leadership program, which celebrates promising leaders who are making a significant impact on Canada; and the Toronto City Council's Aboriginal Affairs Award for her contribution towards improving the quality of life for the Aboriginal community of Toronto. Sandra hails from the Teme-Augama-Anishnaabe (People of the Deep Water) in Temagami, northern Ontario and divides her time between Toronto and Banff.

Currently, Sandra is a member of the National Executive Committee for the 2012 Governor-General's Canadian Leadership Conference, and sits on the Aboriginal Advisory for the Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto. Sandra holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from the University of Toronto, and studied Spanish Language and Literature overseas for one year at the University of Granada in Spain.

 

 

 

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