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Laurence Lemieux

Artistic Director

As artistic director of Citadel + Compagnie for over two decades, Laurence Lemieux has established herself as a leader within Toronto’s dance community. Her multi-faceted experience as a dancer, choreographer, teacher and presenter has guided the company’s mandate of community outreach and engagement and given rise to C+C’s distinctive artistic voice.    

Born in Québec City, Lemieux studied dance at L’École Supérieure de Danse du Québec, and at The School of Toronto Dance Theatre. Her performance career began when she joined Toronto Dance Theatre in 1986, dancing for founders David Earle, Peter Randazzo and Patricia Beatty, and later for Christopher House. A member of the company for 8 years, Lemieux’s 1998 performance in House’s Cryptoversa earned her the Dora Mavor Moore Award for Best Performance in Dance.

Over the course of her career, Lemieux has danced for some of Canada’s most prominent choreographers, including William Douglas, Margie Gillis, James Kudelka, Benoît Lachambre, Sylvain Émard, and Jean-Pierre Perreault. Since presenting her first choreography in 1983, Lemieux has created over thirty original works, drawing deeply on personal experiences that resonate strongly with audiences and presenters alike.

As an educator, Lemieux has taught at many respected institutions including Ryerson University, York University, Concordia University, the University of Quebec in Montreal, l’École Supérieure de Ballet Contemporain and Canada’s National Ballet School. Lemieux uses her cumulative artistic experience to inform her programming choices for the company’s multiple presentation series, showcasing the work of diverse talent from emerging, marginalized and established choreographers.

In 2012, Lemieux created the Citadel Dance Program and brought high quality, accessible dance classes to children and youth living in Toronto’s Regent Park. She is a passionate advocate for the arts and is a member on the board of Daniel Leveillé Danse in Montreal.

Lemieux’s satisfaction as an artist comes from sharing her passion and talent with dance audiences and students, and as a deeply engaged and active member of the dance community.

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Kaitlin Standeven

General Manager

Dancer and administrator, Kaitlin Standeven, has been C+C’s general manager since 2019, having been mentored by artistic director Laurence Lemieux over the 2018/19 season. Coming to the role with over 15 years of professional performance experience, Standeven brings with her an intimate knowledge of the Toronto dance community and personal understanding of the administrative navigation required by independent artists to support and develop their careers.

Over the last four years, Standeven has played an integral role in the development and management of many of C+C’s recent strategic initiatives including Night Shift, C+C’s Residency Program, Citadel LIVE and the redevelopment and rebranding of C+C’s website and streaming platform.

As a dancer Standeven spent eight seasons with Toronto Dance Theatre under the artistic direction of Christopher House, and has been greatly influenced by notable creators Susie Burpee, Deborah Hay, Ame Henderson and Heidi Strauss. Independently she has engaged in projects with Allison Cummings, tiger princess dance projects, Dusk Dances and Citadel + Compagnie, and aims to support, nurture and inspire through her multiple roles as a performer, teacher and facilitator. Standeven holds a BFA from Toronto Metropolitan University.

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Marianna Rosato

Production Manager

A Toronto native, Marianna Rosato received her BFA as a graduate of Toronto Metropolitan University – where she now teaches Dance Stage Management. Marianna spent three years as the assistant stage manager for Toronto Dance Theatre before working as a freelance SM in Toronto.

During that time she stage managed works for Fujiwara Dance Inventions, Tiger Princess Dance Projects, Adelheid Dance Projects, BoucharDanse, Blue Ceiling Dance, the Older & Reckless series for Moonhorse Dance Theatre, the National Ballet School of Canada, the School of Toronto Dance Theatre, and many others. Outside of dance, Marianna spent 11 seasons as the Production Stage Manager for Mainstage Theatre Company. In 2014, Marianna began stage managing for Citadel + Compagnie, and after receiving a Metcalf internship, became the company’s Production Stage Manager in 2017.

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Sierra Chin Sawdy

Programs Coordinator

Citadel LIVE, Night Shift, Citadel Dance Program

Sierra Chin Sawdy (she/her) is an independent dance artist and arts educator based in Tkaronto. Since graduating from Toronto Metropolitan University’s (formally Ryerson University) BFA Dance program, she has had the opportunity to work and perform with Alysa Pires Dance Projects, BoucharDanse, Brodie Stevenson, Citadel + Compagnie, Dancetheatre David Earle, Dusk Dances, Emma Kerson, Hanna Kiel, Peggy Baker Dance Projects, Aria Evans/Political Movement, Tiger Princess Dance Projects, and Toronto Heritage Dance.

She has toured throughout Canada, China, Europe, Mexico and the UAE. To further develop her abilities, Sierra has trained across Canada, the United States, Israel and Italy, working and creating with world-renowned teachers and choreographers.

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Chloe Leblanc

Marketing & Communications Coordinator

A French native, Chloe relocated to Canada several years ago to pursue her studies in Communications at Laval University. Passionate about music since little, she immersed herself early in the entertainment industry, lending her skills to various festivals and venues, among them the prestigious Festival d’été de Québec, the Imperial Bell, and Le Phoque OFF.

Currently based in Toronto, Chloe thrives as a Communications and Marketing Coordinator at Citadel + Compagnie. Alongside her main role, she independently supports artists and labels, assisting them on their day-to-day operations.

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Rachana Joshi

Audience Engagement & Box Office Coordinator

Rachana Joshi is an emerging dance artist based in the GTA. After fourteen years of training, she completed her Bharatanatyam arangetram under the tutelage of Lata Pada in 2017. Rachana is currently a company dancer and teacher with Sampradaya Dance Creations and Academy. In 2019, she graduated from York University’s B.F.A program in Dance with honors and received training in Limon and Graham modern techniques through the program.

With the support of the Ontario Arts Council’s Skills and Career Development grant, Rachana was able to broaden her professional career with the guidance of Nova Bhattacharya, and she is now a company dancer with Nova Dance. She also had the opportunity to work as Bhattacharya’s Staging Assistant for Citadel + Compagnie’s production of Red & Yellow in 2019 and participated in Ukai Project’s Migration Online Residency in 2020 on behalf of the company. In 2021, Rachana was selected to take part in Peggy Baker Dance Project’s ACTION LAB online, and was fortunate to receive choreographic mentorship from Peggy Baker to develop and explore her creative practice during the pandemic. Rachana is currently focused on broadening her choreographic skills by creating own dance works and building multidisciplinary artistic collaborations for the future. Aside from Bharatanatyam, she is trained in various movement disciplines such as kallari, hip hop, bollywood, improvisation techniques and contemporary dance. Rachana joined the Citadel + Compagnie team in 2021 and currently acts as the Box Office and Outreach Manager for the company.

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Simon Rossiter

Financial Director

Simon Rossiter is primarily a lighting designer who occasionally designs scenery. A long-time collaborator with C+C, Simon Rossiter’s previous design work for the company includes A Perfect Day, Four Old Legs, #lovesexbrahms (Dora Award), Looking for Elvis (Dora nomination), and From the House of Mirth (Dora nomination). 

He has created more than 250 original designs, including works with Ballett am Rhein; Citadel + Compagnie; CôtéDanse; the National Ballet of Canada; Soulpepper Theatre Company; Théâtre français de Toronto; Toronto Dance Theatre; and he is the Lighting Director of Fall for Dance North. The recipient of three Dora Mavor Moore awards and nine nominations for Outstanding Lighting Design, Simon is also Business Agent for the Associated Designers of Canada, IATSE Local ADC659.

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Juliette Coleman

Administrative Assistant & Digital Producer

Juliette Coleman (She/Her) is an interdisciplinary artist, film editor, curator and producer. After training as a dancer at The School of Toronto Dance Theatre (now Dance Arts Institute), Juliette began studying film direction under Oscar nominated Director Barbara Willis-Sweete for 2 years and has since studied directing and editing at TMU, UCLA Extension, The Sundance Institute and The Berlin Art Institute.

Since 2018, Juliette has been producing and curating multidisciplinary concerts and events in Toronto; using music as a pillar of creation, she hopes to produce events that foster collaboration and connection between creative communities in Toronto.

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Kéïta Fournier-Pelletier

Facility Manager & Outreach Coordinator

Kéïta Fournier-Pelletier (she/they) is a queer, Métis, Franco-Manitoban dance artist currently based in Tkaronto, Ontario. They are discovering what these intersecting identities mean to them, and the role they play in her art.

They are a 2020 graduate from Dance Arts Institute (formerly the School of Toronto Dance Theatre), and also hold a BFA in Performance and Choreography (Hons) with summa cum laude from York University (2023). They have performed and choreographed in festivals such as Skylines Film and Dance Series (Winnipeg, 2018), Toronto Fringe Festival (2019), SummerWorks Dance Festival (2020), Covid Dance Hug TO (2020), Bloom Festival (2021). They have had the pleasure to work with artists like Aria Evans, Marie Lambin-Gagnon, Marjolein Vogels (Amsterdam) and other distinguished artists. She has an interest in dance-theatre and has collaborated as a choreographer and performer with Theatre Passe Muraille, Tarragon Theatre and lemonTree creations. She is passionate about learning and has travelled nationally and internationally to learn from a variety of artists. Kéïta is interested in creating and performing works that question power, heteronormativity, and other societal norms that reject her identity.

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Eliajah Stefura

Technical Director

Eli (He/Him) is a technician in the city of Toronto.

He began working professionally in the industry since his graduation from Toronto Metropolitan University in 2019. Eli joined the Citadel team in 2021.