Steering Committee   /   Jacoba Knaapen

Jacoba Knaapen

Executive Director,

As a champion for the performing arts, Jacoba has passionately worked in Toronto’s cultural sector for over three decades. She is the current Executive Director at TAPA – Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts and is deeply committed to advocacy work to support the ongoing development of theatre, dance and opera. She is a proud recipient of the Margo Bindhardt and Rita Davies Award presented to an individual who has demonstrated creative cultural leadership in the development of arts and culture in Toronto.

Jacoba is the long-time Producer of the Dora Mavor Moore Awards, Canada’s largest and oldest theatre award show. She is also the past recipient of a Harold Award for her contribution and mentorship to the Independent Theatre community and a recipient of a Vital People Award from The Toronto Community Foundation. Jacoba also teaches Arts Marketing at the Arts Administration – Cultural Management Program, Humber College.