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Susie Burpee

Executive Director,
Balancing Act

Susie Burpee is a dance artist, creator, teacher, and mother to two young children in Toronto, Canada. She is Executive Director at Balancing Act, a national initiative to support parents and caregivers working in the arts.

Susie guided Balancing Act’s flagship Level UP! initiative, which partnered with 76 arts organizations across Canada to develop new parent and carer-inclusive practices and policies within the workplaces of the arts. She also began an affinity group series for artists and arts workers to engage in peer support.

Susie’s work as a dance artist has received Dora Mavor Moore Awards for both Outstanding Choreography and Performance, and she is a recipient of the K.M. Hunter Artist Award for Dance. She has also been on guest faculty at post-secondary dance programs across the country. In 2020, Susie completed a Master of Arts in Drama, Theatre, and Performance Studies at The University of Toronto, researching and authoring “Disappearing Act: Dance Artist Mothers in the Gig Economy of the Performing Arts in Canada” (Demeter Press).