Avia grew up in the British Columbia folk arts scene, and has since come to acknowledge that it rubbed off on her and is evident in almost everything she does. Avia completed a BA Honors in Drama at the University of Alberta and an MA in Devised Theatre at Dartington College of Arts in Devon, England. She is currently working on her PhD in Theatre and Performance Studies at York University.
Avia’s research examines the ways in which heritage and traditional cultures are performed on modern stages and in contemporary life. Other interests include Performance Creation, the Director in the Devising Studio, Photography In/As Performance, Cultural Memory, and Cultural Policy.
Avia has worked extensively as a creative producer with festivals and cultural organizations across North America as well as on individual artistic projects in North America and Europe. Avia is also a photographer and teaches Yiddish dance at festivals around the world.
What you like to do when you aren’t being a grad student
Sewing clothing (mostly for myself), cooking big dinners with my friends, contra dancing (and organizing contra dances), Morris Dancing, Directing/Creating, Dreaming and Scheming.