Avia Moore (Toronto, ON) grew up in the British Columbia folk arts scene; it rubbed off on her and is evident in almost everything she does. Avia has worked extensively as a creative producer with festivals and cultural organizations across North America — including the Kootenay Storytelling Festival, KlezKanada, and Ashkenaz — as well as on individual artistic projects in North America and Europe.
Avia holds a BA Honors in Drama from the University of Alberta and an MA in Devised Theatre from Dartington College of Arts (England). Currently a PhD student in Theatre and Performance Studies at York University (Toronto), she studies heritage cultural practices in/as contemporary performance and cultural policy.
Avia has been making theatre, dancing, and singing her whole life. She has danced with several folk dance performance ensembles and teaches Yiddish dance at festivals and private events around the world. She is on the board and organizing committee of Brooklyn Contra and is part of the team of organizing Form the Ocean (a contra dance and retreat for women). Avia is also a (currently long-distance) member of Ring O’Bells Morris (New York).