I am a tenth generation settler from France on my paternal side. I bear the name Lemieux. On my maternal side I am first generation settler from Netherlands. I hold the name Kristina with a K. I was taught to speak only English despite both my parents’ bilingualism. I grew up on Treaty 6 territory which is the home and traveling routes to the Métis, Plains Cree, Tsuu T’ina and other Indigenous peoples, although this information was not known to me in my youth. I am a woman, queer, educated and white. Though I have come from a multiplicity of places I have no roots, save for those taught to us by the dominant culture. I am drawn to those with a clear sense of identity and culture that is excluded by our culture in a variety of ways including many systemic barriers.
Kristina Lemieux (she/her) is an accomplished arts administrator with more than 20 years of experience, and contemporary dancer. Her passion for the arts has driven collaboration, creation and innovation in the Vancouver arts scene for the last decade. A recent transplant to Toronto, Kristina is the Executive Director of Generator. Her work focuses on increasing the skills and competencies of independent performing artists around producing their own work and using the resources they have to ensure a life-long career in the arts.
Over the past decade, she has worked with many of the Vancouver’s art organizations: Arts Umbrella, New Works, Out On Screen (Queer Film Festival), Vancouver International Bhangra Celebration, Playwrights Theatre Centre, Canadian Alliance of Dance Artists/West Chapter (CADA/West), Tara Cheyenne Performance, Theatre Replacement, Progress Lab 1422 (a project of Vancouver Creative Space Society), Brief Encounters, Vancouver International Dance Festival (VIDF) and Vancouver Art Gallery.
Kristina is most passionate about dialogue in the arts, and to this end, achieved a certificate in Dialogue and Civic Engagement, has founded a series on audience engagement and citizenship and is co-founder of Polymer Dance, a group dedicated to bringing dance experiences to non-professional dancers.