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Sky Fairchild-Waller (b. 1987) is an American-Canadian artist, creative consultant, and founder of The Auxverb Institute currently based in Toronto. His live and lens-based work has received support from the Canada Council for the Arts and presented in Assisi, Beijing, Boston, Brooklyn, Cairo, Calgary, Cologne, Montréal, New Delhi, São Paulo, Toronto, Turin, Vancouver, Winnipeg, and Zürich. A former student of the National Ballet School of Canada, Sky received an HBFA and HBA from the School of Art, Media, Performance & Design at York University, followed by graduate studies at the University of Toronto. Over the past twenty-five years Sky has performed in work by Perry Bard, James Kudelka, Yoshi Oida, Tino Sehgal, Twyla Tharp, and in world premieres by Diane Borsato, Brendan Fernandes, David Frankovich, John Greyson, Will Kwan, Derek Liddington, Heather Nicol, Tracey Norman, and Lucy Rupert. He is an alum of the Canadian Stage Royal Bank of Canada Emerging Artist Program and a 3-time recipient of The Koerner Foundation's Award in Performing Arts.
After working for Warner Bros. in North Carolina as a child, he was cast in the 2009 Canadian Premiere of Disney's High School Musical 2: On Stage! at the Toronto Center for the Arts, and represented the Province of Ontario as 1 of 3 National Artist Program members of Team Canada at the Jeux de Canada Games later the same year. In 2012, Sky was awarded a Metcalf Foundation Performing Arts Internship serving as the inaugural Artistic Director Intern for the international contemporary performance series World Stage at Harbourfront Centre under the leadership of Tina Rasmussen. In 2013, he co-produced the North American premiere of Bennett Miller's Dachshund UN for World Stage, and was nominated for a Dora Mavor Moore Award in the category of Outstanding Choreography for Of a Monstrous Child: A Gaga Musical presented by Buddies in Bad Times Theatre later the same year. He went on to serve as a Juror in the Dance Division during the 2015/16 Awards Season. Sky served on the Board of Directors of Dance Media Group/ Groupe Danse Média, publishers of Canada's Dance Magazine The Dance Current, and was a founding Member of the Board of The Love-In.
Research contributions include A Playful Proposal: Remixing Neurochemistry and Queering Consciousness in the Social Sphere with Anna Gallagher-Ross, presented at Rutgers University; How To Be When We See: Social Codes, Spatial Domestication, and the Performance of Viewing with Cara Spooner, presented at Association des Commissaires des Arts du Québec; and, Sexwork(s): Permutations of Explicit Satire and Catharsis with Jessica Thalmann, presented at the University of Toronto Mississauga. Upon entering the workforce in the wake of the Great Recession, he spent the following decade working in higher education administration for The Harriet Tubman Institute, University of Toronto, and York University; and in arts management for the Canadian National Exhibition, Canadian Opera Company, Dancer Transition Resource Centre, Harbourfront Centre, and The Auxverb Institute. The Auxverb Institute is a boutique creative consultancy servicing and supporting individuals and organizations—including administrators, advocates, artists, choreographers, clinicians, curators, dancers, dance companies, designers, entrepreneurs, film festivals, magazines, and researchers—engaging in independent, not-for-profit, or private ventures in Canada, the USA, and Europe.