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Sky Fairchild-Waller (b. Whistler) is an American-Canadian artist and creative consultant 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 Canada's National Ballet School, he 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 25 years he has performed in work by Reid Anderson, 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, Lucy Rupert, and Sashar Zarif. 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.
A decade after working for Warner Bros. in the U.S., Sky appeared as Ryan Evans in the Canadian Premiere of Disney's High School Musical 2: On Stage! at the Toronto Center for the Arts in 2009, 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, he was awarded a Metcalf Foundation Performing Arts Internship serving as the inaugural Artistic Director Intern for World Stage, Harbourfront Centre's international contemporary performance series, under the leadership of Tina Rasmussen, Laura Nanni, Lynanne Sparrow, Margaret Evans, and Christopher Reynolds. With support from the Canada Council for the Arts he apprenticed in dance programming and production throughout the 2013 Edinburgh Fringe Festival and co-produced the North American premiere of Bennett Miller's Dachshund UN for World Stage. He 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 and later served as a Juror in the Dance Division during the 2015/16 Awards Season.
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. He served on the Board of Directors of Dance Media Group/ Groupe Danse Média, publisher of Canada's Dance Magazine The Dance Current, was a founding member of The Love-In's Board of Directors, and has contributed to the Canadian Theatre Review, ADONE Magazine, and CIUT 89.5FM. In addition to serving as General Manager for Belinda McGuire Dance Projects in Brooklyn, he has spent the past 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, print magazines, and researchers—engaging in national and international independent, not-for-profit, or private enterprise.