Kelsie Acton

President

Kelsie wears many hats. She’s a dance and yoga teacher, dancer, choreographer, PhD student at the University of Alberta and co-Artistic Director of CRIPSiE, Edmonton’s integrated dance company. She’s thrilled to be working with the SkirtsAfire Board to support the Festival shining a light on the extraordinary women artists in Edmonton.

Angelica Menck

Vice President

Angelica is a fundraising and business development professional working in the non-profit sector. She fell in love with the arts while in her previous role as Corporate Relations Manager at the Citadel Theatre, and currently works as a fundraiser for the Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation. Angelica loves getting involved in initiatives that build community and bring people together and is thrilled to serve on the SkirtsAfire board.

Fiona Ellington

Secretary

An Edmonton based lawyer who recently joined the SkirtsAfire board, Fiona grew up in the UK and moved to Edmonton in 2005 where she attended the University of Alberta. Having always appreciated the arts from a distance, she is thrilled to work with the talented ladies of SkirtsAfire to build on the momentum that resulting from the festival’s first years. Fiona is proud to have Edmonton as her home, and looks forward to contributing to the city’s artistic community.

Jenny Prefontaine

Director

Deb Kondysar

Director

Deb has always had a love for the arts from theatre and live music, to dancing and literature. In her role in marketing and community relations at a law firm, she has the opportunity to give back to the community through events and volunteer work. In her spare time she is an aspiring writer and avid reader. She is excited to join the SkirtsAfire board and help promote this amazing festival.

Paula Blanco Longa

Director

Savanna Harvey

Director

Savanna Harvey is a creator-performer and dramaturg. Her performance installation, “Play”, was presented in the NextFest Art Gallery, the Found Festival, and Edmonton Fringe Festival (2016).“The Annotated Autobiography of Leone McGregor” had a reading in the SkirtsAfire Festival Peepshow and premièred onstage at the Edmonton Fringe (2016). She produced and dramaturged the independent, experimental/intermedial performance, “@tension” (2016). Savanna has been a Dramaturgy and Literary Management Intern with Workshop West Playwright’s Theatre (2015). She is a member of the Alberta Playwrights’ Network, the Playwrights’ Guild of Canada, and Theatre Alberta. SkirtsAfire holds a special place in her heart because she had her very first play reading with the festival!

Sandra Marin

Director

Sandra is a senior business leader, executive coach and management consultant. She brings business acumen, leadership skills, and Board expertise with her. Sandra is passionate about developing others and helping them to achieve their goals and dreams. Joining the SkirtsAfire Board is like a dream come true for her. The perfect marriage between Sandra’s love of theatre, Edmonton area festivals, and supporting smart, talented, amazing women. She is excited about being part of this very capable team and offers her strategic and operational expertise to the Board.

Nallely Alcocer

Director

Nallely is a passionate and enthusiastic teacher. She enjoys traveling and learning about other cultures and traditions.

She was born and raised in Monterrey, Mexico. In 2011, she set off on an adventure and moved to Beijing, China where she worked at an international school as a teacher and academic coordinator.

Nallely moved to Edmonton in 2016, and soon after, she and her husband welcomed their baby daughter to the world. Nallely and baby had an amazing experience doing Yoga in the Art together at SkirtsAfire Festival, and she felt drawn to be more involved with the organization. Nallely feels fortunate to live with her family in such a positive city with so many exciting opportunities. She is excited to be a SkirtsAfire board member and contribute to making a difference in the community.

Lana Anderson

Director

Lana is delighted to be working with the SkirtsAfire Board, bringing her background in organizational development to support the Festival’s growth. Having a love for the arts, she’s inspired by the talented Festival volunteers and staff who are dedicated to showcasing amazing women artists. Lana is proud to join such a remarkable team.