Veronica Tennant, C.C., FRSC, D.Litt, LL.D

Prima Ballerina, Director/Producer, Filmmaker, & Author. 

As Prima Ballerina with The National Ballet of Canada for 25 years, Veronica Tennant, won hearts and accolades for her dramatic talents dancing with such luminaries as Erik Bruhn, Rudolf Nureyev and Mikhail Baryshnikov. She has since garnered acclaim as a gifted filmmaker, producer/director - winning several awards, including the prestigious International Emmy for Karen Kain:Dancing in the Moment (CBC) and Margie Gillis: Wild Hearts in Strange Times. Her extensive list of television productions for CBC, Bravo! and Global Television, ranges in genre, from arts-performance to drama to documentary. For stage; Veronica Tennant was Movement Director/Choreographer for Margaret Atwood’s Penelopiad, a collaboration between UK’s Royal Shakespearean Company and Canada’s NAC. She has performed as an actor with the Shaw Festival and Young People’s Theatre, written two children’s books, OnStage, Please and TheNutcracker, illustrated by Toller Cranston, and served as Canada’s National Ambassador for UNICEF since 1992. Her extensive list of original shows for stage and screen, highlights collaborations with Cuban artists. VIDA Y DANZA, CUBA was broadcast nationally in both Canada and Cuba, with Gemini Nominations for Best Director and Best Production/Performing Arts. And most recently, she conceived the multi-media stage-show, NIÁGARA~ APan-American Story,commissioned by PANAMANIA Arts and Culture for TO2015,dramatized the true story of a Cuban poet’s immortal poem written in 1824 about Niagara Falls. Veronica Tennant was elevated in 2003 from Officer, to Companion of the Order of Canada, this country’s highest honour.
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