MILE ZERO DANCE SEASON 2023-24


Mile Zero Staff


Originally from rural Saskatchewan, Gerry Morita (BA Dance/ MFA Theatre. She has lived and worked in Vancouver, Montréal, and Tokyo as a dancer, choreographer, performance artist and teacher before moving to Edmonton and becoming Mile Zero Dance’s Artistic Director in 2006. Her work has toured Poland, Turkey, Estonia, Canada, and Japan.  

Morita’s body of work involves continuous inquiry into new ways of seeing movement, the body, and the spaces between us. She studies and teaches contact improvisation, Noguchi Taiso and other somatic-based and improvising techniques, working with artists from all disciplines in a vast array of both conventional and site-specific venues. She has received the Mayor’s Award for Innovation in Artistic Direction, the Edmonton Salute for Excellence, Edmonton Artists’ Trust Fund and was one of Alberta’s 25 Influential Artists recognized in 2016.

Gerry Morita, Artistic Director

Lexi Pendzich is a lens-based artist whose work focuses on documentary photography and portraiture. She’s inspired by the power of images to tell stories, personal narratives and capture moments that wouldn’t otherwise be documented.

Lexi is a communications strategist with experience working at the intersection of marketing, social media, media relations, and web for arts and culture.

Lexi Pendzich, Communications Specialist

Katrina Smy has been living and dancing in amiskwacîwâskahikan, Treaty 6 Territory, all of her life. Her early training grounds include the Edmonton School of Ballet, Alberta Ballet School, and Grant MacEwan Community College, where she graduated from the Dance Program in 1992. She has performed extensively with KO Dance Projects, with Mistress Nancy Sandercock, and with Mile Zero Dance, where she held the position of General Manager from 2008-2014. Across her artistic career, she has enjoyed co-creating with New Music Edmonton, BEAMS, Jen Mesch Dance Conspiracy, Don Ross, Allison Balcetis, Jeannie Vandekerkhove, Theresa Dextrase, Izumi Kuribayashi, Dave Wall, Michelle Milenkovic, naming only a few from a gorgeous array of artists she has been fortunate to work with. She gravitates toward improv-based performance, site-specific, and installation work, and is able to specialize in eccentric or unusual roles. Katrina holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Eastern Philosophy and Drama.

Katrina Smy, Accounts Manager

Trent is an Edmonton based artist and arts enabler with a specialty in activating non-traditional performance spaces. A graduate of Grant MacEwan’s Theatre Production program and The Banff Centre for the Arts, Trent has spent the last 10 years as a Lighting Designer, Production Manager, Technical Director, Entertainment Programmer, Site Manager, and Theatre Technician.

Trent Crosby, Technical Director

M.L. Martin is an interdisciplinary poet and translator, whose collection of prose poems, Theater of No Mistakes, is available now from Anhinga Press. Their first full-length book, W&E, an experimental translation of the Anglo-Saxon poem commonly known as ‘Wulf and Eadwacer,’ will be published with Action Books (U.S.) in spring 2025. Their work in translation aims to revise the critical interpretation of the enigmatic Anglo-Saxon poem known as “Wulf and Eadwacer,” and to recover this radical female text to the feminist and experimental canons to which it belongs. They have published in many Canadian literary journals, including The Capilano Review, Event Magazine, The Fiddlehead, and Prism International. Their recent work can be found in Black Warrior Review, Cordite, Gulf Coast, and The Kenyon Review. An editor for Asymptote, with grants from Bread Loaf, the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, and Tulsa Artist Fellowship, they’re the founder of the Translation Now! symposium. Find them online: M-L-Martin.com.

M.L. Martin, Admin Coordinator

Rebecca has always had a love of dance, no matter what anyone else told her. She firmly believes that EVERY BODY CAN MOVE – a vision to SHIFT the perception of what a dancer looks like. Having been told in a variety of ways both as a child and as an adult, that she was too “something” – tall, muscular, bouncy, fat, the list goes on – she was motivated to create opportunities for herself, while opening doors for others. Rebecca is a trained dancer, an engaging performer and a fierce advocate for movement.

She teaches dance with Freedom School Of Dance, Fierce And Curvy Empire and is the Operations Manager for CRIPSiE. She’s choreographed for Mile Zero Dance’s Magpie Festival, Leduc Drama Society, No Big Deal, Fierce Onstage, Shift Happens Dance and The John Cameron Changing Lives Foundation.

Rebecca is a technically trained dancer, having spent her childhood at Shelley’s Dance Company, where she danced her little heart out for 14 years. She happily took classes in a variety of disciplines – ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, baton, highland, pointe and musical theatre. As a dance educator, she gets everyone moving!

Rebecca Bissonnette, Education Coordinator

Curtis Gauthier is a bilingual multidisciplinary artist who makes their home on treaty 6 territory in Amiskwaciy Waskahikan. He is a recent graduate of the Bachelor of Fine Arts Production Stage Management program at the University of Alberta. He loves to work in live performance and theatre as a stage manager, lighting technician, costume designer, set designer, and administrator. They have a passion for creating safe, welcoming spaces for everyone and they try their best to make sure that the spaces they inhabit are inclusive.

Curtis Gauthier, Facility Coordinator

board of directors


Idris Fashan | President
Bryan Roberts | Treasurer
Andrea Petryk | Secretary
Deviani Andrea | Director
Soni Dasmohapatra | Director
Michael McNichol | Director
Jennifer Mesch | Director
Mpoe Mogale | Director
Shrina Patel | Director
Falon Scheers | Director
Will Scott | Director