Emily Pettet


Emily is a queer multi-disciplinary artist based in Toronto and Halifax. As a director, choreographer, producer and performer, her focus is telling stories that ask audiences to look at the world from a new perspective and step outside their comfort zones. Since 2016 she has been Associate Producer at Halifax’s award-winning DMV Theatre. Recently, she acted as Movement Director for the Nova Scotia premiere of Jordan Tannahill’s Concord Floral. Upcoming projects include co-producing Wonder by Ellen Denny, a new play about Canada’s first female nuclear physicist, Harriet Brooks, and choreographing Enough, a multi-disciplinary piece about mental health and heteronormativity in dance. Emily attended Middlesex University in London, UK and the University of Victoria in British Columbia. 


Emily Pettet's Work

On the Ground

The Career Chronicles

By Emily Pettet

The financial realities of working in dance mean that artists often need to find other work to boost their income. Emily Pettet speaks to artists who are working in other industries alongside dance in order to find out how their jobs come together to inspire them.

Short Stories

The Career Chronicles By Emily Pettet

Dance artists find unique ways to boost their income.

Photo courtesy of Pettet
Writers & Readers

Finding Home Again

By Emily Pettet

Years of traumatic rhetoric around body image and perfection have dulled the pure joy of dancing that I felt in my creative movement classes as a kid. An invisible screen of anxiety has prevented me from making it into a studio consistently. While I’ve had the desire to go, getting there has been the problem, and I haven’t been able to fix it.


Dancing Beasts By Emily Pettet

Three artists moved by animals