Ainsley Hillyard is a performer, choreographer and educator working in dance and theatre, living in Amiskwaciwâskahikan on Treaty 6 territory.

Ainsley has been with the Good Women Dance Collective since its inception and was a fundamental player in the organization formally incorporating in 2009. Ainsley commits much of her time and energy supporting the organization administratively and artistically.

As an independent artist, Ainsley has choreographed for several theatre companies. Select choreography credits include; Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play with Blarney Productions and You are Here Theater (Sterling nomination for Outstanding Choreography), Cardiac Shadow with Northern Light Theatre (Sterling Award for Outstanding Choreography to the Good Women Dance Collective), Bears (Sterling Award for Outstanding Choreography) with Pyretic Productions; Ursa Major (Sterling nomination for Outstanding Choreography) with Catch The Keys Productions, and was assistant choreographer for Hadestown at the Citadel.

Ainsley also performs as a theatre artist, select credits include Wish with Northern Light Theatre (Sterling nomination, Outstanding actress in a lead role), Shakespeare’s Will with Thou art here theatre and Cardiac Shadow with Northern Light Theatre.

She and her French bulldog Jezebel, co-created Jezebel, at the Still Point, (Bumblebear productions) a performance where Jezebel and Ainsley travel through space, trying to figure out how to time travel so that Jezebel never has to die.

Ainsley enjoys reading feminist sci fi, Prosecco picnics and learning about outer space.

Photo by Marc Chalifoux Photography