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Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts



Executive Director: Jacoba Knaapen

Current staff listing:

TAPA was originally formed in 1979 and officially incorporated in 1980. Then known as the ‘Toronto Theatre Alliance’, the organization was much smaller, and has since grown substantially. On average, the membership now consists of between 150 to 200 members reflecting the diversity of Toronto. To better understand the broad spectrum of needs to the various TAPA membership categories, TAPA introduced and established a number of active committees that have member representation, and help us to build a solid foundation from which to launch new initiatives.

How we reflect on our past has an impact on how we move forward. TAPA has successfully created new programs and services; secured new funding from government, private and corporate sectors where it did not previously exist; and restored support from the membership. There is no doubt that TAPA continues to be a leader as a vital arts service organization. (


Current Staff

Jacoba Knaapen Executive Director

Former staff

Alexis Da-Silva Powell Corporate Partnerships and Membership Manager
Scott Dermody Youth Outreach Coordinator
Scott Dermody Dora Awards Coordinator
Kevin John McDonald Operations Manager, T.O.TIX Booth
Bill van Heerden Sales Manager
Julia Gaunt-Rannala Bookkeeper
Brett Haynes Special Events Associate