Samyuktha Punthambekar is a Bharathanatyam dancer, arts educator and arts administrator. Samyuktha won the Volunteer Award for Arts and Culture Toronto award in 2016 for her outstanding volunteering contributions. As an arts administrator, she has worked for Dancer Transition Resource Center, Sunny Artist Management, Toronto Arts Foundation, lbs/sq” performance, and Tapestry Opera. As an arts educator, she has conducted workshops and also is a resident arts educator for TDSB, continues to teach at the Peel School Regions and conduct workshops for MonstrARTity, Paprika and other festivals.
Samyuktha has graduated with Honours from Humber College’s Arts Administration and Cultural Management program. She received the OAC’s grant for her studies at Humber and also won the Dean’s Award, Jerry Smith Scholarship as well as a Best Student Nomination for the program in 2016/17. She has sat on grant juries for many arts councils. Her interview article ‘Breathing Fresh Air’ was published on Dance Current’s online magazine. Most recently, she has been featured on Humber’s Alumni Success Stories and NOW Magazine. She also obtained the Effective Fundraising and Leadership in Arts and Culture certificate from The University of Leeds. Currently, Samyuktha is shadowing Shannon Litzenberger as part of the OAC’s Compass Grant, she is working as an Associate for LeSage Arts Management, and Samyuktha is delighted to have received Theatre Ontario’s PPTP and OAC grant to work as an Arts Management Intern for Mitchell Marcus and The Musical Stage Company.
Sam continues to be deeply invested by acquiring more knowledge and gaining professional development as an emerging arts leader.