Tia Kushniruk ( 女弟) is a queer woman of Chinese-Ukrainian settler heritage from Amiskwaciwâskahikan/Edmonton. Since 2013 she has been affiliated with the Cirque Du Soleil, and is a frequent collaborator of Jake W. Hastey (Toy Guns Dance Theatre). Tia has been doing Illustration and Animation commissions since 2020. Her research has been supported by the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, and the Canada Council for the Arts, since 2014. Tia is the inaugural recipient of the CONFLUENCE Fellowship from Catalyst Theatre in Edmonton. She is a current company member of Shay Kuebler/RSA and will be performing with RSA, adelheid/Heidi Strauss, and Benjamin Kamino in the upcoming months.