Born in Havana, Cuba, Yasmina was straight into the arms of a musical family. All her influences pointed her in the direction of an arts career, covering all possible aspects of music, dance, and drama. Her interests took her to China in 2000 with the totally unique experience of acquiring her Masters diploma in Theatre Arts from the Beijing Central Academy of Drama. She stayed in China until 2008, conducting extensive research on classical Asian performing arts throughout India, Indonesia, China and Japan. Ms. Proveyer taught History of Drama in Havana at the Arts University for five years from 1995 to 2000. During that period, she assisted with the coordination of the International Theatre Festival and toured with a theatrical show to Curacao, Aruba, and the Netherlands. Ms. Proveyer has been organizing and delivering workshops throughout her career on the history of Asian theatre and how contemporary theatre has incorporated elements of Eastern culture. She has taught all age groups of adults, using an exceptionally broad, culturally diverse framework for delivering trainings. She speaks fluent Mandarin, English, Spanish, and French. Yasmina moved to Canada in 2008 seeking a way to further develop her career. She chose to settle in the National Capital Region. During this time she has been actively associated with helping newcomers to adapt and integrate into their new country. She has wasted no time in getting involved. She has actively engaged in Orchestras in the Park Festival, Ottawa Blues Festival, TD Ottawa Jazz Festival, and the Ottawa International Children’s Festival. Yasmina has been a member of the Coalition of New Canadians for Arts and Culture since 2009. She has been contributing to the development of a mentoring program supporting new immigrant artists. Since 2011 she has been coordinating the agenda of the Cuban-born pianist Miguel de Armas and his Latin Jazz Quartet. She has delivered workshops about Latin Jazz in conjunction with Carleton University introducing Canadians to the works and talents of Cuban music in the National Capital Region. Some of her achievements include the receipt of grants such as ARTicipate Endowment Fund 2013, 2015 & 2017, TD Then and Now Black History Month Series 2015, City of Ottawa’s Arts Funding Program in the Creation and Production Fund for Professional Artists in 2015 & 2017, ARTicipate Endowment Fund 2015, Ontario Arts Council Access and Career Development Program 2015 & 2017. In many occasions she has served as jury for the Music Section of the Ontario Arts Council (OAC) and the Arts Council AOE. She has participated at World Music Expo (WOMEX) since 2015, Mundial Montreal since 2014 and attended APAP since 2016. She is currently part of the programming team of SUNFEST (World Music and Jazz) festival in London, Ontario.
Sunfest, Artist Liaison