Founder & President
Darka is founding president of Bottom Line Productions and has been involved in the industry as a performer, volunteer, supporter and professional manager for over 30 years. Darka holds a Bachelor of Science with a specialization in psychology from the University of Alberta (1987), and an Arts & Cultural Management certificate from MacEwan University (1989). She was the recipient of the 1998 MacEwan Distinguished Alumni Award and won the Mayor’s Award for Promotion of the Arts in Edmonton in 2005. In 2015, Darka was featured in MacEwan’s Our People 2015-2016 recruitment campaign as a successful alumna and faculty member. Darka is a former Ukrainian Shumka Dancer and a Lifetime Honorary Member of the organization. She currently also serves as Executive Director of the organization. She has volunteered as a board and committee member with a number of community arts organizations including Edmonton Arts Council, Alberta Council for the Ukrainian Arts, Alberta Ukrainian Dance Association, Arts Touring Alliance of Alberta, and the Professional Arts Coalition of Edmonton. For 15 years, Darka was a marketing, media relations and performing arts management instructor at MacEwan University in the Arts & Cultural Management program. Darka loves her talented children – Kassian and Leda – and her amazing husband Wally. She holds an extra special place in her heart for David Bowie, Johnny Ramone, and her dog Lily.