Kathleen Rea by photographer Simon TanenbualmKathleen Rea is a Registered Psychotherapists (CRPO). She earned a certificate in psychology from Ryerson University and a master's degree in expressive arts therapy with a minor in psychology from the European Graduate School. She is a certified Brian Advancement Coach (Pyramid of Potential) and a Melt Method instructor. A practicing therapist for the past fifteen years, she is also a therapeutic performance facilitator, helping people express their life stories through multidisciplinary performance.

Kathleen danced for The National Ballet Company of Canada, Ballet Jorgen Canada and Tiroler Landestheater (Austria). She is currently a member of the Aloft Collective, a improvisation performance ensemble. Kathleen has taught dance therapy, dance improvisation, and contact dance at York University, George Brown College, Niagara College and Toronto Dance Theatre. She also founded and runs the Contact Dance international Film Festival and the Wednesday Dance Jam through her dance company REAson d'etre dance productions.

Kathleen has choreographed over forty works for her company Reason d'etre dance productions and for other organizations. Her award winning dance film Lapinthrope aired on Bravo Television and screened at numerous international festivals. Her choreography Long Live and The Velveteen Rabbit were nominated for six Dora Mavor Moore awards. In 2010, Kathleen was co-winner of the K. M. Hunter Dance Award.

Kathleen's book, The Healing Dance: The Life and Practice of an Expressive Arts Therapist was published by Charles C Thomas Publisher in 2013. Susan Antonacci, the editor of Canadian Living Magazine named The Healing Dance as one of her favorite things in the March 2013 issue.