Anna is an award-winning author and multidisciplinary artist, whose works are collaborative and community-engaged. She has led over 25 public art projects and curated programs for Inside Out Film Festival, Mayworks Festival, and Buddies in Bad Times Theatre. Her books have been recognized with distinctions from the LAMBDA Literary Foundation, the Association of Independent Publishers, the American Library of Congress, and are part of the University of Toronto’s Fisher Rare Books Library Queer Canadian Literature Collection.
Tristan R. Whiston
Tristan is a director, dramaturge, and community artist. He has written and directed five audio documentaries for CBC, including Middle C, which won the 2007 Premios Ondas Award for International Radio. He has directed Gender Play, trace, and was dramaturge and performer on Hush, which was presented at the London International Festival of Theatre and the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester, England. Tristan’s film pINCO Triangle was honoured with three 2018 Queer North Awards, including Best Canadian Film.
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Katie is a key grip in the film and television industry. She has been working with Red Dress Productions since 2010 as an installation director, carpenter, production lead, and associate artist. More recently she has done camera operation for live video animation and created several video shorts of Red Dress’ work.
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Wy Joung Kou
Associate Artistic Director
Wy-J is a queer multidisciplinary artist based in Toronto. Having gained most of their skills through mentorship and community-based models of learning, their practice includes mosaic, installation, community-based art, performance, taiko and poetry. Kou strives to tell stories, transmit emotion, and create access through language, touch, movement and visuals.
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Board of Directors
Anil Purandaré (President)
Anil has been volunteering for a wide range of non-profit organizations and housing co-ops for over 20 years. He has served on boards and led committees to protect and improve government housing assistance for those in need. He works in the Registrar’s Office at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) and is also a Chief Steward for the United Steelworkers Local 1998.
Jane is a former high school teacher and adult literacy worker who advocates for disability and LGBTQ rights. She has worked professionally in forum theatre to educate and promote social change. Living with a rare nerve disease herself, she supports patients and families dealing with similar neurological challenges. She enjoys singing in a social justice choir and volunteering in community theatre projects. Recently, she has been involved in sponsoring a refugee family.
Ronnie is a social worker who has spent over 25 years working primarily with mothers and children. Known for her supportive and compassionate professionalism when serving marginalized groups, Ronnie is a strong believer that we are all capable of greatness when given access to the right tools and resources.
Trisha Lamie (Treasurer)
Trisha is an associate professor in theatre and performance studies at the University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC). Her practice-based research on contemporary performance focuses on art and social justice, community engagement and participatory art. Her teaching explores and celebrates inclusiveness, cultural diversity, feminist and LGBTQ performance. She is proud to be teaching at UTSC, one of the most culturally diverse university campuses in the world.
Emma is a teacher and assistant curriculum leader at a public high school in Toronto. In Emma’s 15 years as an openly queer English, Drama and Guidance teacher in Canada and New Zealand, equity and inclusion have always been at the forefront of her practice. Anti-racist education and LGBTQ+ and Indigenous representation, advocacy and intersectionality are the focus of Emma’s work. Emma believes that every student can have an artistic life, and that equitable access to education and the arts are essential to freedom, opportunity, and agency. Emma says, “Collaborating with Red Dress Productions on “Project Love” has been one of the highlights of my career.”
Gehan is an artist, community member and activist raised in Tkaronto, Kanata. Since childhood they’ve always been excited to share their thoughts, feelings and stories. Through encouragement, support and instinct, they continue to grow and heal through singing, writing, acting and dancing. Gehan believes these and other forms of expression are our birth rights; Without them we feel lost but with them we are connected to our wisdom, history and inner worlds. Gehan has worked with Jumblies Theatre, Community Arts Guild, and Red Dress Productions as an actor and community artist.