With 30 professional years across theatre, television, film, radio, and education, Alex Bulmer is dedicated to inclusive collaborative art practice, fuelled by a curiosity of the improbable and deeply informed by her experience of becoming blind. She is activated by obstacles, well exposed to the absurd, and embraces the disciplines of generosity, listening, time, and uncertainty within her artistic and personal life. Alex is currently Artistic Director of Common Boots Theatre, co-founder and artistic director of Cripping The Stage with The British Council, and the lead curator of Brave 2021 Festival: CoMotion, an international disability arts festival produced by Harbourfront Centre.
Multidisciplinary artist Anna Camilleri has been working with performance, image, and text for 25 years. Her visual public artworks are in communities across Ontario and Camilleri’s books have been recognized with distinctions from the LAMBDA Literary Foundation, Association of Independent Publishers, and the American Library of Congress.
Anthony Abbatangelo is a freelance sound designer, musician and post-production technician based in Toronto. He graduated from George Brown College in 2019 with a postgraduate degree in Sound Design & Production. His sound design credits range from animation and experimental film to narrative and documentary projects. Most recently, Anthony has contributed sound design to the short films “Liar” and “Body So Fluorescent”, which both premiered this year at Toronto’s LGBT-focused Inside Out Film Festival. https://www.abbatangelosounddesign.com/
Aria Evans (she/they/he) is a queer, Toronto-based, award winning interdisciplinary artist who’s practice spans dance; creation, performance and film. Aria draws on their experiences with Afro-Indigenous + settler heritage as well as their BFA (2012) to capture meaningful social and cultural themes through their interactive art. With a large-scale vision, collaboration is the departure point to the work that Aria creates under their company POLITICAL MOVEMENT. Advocating for inclusion and the representation of diversity, Aria uses their artistic practice to question the ways we can coexist together. www.politicalmovement.ca
Asaph Blaine is a multiply disabled, multilingual and multimodal (music) theatre creator and a current student at Randolph College for the Performing Arts. Recently, Asaph also wrote the libretto for Fugue State, an experimental opera in collaboration with University of Toronto student composer Ricardo Ferro. The opera was scheduled to run on April 2nd, 2020, in a festival of new student work produced by the Green Room Sound Collective. Asaph is also the dramaturg-director for a new musical titled NeverWonder, written by Jess L. Callaghan, now scheduled to run at the Toronto Fringe in 2021.
Ben Roberts is a Toronto based filmmaker. He has directed several short films and documentaries that have screened at film festivals around the world. In 2012 he directed a feature film which screened at the Royal in Toronto as a part of the 1K film wave. He has collaborated with artists such as Petra Collins, The Tragically Hip, The Beaches, and Goodbye Honolulu, creating visuals, music videos and mini documentaries. His work has taken him to Honduras, El Salvador and Nicaragua where he worked alongside not for profit organizations focusing on building space for women in the coffee industry. Presently he is looking forward to creating and releasing new projects in the future.
Cam Luu is a Queer, Multi-gendered, disabled, Mixed Asian trauma artist living with dissociative identity disorder, (DID), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), Complex post-traumatic stress disorder (C-PTSD) among other things. As an artist, they are a storyteller, and they create works to tell stories about their lived experience that mainly focuses on their lived experience. This can range from spoken word pieces, crafts, and plays. Most recently, they finished a Playwright residency via the AMY Project which included a workshop reading.
Born in Puerto Rico and raised in Canada, Cristal Buemi creates multilingual works through the use of stop motion animation, film, video, collage, photography and digital design. Her work pushes frame-by-frame boundaries through an exploration of materiality and inherent beauty found in the minutia. Cristal’s passion for pedagogy and creative expression has enabled her involvement in the art education community with various organizations, supporting a diverse group of participants in the advancement of their own creative practices.
Deanna creates original music, sonic environments, and sound reinforcement systems for stage, screen, and interactive media. Formerly a researcher in behavioural neuroscience, she integrates principles of psychology into her composition and sound design. Her designs for plays and musicals have taken her across Canada. She has scored a number of independent films, teaches sound design at the National Theatre School of Canada, UBC, McGill, and various other institutions. She is the 2020 laureate of the Pauline McGibbon Award for Theatre Design. She is a member of the Associated Designers of Canada, Screen Composers’ Guild of Canada, and SOCAN. Follow her @splitbrainsound
Ebony R. Gooden
Ebony R. Gooden is the only Black Deaf artist living in Calgary, Canada. She is an emerging artist, filmmaker and activist while balancing her own restaurant, Mykonos Street Grill. Her unique voice has intersectionality layers, where it is incredibly essential for her to show hearing people what it is like to be Black and Deaf. It is essential for her to create a safe space for BIPOC Deaf artists in Calgary to grow the community in order to thrive. She is best known for her vlogs under her art page.
Gaitrie Persaud (She/Her), a Torontonian, lives and breathes acting and that is reflected in her amazing identity. She is a co-owner of Phoenix of the Fire. She is a firm believer in creating opportunities for the Deaf Community and young deaf children. Gaitrie creation strives to increase the overall impact to provide an exciting adventure to the deaf/hard hearing Community with the musical by ASL interpretations. She has been breaking down barriers to have AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE INTERPRETATION provided at the music concert.
Ganesh Thavarajah is a Tamil-Canadian actor, playwright and screenwriter. With a degree in marketing, he leverages his business acumen to support his acting and writing career. He takes mundane everyday stories like family feuds or love affairs and shows them from the perspective of the other. The first-generation son of immigrants, he has always been fascinated with how humanity copes with change and adversity. He especially enjoys exploring these stories at the intersection of various identities, such as social status and sexuality. He hopes to use his lens as a South Asian man to create more spaces for other diverse voices.
Gehan Udayanga (they/them): “As an artist, community member and activist raised in Tkaronto, Kanata, I’ve always been excited to share my thoughts, feelings and stories. Through encouragement, support and instinct, I continue to grow and heal through singing, writing, acting and dancing. A teaching reminded me that these and other forms of expression are our birth rights; Without them we feel lost, but with them we connect to our wisdom, history and inner worlds.”
Hanan Hazime (she/her) is a multidisciplinary artist, creative writer, community arts educator and writing instructor living in Tkaronto/Toronto. She also identifies as a Lebanese-Canadian Muslimah Feminist and Mad Pride Activist. Through her intersectional and interdisciplinary artwork, Hanan aims to push boundaries, question arbitrary binaries, dispel stigmas and shatter stereotypes. You can find more about Hanan and her work at https://hananhazime.com/
Jane (she/her) 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.