Before joining Theatre Direct, Lisa Marie was the Artistic Director of FIXT POINT. Lisa holds a Masters of Arts in Theatre and Performance Studies from York University and is on faculty at Centennial College where she teaches Clown and Acting. Lisa Marie is an Artistic Advisor for the National Arts Centre, a graduate of George Brown Theatre School and École Philippe Gaulier in Paris, France, and the proud mom of two wild children.
Hanna is an creative producer and photographer. She has an English degree from Durham University & an MFA in Theatre Directing from Birkbeck University where she trained with the National Theatre Studio, Motley School of Theatre Design, the RSC and Drama Centre. She is part of a team from the University of Toronto’s Department of Occupational Science and Medicine researching work-life balance for caregivers in the arts & is mum to two young sons.
Meredith is the founder of the evaluation and strategy firm Good Roots Consulting. She has a Master of Science degree in planning and community development and is a Credentialed Evaluator with the Canadian Evaluation Society. Meredith has designed and implemented evaluation processes for dozens of community-based projects including many in the arts and culture space. She is proud/ frazzled mama to three small kids.
Pragna is a Dora-nominated actor, director, musician and bilingual artist-educator. She creates original children's theatre and music. Among others, Pragna has been with the RMTC, YPT, CanStage, Theatre Smith-Glimour, and the Stratford Festival, where she was awarded the Jean A. Chalmers Award for dedication to Canadian theatre. She has directed works at the Toronto Fringe Festival, Rhubarb Festival, and Summerworks and was Artistic Director of Crescendo Music, a trilingual children's music and theatre company in Morocco, Africa, that worked in English, French and Arabic. She holds a BA in Music from Wilfrid Laurier University and is a graduate of George Brown Theatre School. Pragna is the proud mom of a rascally seven year old.
Kate Walker is a Toronto based arts administrator and producer. She is a University of Toronto graduate with a double major in Anthropology and Sexual Diversity Studies. She has been the Company Manager of Common Boots Theatre since 2014 and the Managing Producer of Theatre Direct since 2018. Kate has a diverse background in the performing arts as a singer/songwriter, with extensive music and music education experience.
Sehar Bhojani is an actor and producer based in Hamilton. She is a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada. As an actor, she has appeared in various commercials, television shows such as The Handmaid's Tale (Hulu) and Coroner (CBC), and films SLAXX and Punchline (short). As a producer, Sehar has worked with a number of Canadian Theatre companies including: Nightswimming, Theatrefront, SpiderWebshow, Coal Mine Theatre, Native Earth, and Cahoots Theatre. She was Associate Artistic Director of Theatre Direct's 2018/19 Season, and Artistic Producer at Common Boots Theatre.
Shira is an actor and theatre creator. Her work looks at how our personal stories are shaped by larger cultural narratives, and she examines the convergences between the personal and political through an exploration of objects and material culture. Much of her work includes performance, live art and installation. Her work is rooted in meaningful consideration of the role of the audience and the nature of their relationship to the performance.
Shira’s recent live art performance, Lost Together, was awarded the 2018 SummerWorks Festival Production Prize and the sold-out run was described as an “unforgettable experience” by NOW Magazine. She has received commissions from institutions like Harbourfront Centre and the Gardiner Museum. Shira is a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada.
A Juno-nominated musician and in-demand collaborator who has appeared on stages across Canada and around the world, Treasa has made her living as an artist-educator and creative facilitator since 1999. A proud Franco-Ontarian, Treasa holds a BFA in Theatre from Ryerson University, has trained at the Royal Conservatory of Music, and teaches music and theatre classes through Theatre Aquarius, the Art Gallery of Hamilton, and across several school boards in the GTHA. Treasa is also Program Coordinator and a teacher at An Instrument for Every Child (AIFEC), serves as the Outreach Coordinator for Folk Alliance International, and has run private in-home music and drama programs in Forest Hill since 1999. Treasa believes in the power of expression to build confidence and foster connection.
Actress, Author, and Storyteller is a graduate of the Stella Adler Acting Conservatory (New York) and the University of Ottawa (BAC in Art; Theatre and Literature). She has been acclaimed as the performer and author) of Mother Sea at le Théâtre la Catapulte. At the Theatre Francais de Toronto and Espoir/Espwa (which she authored with Carline Zamar, Edwige Jean-Pierre) Le malade imaginaire, *LES ZINSPIRÉS, and LES ZINSPIRÉS 3D at, Seventeen (Anonymous) Women at the Infintheatre and REZ SISTERS at the Factory Theatre. She is the author and performer of Rendez-vous with Home/Lakay at the SummerWorks Festival, 2008, & at the Théâtre français de Toronto, 2010 ALSO presented in several storytelling festivals such as Les Contes Nomades (NAC) and Le Festival du loup de Lafontaine. She is proud of the ambitious tour of both English and French versions of Rendez-vous with Home/ Lakay with the iconic Black Theatre Workshop (Montreal, February 2018 and November 2019) and the English version with Roseneath Theatre in Toronto 2020!
Film/TV: Flashpoint, Degrassi Junior High and Madame Bonheur, to MiniTFO.
She received the Spotlight Award at the SummerWorks Festival in 2008 for Rendez-Vous with Home. She was nominated for the Dorat Awards for Les Zinspirés 3D, in the categories ``Outstanding Performance - Individual`` and ``Outstanding Performance - Ensemble`` and a nomination for ``Best Actress`` at the METAs Awards 2018 for Rendez-vous Home/ Lakay and ``Outstanding performance” Dora nomination 2020. Your children know her as the storyteller and dancer Madame Bonheur at MiniTFO.