TAC Leaders Lab Fellows: 2020 Cohort
This program has been created by TAC and The Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity to enhance leadership capacity in Toronto’s arts and culture sectors. The program is designed for mid- to senior-level arts professionals who have demonstrated the potential to lead change in their organizations, communities or arts sectors.
Bilal Baig (they/them) is a queer, trans-feminine, muslim playwright, director and workshop facilitator. Bilal's first play, Acha Bacha, was co-produced by Theatre Passe Muraille and Buddies in Bad Times Theatre and will be published by Playwrights Canada Press in Spring 2020. Other work in development includes: blue eyes killed him without blinking, Kainchee Lagaa, Kitne Saare Laloo Yahan Pey Hain, and I want that free mind! Bilal's directing work includes: Wah Wah Wah (SummerWorks Performance Festival), Eraser (RISER Project, co-directed with Sadie Epstein-Fine) and The Trans Gemmes (Rhubarb Festival). Currently, Bilal is the Assistant Artistic Director at The AMY Project and the Artistic Programs Manager at the Paprika Festival. Bilal develops and facilitates creative writing workshops for youth in under-served communities in Toronto through a charitable organization called Story Planet, and anti-Islamophobia workshops in schools across the Greater Toronto Area through the Rivers of Hope Collective.
Anna Camilleri has been working with performance, image, and text for 25 years, with a history of creation, production, and touring date back to 1994. Since 2005, she has been deeply engaged with tactile and sculptural works expressed primarily through socially engaged, site-specific public artworks (stone, ceramic, glass, mixed media). Anna co-founded arts organization Red Dress Productions (RDP) in 2005, with collaborator and artistic co-director Tristan R Whiston. Current projects include May I Take Your Arm (part of NAC’s English Theatre Collaborations Unit) at the foldA festival of live digital art, Inkling arts-based research project and upcoming performance festival at the Theatre Centre (May 2020), and the Countdown Public Art Project that engages Ontario communities in collaborative art-making to create public artworks that increase the public dialogue about sexual and gender-based violence, and offer remembrance and hope for those affected by MMIWG2S. Anna was 2018 artist-in-residence in the Department of Arts, Media, and Culture, University of Toronto, Scarborough Campus, and is an artist alumni of the juried 2019 Intergenerational LGBT Artist Residency at Artscape Gibraltar Point. Camilleri’s book publications have been recognized with distinctions from the LAMBDA Literary Foundation, Association of Independent Publishers, and the American Library of Congress. www.reddressproductions.org
Michèle Pearson Clarke is a Trinidad-born artist, writer and educator working in photography, film, video and installation. She holds an MSW from the University of Toronto, and she received her MFA from Ryerson University in 2015, when she was awarded both the Ryerson University Board of Governors Leadership Award and Medal and the Ryerson Gold Medal for the Faculty of Communication + Design. Her work has been included in exhibitions and screenings at Le Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal; the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia; the Royal Ontario Museum; LagosPhoto Festival; Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago; Maryland Institute College of Art; ltd los angeles; and Ryerson Image Centre and Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Art, Toronto. Clarke is the recipient of the Toronto Friends of the Visual Arts 2019 Finalist Artist Prize, and she is an appointed Fellow at the University of Toronto’s Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies. She is currently a sessional lecturer in the Documentary Media Studies program at Ryerson University, and the Photo Laureate for the City of Toronto (2019-2022). www.michelepearsonclarke.com
Julian Diego is a Community Arts practitioner and passionate advocate for access and inclusion in art-making. He believes that everyone has creative aspects that can be encouraged and developed, and that as they do, communities develop and deepen their understanding of members and themselves.
Julian has facilitated arts programming, with a focus on marginalized youth, for over a decade in Toronto. He is fascinated by different ways to increase the palette of expressive options available to people who may not be able to afford or access traditional opportunities. Currently working on the project The Good Guise, exploration of healthy masculinity for racialized men.
Julian is an experienced screen printer, a highly trained kung fu practitioner and performer, and is certified as a Mentor Artist-Educator through the RCM. He is also the recipient of William P. Hubbard Race Relations Award from the City of Toronto 2017.
Emily Fitzpatrick is a curator and arts administrator who holds a master’s degree in Curatorial Studies from the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design at the University of Toronto. Recent curatorial work involves temporary public art projects rooted in social practice and feminist perspectives on digital sustainability and survival. She has extensive experience working within Toronto’s artist-run centres and public institutions including Images Festival, the Art Museum at the University of Toronto, Gendai Gallery, and Art Metropole. She has contributed to such publications as Canadian Art, C Magazine, and CAROUSAL Magazine. Emily is currency the Artistic Director at Trinity Square Video and a member of the curatorial collective Aisle 4.
Layne Hinton is a multidisciplinary artist and independent curator based in Toronto. Through analog projection, sculpture, installation, video, drawing, and printmaking, her artwork examines collections of architectural forms, geometric structures, and the way in which line, light, and shadow play with these spaces.
Continuing her exploration of space, Layne is Co-Curator for Art Spin, a not-for-profit organization that commissions and presents site-specific public art projects and exhibitions in unique spaces in transition. Alongside her Art Spin collaborator Rui Pimenta, Layne was Co-Artistic Director of in/future, an 11-day art and music festival animated the 14-acre West Island of Ontario Place with site-specific performance, installation, film screenings and music. Most recently Hinton and Pimenta co-curated a major exhibition area for Nuit Blanche in 2019.
Hinton holds a BFA from OCAD University in Integrated Media, with a minor in Printmaking. Her work has been shown in Toronto at the Art Gallery of Ontario; YYZ Artist's Outlet; O'Born Contemporary; InterAccess Electronic and Media Arts Centre, and Pleasure Dome; and abroad with WRECK CITY, Calgary; Forthwith, Winnipeg; the Lower Gallery at University of Buffalo SUNY; Mono No Aware NYC; L'École des Beaux Arts Paris and the Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg Russia.
Cayley James is an arts administrator and writer based in Toronto. For the past ten years she has worked in the independent arts on both sides of the Atlantic. In 2013, she completed her MLITT in Film and Television at the University of Glasgow. Following graduation, she was part of the programming and coordinating team at Document International Human Rights Film Festival. Scotland’s longest running (and first) human rights film festival! Since returning to Toronto in 2016 she has administered the impact campaigns for award winning documentaries The Messenger and Driving with Selvi, worked with Regent Park Film Festival to program and facilitate educational screenings, and was one-third of the team behind Bechdel Tested (a feminist film and panel series) at the Revue Cinema. Cayley graduated from Humber's Arts Administration & Cultural Management program in 2018. She is currently the Development Coordinator at The Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto.
Bareket Kezwer is a Toronto-based muralist, community engaged artist, curator, cultural producer, graphic designer and eternal optimist.
Her work is motivated by a desire to spread joy, cultivate gratitude, and support the growth of inclusive and connected communities. She programs and facilitates projects that empower people through creative engagement and increase representation of Toronto’s diverse population. In 2017, she founded Womxn Paint, a street art jam celebrating the strength, resilience and diverse stories of womxn. As the initiative’s creative director, she has produced 75 murals by emerging and early career artists, and facilitated an intergenerational community mural as well as a mural camp for youth. She has worked with Arts Etobicoke, Baycrest Health Sciences, East End Arts, Parkdale Neighbourhood Land Trust, The STEPS Initiative, St. Felix Centre, StreetARToronto, and the Toronto Public Library to facilitate community engaged public art projects across the city of Toronto. In her murals, she works with bright colours and bold patterns to captivate people’s attention and fill them with delight. She is passionate about creating art that both aesthetically and psychologically brightens environments. This is what inspired her to start her ongoing SMILE project—since 2007 she has created SMILEs all over the world, including in Australia, Canada, Cuba, Germany, India, Indonesia, Israel, Malaysia, Mexico, Nepal, Singapore, Spain, The Netherlands, USA, and Vietnam. http://www.bareketkezwer.com/ | https://www.womxnpaint.org/
Emily Law is a dance artist, choreographer, & producer. Trained in many styles of dance including contemporary dance and street dance (specifically house and whacking), she is co-artistic director and co-choreographer of Mix Mix Dance Collective with whom she has created 4 street dance theatre works. She co-produces Parks N’ Wreck, a free outdoor street dance festival and is a founding member of the Toronto house dance crew Warehouse Jacks, with whom she has been hosting free house dance sessions at the Art Gallery of Ontario.
Over the years, Emily has had the pleasure of working with many wonderful artists and companies, to name a few: Kaha:wi Dance Theatre, The Dietrich Group, Shannon Litzenberger, Tanya Lukin-Linklater, Alias Dance Project, & Marie Lambin-Gagnon.
Her choreographic work has been showcased on companies and in festivals such as Toronto Dance Theatre, The Next Stage Theatre Festival, Toronto Fringe Festival, CanAsian Dance Festival, The Reel Asian Film Festival, Older & Reckless, Guelph Dance, Winterlude (Ottawa), Jeux de la Francophone (Abidjan), Dusk Dances & Fall For Dance North.
Emily was an artist in residence at the Heliconian Club and The Orillia Centre for Arts + Culture. She has been nominated for two Dora Mavor Moore Awards, a Gemini, & the 2017 Premier’s award.
Bridget MacIntosh has held senior cultural policy and programming management positions with the cities of Toronto, Mississauga and Hamilton with portfolios spanning arts, events, public art and cultural planning. Notable accomplishments include creating the City of Hamilton’s Events Office where she led the design and delivery of numerous civic events and extensive community engagement to facilitate 400+ annual creative placemaking, community and tourism events. As the past Producer of the Toronto Fringe Festival she created the Fringe Dance Initiative and Next Stage Theatre Festival. Her current creative producing work includes piloting Mass Culture’s Digital Gatherings to bring together Canadian cultural practitioners to discuss sectoral issues; leading art in public space activation and research in partnership with Art of Festivals; presenting CAPACOA’s Diversity & Drivers of Arts Attendance research and navigation for their Linked Digital Future project in order to foster digital collaboration and readiness in the performing arts sector. Bridget also consults on numerous municipal cultural projects across Ontario. As a passionate arts advocate, Her committee work includes the Canadian Arts Coalition; Project for Public Spaces Placemaking Leadership Council; Toronto Public Space Committee and board service for foldA (Festival of Live Digital Art). She continues to share her cultural producing expertise as a frequent guest speaker at conferences, educational institutions and in 2018 was selected as a Next City Vanguard Fellow. https://www.linkedin.com/in/bridgetmacintosh/
Daniel Mack was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He moved to Montréal, Québec eighteen years later, where he studied community organizing and collective arts practices, specializing in audio production, screen printing and building maintenance. In 2006, he co-founded the Ste-Émilie Skillshare, an artist run centre and social activism hub, with a small group of friends, going on to represent the collective at conferences in Toronto, Kingston and Regina.
Since moving to Toronto in 2011, he has been teaching art making and been regularly featured in textile-based and community arts exhibitions, including YTB Gallery, Artscape Youngplace, the Gladstone Hotel, Pio! Centre for Drawing, fifty-fifty arts collective, Mercer Union and Farside Studio. In 2018, he co-founded Coalition Building, the collective responsible for the Bricks & Glitter arts and activism festival. Daniel operates a residential gardening business and teaches leather work.
Marsya Maharani is an independent curator and researcher who works exclusively in collaboration with others, including as part of Younger Than Beyoncé Gallery and MICE Magazine. Informed by her position as an immigrant and settler, her projects explore experimentation in learning, working, and playing together that nourishes diverse ways of thinking, specifically in relation to intersectional feminism, decolonization, and meaningful inclusion. This is reflected in recent and ongoing collaborative projects that test models of profit-sharing (MOCA Goes Dark: Night Visions), resource-sharing (酬眾 fundingcrowd), and kitchen table knowledge-sharing (Souped Up). She is interested in the practice of collective care and radical friendship as grounds for institutional structure, work culture, and labour practices. She has worked institutionally at the Art Museum at the University of Toronto and Sheridan College, and is on the board of SAVAC. www.marsyamaharani.com
Nahed Mansour has over a decade’s worth of experience within the Toronto arts sector working as an arts administrator, curator, and practicing artist. She currently serves as the Senior Manager of Programs at the Gardiner Museum where she leads the museum's public programs and Community Arts Space. Nahed has previously held the positions of Constituent Curator - Communities and Engagement at the Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto, Artistic Director at the South Asian Visual Art Centre, and Director at Mayworks Festival Toronto. The majority of her curatorial and programming work supports visual, media, and community-based artists whose work respond to contemporary social, political, economic, and environmental issues from racialized and gendered perspectives. Her multi-disciplinary research-based arts practice draws from archival images, found footage, and material-culture to investigate notions of race and power through dance. She holds an MFA in Open Media from Concordia University and a BA joint Honours in Semiotics and Visual Studies from the University of Toronto. www.nahedmansour.com
Jaime Martino is an award-winning choreographer, making art that challenges narratives and centres queer voices. Following the completion of her Master’s degree in Dunedin, New Zealand in 2009, she co-founded the Aha Dance Collective, a contemporary dance company dedicated to exploring gender and movement through a queer feminist lens. She now choreographs for Momentum Dance Toronto and creates contemporary dance works as an independent artist. Jaime brings her independent artistic practice and ethos into her professional life as the Executive Director of Tapestry Opera, and into the broader opera community. She was a member of the 2019 Opera America Leadership Intensive cohort and is recognized as a leader in pushing for equitable creation and management practices in the opera community. Before shifting back to the arts, Jaime served as Director of Operations for Pride Toronto, steering one of the largest celebrations of queer and trans communities in the world. In 2014, she was officially recognized by the City of Toronto for her contribution to WorldPride, called a “historic and overwhelming success”, and received a Rainbow Warrior award “for outstanding support for international LGBT solidarity and LGBT culture” as awarded by the International Lesbian and Gay Cultural Network. Jaime believes deeply in the power of art to transform lives and the world that surrounds them.
Laura Mayo is the Executive Director of Art of Time Ensemble. Previously, Laura was Director of Pops and Special Concerts at the Toronto Symphony Orchestra where she planned and managed many of the orchestra’s most popular projects including the film with live orchestra series (from Star Wars to Casablanca), partnerships with Roy Thomson Hall, Polaris Music Prize, AGO, Regent Park School of Music and TIFF, and cross-genre collaborations with artists such as Tanya Tagaq, Jessie Reyez, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Jeremy Dutcher and Carly Rae Jepsen.
Previously, as Head of Artistic Partnerships at Southbank Centre (London, UK), Laura managed relationships with hundreds of arts professional and community arts organizations such as the London Jazz Festival, London African Music Festival and the London Philharmonic Orchestra and worked with artists including Randy Newman and Joan Baez.
Laura lives in Toronto with her husband composer Christopher Mayo and their two young sons.
Anupa Mistry is a writer and producer who has spent the past decade reporting on Canadian artists and communities for publications such as The Globe & Mail, Hazlitt, VOGUE, Pitchfork, The Guardian, and more. Grounded in cultural reportage and analysis, her work engages with ideas of how communities respond to and evolve within a place. Anupa has been a senior editor at The FADER, a creative producer on the original content team at Vevo in New York City, and part of Red Bull Music Academy's global couch team. In 2019, she wrote for a forthcoming pop music docu-series produced by Banger Films, taught a course on arts writing at the Humber College School of Journalism, and completed a 200-hour yoga teacher training. Anupa is currently working as a producer on a forthcoming series with CBC Podcasts. She is also the host of Burnout, a podcast featuring conversations about creative sustainability with Canadian artists. http://anupamistry.com/
Cara Spooner is an artist working in dance, performance art and theatre. Her work has been presented at the National Arts Centre (Canada), The PuSh International Performance Festival (Vancouver), Canadian Stage (Toronto), The Goethe Institut (Toronto), Stromereien 11 (Zürich) and her Audience Handbook has been translated and printed internationally. She also works in Public Programming at Workman Arts. www.caraspooner.com