daniel jelani ellis
is a multidisciplinary artist raised in Jamaica by a village of theatre artists, poets, and educators. His art practice includes performance-installation creation, playwriting, dub poetry, and acting. danjelani challenges colonial cultural authority by examining and exploring the ways this authority clashes, connects, and intersects with Afro-diasporic traditions and methodologies. As a Black queer immigrant he is committed to celebrating those of us who live within the margins. www.groundworkredux.com
Sedina Fiati is a black, queer, multidisciplinary performer, creator, activist and producer for stage and screen. She was born and raised in Tkaronto and holds a BFA in Music Theatre from the University of Windsor. Her name means a gift from God in Ewe and she hopes to be just that to the world. Recent credits: Lukumi (performer, Watah Theatre), Letters to the Universe (producer), Divine (producer, Storefront/SummerWorks), 3penny Opera (performer, Small Wooden Shoe). The Switch Project sits at the intersection of things that are dear to Sedina’s heart - social justice, urgency and art created by QTBIPOC artists. She is incredibly thankful to work with this wonderful group of artists. Sedina is the facilitator of the Artist Producer Training Program at Generator and Managing Producer of The Storefront Theatre.
Naty Tremblay is invested in the transformative power of the arts leveraged for community rooted education, organizing and healing. Naty’s experiences as an identical twin, a poor metis-francophone farmer, and a gender-queer feminist have greatly shaped their creative social change practice. Naty has developed a broad body of interactive multimedia performance, workshops, gatherings & community engaged art works exploring identity, power, regenerative reciprocity, justice and decoloniality amidst the backdrop of global predatory capitalism. Naty graduated from OCADU with honors in Integrated Media & Art for Social Change in 2006. They co-founded the Xpace artist-run centre as well as The People Project, an arts and activism organization working with LGBTQ youth. Naty currently coordinates the media, community arts & transformative justice programs at Sketch Working Arts, building creative leadership capacity with young people impacted by poverty. Naty leverages murals, video, puppetry, costume, wearable technology, projections, movement and conceptual performance for community engaged & public works.
Lexi Sproule is a queer Tkaronto-based artist, producer, stage manager, and teacher who is descended from Italian immigrants and Irish/Scottish settlers of Turtle Island. They create and support political, community-centric art that heals and transforms. Lexi specializes in production and technical support on outdoor (and roving) productions, biomyth monodramas, and ‘emergency stage managing’. Their personal artistic practice is interdisciplinary with a focus on writing short fiction.
Faith-Ann Mendes is a writer and performer who has developed a strong foundation in storytelling, character development, and the intricacies of dramatic structure through extensive work in Theatre at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre’s Rhubarb Festival, Watah Theatre, The SummerWorks Festival, Nightwood Theatre’s Groundswell Festival, and SoulPepper Theatre’s Writers Circle. Her experience in creating compelling narrative structure has allowed Faith-Ann to develop a unique voice and perspective as a writer.. She possesses a deep appreciation for the power of storytelling and the ability to create authentic and relatable characters.