2014 Facilitators

Chris and Laura
Laura Mullen and Chris Tolley – Video

Laura Mullin and Chris Tolley are the Artistic Directors of Expect Theatre, a registered charity that was formed in 1996. The company has created and produced ground-breaking and award winning shows that have attracted international media attention and have been embraced by a wide range of audiences. Expect’s cutting edge productions explore modern urban life using multi-arts including site-specific theatre, video, music and dance. One of the company’s most notable productions, their 2003 multi-media theatrical production ROMEO/JULIET REMIXED, was nominated for five Dora Awards including Outstanding Production, and won for Outstanding Choreography. In 2011, Expect Theatre’s new show AWAKE featured the real stories of young people coping with gun violence in the community of Jamestown. AWAKE premiered at the Toronto Fringe Festival to sold-out audiences. The show received four N’s in NOW Magazine, and was a NOW Critic’s Pick. It was the second highest grossing show at the festival, and was featured in almost every media outlet including: The Toronto Star, The Globe & Mail, The Sun, NOW, The Metro, CBC Radio, The Torontoist and The Grid. In January of 2013, AWAKE was presented at the Next Stage Festival and was a critical success receiving 4/4 stars in the Toronto Star and four N’s in NOW Magazine. Since 2012 with the support of The Canada Council for the Arts, Expect has been working on AWAKE the screenplay.

Nicola
Nicola Pantin – Dance

Nicola, a native of Waterloo and independent professional dancer/choreographer/instructor has worked with numerous choreographers/companies and toured internationally. For 3degrees: Nuit Blanche, Springworks (Women of Tango, Table Dance) Impulse, Summerworks, Ffida and 3 Degrees Cabaret. Selected Stratford credits: The King and I (ensemble) and choreography for Henry V, Twelfth Night, The Tempest, As You Like It, Fuente Ovejuna, The Liar, The Donnellys: Sticks & Stones, Measure for Measure, The Count of Monte Cristo and Timon of Athens. Other selected choreography credits: Harbourfront World Stage, YPT, TNB, Citadel Theatre, Second City, Expect Theatre, Red Barn Theatre, Shakespeare in the Rough, Theaturtle. Awards: Two Doras (Jacob 2 2 Meets the Hooded Fang, RJ Remixed) , gold at Les Jeux de la Francophonie (Corpus). Nicola was the associate choreographer for Des McAnuff’s new musical Yoshimi Battles the Robots and choreographer on the hit comedy Spank! Nicola has choreographed for several dance and music videos, most recently Chelsea Mcmullan’s Mise en Scene (NFB) Currently Nicola’s latest work is choreography for YPT’s Annie and CATS’ Sweeney Todd. She is also the co artistic director of 3degrees, company in residence at Pegasus Studios in Toronto. Upcoming, choreography for George Brown Dance at the Betty Oliphant Theatre.

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Bill Coleman – Dance

Bill has danced with Bill T Jones/Arnie Zane Company, Martha Graham Dance Company, Toronto Dance Theatre, Tere O’Connor, Fondation Jean-Pierre Perreault, Wiesbaden Ballet, William Douglas Danse and currently Tedi Tafel. He regularly collaborates with diverse groups and communities in the creation of one-of-a-kind theatrical events. He is the co-founder of Bill Coleman & His North American Experience with composer John Oswald, Heartland Events with Michael Caplan, and Coleman/Lemieux & Compagnie with Laurence Lemieux. Most recently Bill created Hymn To The Universe performed with the legendary Sun Ra Arkestra and is currently working on a series of films using 3D macro photography.

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Andrew Craig – Music

Andrew Craig creates and performs original music, directs orchestras and musical productions, produces albums, radio, and television, and composes for theatre. Andrew has a considerable reputation as a Musical Director. He Musical Directed Harbourfront’s tribute to Quincy Jones, and has twice performed for Nelson Mandela, one of those times at Toronto’s Skydome (now the Rogers Centre), for which he arranged music sung by 50,000 schoolchildren. In January 2008, Andrew created and directed the finale to the public tribute to the late jazz piano icon Oscar Peterson, at the request of the Peterson family. It included soprano Measha Bruggergosman, the University of Toronto Gospel Choir, The Nathaniel Dett Chorale and Faith Chorale, accompanied by Andrew with the Oscar Peterson Quartet. Recent commissions include a piece for ten pianos and orchestra, debuted at the Cultural Launch of the Toronto 2015 Pan/Para-Am Games, and a pan-stylistic piece for the 2012 Mayor’s Ball For The Arts, commissioned by the Toronto Arts Foundation. Andrew Craig is the former Co-Chair of the Music Committee of the Toronto Arts Council, a former member the Advisory Council for the Faculty of Fine Arts at York University, and a former Resident Artist at Toronto’s Young Centre for the Performing Arts. He currently is a member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre.

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Dalton Higgins – Networking and Business Development (2014)
Dalton Higgins is an international Performing Arts & Music presenter, National Magazine Award-winning journalist, author, blogger and TV/radio broadcaster. His fifth book Far From Over: The Music and Life of Drake – carried in the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame & Museum collection in Cleveland – sheds light on the cultural conditions in Toronto and the United States that helped create the Drake phenomenon. Likewise, Higgins’ Hip Hop World book which is carried in Harvard University’s hip hop archive, led to a 2010 Hip Hop Scholar of the Year award nomination courtesy of Washington DC’s WBLINC. Higgins pioneering work in the area of music and multi-disciplinary arts presentation has taken him across the United States, Denmark, France, Australia, Germany, Colombia, England, Spain and Cuba among other destinations, and has resulted in production credits on over 500+ “live” concert productions. A former longtime news reporter for Toronto’s Now Magazine and leading US youth culture magazines The Source and Vibe Magazine, Higgins was handpicked as one of 30 Torontonians by the Toronto Star to blog about ways to make the city more livable. Higgins has contributed his unique brand of pop culture commentary to most major Canadian TV and radio news media including CTV’s Canada AM, CBC Radio One’s Metro Morning, CBC TV’s The National, City-TV’s Breakfast TV, MTV Canada and Much Music News and has been profiled in everything from The Globe & Mail, Toronto Life and Toronto Star to TVO , 680 News and SUN TV. Higgins has worked with and/or consulted on a vast number of web-based initiatives throughout the USA and Canada including Urban Box Office (NYC) and Shine.com (NYC/Toronto) and has developed a strong interest in promoting diversity (as a current member of the Canada Council for the Arts Racial Equity Advisory Committee) and in supporting literacy initiatives having conducted workshops with everyone from the NBA’s Toronto Raptors to the Toronto Public Library. His most fun gig might have been working as an award show scriptwriter for Gemini Award winning comedian Russell Peters, and you can probably understand why. His daily Daltoganda, musings, rants, jabs, pontifications and fire-and-brimstone blather, which examine the place where the worlds of technology, diversity and pop culture intersect, can be accessed from his digital pulpit on Twitter @daltonhiggins5.
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Sue Edworthy – Marketing and Branding

Sue has worked in the non-profit performing arts for over a decade and is a self-described city enthusiast. Her passion for the performing arts has led her to stints as a director, stage manager, event coordinator and arts administrator in theatre, dance and opera organizations in and around Toronto as a marketing and communications specialist. Sue is a former Board Member for TAPA and is now a member of their Advocacy Committee. She was the Social Media Chair/Steering Committee member for Artsvote 2010, is currently co-chair of that organization, and Vice-President of the board for the Toronto Fringe Festival. She runs Sue Edworthy Arts Planning, a freelance marketing, PR, producing and strategic planning company for the Toronto independent arts community, and is in demand as a social media consultant She is a 2010 Harold Award recipient for outstanding contribution to the theatre community, and a two-time CHAR-PR recipient for best PR single production (Proud, dirty butterfly) Sue holds a BFA Specialized Honors from York University. Visit www.sueedworthy.ca for more information.

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Roshanak Jaberi – Grants and sponsorship

Roshanak Jaberi is a dancer, choreographer, arts programmer, Associate Producer of Expect Theatre, and is a graduate of York University with an honours degree in music. Her choreographic work has been supported by the Toronto Arts Council, The Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts, and has most recently been presented in Paris and Istanbul. She is a committee member on the Canadian Dance Assembly (CDA) Advisory Council on Pluralism, has served as a juror with the Toronto Arts Council and CDA’s I Love Dance Awards, and was recently shortlisted for the Soulpepper Theatre Dance Awards as one of top three finalists in the category of Community Arts. She has been featured in Dance Current Magazine and invited as guest speaker to participate in panel discussions for on the MOVE Dance Conference, Engaging Arts to Represent Violence Against Women: A Conversation About Ethics at the University of Toronto, and International Women’s Day in Washington DC organized by the Iranian Alliance for Peace, Freedom and Social Justice. She is a member of Dance Ontario and co-host of Evi-Dance Radio.