Encounters… – Creative Team

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Jill Carter, Curator and Director

Lee Maracle, Community Consultant / Artistic Advisor / Traditional Teacher

Columpa C. Bobb, Community Consultant / Artistic Advisor

Cayla Clarkson, Stage Manager

Nicole Eun Ju Bell, Set & Projections Designer

Isabel Klassen-Marshall, Costume Co-ordinator

Andre du Toit, Lighting Designer

Susan Aaron, Uri Livne-Bar, Shirka Urechko; Sound Design Team

Natasha Naveau,  Film/Performance Installation

Beth Friend, Head of Properties

Victoria Banjavci, Head of Wardrobe

Megan Davies, Assistant Stage Manager

Lauren  Lacey, Assistant Lighting Designer

Andrew Kesik, Research Assistant

Megan  Davies, Max Fearon, Isabel Klassen-Marshall,  Lauren  Lacey, Sarah Michaels, Hallie Wells; Transcribers


Jill Carter, Curator and Director

Jill CarterFor Hart House Theatre: Adjudicator of the 2018 U of T Drama Festival

About: As a researcher and theatre-worker, Jill Carter (Anishinaabe/Ashkenazi) works in Tkaronto with many Indigenous artists to support the development of new works and to disseminate artistic objectives, process, and outcomes through community-driven research projects. Her scholarly research, creative projects, and activism are built upon ongoing relationships with Indigenous Elders, scholars, youth, artists and activists positioning her as witness to, participant in, and disseminator of oral histories that speak to the application of Indigenous aesthetic principles and traditional knowledge systems to contemporary performance.    

The research questions she pursues revolve around the mechanics of story creation, the processes of delivery and the mechanics of affect.  More recently, she has concentrated upon Indigenous pedagogical models for the rehearsal studio and the lecture hall; the application of Indigenous [insurgent] research methods within performance studies; the politics of land acknowledgements; and land-based dramaturgies/activations/interventions.

Apart from her teaching, theatre work and academic writing, Jill works as a researcher and tour guide with First Story Toronto (http://ncct.on.ca/first-story-toronto-app-bus-tour/); facilitates Land Acknowledgement Workshops for theatre makers in this city; serves on the editorial board of alt. magazine: cultural diversity and the stage, serves the Canadian Association for Theatre Research (CATR) as Equity Officer, and serves as Advisor to the Grand Council of the Indigenous Performing Arts Alliance (IPAA).

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Susan Aaron, Sound Design Team

Susan Aaron is a resident of Tkoronto, residing with and revitalizing watershed life. She is in the social justice education EDD focus at OISE and the University of Toronto environmental collaborative program.  She brings to this project her years of applying a Masters of Drama from the University of Toronto, and other academic education to selective reviewing and research of the arts nationally and internationally including digital and site specific work, broader input to science and social science in relation to culture and nature, and arts based research considering place. She has taught at the University of Toronto  Mississauga campus in the women’s studies program using social justice informed notions of place and communication. Her environmental practice includes hands on work in the forests of Toronto with the city. She has integrated into her research walks revealing the alteration of the watersheds by Western culture and their potential revival. She does ongoing input to policy to ensure that sustainable watersheds are a function of life. Her participation in this performance is a tangible act of engaging with Indigenous studies to fulfill the need to be guided by Indigenous people’s title and informed actions to land.

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Natasha Naveau,  Film/Performance Installation

Natasha is of the Deer Clan from Mattagami First Nation, Ontario. She is now based in Toronto and is of mixed Dene and eastern European heritage. 

Her past work in advocacy, media-making and project coordination has brought her to many places across Turtle Island and has contributed to her community of practice. Working as an Independent artist and media maker, included in this work has been coordinating and assisting for short-form independent projects, co-producing, and editing videos for non-profit organizations and projects within the Toronto Indigenous community.

She is currently the manager of Indigenous Arts Projects at the Toronto Arts Council and has has presented media work at ImagiNATIVE Film Festival, Ryerson University, Allan Gardens park, and the Ontario Science Centre.

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