Nikki Shaffeeullah by Alishba

Nikki Shaffeeullah (she/her) is a theatre-maker, facilitator, and community-engaged artist who has been artistic director of The AMY Project since 2015. She holds an MFA in Theatre Practice from the University of Alberta and her thesis won the 2013 Canadian Association for Theatre Research award in Intercultural Theatre. She trained in puppetry at Humber College, studied with Peru’s Teatro Yuyachkani and Thailand’s Makhampom Foundation, and was an Emerging Director in Residence at Canadian Stage in 2017-2018. In 2017 Nikki launched and directed Parallel Tracks, a national training program for Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour community-engaged artists. For four years Nikki was editor-in-chief of magazine, Canada’s only professional journal dedicated to the intersections of politics, cultural plurality, social activism, and the stage. As a social justice trainer, Nikki has developed and facilitated workshops on equity and inclusion for groups across Canada, and was a fellow in the Judith C. Jones Fellowship for Trainers of Colour with Philadelphia’s Training for Change for 2017 and 2018. Also in 2017, Nikki was invited as one of “fifty of the world’s most talented young innovators from the culture and arts sector” to be a Fellow of the Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Innovators. She has taught and directed in the theatre departments of University of Alberta and University of Toronto Scarborough. Other past roles include Assistant Artistic Director of Jumblies Theatre from 2015-2017. Nikki’s work is informed by her longtime involvement in anti-racist, feminist, and queer activist, and a family who loves music, puns, justice, and food.