Nikki Shaffeeullah by Alishba

Nikki Shaffeeullah (she/her) is a theatre-maker, director, writer, facilitator, and community-engaged artist. From 2015-2019 she was Artistic Director of The AMY Project, expanding the organization’s scope to include national work, deepening the commitment to equity, and developing new programs including the Design Mentorship Program, Write On Residency, the Trans Gemmes, the Artist Facilitator Training, and others. Nikki is a founding member of Confluence Arts Collective, a group of artists invested in transformative justice and the prison abolition movement, and is the founder/director Parallel Tracks, a national capacity-building initiative for Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour artists. Past roles include editor-in-chief of magazine; Assistant Artistic Director of Jumblies Theatre; and founder/artistic director of Edmonton’s Undercurrent Theatre. An equity facilitator, Nikki trained in the Judith C. Jones Fellowship for Trainers of Colour with Philadelphia’s Training for Change for 2017 and 2018. and She is also Fellow of the Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Innovators. Nikki holds an MFA in Community-Engaged Theatre has taught and directed in the theatre departments of University of Alberta and University of Toronto Scarborough. Nikki’s work is informed by her longtime involvement in anti-racist, feminist, and queer activism, and a family who loves music, puns, justice, and food. She believes art should disrupt the status quo, centre the margins, engage with the ancient, dream of the future, and be for everyone.