Nikki Shaffeeullah

Nikki Shaffeeullah

Nikki Shaffeeullah, Artistic Director, Theatre Program Co-Director 2017

Nikki Shaffeeullah is a performer, director, writer, curator, facilitator, and community-engaged artist who supports people in telling their own stories and facilitates the development of creative communities. She has been artistic director of The AMY Project since 2015.  In 2017 Nikki launched and directed Parallel Tracks, a national training program for community-engaged artists of colour. For four years Nikki was editor-in-chief of alt.theatre magazine, Canada’s only professional journal dedicated to the intersections of politics, cultural plurality, social activism, and the stage. Nikki is the past assistant artistic director of the acclaimed community arts company Jumblies Theatre, where she continues to work as an artist and consultant.  As a social justice trainer, Nikki has developed and facilitated workshops on equity and inclusion for arts and other organizations across Canada. Nikki is currently honing her facilitation practice as a fellow in the Judith C. Jones Fellowship for Trainers of Colour with Philadelphia’s Training for Change. 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 and studied with Peru’s Teatro Yuyachkani and Thailand’s Makhampom Foundation. She has been recognized with a Nextfest Emerging Artist Award, as one of the Alberta Council for Global Cooperation’s Top 30 Under 30, and as one of Cahoot Theatre’s 30 for 30: 30 Artists shaping the next 30 years of Canadian Theatre. Nikki is a Fellow of The Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Innovators. Her work is informed by her longtime involvement in anti-racist, feminist, and queer movements, and a family who loves music, puns, justice, and food.

 

Rachel Penny

Rachel Penny

Rachel Penny, General Manager

Rachel is a Toronto-based arts administrator and producer. She is currently the General Manager of The AMY Project and Creative Producer for adelheid dance projects. She has worked with the SummerWorks Performance Festival, Young People’s Theatre, Harbourfront Centre, the Luminato Festival and Teesri Duniya Theatre. Recent projects include With Individual Desire (Lady Parts Theatre, Apprentice Producer), The Art of Building a Bunker (Quiptake/Factory Theatre, Quiptake Assistant Producer), and the 10th Annual Toronto Festival of Clowns (Assistant Producer). She recently completed a Metcalf Foundation Performing Arts Internship in Arts Management with Meredith Potter at Volcano Theatre and Peggy Baker Dance Projects.

 

Julia Hune-Brown

Julia Hune-Brown

Julia Hune-Brown, Theatre Program Co-Director 2017

Julia Hune-Brown is an actor, educator and community artist. For the past six years, she has been working with diverse communities facilitating movement and theatre workshops here in Toronto and internationally. Her workshops have an emphasis on identity and expression through movement and have used dance and theatre to discuss issues of bullying, consent, immigration, race and LGBTQ rights.

Julia most recently has worked as actor and forum theatre facilitator touring with Mixed Company Theatre. She is currently a lead artist with Jumblies Theatre and director of The Ground Floor Youth Theatre Project. As an educator Julia previously taught  in Brixton, England and currently works as a visiting artist and classroom teacher with the TDSB.  Julia holds a BFA in Theatre and Development from Concordia University and a BED in Education focusing on inner city education from OISE University of Toronto.

 

Saba Akhtar

Saba Akhtar, Theatre Program Assistant Director 2017

Saba is a 24-year-old theatre artist who works in improv, comedy, writing, and stage management. She has a passion is to bring light to stories that are undermined, through theatre and comedy. Saba is currently training with d’bi.young anitafrika’ at the Watah Theatre School and previous has studied theatre at the University of Toronto Scarborough. Some of her credits include Unrecognized (The R.E.E.L Asian Film Festival), and Unbelievers (LACE Productions). In 2015, Saba participated in the AMY Project, co-creating and performing in Aperture at the SummerWorks Performance Festival, and works as one of the AMY Project Alumni Program Coordinators.

 

Julia Hunter

Julia Hunter, Theatre Program Assistant Director 2017

Julia is a playwright, poet, actor, theatre creator and podcaster from Toronto. She is dedicated to creating theatre that reflects and represents the people we see and live beside in the present day. She has a Diploma in Theatre Performance from Fanshawe College and a Certificate in Performing Arts from Sheridan College. She has studied playwriting with Brian Quirt at the Tarragon Theatre, creation and improvisation with Martha Ross and spoken word with Dwayne Morgan. Julia has been apart of the TENT Program with Toronto Fringe, Theatre Gargantua’s emerging artists Round Table, the Compass Points Program at Magnetic North as well as Common Boots Theatre devised lab.  In 2015 she toured her play For you. For me. For Nicolas to the London, Montreal and Winnipeg Fringe Festivals.  She was a co-creator of To the Kid I Was (Expect Theatre) in Nuit Blanche, and is the co-creator and co-host of the potcast Where’s your head at. Julia was a 2015 AMY Project participant, co-creating and performing in Aperture and in 2016 became one of the AMY Project Alumni Program Coordinators.

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Nicole Stamp

Nicole Stamp, Film Training Program Director

Nicole Stamp is a Toronto Arts Award-winning actor and director.  Screen credits include hosting and directing TVOKids, where segments she hosted won 2 Gemini Awards among 6 nominations, and appearances on Degrassi, Living In Your Car, Dan For Mayor, Ridonculous Race, The Ron James Show, and Remedy. Stage credits include critically-acclaimed work in The Mo’ With The Hat, Avenue Q, Dream in High Park, two years improvising with Second City’s Canadian National Touring Company, and directing 30 new Canadian plays.  Nicole has taught at University of Toronto, Sheridan College, Robert Morris University, and The Banff Centre, among others.  She has been an AMY mentor for 8 years, and is committed to using the performing arts to develop communication skills and self-esteem in outstanding young people.

 

Co-Founders:
Claire Calnan
Pasha Mckenley

Alumni Program Coordinators:
Saba Akhtar
Celia Green
Julia Hunter

Former Alumni Program Coordinators:
Kate Welsh
Copper Brown

Web Design:
Juliana Neufeld – website art design
Mark Tuleweit @ bitFLY Design

Graphic Design:
Ted Rouse at Takedanger Design

Meal Program Coordinator:
Wendy Phek-Yen Sim

Accountant:
Fiona Crichton

Former Session Co-Directors:
Gein Wong (2016)
Mumbi Tindeyebwa (2015)
Sarah Kitz (2015)
Lisa Codrington (2011-2014)
Maya Rabinovitch (2013-2014)
Megan Watson (2012)
Casey Mecija (Music Session Director, 2012)
Claire Calnan (2005-2011)
Weyni Mengesha (2006-2010)

Former Youth Liaisons:
Zeynab Egbeyemi
Jamie Milay
Whitney Kyera
Clover Fannin
Cheynne Scott
Kanika Ambrose
Karyl Agana
Melissa Burnett
Susie Jaroszewska
Michelle Green
Copper Brown
Cassy Walker
Alia Ettienne
Shamelia Joseph
Shanaise Williams
Kate Welsh
Abhi Yogasegaran

 

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