November 2016

Interactive Installations, Media Collaborations and Exhibitions

Rotunda Gallery, Kitchener City Hall, Kitchener, ON. – opening April 2, 2015

Neighbourhood Voices – Final exhibition of Kitchener Artist in Residence 2014 project includes 14 photographic portraits and a screen-based, interactive video mixing station.

Berlin Tower ARTSpACE, Kitchener City Hall, Kitchener, ON. – December 2, 2014 to January 30, 2015

Neighbourhood Voices Interactive Exhibition of work in progress for my Kitchener Artist in Residence Project. Debut of an interactive feature that allows gallery visitors to mix intentionally paired videos together to create a unique narrative experience.

The MT Space, Courtyard at Bonnie Stuart, Kitchener ON. – November 14, 15 and 16, 2013

Black Spring – created multimedia projections and soundscapes for a play by Belgian/Iraqi playwright and author Hazim Kamaledin.

IMPACT 13 International Theatre Festival, Kitchener, ON. – September 24 to 29, 2013

Messages from Generation to Generation video installation occupied the streetscape in one of IMPACT 13’s most visited locations. In response to the festival and conference theme of Staging Occupation, sons and daughters, mothers and fathers transmitted their experience as refugees in story, music and photos. These narratives were then combined with slow motion video portraits for projection onto glass blocks.

Downtown Kitchener, ON. – June 2012 to present 

Made in Kitchener: Personal Stories From Our Industrial Past – An interactive walking tour based on a series of interviews with people who worked in Kitchener’s manufacturing sector in the post World War II era. At each of the 10 stops on the route visitors can access a story connected to the location using their smart phone. The tour is also available online at madeinkitchener.ca.

Film

Extend-A-Family of Waterloo Region – January-June 2016

Beginnings – Commissioned a 25-minute documentary film about inclusivity based on the experience of clients, staff and home support families. To be premiered September 8, 2016.

Lost & found theatre – October 2015 to April 2016

Road Hockey Stories – A collections of mini documentaries capturing memories and experiences of road hockey from a wide range of Waterloo Region residents. The stories we used individually as part of a campaign to promote the Canadian premiere of the play, “Pocket Rocket”, by local playwrights Lea Daniel and Gary Kirkham.  A compilation of the stories was also shown prior to each performance April 20 to 30, 2016.

Women’s Crisis Services of Waterloo Region – October 2014

5 days at Haven House – Commissioned, short dramatic film about life in its overcrowded shelter in Cambridge. While it was used to support the agency’s capital campaign to rebuild the shelter, I was given full artistic control over the piece.

Women’s Crisis Services of Waterloo Region – September 2014

There’s No Place Like Home – Commissioned short dramatic film explores the theme of what makes a home safe, secure and nurturing from the perspective of women and children.

House of Friendship – June 2013 

Food Community Justice – Commissioned short POV documentary examines the role of food security in building thriving communities and as a building block of social justice.

Women’s Crisis Services of Waterloo Region – September 2013

What about us? – Commissioned short film about family violence combines real children’s artwork and comments in a moving film about the impact strife between parents has on their children.

Region of Waterloo, Public Health Department – May 2013

Community Garden Digital Storytelling Project – A series of three short documentary films capturing how people in Waterloo Region have improved their well being through community garden plots. Films are based on interviews with over 80 gardeners conducted by Waterloo Region Public Health as part of a study on community gardens.

Waterloo Region Crime Prevention Council – October 2012

twenty thirteen – A documentary video about the inREACH Youth Gang Prevention Program featuring the personal stories of three program participants. The video was used to build awareness and seek funding for inREACH.

Writing and Theatre

Women’s Crisis services of Waterloo Region – January – November 2015

Rage Against ViolenceCo-commissioned with playwright Gary Kirkham to write and produce a full-length, verbatim theatre play based on true stories of people whose lives have been touched by violence between intimate partners. The play debuted November 30, 2015 as part of the agency’s annual awareness campaign.

Asphalt Jungle Shorts VI – June 2010

Lipstick and Cigarettes – A short play staged as part of the annual site-specific play festival. A film of the performance also appears on YouTube where it has received over 9,000 views to date.

Theatre and Company – 2004

Red Dress – Full-length play given a staged reading.

Residencies, Grants and Awards

City of Kitchener – January 2014 to April 2015

Artist in Residence – Residency project “Neighbourhood Voices”  was a collection of video snapshots – short films – of ordinary people. The voices create a chorus of everyday life in the city. The collection is presented in a number of ways such as standalone films viewable online and interactive installations in galleries and other public spaces.

Region of Waterloo Arts Fund – January to June 2013

Generation to Generation, Contributing Media Artist – A community-based theatre and media project that worked with refugee families as co-creators in an exploration of how familial stories are passed between generations.

Region of Waterloo Arts Fund – 2011

Latitude and Longitudes Digital Storytelling Project – Founding director and storytelling workshop facilitator for a collaborative project with Latitudes Storytelling Festival that collects, preserves and presents the stories of everyday people living in Waterloo Region. Website http://latitudeslongitudes.org

University of Waterloo – Fall 2005

Journalist in Residence, Canadian Centre for Arts and Technology – Designed and delivered a course, “Journalism in a Digital Age”. Worked with faculty on a research project to test the viability of a new online business.

Theatre and Company – 2005-06 Season

Resident Artist, Playwright

Workshops and Presentations

Ontario Architectural Conservancy North Waterloo Region – public lecture – November 2015

Finding John Lingwood – Screened two video interviews of my early-stage research on Kitchener architect John Lingwood as part of a lecture on mid-century modern architecture in Waterloo Region.

The Working Centre, Kitchener, ON – Digital Media Training Program – November 2015

Digital Storytelling – Led six-session skills development workshop for young adults focused on developing video stories. Participants learned fundamentals of story development plus video recording and editing basics.

House of Friendship – Annual General Meeting – June 2015

Exploring Stories Together – Interactive presentation of selected stories from Neighbourhood Voices, Kitchener Artist in Residence 2014 project.

Third Age Learning – December 5 2013

Immigration Issues in Canada – Presented work from the “Generation to Generation” project as part of a panel discussion on the immigrant experience in Canada.

inREACH Youth Gang Prevention Program – March 2012

Neighbourhood Narratives PhotoVoice Projects – Worked with inREACH Youth Gang Prevention outreach workers in three at-risk neighbourhoods in Waterloo Region to gather pictures and stories of youth as they explore the good, the bad and the ugly of their neighbourhood.

House of Friendship – September 2010

Voices from House of Friendship – A personal storytelling workshop conducted in cooperation with the House of Friendship addiction services program. The video stories are used to build awareness of women’s addiction issues and support a residential treatment facility.


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