Nicole Armos is a poet and graduate student in Arts Education, with an interest in exploring our relationships to place, nature, and the body through the arts and humanities. She holds a BA (Honours) in World Literature from SFU, where she continues to work as a Teaching Assistant. In the ASC! Project, Nicole is helping to research strategies and principles for strong cross-sector partnerships in the field of arts for social change, as well as the history of the field in Canada. She assists with interviews, literature reviews, data analysis, and reporting findings.
Lisa Campkin is completing her Masters degree in Kinesiology at the University of Calgary. She is exploring current physician’s perspectives on using exercise and exercise professionals in the care of patients living with chronic disease. Lisa’s personal experiences with physical activity and sport have strongly influenced her passion for emotional expression and social interaction through physical movement and the resulting positive impact on quality of life. She has enjoyed past work as a Teaching Assistant at the University of Calgary, focusing on the physiology of exercise as well as the role of exercise in healthy lifestyles. In her current role as a Research Assistant for the ASC! Project, Lisa assists in assessing the effects of dance participation and community partnerships within the Community-University Dance projects.
Callista Chasse recently completed her Master’s of Social work degree with the University of Calgary at their Southern Alberta location in Lethbridge, AB. She completed her Bachelor of Social Work degree in 2013 and was the proud recipient of the Gayle Gilchrist James and Richard F. Ramsay Gold Medal in Social Work. She is presently employed as the Coordinator of Student Wellness Education & Sexual Violence Support at the University of Lethbridge. Her previous work experiences include supporting people through counselling, community outreach and education. Callista has also worked for over a decade as a dance instructor, performer and choreographer and is thrilled to be a part of a project that brings together two of her greatest passions, the arts and social justice! Callista assists Lisa Doolittle in the teaching and learning pod of the ASC! project.
Lauren Jerke is a Ph.D. student in Applied Theatre at the University of Victoria. She has researched and practiced in diverse settings, such as psychiatric hospitals, seniors’ homes, high-stake exams for medical students and professionals, and cultural awareness training for social workers. Using applied theatre, she aims to connect personal realities with broad international contexts, and to engage participants in critical reflection and dialogue. Her doctoral research will study the field of applied theatre as it expands its horizons (and its approach to social change) by documenting, generating, and critiquing applied theatre that addresses social justice issues with, for, and by gatekeepers in Canada. Lauren works with Lisa Doolittle on the Teaching and Learning component of the ASC! project.
Mars Loveseth is a multidisciplinary theatre artist based out of Calgary and Montreal. Born and raised in Calgary and forever a prairie kid at heart, they are currently living in Montréal studying Theatre and Development at Concordia University, and working as an undergraduate Research Assistant on Rencontres / Encounters. Mars is particularly interested in collaborative creation and tends to take design, technical, directorial or facilitative roles within collaborative contexts. They are also interested in collaborative, innovative theatre work that engages with issues of social justice, and theatre that contributes to healthy anti-oppressive communities; of specific importance is intersectional approaches to gender, sexuality, queerness and trans experiences.
Karen Lockhart works with Dr. Annalee Yassi in the Global Health Research Program located in the School of Population and Public Health at the University of British Columbia. She has managed Dr. Yassi’s research for over 10 years and her work focuses on writing publications, including reports, presentations and peer-reviewed articles. She is also skilled in data analysis and project management. Karen aids Dr. Yassi in the evaluation aspects of the ASC! work.
Corey Makoloski was born and raised in a rural Alberta setting, it only seemed natural he would make his home teaching in a similar environment.Corey taught for 12 years in a rural K-12 school and has recently been working at the University of Lethbridge while he’s completing his Masters. Corey‘s role at the University is working in the Faculty of Education teaching and observing pre-service teachers. He was the lead coordinator for inclusive education in his school for over a decade and has enjoyed working with inclusive dance practice in the Lethbridge community for the last few years and looks forward to the continuing endeavor of Solidance South. Corey loves seeing live theatre and helping nurture new performers and educators.
Tara Mahoney is currently doing her Ph.D. in Communications at Simon Fraser University and is the co-founder and creative director of Gen Why Media, a creative engagement agency based in Vancouver, BC. As a research assistant on the ASC! Project, Tara collaborates to facilitate communication strategies for the ASC! project and is the project lead for Creative Publics field study series into the intersection of art and participatory politics. Her PhD research explores emerging cultural forms of political engagement.
Tara holds a BA in international relations from University of Calgary, a MA in media production from Ryerson University and certificate in Civic Engagement and Dialogue from Simon Fraser University. As part of her Master’s thesis, Tara wrote, directed and produced her first documentary film, ForGive – a film that follows National Chief Phil Fontaine to the Vatican to seek an apology from Pope Benedict XVI for the cultural damaged caused by Indian Residential Schools. She has worked in the non-profit sector for In Focus Film School, the Sierra Club of Canada and Greenpeace at their Headquarters in Washington D.C.
Lisa Ndejuru is an interdisciplinary artist/scholar working for social change. Steeped in collaborative and community arts practise, her work has centered on Canada’s Rwandan diaspora community since the 1990s and led her to train extensively in the fields of psychotherapy, trauma studies, psychodrama and other forms of community theater, conflict resolution, process facilitation, community arts practice.
Lisa has been working extensively on the relational ethics and aesthetics in family and community contexts of political or historical violence, displacement and dislocation. She has served on the steering committee of SSHRC funded, Community University Research Alliance project Life Stories of Montrealers displaced by genocide, war and other human rights violations from 2005 to 2012. Lisa contributed to the Great Lakes of Africa working group and plays with the Living Histories playback theater ensemble. She is presently researching arts based methodologies for individuals and communities to integrate their own difficult stories and ways in which these stories can be safely and constructively shared in learning situations here and abroad. She has presented nationally and internationally, lectured, performed and published on shared authority, reconciliation, arts based research, transitional justice, community theatre and dialogue as community art. Lisa is a founding member of Living histories theatre ensemble she is acting president of the Canadian association of pastoral counsellors and works as a mental health counselor. Based at the Center for oral history and digital storytelling at Concordia University in Montreal, she is preparing an interdisciplinary PhD.
Stephanie Parent has been working for the Global Health Research Program since 2012, and is currently completing her Masters of Public Health. As well as contributing experience in the research field, she also brings knowledge of the performing arts gained from her professional experience in contemporary dance. Stephanie is working as a Research Assistant with Dr. Yassi on the evaluation components of the ASC! project.
Stephanie Perrin recently completed her Master’s in International Studies at Simon Fraser University. Her thesis research explores the experiences of women in revolution through a case study of Egypt, focusing on the Egyptian women’s movement and Egyptian graffiti produced by or about women since 2011. She assists with ASC! external communications strategies including maintenance of the blog and social media.
Shira Taylor is a performer, director, producer, and doctoral candidate at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto (BSc. Psychology, MSc. Epidemiology, Queen’s University). For her dissertation, she created SExT: Sex Education by Theatre to explore the use of theatre for sexual health education among youth in a community of Toronto where sexuality is a cultural taboo www.sexeducationbytheatre.com. As research co-ordinator of the Knowledge Mobilization pod, Shira coordinates with project leaders and research assistants across the country to facilitate knowledge sharing efforts.
Ned Zimmerman is a student in the BFA Theatre and Development program at Concordia University in Montréal, and has been working as an undergraduate Research Assistant with Rencontres / Encounters since September 2014. His interests lie in group animation, collective creation, documentary and verbatim theatre, and the role of the arts in shaping public policy and social movements. A maritimer at heart, he plans to return to his home province of Nova Scotia upon graduation and is working towards the establishment of an artist residency in his childhood home on Nova Scotia’s South Shore.