Cameron Grant (he/him)
Cameron is an actor, playwright, theatre creator and artist educator who has worked actively in the theatre community since graduating from the Theatre and Drama Studies program at Sheridan College and the University of Toronto Mississauga. As an actor Cameron has performed in productions with Thousand Islands Playhouse, Soulpepper, Stratford Festival, 4 seasons at the Shaw Festival, Talk Is Free Theatre, Theatre Animal, Theatre Erindale, Secret Shakespeare Series, Canadian Rep Theatre and Clay and Paper Theatre. Other creative work including assistant directing Nina Lee Aquino in Theatre Eridale’s cecil hotel, in participating in the Factory Theatre’s director’s training program, Factory Foreman 2022, and assisting Cherissa Richards on Harlem Duet at Bard on The Beach. His first play Meet Chloe; a play that explores the challenges Black students face in the education system and the lack of Black curriculum content in the study of Canadian History, received its premiere at Carousel Players.
Cameron also works as an artist educator and has developed and facilitated workshops for The City of Brampton Performing Arts, Theatre Direct, The Shaw Festival, The Rose Theatre, Suitcase In Point Theatre, high schools across Ontario and has taught at Toronto Metropolitan University. He was the co-facilitator for the first cohort of the Heartbeats in Performing Arts program a the City of Brampton Performing Arts (2021) and supported the program as a mentor in 2022 while he also completed and internship in artistic leadership with City of Brampton Performing Arts, funded by the Canada Council for the Arts.
JR Williams is a newcomer to Toronto with a background in nonprofit project management. They earned their Master of Arts degree in Psychology from The New School before spending several years as Associate Director of a nonprofit serving survivors of gender-based violence. Within academia, JR specialized in the psychology of identity within a social and interpersonal context. They have significant experience in community-based and narrative-based research methods and data analysis. As Associate Director of a nonprofit, they were responsible for multiple facets of the organization’s functioning.
Eventually deciding that storytelling was the purpose of life, they started pursuing production work for both stage and screen. They are originally from Montana, can tell you where to get the best pizza in Brooklyn, and are usually found playing Dungeons and Dragons.
Chloë Rose Flowers (she/her)
Chloë Rose Flowers is an award-winning producer, performer, and playwright. She is a graduate of the University of Toronto’s Drama, Theatre, and Performance Studies program. Recently, Chloë produced the Inaugural Simcoe County Theatre Festival as a part of Theatre by the Bay’s Indie Producer Co-op. Chloë is a collective member at Theatre Georgian Bay where she produces and performs.
Jessi Elgood (she/her)
Since obtaining her bachelors degree in Musical Theatre from the Guildford School of Acting, Jessi has been fortunate enough to work as a performing artist both locally and globally, from Parkdale to Osaka, with plenty of places in-between. Her New Year’s resolution was to dive into new roles within the realm of theatre to view the art form through a different lens, using the acquired knowledge to gain more independence as an artist so that in the not so distant future, she can mount a piece of her own. She is looking forward to connecting and continuing to learn from others in the local community as the Volunteer Coordinator this summer.
Jessi is also extremely passionate about intimacy direction and restorative justice theatre, with 2023 being her first year professionally juggling intimacy direction alongside her acting career. Her end goal is to one day work for an organisation that produces plays collectively with people who are incarcerated that address the failures of the criminal justice system.
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Member since 2019
Khlood brings with her a wealth of experience in taxation, financial reporting, and assurance. Prior to starting her own accounting firm, Khlood worked as an Accountant for BDO Canada specializing in small and medium sized business advisory. Khlood also spent time as a tax and accounting manager at a mid-sized accounting practice. She holds an MBA in Professional Accounting degree from the University of Toronto and is a Chartered Professional Accountant.
In her spare time, Khlood loves to spend time with family, going to the beach, watching movies or curling up with a good novel. She has dabbled in golfing and badminton and plays whenever she gets the chance.
Member since 2022
Melissa Chetty grew up in Weston and is a graduate of Randolph College for the Performing Arts. She has a passion for community-based performing arts and is thrilled to be a part of the SiA community. Melissa has worked in the public and not for profit arts sectors at organizations including Canada’s National Ballet School the Ontario Public Service.
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Gabriella Sundar Singh
Gabriella Sundar Singh is a multi-disciplinary artist and educator from Toronto, Ontario. She holds a B.A. in Theatre Studies from the University of Guelph, completed her post-secondary studies at Centennial College in Kid’s Media, graduated from the Acting Program at the National Theatre School of Canada, and is currently completing her MA at the University of Toronto with the Centre for Drama, Theatre & Performance Studies. She has been acting professionally for over a decade, with five seasons at the Shaw Festival and four seasons on CBC’s “Kim’s Convenience” under her belt. Gabriella has worked for SiA in the past as an Assistant Director for the summer camps, and is excited to join the Board at a time when the company is expanding their mandate and focusing on how best to serve its community. She thanks the Board and community for their warm welcome.
Marilyn joined the Board of Shakespeare in Action during a period of Board renewal. Her relevant professional experience is in brand value creation. Marilyn’s private practise is in environmental sustainability, social and economic resiliency. Her public and private sector work background allows her to use her management attributes of communications and collaboration to create a networked approach that is inclusive and where innovation and creativity flourish. Marilyn has a broad knowledge base that brings critical thinking, insight and a commitment to good planning to realize mutually agreed to goals.