Our Team

Darlene Bráz (she/her)

Development



















Assistant

Darlene Bráz
(she/her)

Development



















Assistant

My creativity is informed in part by my own multi-ethnic culture and identity, and by the remarkable connections I’m able to make with others. I have a background in fundraising, event-planning, and graphic design for Toronto-based non-profit organizations and I’ve even dabbled in spoken word poetry. As a multilingual story-teller, I’m passionate about making history and the Arts accessible to all, which led me to earn my BA in History Studies and Equity Studies at the University of Toronto. As the Development Assistant, I hope to contribute meaningfully to the growth and longevity of SIA in the vibrant York South-Weston community, being mindful of my role as a treaty person in the city of Toronto.

Fun stuff:

I’m a ‘Just’ Docs Festival award-winner, I love hiking throughout Ontario, and I recently started painting as a hobby. A dream of mine is to one day design and build an epic treehouse!

David di Giovanni (he/him)

Artistic



















Director

I began working at SIA in 2017 when we shared our office with a downtown travel agency.  It’s been such a gift to see the company change and transform over the years, and especially so at our new home in the Weston community.  I am an award-winning theatre director, playwright, and dramaturge– Artistic Director of Shakespeare in Action, a co-founder of madonnanera performance, and sit on the Board for North York Arts.  Born in Vaughan, I am a queer Italian-Canadian who spent some formative years in Montreal, and moved back to Toronto in 2015 to complete my Masters in Theatre Directing at York University.  I love pasta (all kinds), classical music, drag shows, and walking.  If I wasn’t married to the performing arts, I might be operating a B&B somewhere in the mountains of Italy.

Jessi Elgood (she/her)

Summer Camp



















Assistant Director

Jessi Elgood
(she/her)

Summer Camp



















Assistant Director

I am incredibly excited to explore both Twelfth Night and 3 Tempests this summer with our talented cast of campers. Since obtaining a degree in Musical Theatre from the Guildford School of Acting, I have been fortunate enough to explore this great earth we call home through performance work. I have lived on three continents so far, and hope to explore more of the world once it is safe to do so. 

A few fun facts about myself: I love to jump rope and tap dance (sometimes, I even try to do both at the same time), banana pancakes are my favourite morning breakfast, and I have a twin brother!

Celēs Emmerson (she/her)

Summer Camp



















Stage Manager

In a time of turmoil for the world in which we don’t get to experience much connection, it is an honor to have been welcomed into a family that fosters and encourages bonding and personal growth such as Shakespeare in Action.  During seasons that are not summer, I am a student enrolled in the Theatre Arts & Performance program at Centennial College where I also hold the title of Theatre Club President! In my first year of studies there I cofounded a theatre company and cowrote my first original full length play. In addition to being a highly active member of the theatre community, I am one half of a fantasy web novel writing duo with my father and a total name nerd. As for my non-creative day to day life, I am a mama to two sweet kitties as well as a gorgeous border collie and I’m an absolute iced coffee fiend.

Tamara Freeman (she/her)

Associate Managing



















Producer

I’m really excited to be a part of the Shakespeare in Action family as the Associate Managing Producer. I also have a few other theatre fams in Skipping Stones Theatre where I am a company member, and a Company of Fools, who have been my career long cheerleaders and mentors! As a graduate of the Acting for Film and Television program at Humber College, I’ve been super blessed with incredible experiences on-stage, on-set and in-recording studios as a LatinX actor and creative, both in Tkaronto and Ottawa, a name derived from the Algonquin word adawe, meaning “to trade”.

A few things you should know about me: I am absolutely in love with bats, dogs and elephants (in no particular order), I have a nickel allergy that haunts my very foodie soul, and if I wasn’t in the performing arts- I would definitely be a race car driver! 

Rikki Katarina (she/her)

Graphic



















Designer

I am very happy to be back working at SIA and am so thankful to be surrounded by such talented and compassionate people!

As a graduate of 3 post-secondary programs in the arts  (you read that right – 3!! John Abbott/YorkU/Seneca), I couldn’t imagine myself working in any other field or doing anything else with my life. 

Although my dream is to one day be able to support myself solely as an actor, I love that at SIA I get the chance to be included in the behind the scenes processes of marketing our programs and shows. I know how deeply I’ve been affected by theatre and the arts in general and I want to help give that experience to other people.

A few fun facts about me – I’m from Montreal, I have 6 siblings, I am absolutely obsessed with dogs and I accidentally stabbed myself in the eye with scissors when I was 13.

Lizzie Moffatt (she/her)

Volunteer



















Coordinator

I’m so happy to be joining the Shakespeare In Action team this summer as the Volunteer Coordinator!  I am a theatre artist based in Tkoronto with a deep love for performing, directing, physical theatre & community storytelling! I’ve also had the pleasure of working with companies like Frog in Hand, The Reflex Collective & Mainstage Theatre Company. I received my BAH in Drama from Queen’s University and have also trained at George Brown College’s Acting Conservatory as well as The Banff Centre.

When I’m not working in theatre I love being out in nature, listening to live music and dancing. I’m currently studying with IDC to become an Intimacy Director! 

Matt Nethersole

Associate



















Producer

Matt Nethersole

Associate



















Producer

Matt Nethersole is a Juno Award nominated multi-disciplinary performer, educator and artivist. His work employs music creation, poetry, dance and theatre to express an eternal longing for nature and the cosmic complexity of human life. Matt’s career has taken him from the stages of Stratford and Shaw to Theatre Passe Muraille and Buddies in Bad Times as well as regional theatres across Canada. Matt is dedicated to using the arts as a mechanism for social change by making art accessible to over-exploited communities. Matt’s greatest hope for his life and work is that it be a symbol of loving kindness and a prompt for others to recognize their inherent power and value.

“The happiness of one’s own heart alone cannot satisfy the soul; one must try to include, as necessary to one’s own happiness, the happiness of others.”  –  Paramhansa Yogananda

Alexandra Nicholson

Summer Camp



















Designer

Alexandra Nicholson

Summer Camp



















Designer

Zita Nyarady

Summer Camp



















Director

Zita Nyarady

Summer Camp



















Director

Zita Nyarady is a performance maker, director, dramaturge, performer and arts-educator focusing on the intersection of dance, theatre and circus arts. She has worked on projects with Shakespeare in Action, Guild Festival Theatre, TOlive, Theatre Passe Muraille, Nightwood Theatre, Rhubarb Festival, Prologue for the Performing Arts, Native Earth, LookUp Theatre, Femmes du Feu, Hercinia Arts Collective Theatre Direct and Odin Teatret. As co-artistic director of The Grand Salto Theatre Zita’s interdisciplinary performances have been presented across Canada and Internationally. Zita is a sought after circus dramaturge and has worked with with. Zita was a Dramatist in Residency at The Heliconian Club in Toronto, interned with Pilobolus Dance Theatre, was an emerging-choreographer for Chimera Project Company B, part of Director’s Lab North and is in the Cirque du Soleil performer database.

Anastasiya Popova (she/her)

Production



















Manager

My name is Anastasiya and I am so excited to rejoin the land of live theatre with this moving and relevant adaptation of Shakespeare’s The Tempest. I am very fortunate to be reunited with my long-time friends and colleagues at SIA.

I completed my education at York University in 2019.

For the last 6 years, my theatrical focus has been mainly on Stage Management. Although my Production Management experience is smaller, I am grateful for the opportunity to learn and broaden my horizons. I hope that I will be able to continue working in theatre this year, nurturing my passion for live performance.

Gugun Deep Singh (he/him)

Arts Lead,



















Pop Up Programming

It is an honour to support Shakespeare-in-Action’s community initiatives this summer as their Arts Lead for Pop-Up Programming.  As a longtime performer, it has been an enriching, challenging, and ultimately rewarding experience to pivot into Arts Management and Production over the past year. 

I have been fortunate to mostly work in Film & Television over the past decade, but I am a theatre guy at my core – even after moving home to T’karonto, I have sustained my company membership with a few theatre organizations in the United States, where I completed my training and spent many formative years.  The recent advent of virtual professional performances has allowed me to reconnect and perform with them once again, despite being thousands of miles away.

My artistic heritage has primarily taken place upon the ancestral regions of the Anishinaabe, Lenape, and Tongva nations, and I recognize my having benefited as a settler upon these lands.

Among my favourite things: pizza, ice cream, giraffes, impromptu dance parties, ziplines, puns, statement t-shirts, and sweet kicks.  Basically, I am an overgrown eight-year-old. Wheeeee. 

Bex Tralli (she/her)

Assistant Production Manager



















and Sound Designer (3Tempests)

Bex Tralli (she/her)

Assistant



















Production Manager


















& Sound Designer

















(3Tempests)

I’m stoked to be joining the Shakespeare in Action team this summer! I love collaborating with such an awesome group of artists and creating something special. I fell in love with theatre performing at a young age. While attending the Claude Watson Arts program for drama, I gravitated towards backstage roles such as stage manager, production manager, and designer. My love of Stage Crew prompted me to pursue technical production as a career, and I now study audio and stage lighting at Sheridan College. 

I drive a mean scissor lift and would probably live up in the air if I could! I’m an enthusiastic, movie-quoting, musical-instrument-dabbling, dance-party-starting nerd who likes to ask the hard-hitting questions (would you rather listen to only one artist, or only four albums, for the rest of your life?) 

Saharla Ugas (she/her)

Mentee,



















Shadowing Production

Saharla Ugas (she/her)

Mentee,



















Shadowing



















Production

I am so grateful to be a part of Shakespeare in Action and have the opportunity of learning and collaborating with such a diverse group of people! I’ve always had a vast space in my heart for theatre and the performing arts and being able to see every aspect of a production come together is truly breathtaking.

 

Another dedicated space in my heart is my love for film. I’m currently a part of the TIFF Next Wave Committee, a group of youth that programs films for the Next Wave festival.

 

Some fun facts about me are that I have been playing the tenor saxophone for 5 years and I’m a big Talking Heads fangirl!

Suchiththa Wickremesooriya (he/him)

Education



















Coordinator

I am so pleased to be taking the lead of all our Educational Programming here at SIA! As a student who struggled in school, I’ve always appreciated high quality, engaging programming and know first-hand it’s transformative power. I hope to bring those experiences to students all over Tkaronto, but especially in and around SIA’s new home, Weston. I bring many years of tutoring and education experience, starting at the age of 15 in my own highschool and hope to continue growing in that area of my artistic practice. I hold a Masters in Musical Theatre, and specialise in teaching physical theatre, singing and voice for teens.

Much like Tamara, I am also very much a foodie, and I love cooking stuff from scratch, from rolling my own sushi to sourdough baking. If I wasn’t in the performing arts space, I might be a farmer, or a journalist, maybe even an engineer.

Andile Win
(he/him)

Community arts



















Coordinator

Andile
Win
(he/him)

Community arts



















Coordinator

My name is Andile, and I am an actor, director, writer and will be serving as the Community Arts Coordinator. I was born in Zimbabwe, and graduated from Concordia University with a BFA in Theatre Performance. As the Community Arts Coordinator, it is my goal to get acquainted with the York-Weston community, and empower them to find their creative spark at this time. Coming from a place where people can’t help but make art regardless of the absence of an industry, I’m curious to see what emerges from the community when given the chance to express themselves.

Our Board of Directors

Shakespeare in Action is grateful for the support and guidance of our dedicated and experienced Board of Directors

Joanne Acri

VICE-CHAIR

Partner,
Junction Collective

Member since 2019

Howard Goldby

Chair

President
Excellutions Ltd

Member since 2018

Sharlene Henry

Director

AutoWorker
FCA Canada

Member since 2021

Kelly McAllister

Director

Manager,
Corporate Donor Relations, United Way

Member since 2020

Hawa Mire

Director

Community Organizer,
Consultant, HYMIRE Consulting

Member since 2021

Jeffrey Nguyen

Director

Content Development Lawyer –
LexisNexis Canada Inc

Member since 2021

Ayushi Patel

Director

Hawely and Company

Member since 2021

Zorana Sadiq

Director

Theatre Artist, Musician, Arts Educator

Member since 2021

Vivianne Wilson

Director

Founder and President,
GreenPort

Member since 2021