Racheal Missingham – Project Co-ordinator
I am a deaf female emerging circus artist, whom has been training in circus arts skills including aerial skills and ground skills since 2011. She has had a short but noteworthy professional career, which underscores her professional ambitions both in the field of physical theatre and in helping the broader community.
I have been involved in the following projects:
- 2013, Rising Star Disability Masterclass, Access Arts Inc
- 2011 – 2012, Wizard of Auslan, Vulcana Women’s Circus
Heidi Millington – Audio Composition Designer
Heidi Millington (Australia) is a vocalist and an award nominated song-writer, composer and producer of electronica music. She is a founding member of the electronic music production collective “Lady Electronica”. She also works in the fields of environmental science and across art+science in interactive sensor-triggered interface design which she incorporates as mechatronic controllers of sound in her performances. Her whimsical and intimate vocal style combines with an unguarded and optimistic approach to lyric writing.
Celia White – Artistic Director
Since 1979 Celia has created, directed and coordinated processes and creative outcomes with a variety of artists and arts organisations. She is a director and devisor of contemporary physical theatre. She has worked with community participants, students, emerging and professional artists. She has a postgraduate diploma of Movement Studies from National Institute of Dramatic Arts. She was Artistic Director of Vulcana Women’s Circus 2004 – 2008. She was Artistic Director of Contact Inc Youth Arts 2009 – 2010. She works as a freelance director and theatre maker and is currently Acting Artistic Director of Vulcana Women’s Circus.
Maria Karam – Researcher
Dr. Maria Karam received her doctorate in Computer Science from the University of Southampton, UK, with a specialist degree in human computer interactions from the University of Toronto, Canada. As a post-doctoral fellow at Ryerson University, Karam developed the technology known as the model human cochlea as part of the Emoti-Chair project with co-inventors Professor Deborah Fels and Professor Frank Russo. Karam has started two other successful businesses over the past two years, including the Sideshow Café and the Coffee Lab, a public usability evaluation lab in Toronto. She brings her skills as a visionary in computer interactions, a community builder and a scientist.
David Bobier – Artist
David Bobier has considerable experience in arts and arts administration, as well as, having been on the teaching faculty of Fanshawe College, London, ON; Mount Allison University, Sackville, NB and University of Windsor, ON, for a combined 13 years. As a practicing artist his exhibition career includes 18 solo and over 20 group exhibition projects across Canada, in the United States and the UK. He has been the recipient of a variety of grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council and New Brunswick Arts Council.
In addition to serving Toronto International Deaf Arts and Film Festival as Director of Development, Bobier is resident artist with the Inclusive Media and Design Centre, Ryerson University and TAD Inc. (Tactile Audio Display Systems); Co-Founder and Chair of the newly formed London Ontario Media Arts Association and Founder /Coordinator of VibraFusionLab, a London-based vibrotactile arts collective.