ArtworxTO Partnership Grant Project
Canada Council for the Arts, Explore and Create Project Grant
Ontario Arts Council, InterArts and Deaf and Disability Projects
Ontario Arts Council Accessibility Assistance
Co- Produced by Tangled Art + Disability
Workman Arts, The Theatre Centre, Summerworks Festival,
North York Arts, East End Arts, Scarborough Arts, Etobicoke Arts & Urban Arts
LISA ANITA WEGNER Creator/Performer
is an artist, performer, filmmaker, producer and consultant who explores the possibilities of Madness and Disability as a source of communal activation; and Intangible Adorations Caravan (IAC) specifically aims to reclaim the performing caravan not as a site of display, but rather as a site of world-dismantling potentiality. This project boldly places disability arts centerstage, and animates disability as a difference that matters through avant-garde inter-arts qualities, without falling into the trope of highlighting disability itself.
SEAN LEE Director of Programming at Tangled Art + Disability
Sean is an artist and curator exploring the notion of disability art and accessibility as the last avant-garde. His methodology reframes embodied difference as a means to resist traditional aesthetic idealities. Orienting towards a “crip horizon”, Sean gestures towards the transformative possibilities of a world that desires the way disability can disrupt. In addition to his position at Tangled, Sean is an independent curator, lecturer, and advisor, adding his insights and perspectives to conversations surrounding Disability Arts across Canada and the United States. Sean currently sits on the board of CARFAC Ontario, Creative Users Projects and is a member of the Ontario Art Council’s Deaf and Disability Advisory Committee and Toronto Art Council's Visual and Media Arts Committee.
CYN ROZEBOOM Executive Director at Tangled Art + Disability
Cyn has over 25 years experience in the non-profit arts sector as a fundraiser, communications specialist, artist, and administrator. Her career highlights include founding the Art of the Danforth festival, a 10 day multi-arts event that ran biennially in east Toronto 2010-2016; serving as the inaugural Managing Director of East End Arts, Toronto’s youngest local arts service organization; helping establish the Next Stage festival during her tenure as Communications & Development Coordinator of the Toronto Fringe Theatre Festival; and three years of working with Hospital Audiences Inc. a group which provides innovative arts-access services in New York City. Cyn has a Masters of Arts degree from the University of Windsor, a Certified Fundraising Executive designation attained in 2009, and a diploma in Radio & Television Arts from The Northern Alberta Institute of Toronto.
JOE SELLORS, Curator, Year of Public Art at City of Toronto
As the Project Lead for Toronto’s Year of Public Art 2021 initiative, Joe Sellors is committed to successfully launching the City of Toronto’s new 10-year public art strategy with impact. Playing multiple roles over 13 years at the City of Toronto, Joe has worked with a variety of high-profile artists such as Ai Weiwei, Director X, JR, Douglas Coupland, and Daniel Lanois; leading the realization of several large-scale projects via roles as A/Manager of Programming, City Cultural Events and Production Lead for Nuit Blanche Toronto. As the Vice President and Director of Operations for the Design Exchange’s EDIT Festival in 2017, Joe led the launch of the highly publicized Expo for Design, Innovation & Technology held at the former Unilever Soap Factory located at the foot of the DVP. Joe perpetually exhibits a tireless passion for the city’s Arts & Culture sector and looks forward to expanding opportunities for artists, cultural organizations, and for people to engage and experience the power of art throughout the city.
HARRI THOMAS Director/Writer/Dramaturg/Performer
Harri Thomas is a director, dramaturg, and performance maker based between rural and urban Ontario. Founding artistic director of Toronto’s Desiderata Theatre Co, their previous works as a director have included adaptations of classic texts, as well as world play premieres and live art creations. Their work emphasizes the body as the site of both trauma and forgiveness, in relationship to love, the earth, the spirit and society. They are a recent graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada’s directing program. Recent Credits: Director/Dramaturg One Night (Other HeArts, Caminos 2019), Creator/Performer Flower Machine v2: Paiseu (Other HeArts, York Lane Art Collective), Director/Dramaturg MAD ONES (Tangled Art + Disability).
YOUSEF KADOURA Director/Writer/Dramaturg/Performer
Yousef Kadoura is a disabled Lebanese-Canadian actor, writer, and producer as well as a graduate of the acting program at the National Theatre School of Canada (2017). He was the producer and host of Walking the Space, a podcast series exploring disability in the arts, and was previously the 2018 Curator in Residence at Tangled Art + Disability. Yousef’s recent theatre credits include: Jihad, Eraser, as a part of the Riser Project (2019), Tanjou, Soifs Matériaux at the FTA (2019), and Fifi/Zidan, The Green Line at the Rhubarb festival (2019).
ERIN BALL Guest Aerialist/Performer
Erin Ball identifies as a Mad (from the Mad Pride movement) and Disabled white circus artist living on the traditional territory of the Mississaugas of the Ojibwe; Katarokwi, also known as Kingston, Ontario. She runs Kingston Circus Arts and is the co-founder of LEGacy Circus (a performance company co-created with Mad artist, Vanessa Furlong). Erin took a year off in March 2014 due to life changing events that resulted in having both lower legs amputated. She has since returned to her passion of training, coaching and performing with a focus of including as many people in her audiences, as collaborators and performers in shows, as well as students in her classes. She has traveled world-wide to perform and teach. She strives for representation, access and inclusion in the arts.
PERFORMANCE ART SALON
Performers of the show’s ensemble are Mad artists who belong to Performance Art Salon which was created by Lisa Anita Wegner originally for Cara Spooner at Workman Arts. These are performers with lived experience of mental illness, neuro-diversity, learning and developmental disabilities. In this show: KC Cooper, Emily Gillespie, Amy Loucareas, Jane Smythe & Meek will play the Icon's Reflections
MELISSA BESSEY Producer
SEBASTIAN MARZIALI Set Designer/Production Manager
Sebastian Marziali is a Uruguayan-Canadian performer, designer, and creator based in Toronto. Sebastian was the lighting designer for the 2018 & 2019 Toronto International Burlesque Festival and 2019 Vanguardia Dance Festival. They performed in, designed, and choreographed for the sold-out T.O. Fringe hits Lysistrata, Carmilla, and Mayhem at Miskatonik. Most recently, they appeared in A Streetcar Named Desire at Soulpepper.
STEFNE MERCEDES Swing Performer/Costumer Designer
Stefne Mercedes is a mad performer, writer, producer and costume designer based in Toronto, Ontario. Her work as a lyricist has been called "funny, lyrically nimble and jarring in just the right measure" (Charlebois Post, 2013). Her performance in the North American premier of Howard Barker's Lot And His God was given 4 stars by Now Magazine's Jon Kaplan, where her work with fellow actor Prince Amponsah was hailed as "the highlight of the show". She is a graduate of the Interlochen Arts Academy, MI and the American Musical and Dramatic Academy, NYC. Performance credits include: Mad Ones (Tangled Art + Disability), Flower Machine v2: Paiseu (Other HeArts, York Lane Art Collective), Murdoch Mysteries (CBC), Call Me Fitz (HBO Canada).
DEANNA H CHOI Sound Design
Deanna is a composer and sound designer based in Toronto/T’karonto. She writes original music for film, TV, plays, dance, and multimedia installations. Through her company, SPLIT BRAIN SOUND, she designs soundscapes and audio systems for theatrical productions. She collaborates with artists of all backgrounds and disciplines, premieres new works and revisits classics, and is equally at home in intimate black box studios and 1000-seat auditoriums. She has been featured in conversation twice in the journal Canadian Theatre Review, and is the second sound designer to win the prestigious Pauline McGibbon Award for Theatrical Design in the award's history. In 2021, Deanna was selected as one of six composers-in-residence to attend the prestigious Slaight Music Residency at the Canadian Film Centre chaired by Lesley Barber and Marc Jordan.
The study of human perception and behaviour continues to inform her artistic practice, to develop a deeper understanding of storytelling and a relationship with the audience. Her audio company, SPLIT BRAIN SOUND, is named as an ode to the dual conscious and unconscious functions of the brain.
SAGE LOVEL ASL and Deaf Interpretation by Deaf Spectrum
Sweet Sage is a Deaf femme queer nonbinary artist. Before moving to Toronto, Sage lived in Washington, DC to attend Gallaudet University, the only educational institution served to accommodate the needs of Deaf students in the world. This experience transformed their life, there Sage studied both psychology and theatre. Realizing that accessibility was more than 20+ years behind in Canada, Sage returned to their roots and focused on advocacy. These past five years, Sage has worked with various communities in several capacities, developing meaningful work that continues to evolve. With Sage’s many talents, they were able to incorporate their passions of media, language, theatre, and accessibility into works of art. These multitude of experiences led Sage to become one of the co-founders of Deaf Spectrum, a collective established to promote the accessible usage of American Sign Language (ASL). Currently, Sage is working on a project called “Deaf, what?” alongside with Deaf Talent Photographer Alice Lo to document 50 Deaf Folks across Canada with the support of Tangled Art & Disability. Sage also works as a writer, actor, performance interpreter, and community facilitator.
KAT GERMAIN Audio Description and Visual Translator (VT)
Kat is invested in understanding and developing ethics guidelines when describing racialized, Deaf, and disability-identified communities, and other traditionally marginalised groups. Kat’s life’s advocacy work led her to learn American Sign Language, and while once conversant, has only retained a basic understanding through immersion in a community who has little interaction with Signed Languages. However, because of Kat’s respect for the Deaf culture and basic understanding of the language, she has been asked to describe many signed works. Kat continues to perseverate on how to honour the Deaf community’s fight for cultural and linguistic autonomy while also bringing Deaf culture to the Blind community in meaningful ways. Kat has won several writing and producing grants for film. Her film and performance work has toured internationally, and her VT work has taken her around North America.