Board of Directors
Chair | Fanny Martin
Creative Producer, Art of Festivals
Fanny Martin is the founding Director of ‘think-and-do’ not-for-profit consultancy Art of Festivals. Her work is focused on shaping cultural strategies, engaging people in public space, designing arts-based learning programs and creating experiences with artists, educators, academics, technologists and citizens that disrupt and enchant the everyday.
Born and educated in France, where she completed an MA in Interdisciplinary Art Theory and an MSc in Business Management, Fanny spent 10 years in the UK working as a creative producer for live music and events and as a consultant leading on sector-building initiatives and organisational development planning.
In Canada, she has managed events, programs and projects for organisations of various sizes and disciplines, from art & science symposium Subtle Technologies to literature mentoring charity Diaspora Dialogues, civic engagement global movement Jane’s Walk, multidisciplinary festival Luminato and Local Arts Service Organization North York Arts. She is Chair of the Marketing & Communications Committee of Arts Consultants Canada.
Treasurer | Tom Carson
Executive Director, Smile Theatre
When I was a child, I dreamed of being a drummer in a rock band…
Tom Carson is the Executive Director of Smile Theatre, whose mandate is to bring professional musical theatre to seniors. Tom has been working in theatre for over twenty years as a director, producer/administrator, writer and teacher. He is a dynamic artistic leader and catalyst for performance projects that have reached audiences internationally. Tom has a special interest in creating and supporting projects that reach vulnerable and authentic audiences, ranging from young children, to adults living with special needs, and to seniors in care.
Member at Large | Brady Wood
When I was a child I dreamed of being a renowned cartoonist…
Member at Large | Laura Levin
Ass. Professor of Theatre & Performance Studies & Director of Sensorium: Centre for Digital Arts & Technology
Laura Levin is Associate Professor of Theatre & Performance Studies and Associate Dean, Research in the School of the Arts, Media, Performance and Design.
Laura has worked as a director, dramaturg, and performer on a number of performances in North America and co-curated research-creation projects that investigate intersections of art, geography, archives, and digital technologies such as staging performance art works at international festivals (e.g. TALIXMXN with Jess Dobkin at the Encuentro Performance Festival in Mexico City, 2019), art installations at museums (e.g. MetroARCADE at the Bata Shoe Museum, co-curated with Shauna Janssen, Stephen Lawson, and Aaron Pollard, 2016), and activist performance interventions with the feminist art collective, the Queen’s Beavers (with Kim McLeod and Helene Vosters).
Laura is Principal Investigator for Hemispheric Encounters: Developing Transborder Research-Creation Practices (2020-2027 SSHRC Partnership Grant), a project that brings together a group of universities, community organizations, artists, and activists across Canada, the US, and Latin America to study “hemispheric performance” as a research-creation methodology, a pedagogical strategy, and a tool for social change.
Member at Large | Lisa Karen Cox
A graduate of Concordia University’s Interdisciplinary Studies program, Lisa Karen Cox relishes work that combines music, movement and heightened language. Often playing men and other mythical creatures, credits include: Flo in Now You See Her (Quote/Unquote Collective/WhyNotTheatre/Nightwood); The Penelopiad (Royal Shakespeare Co/NAC); Brutus in Julius Caesar (Spur-of-the-Moment Shakespeare), and 2 seasons at the Stratford Festival of Canada. Lisa was also the Assistant Director for We Are Proud to Present…(Theatre Centre), and Salt-Water Moon (Factory Theatre), and the Associate Director for Why Not Theatre’s Like Mother, Like Daughter. Most recently, as a director, Lisa worked Anna Karenina for UTM/Sheridan and Beyere in Obsidian Theatre’s 21 Black Futures. Lisa is also a Steering Committee member for Balancing Act (a caregiving and performing initiative) and an Assistant Professor at Ryerson University.