Meet the Generator's staff members.
Executive Director Kristina Lemieux is an accomplished arts administrator with more than 18 years of experience, and contemporary dancer. Her passion for the arts has driven collaboration, creation and innovation in the Vancouver arts scene for the last decade. She has worked with many of the Vancouver's art organizations: Arts Umbrella, New Works, Out On Screen (Queer Film Festival), Vancouver International Bhangra Celebration, Playwrights Theatre Centre, Canadian Alliance of Dance Artists/West Chapter (CADA/West), Tara Cheyenne Performance, Theatre Replacement, Progress Lab 1422 (a project of Vancouver Creative Space Society), Vancouver International Dance Festival (VIDF) and Vancouver Art Gallery.
Kristina is the Artistic Producer for Brief Encounters, a production company that supports, enhances, and amplifies the work of interdisciplinary artists and spaces that light the fires of diverse, interdisciplinary creation. Recently, she launched The Scaffold, a consulting, administration and skill development service designed to support performing artists and groups. She currently acts as a director on the Board of Directors for 110 Arts Cooperative (The Post at 70), Up in the Air Theatre (rEvolver Festival), and Music on Main and is an Ally member with the Indigenous Performing Arts Alliance (read more about her philosophy on that here).
Kristina is most passionate about dialogue in the arts, and to this end, achieved a certificate in Dialogue and Civic Engagement, has founded a series on audience engagement and citizenship and is co-founder of Polymer Dance, a group dedicated to bringing dance experiences to non-professional dancers.
Special Projects Coordinator Lisa Alves is an actor, writer, producer, and educator. She Graduated Humber's Theatre Performance Program in 2015 where she appeared in original work including This Side of Heaven, Brave Little Toaster, and Approaching Zero. Lisa has also worked at StageCoach Theatre Arts School, Crow's Theatre, Soulo Theatre, and The Living Arts Centre in different capacities such as teaching, programming, and producing. Currently, she is finishing up her Post Grad Certificate in Entrepreneurial Studies at Humber. Lisa is excited to be working with Generator as the Special Projects Coordinator Intern to support the Performance Criticism Training Program, contribute to the Artist Producer Resource and learn more about the intricacies of how entrepreneurialism and live performance intertwine.
Online Content Producer Keshia Palm is an interdisciplinary artist from Battleford, Saskatchewan (Treaty 6 Territory). As a settler of this land, she is grateful for its original caretakers, recorded and unrecorded, that allow her to be a part of the tradition of listening and sharing stories in tkaronto. She is an alumni of the University of Victoria BFA: Theatre Program and the Banff Arts Centre Puppet Theatre Intensive, and works fluidly under the monikers of writer, producer, performer, puppeteer and community engager. In 2017, she was fu-GEN Asian Canadian Theatre Company's coordinator of Reading the 49, a monthly play reading event promoting under-produced and un-produced plays by women of colour (www.the49list.com) and is a continuing participant of Generator's Artist Producer Training Program. She is also the co-founder of Woke Tea, a Toronto-based intersectional feminist group focused on self-education and community building. She is particularly excited about creating and cultivating new interdisciplinary Canadian work.
Bookkeeper Christine Bourne is a CMA, CPA with over 25 years experience as an accounting and finance executive. She has worked in various industries such as hospitality, utilities, and institutional brokerage. She now works as a free lancer providing book keeping and accounting services. Her interests besides numbers are travelling, cooking and spending time with her family. Christine lives in Oakville with her husband and two labradoodles.
Fundraising Coordinator Sabah Haque (সাবা হক্, صباح حق) is a theatre creator, performer, and producer. She is first generation Canadian with roots in Bangladesh, and has lived in Montreal, Dhaka, Chittagong, and Dubai. Sabah is the Fundraising Assistant at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, a participant in Generator's Artist Producer Training Program, the Apprentice Producer at Pandemic Theatre, and the Fundraising Associate at The AMY Project. She has created multidisciplinary work with Paprika Festival, Little Black Afro Theatre, and York University, where she graduated with a specialization in Devised Theatre and Playwriting. Her philosophy as an artist producer is rooted in her need to experience art that reflects her own identity. She produces transdisciplinary work that tells stories of intersectionality. Sabah aims to connect authentic diverse stories to the world through a decolonial, collaborative arts practice. www.sabahtude.com
Content Creator for ArtistProducerResource.com Deanna Galati is arts producer, administrator and collaborator in Toronto, working both in theatre and dance. A graduate from York University's Theatre Program, Deanna is passionate about being involved with new works in development, dance and physical theatre. She has done work with various companies and in various capacities, including: The National Ballet of Canada, Outside the March, Creativiva, Paprika Festival, as well as independent theatre and dance. She hopes to continue producing meaningful art on stage and wants to help manage your budgets!
Content Editor for ArtistProducerResource.com Dhulfiqar (Dolf) has over 5 years of experience in photography, videography, editing and social media marketing. He has worked as a camera man for many TV channels back home in Iraq, in Canada with companies such as Rogers TV and doing videography and coordination for large festivals such as Carassauga Annual Cultures Festival (3 years), and The Iraqi Heritage Festival (2 years). Dhulfiqar has produced many projects in collaboration with Toronto organizations as a freelance photographer, videographer, and project manager. He participated in various events hosted by the Ask Mirna TV show. Dhulfiqar is a student of the Media Communications program at Humber College.