SummerWorks Festival Staff
Laura Nanni, Artistic and Managing Director
Laura is a curator, producer and artist known for her successful leadership of initiatives focused on artistic experimentation, community building and interdisciplinary collaboration. Recent roles include Program Supervisor and Exhibition Manager for Nuit Blanche Toronto, Producer for the Luminato Festival and four seasons as Rhubarb Festival Director for Buddies in Bad Times Theatre. From 2008-2010, for Harbourfront Centre, she was Curator and Programme Coordinator for HATCH residency and mentorship program, Artistic Associate for World Stage and Producer of The Culture Congress, an annual arts and culture forum. Over the past decade she has worked for a variety of arts organizations and festivals, including The Banff Centre, Bluemouth Inc., FADO Performance Art Centre, Public Recordings, The Stratford Festival of Canada, The Theatre Centre and Toronto International Film Festival. As an artist, her performance and installation work has been presented across North America, the UK and Europe. Laura also actively mentors and provides consultation for emerging producers, curators and organizations across the globe. www.laurananni.com
Meara Tubman-Broeren, Festival Producer
Meara Tubman-Broeren is a theatre creator, director, and producer. Past projects include producing Take Me Back to Jefferson (Theatre Smith-Gilmour), Here After (Upstart Theatre), and Scheherazade (Nobody’s Business Theatre), directing In the Dust (Ad Hoc Collective) and The Things I Need to Know (Paprika Festival), and devising and performing in Red Winter (Pure Carbon Collective) and The Boomerang Project (Mixed Company Theatre). She has worked for companies such as the Toronto Fringe, Dancemakers, the Rhubarb Festival and Theatre Gargantua. After spending 2015 as the Metcalf Foundation Artistic Producing Intern at SummerWorks, she is thrilled to be returning to the Festival.
Peter Eaton, Production Manager
Peter is a freelance Production Manager and Technical Director, based out of Toronto. His work has included time as the Technical Director of Canadian Stage, tours with WYRD Productions’ MacHomer and Bigger than Jesus, and last year’s Apocalypsis at the Luminato Festival. Upcoming work includes a tour of 20K Leagues Under the Sea (WYRD Productions) to New York City, and a multi city tour of Volcano’s Infinity this winter.
Joseph Recinos, S.L.I.P. Director
Joseph Recinos is a Dora nominated performer whose passion for the arts extends behind the scenes. His commitment to equitable and diverse practices within the arts have led Joseph to sit on ArtsVote Toronto, Humber Advisory Committee, and several juries. Joseph has also facilitated workshops empowering youth across Ontario through his work with AVNU. His television credits include roles on Mayday, Dual Suspects, and The Strain. He is a 2011 Humber Performance Graduate.
Carys Lewis, Associate Producer
Carys Lewis is a Welsh-born actor, writer, director and producer. She has worked in both theatre and film and collaborated with a variety of arts organisations and festivals. As an arts administrator and producer Carys has worked with The Luminato Festival, Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, Necessary Angel Theatre Company and The Toronto Fringe. She is the Co-Founcer and Creative Producer of Girls in Bow Ties a new production company with Trey Anthony that gives voice to womyn of colour through theatre productions; film and video productions; storytelling; arts-focused education and outreach programs. Carys runs FEM Script Lab, a screenwriting lab for female writers in Toronto, held monthly at The Theatre Centre. She is also developing a feature screenplay with support of FfilmCymru Wales. Carys is a proud graduate of George Brown Theatre School. www.lewiscarys.ca
Rachel Fender, Volunteer Coordinator
Rachel is an event programmer, coordinator and project manager whose primary focus is facilitating local, accessible engagement with diverse and initiative arts and culture. She has worked on several Toronto wide events. Most notably Scotiabank Nuit Blanche and Doors Open Toronto in various capacities including Event Programmer, Project Coordinator and Stage Manager since 2011. After a brief stint in the education sector as Lead Event Coordinator for the Office of Research and Innovation at Ryerson University she is returning to the arts as Volunteer Coordinator for the SummerWorks Performance Festival.
Gloria Mok, Patron Services Coordinator
Gloria Mok is a graduate of the Theatre Studies and History program at the University of Guelph. She has trained in education and marketing with Roseneath Theatre, producing with Theatre Gargantua, playwriting with fu-GEN Theatre, and is a Patron Services Representative at Native Earth Performing Arts. Contemporary works that transcend real or imagined barriers excite her. Selected credits include I’m Thinking About Thinking About Crying (Theatre Ramen), Avaricious (Theatre Gargantua), Curved (Alumnae Theatre), and Silk Bath (Silk Bath Collective).
Kesune Stephenson, Marketing & Communications Coordinator
Kesune is a freelance photographer, photojournalist and marketing communication coordinator. She is interested in work that brings about social change and that give voices to those who often go unheard both on a local and international scale. Kesune is a graduate of the Durham College School of Media Arts and Design.
Bas Scholten, Community Partnership Coordinator
Bas is a Dutch student Cultural Management with background in Communication Science. He has recently moved to Toronto to conduct research on audience experience and customer engagement. He’s worked in the Netherlands, Belgium and Brazil on communication and online marketing. He’s shifting to the arts as Community Partnership Coordinator at SummerWorks Festival.