Meet Our New Editors: Michelle MacArthur, Sarah Waisvisz & Aaron Franks

There’s a new Editorial Team for magazine! We’re proud to present our new Editor-in-Chief and Associate Editors. All three bring a unique perspective to cultural diversity and the stage. Let us introduce:

Michelle MacArthur, Editor-in-Chief

Based out of Windsor, Ontario

“What has always excited me about, as a reader and contributor, is its ability to foster a unique space where diverse and sometimes diverging voices can come together to exchange ideas, debate urgent political, social, and artistic issues, and provoke action. As alt’s new editor, I am honoured and delighted to curate this space.” 

Michelle MacArthur is Assistant Professor at the University of Windsor’s School of Dramatic Art. She holds a PhD in Drama from the University of Toronto, where her dissertation focused on the critical reception of feminist theatre in English and French Canada. Her research has appeared in magazine, Canadian Theatre Review, Theatre Research in Canada, and several edited collections. In 2014-15, Michelle was the lead researcher for the Equity in Theatre initiative, a national campaign focused on redressing gender inequities in the Canadian theatre industry.


Sarah Waisvisz, Associate Editor

Based out of Ottawa, Ontario

Sarah Waisvisz is a playwright and performer based in Ottawa and Playwright in Residence at Great Canadian Theatre Company (2016-2017). She is co-Artistic Director of Calalou, a company dedicated to the development of stories by underrepresented communities. Recent works include her solo show Monstrous and its follow-up Griot!. Sarah holds a PhD in Francophone and Anglophone Caribbean Literature and has published in the fields of diaspora literature, trauma, the human rights humanities, and Afro-Caribbean cultural memory.

Aaron Franks, Associate Editor

Based out of Ottawa, Ontario

Aaron Franks is a researcher, performer, geographer, dad and co-founder of the RAFT applied performance and research company with Rebecca Benson. He worked as an actor from 1996 to 2006, and has degrees in Social Justice and Equity Studies (MA, Brock) and Human Geography (PhD, Glasgow). He recently worked with the Centre for Indigenous Research Creation at Queen’s University, and is currently a Mitacs postdoctoral fellow in Indigenous policy at the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council in Ottawa. by Alishba

Nikki Shaffeeullah, Outgoing Editor-in-Chief

We would also like to take this opportunity to express our thanks and our gratitude to Nikki Shaffeeullah for all her contributions to alt’s success during her tenure as Editor-in-Chief since Issue 10.1. We are delighted that Nikki has expressed her interest in remaining on the Editorial Board of


© Simon Rice (Michelle’s headshot); Andrew Alexander (Sarah’s headshot); Alishba, Purple Canvas Photography (Nikki’s headshot)

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