``My grandfather said to me, we introduce ourselves so we know where things come from, not to separate us, but to find out ways we can link together.” - Issue 12.4
Editor in Chief
Aaron Franks is an arts-based researcher and co-founder of the RAFT applied performance company with Rebecca Benson. He worked as an actor from 1996 to 2006, and now focuses on institutions, power and transdisciplinary methods (not always in that order). He has worked with the Centre for Indigenous Research Creation at Queen’s University and was a Mitacs Visiting Fellow in Indigenous Research and Reconciliation at the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. He is currently Senior Manager for OCAP ® (Ownership, Control, Access and Possession) and Information Governance with the First Nations Information Governance Centre in Ottawa where he lives with Rebecca and their children Gil and Magda (and dog Archie).
Katherine Zien is Associate Professor in the Department of English at McGill University. Her research on theatre and performance in the Americas emphasizes transnationalism, political economy, and frameworks of race, class, and gender. Her book, Sovereign Acts: Performing Race, Space, and Belonging in Panama and the Canal Zone investigates intersections of performances with legal constructions of imperialism, race, and national sovereignty in the Panama Canal Zone. Sovereign Acts has been awarded prizes from the Caribbean Studies Association, the Canadian Association of Latin American and Caribbean Studies, and the American Society for Theatre Research.
After Graduating from the Professional Theatre program at John Abbott College in Acting. Shayne Lovsin-Couture worked in theatre, film and television in Canada Europe. Returning to Montréal to pursue a degree in Marketing and Business Management at Concordia University’s John Molson School of Business. He currently teaches ‘Production Accounting’ and ‘Operations of a Non-Profit Organization’ at the National Theatre School of Canada and most recently joined Teesri Duniya Theatre as their Operations Manager. he hopes to infuse the cultural, more specifically the theatre industry, with a balanced sense of artistic and logistical practices in operations and growth so as to invigorate growth within the community.
Mercedeh creates on both stage and film in hopes of bring radical representation, thought, and accessibility to each medium’s boundaries. Past projects have included directing a short film on punk Muslimahs for the Art of Inclusion project with the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Montréal and the Michaëlle Jean Foundation, being mentored with Imago theatre’s Artista program, performing in Pluck’d at both the MAI and the CINARS biennale, and assistant directing for Lévriers at the MAI. Hailing from many ends of Canada and the world, Mercedeh is currently creating in Tiotia:ke, colonially known as Montreal.
Associate Web Editor & Administrative Manager
Clare Raspopow is a film producer and co-founder of Dépanneur Films based out of Montreal. She has a B.A. in Journalism from Concordia University. Clare currently lives and works in Tiotia:ke, colonially known as Montreal.