Festival Staff

16/17 Season



From Left to Right:  Joseph Recinos, Polly Phokeev, Laura Clark, Leslie McCue, Sabah Haque, Echo Zhou, Sofia Rizzo, Darwin Lyons, Alexis Eastman, Jasmine Chen and Stephanie Caldeira.

Festival Photographer

Jessie Whyte



Advisory Board

A dedicated team of young arts administrators, fundraisers and year-round Festival supporters.



From Left to Right: Sofia Rizzo, Megan Gove, Catherine Gautreau, Sylvie Stojanovski and Thillini Seevakireedam. Missing: Maurena Taylor, Christie Wong, Frances Perreira-Jardine, Emily Pennacchio

Production Manager

David Beisel



David Beisel is a Toronto-based production manager and lighting designer for dance, theatre and live events. He is a graduate of the Ryerson Theatre School’s Performance Production program, where he subsequently has worked as a technical supervisor for the 2016/2017 season. Past management internships also include contracts at Soulpepper Theatre, SummerWorks Performance Festival and Harmony Centre Owen Sound. David is a proud co-establisher of the Youth Theatre Coalition in Owen Sound, Ontario.
Recent credits include 8 Works In Progress (8 Works Collective), In On It (emerGENce Theatre) and The AMY Project (SummerWorks 2016).
David will be starting his MA at York University this fall in the department of Critical Disability Studies to study disability in the cultural workforce.

Lighting Designer

Echo Zhou



Echo is a Toronto based young theatre designer in set and lighting, and recent received 1st Class Award of the 25th Ukrainian and International Exhibit-Competition of the student thesis works in architecture and fine art for her Set Design The Possibilities in Ryerson University. Recent Credits: 1979 (Great Canadian Theatre Company via Shaw Festival, Design Assistant), How Black Mother Says I Love You (Trey Anthony Production, Lighting Coordinator), Stupid Fucking Bird (The Bird Collective, Assistant Set Designer), Agency (Yell Rebel, Set and Costume Design Assistant), The Possibilities (Ryerson School of Performance, Set Designer).