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Twenty-one thoughtfully curated digital postcards telling the stories of artists within the Deaf and disabled community living through the self-isolation and quarantine period of COVID-19. This glimpse into the lives of artists from around the globe, is sometimes quirky, sometimes heart-wrenching, often unexpected, always genuine.
Meet Alex Bulmer!
Curator of Pandemic Postcards
With 30 professional years across theatre, television, film, radio and education, Alex Bulmer is dedicated to intersectional collaborative art practice, fueled by a curiosity of the improbable and deeply informed by her experience of becoming blind.
She is activated by obstacles, well exposed to the absurd, and embraces generosity, listening, time and uncertainty within her artistic and personal life.
Named one of the most influential disabled artists by UK’s Power Magazine, Bulmer is an award-winning writer, director, actor and dramaturge. She is Artistic Director of Common Boots Theatre, co-founder of Cripping the Stage with British Council Toronto, and the Lead Curator of CoMotion 2022, an international Deaf and Disability Arts festival produced by Harbourfront Centre.
Michael Achtman, Audio Editor - Big Birthday
Michael Achtman is a filmmaker, writer and photographer. His film, Awake, won the Jury Prize at San Francisco’s Superfest and screened extensively at international festivals. His latest short film, Orin & Anto, is currently screening on the queer festival circuit. Based in London, UK, he is an associate artist at filmpro and also works as a creative enabler, audio describer and access consultant.
David Best, Accessibility Auditor
David Best is an entrepreneur actively supporting Ontario organizations with accessibility awareness. As an information technology specialist, an accessibility consultant, a digital inclusion advocate and an assistive technology user, David has experienced the digital divide, confronted workplace challenges, implemented best practice inclusion strategies, mentored peer support group initiatives, facilitated web design workshops and promoted emerging technologies that inspire independence and confidence. Profile: http://www.davidbest.ca/profile.shtml
Augusto Bitter, Voice Over - Kalevi Helvetti
Augusto Bitter is a performer, writer, and facilitator based in Toronto. He is a Resident Artist at Aluna Theatre, and has also been in-residence at Canadian Stage, hub14, and Theatre Passe Muraille. He is a youth educator with Soulpepper and Story Planet. More at www.augustobitter.com
Martin Courcelles, Accessibility Auditor
As a person with lived experience, having to use access technology every day, Martin is able to explain how to improve web properties to ensure accessibility for all. He’s been in the accessibility field for over 20 years and enjoys helping to create enhanced user experiences.
Mélanie Dubois, Video Captioning
Mélanie Dubois is an Assistant Producer for Cultural Engagement at Harbourfront Centre, as well as for Nordic Bridges, a year-long initiative fostering cultural exchange between the Nordics and Canada in 2022. To compliment her Theatre Studies B.A. from the University of Guelph, she recently earned a graduate certificate in Event Management from Humber. www.melaniejdubois.com
Sandy Feldman, Website Accessibility Consultan
Sandy Feldman is a web geek who is interested in accessibility. She builds sites for disability-related organizations, remediates inaccessible sites, and coaches developers in making their work accessible.
Becky Gold, Audio Description Script Writer and Access Support Worker
Becky Gold is a community arts facilitator, artist support worker, audio describer and emerging scholar currently pursuing her PhD in Theatre and Performance Studies at York University. Her research and community-engaged work focuses on working interdependently with disabled artists to enable self-advocacy and community activism through the performing arts.
Natasha Greenblat, Access Support Worker
Natasha Greenblatt is a Jewish Canadian writer, performer, educator and producer who works collaboratively to tell stories where the personal and the political collide, creating possibilities for transformation. She is currently an MFA candidate at the University of Guelph in Creative Writing.
Caroline Guespin, English Translation - Edon Descollines
Caroline Guespin is an Associate Producer for Cultural Engagement at Harbourfront Centre. She has co-produced over 40 multicultural events, ranging from music shows to talks and culinary experiences that take place across the 10-acre campus along Toronto's waterfront. Prior to this, she worked for the French Embassy in Ottawa as a Cultural Program Coordinator where her role was to foster and support transatlantic collaborations.
Sami Helle, Voice Over - Kalevi Helvetti
Sami Helle is a human rights and disability activist from Helsinki, Finland. Sami is a musician and played bass in the famous Finnish punk band, PKN, led by Pertti Kurikka.
Yousef Kadoura, Voice Over - Maxim Fomitchev
Yousef Kadoura is a disabled Lebanese-Canadian actor, writer, and producer. He is also a founding Company member of Other HeArts. As an artist Yousef seeks to draw from a plurality of experiences and disciplines to expand the boundaries of performance in pursuit of accessibility, presence, and shared experience. www.yousefkadoura.com
Elizabeth Morris, Deaf Community Consultant
Elizabeth Morris is a professional actor and a full member of CAEA (Canadian Actors' Equity Association) and ACTRA. She is an American Sign Language (ASL) coach and consultant for theatre and film. Recently, Elizabeth completed a master's degree in Inclusive Design at OCAD University, where her research focused on making live theatres more ACCESSIBLE and INCLUSIVE for the Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and their families.
Margaret Rose, Access Support Worker
Margaret Rose is a Toronto-based actor and theatre maker who graduated from the University of Toronto with a double major in Theatre and Equity Studies just this year. During her time as an actor at U of T she performed in Martha’ Ross’s MainStage devised production House on Fire and in the U of T Director’s Showcase’s as Eurydice in Eurydice and Sarah in East of Berlin. She made her directorial debut in a collaborative video piece titled Milk which premiered at the Digital Fringe 2020. She is currently interning with Graham Abbey and Dylan Trowbridge’s digital theatre company Ghostlight as an assistant creative director and teaching assistant.
Syrus Marcus Ware, Audio Describer and Voice Over – Edon Descollines
Syrus Marcus Ware is a Vanier scholar, visual artist, activist, curator and educator. Syrus uses painting, installation and performance to explore social justice frameworks and black activist culture, and he’s shown widely in galleries and festivals across Canada. He is part of the Perfor-mance Disability Art Collective and a core-team member of Black Lives Matter – Toronto. He has won several recognitions including the TD Diversity Award 2017, “Best Queer Activist” NOW Magazine 2005, and the Steinert and Ferreiro Award 2012.
Jessica Watkin, Voice Over - Dawn Jani Birley
Jessica Watkin is a PhD Candidate at the University of Toronto's Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies with research focusing on Disabled artists in Canada and their creation processes, dramaturgies, and support systems. She is a Blind and Disabled scholar, interdisciplinary artist, dramaturg, consultant, educator, and reader. She has been published in the Canadian Theatre Review, The Drama Review, and Theatre Research in Canada. Jessica is working to co-create definitions of what Accessibility Design and Disability Dramaturgy mean in a Canadian context. www.jesswatkin.com
Diana Webley, Voice Over - Tamyka Bullen
Diana Webley is a Senior producer and interim manager for Cultural Engagement at Harbourfront Centre. Diana specializes in art direction, planning, programming, development and production. Having worked at Harbourfront Centre for the last 15 years, she has helped curate exciting multicultural exhibits, shows, and festivals that take place annually.
Thank you to Lindsay Fisher with Creative Users Projects, Claire Saddleton with Arts Council England, Carrie Hage and Saada El-Akhrass with British Council, Kalle Pajamaa, Rose Stella, Catherine Bourgeois and Penelope Bourque with Joe Jack et John, Mélissa Bégin-Sabharwal with Ai-Media, Sign Referral Services Inc., Common Boots Theatre and CoMotion Festival advisors: Eliza Chandler, Sean Lee and Veronique Leduc.
We respectfully acknowledge the past and present traditional owners of this territory and their unique role in the life of the region. Harbourfront Centre is committed to honouring Indigenous peoples’ unique cultural and spiritual relationships to the land and waters, and their rich contribution to society. Toronto is on the traditional territory of the Anishinabeg, the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat peoples and is covered by Treaty 13 with the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation. We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging. We ask that you respect the land and traditions of those who walked upon it for millennia before us.