Adam Bailey is an experienced educator and award winning theatre artist. With a degree from the University of Toronto, a diploma from Sheridan College and additional training from Second City, Soulpepper, Tarragon Theatre and Buddies in Bad Times - he is happy to impart his lessons on to others and does so regularly. Adam Bailey has been an instructor with DramaWay, providing process-based arts programs for people with special needs for 10 years, he is also an Interpersonal Skills Facilitator at Ryerson University and teaches theatre creation to artist of all ages.
Adam Bailey has written and directed several award winning shows for Still Your Friend, including The Assiasination of Robert Ford: Dirty Little Coward (Best of Fringe, Toronto, 2014), and performed in the Nationally Toured Adam Bailey is on Fire (2015-2016, Winner of Patron's Pick Toronto Fringe 2016), and The Life Henri (2016-2017, Now Magazine's Outstanding Production & Outstanding New Play, Toronto Fringe 2017). He has also directed The Taming of the Shrew, Vinegar Tom, Terrorism and St. Francis Talks to the Birds (Royal Porcupine Productions), Five Women Wearing the Same Dress (Flutter Bye Productions) and Skunkweed (Tripple Bypass Productions) and was Co-Artistic Director of The Toronto Festival of Clowns for 3 years.
Warren is a Theatre Practitioner, Facilitator, and Arts Educator hailing from Toronto and work has taken him across Canada in roles ranging from sea monsters to 1930’s British aristocrats. He is an Arts Educator and Social Arts Activist with over a decade of experience and has extensive training in Image Theatre, Theatre for Living, and Theatre of the Oppressed. He uses his knowledge of devised community-based theatre creation with Actors and Non-Actors from ages five to seventy-five and has been sought out to facilitate his workshops Theatre for Conversation, mySELF myCONFIDENCE, Shakespeare? Forsooth! and Yes! Improv!
He is a Ryerson University BFA Theatre Performance Honours graduate; recipient of the Edna Khubyar Acting Award; Co-Artistic Director of Bain & Bernard Comedy; Performance Workshop Coordinator for Suitcase Theatre; Co-Creator of The Canadian Love Stories Project; and an Artistic Associate with Sheatre, a rural based arts organization whose mission it is to use theatre and the arts to empower individuals and contribute to a healthy, compassionate society. Warren is a long-standing member of Canadian Actors’ Equity Association and ACTRA. He holds dual citizenship with the United Kingdom.
Alanna believes in the magic of curiosity, healing of Mother Nature and guidance of experimental learning. She engages in a multitude of art forms, influencing her development of educational programs dedicated to empowering connection with the authentic and creative self. Alanna is passionate about guiding wellness into action through her company: Wellness Roots Retreats, and is forever forging new partnerships, including co-founding Roots and Stages with Shannon Hancocks, supporting The High Park Nature Centre programming, and instructing outdoor education with Strathcona Park Lodge in British Columbia. She fosters a growing curiosity to explore being present with the wonders of the natural world and realities every opportunity to admire life’s microscopic wisdom. When she’s not cross country travelling and exploring wild open spaces, she leads improvisation and clown programs with Centauri Summer Arts Camp and facilitates dance your way workshops with Suitcase Theatre. Her (g)nomadic connections stage shape for counter culture and inspire confidence to speak up for one’s self-care and for the trees! Ten years ago, Alanna was Suitcase Theatre’s General Manager and spearheaded the creative teams that developed Suitcase Theatre first shows.
Joan Barrington, Therapeutic Clown Practitioner (aka ‘Bunky’ and ‘Beatrice’) launched Ontario's first Therapeutic Clown Program at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) in 1993. In 1999, Joan became Co-Founder and Director of Therapeutic Clowns Canada Foundation (TCC) overseeing funding, launching programs and training therapeutic clowns across Canada. In 2005, Joan became a founding member of the Canadian Association of Therapeutic Clowns (CATC/ACCT) and then registered her not-for-profit Therapeutic Clowns International (TCI) par-ticipating in workshops, visiting hospitals and orphanages in El Salvador, Colombia and Mexico. After many visits and workshops to Cuba, the profession of therapeutic clowning was launched in 2013. Joan now mentors and tells her story through creative workshops to demonstrate how humour and gentle play can foster wellness in the greater community.
Dina has been involved with Suitcase Theatre since 2011. She is experienced arts educator and classroom teacher. Dina attended McGill University where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Drama, and has a Bachelor of Education from Nipissing University as well. She loves writing children's plays, and especially enjoys when children are part of the process. Her two favourite drama activities are improvisation and clowning, skills she finds come in handy in her day to day life as well.
Tereka Tyler Davis
Tereka Tyler-Davis started her arts training in acting at Young People’s Theatre at age 6. She continued in Modern, Traditional Folk Forms (West African and Afro Caribbean) and Ballet, Jazz and Hip Hop at Children & Youth Dance Theatre of Toronto. After studying Theatre Performance at Humber College and focusing on teaching she once again pursued dance. With Kashedance as a Company member of 3 years she has most recently worked in-residence with Kevin Ormsby and Chris Walker’s Facing Home: Love and Redemption at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, on tour in Kingston, Jamaica for Jamaica Dance Umbrella and in New York City for New Traditions Festival (Dance Your Caribbean). She continues to seek enriching dance experiences and is also currently working with DanzaCorpus, Ronald Taylor Dance and Dance Migration. She is an advocate for arts education for youth and had given back to non-profit arts programming including DAREArts, ArtStarts and Children and Youth Dance Theatre.
Shannon Hancocks, BA(H), BEd, OCT
Shannon Hancocks is an Arts Educator dedicated to freeing the creative expression of young and old. She is an Ontario Certified Teacher with more than ten years of full-time classroom experience. Her journey continues as a licensed Facilitator of The World Groove Movement, a Dance Coach (in school and private), and a Drama Teacher for children and adults of all abilities. Shannon is also a performing artist, Mermaid Soleia, who loves to upcycle sunken junk into newly crafted treasures and tell engaging stories followed by bubble dance parties! Shannon’s roles do not end there; she is a Belly Dance Teacher, a Private Tutor for elementary through adult levels, a certified Drum Circle Facilitator for Rhythm to Recovery for Social and Emotional Development, a private caregiver, and a Thai Massage Practitioner. She values variety and the opportunity to expand her knowledge and life experience.
Shannon's primary focus is on inspiring creativity and confidence in her students. Through her philosophies of “your way is the right way” and “there’s no wrong way to dance,” she creates a safe space for students to explore both the arts and themselves. Each of her workshops is rooted in creative expression and enriched with mindfulness practices. Her classes are inviting, free-spirited, stress-free, mixed level gatherings where participants leave feeling like a braver, more authentic version of themselves.
Michael is an actor and arts educator attending York University in the Bachelor of Education program. He is thrilled for the chance to apply all his learning and passion to workshops for Suitcase Theatre. He has worked and volunteered in classrooms across the city, performed on stages stretching from PEI to Saskatchewan, and acted in TV and film. Selected theatre credits include: Hamlet (Hamlet), Romeo and Juliet (Romeo), Macbeth (Macduff), The Classical Theatre Project; Dark Heart, Thought for Food; Far From the Heart, Sheatre; Pride and Prejudice (Denny), The Grand Theatre; Johnny Belinda, Pygmalion, An Inspector Calls, Tons of Money, The Watermark Theatre (PEI). -- The conversation and growth that can happen in a theatrical environment is one dependent on community and - as acting will surely teach us - listening! Looking forward to unpacking our suitcases and sharing our stories!
Morgan has been an arts educator and performer with Suitcase Theatre since 2010. She is proud to write and perform "The Imagination Station," a monthly puppet show at SickKids Hospital. This interactive show offers children the choice to watch and participate from the studio, where it is filmed, or from the tv in each of the bedrooms in the hospital. Morgan is an advocate for inclusivity in the arts, so each month The Imagination Station rotates through different guest hosts, many of whom identify as people with disabilities. Morgan Joy is a arts facilitator specializing in creative movement and experiential drama for DramaWay; an organization providing arts based education to adults with Developmental Disabilities. Morgan also sings and performs clown and puppetry in cabarets across the GTA. ‘Silliness’ and ‘Fun’ are her two middles names.
Alexander Mantia is a puppeteer and puppet builder, as well as a singer and actor. He’s performed the role of Rod in Whitby Courthouse Theatre’s “Avenue Q”, has attended Puppetry workshops at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center in Waterford Connecticut, and is currently enrolled at Randolph College for the Performing Arts. Along with this, Alexander has his own group of characters called “Your Acquaintances.” You can see his work at his Instagram “Theboxofme.”
Najla Nubyanluv is a playwright, performer and doula who loves belly laughter. Her art mainly focuses on black identity, love and women. Najla is a Mandiela rAiz’n in the Sun graduate and a Transdisciplinary Artist ProgramTAP graduate at The Watah Theatre. Since she was a child, Najla has been an avid reader dreaming of writing books and recently released a children’s book called ‘I Love Being Black’.