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WRITING FROM WITHIN: A Post-Show Panel on Tues, Nov 18 @ 9:30PM
Your experience at the theatre doesn’t have to end with the curtain call. On Tuesday, November 18, we invite you to participate in what promises to be an animated conversation inspired by Lucy Kirkwood’s satire, NSFW – come for a panel discussion with some of Toronto’s most dynamic journalistic voices. All are welcome and admission to the panel is FREE. See the show and stay, or come for the panel only!
Note that tickets to the evening’s performance of NSFW are at our special new $15 Tuesday price.
WRITING FROM WITHIN
co-presented by Shameless magazine
Tuesday, November 18, 2014 @ 9:30PM (after the performance)
In the mainspace at The Theatre Centre
(1115 Queen Street West)
FREE ADMISSION to the panel
How do we participate in a media-saturated, digitally enhanced culture without contributing to the damaging norms and oppressive systems that limit us all? Join some of Toronto’s most dynamic journalistic voices in a conversation about navigating media landscapes, preserving integrity and doing what you love for people you hate.
Janice Neil is the Associate Chair, School of Journalism, at Ryerson University. Her journalism career included Editor-in-Chief of J-Source.ca, a national, non-profit web publication about Canadian journalism for professionals, academics, students and the public. She had a long career in public broadcasting: at CBC as Senior Producer of Metro Morning, as a news writer and on-air reporter in London (UK), Toronto and Regina. She also worked at TVO as a Senior Editor of Studio 2, producing documentaries, studio discussions and interviews. Prof. Neil’s academic research includes professional practices, and immersing herself in film and prime time TV, examining how fictional newshounds such as Hildy Johnson and Murphy Brown risk their lives to expose the truth and save the world and navigate the gender politics of the journalistic culture.
As a writer, editor and social and culture critic with five years of experience in the Canadian journalism industry, Septembre Anderson is a force to be reckoned with. Having graduated from Carleton University with a Bachelor of Arts (English) and Humber College with a Post-Graduate Journalism Diploma, the Toronto-based journalist has amassed a wealth of diverse skills. Septembre’s published work has covered topics such as fashion, beauty, lifestyle, culture, world issues, current events, social justice and health and wellness. Her pieces have appeared in publications that include Flare, Metro, Huffington Post Canada, OpenFile Toronto, Slice.ca and Shameless magazine. Additionally, Septembre possesses experience with cross-media platforms and a solid understanding of the role that mediums such as Twitter and blogs are playing in the evolving journalism landscape. On Twitter, where she shares her opinions and critical analysis on everything from gender/misogyny and social justice, to fashion and pop culture, you can find her at @SeptembreA
PhD candidate Jill Andrew, an award-winning columnist and public speaker, is often quoted by the media on body image and representation. Her doctoral work focuses on women’s and girls’ narratives of fatness, blackness or both embodiments and their everyday experiences. Andrew’s body positivity projects have included: BITE ME! Toronto Int’l Body Image Film & Arts Festival, FatintheCity a FATshion lifestyle blog, Curvy Catwalk Fashion Fundraiser, the annual Body Confidence Canada Awards (BCCAs), her TEDx York U talk on Fat Shaming & the Thin Epidemic and her ongoing invitations to guest lecture at post secondary institutions both local and international. Upcoming projects include The FAT Monologues and a fat anthology. Andrew sits on various advisory committees and boards of directors representing arts & culture, community social service, human rights and social justice sectors. Jill is the world’s biggest cat lover and dreams of a well resourced universe where women and girls can dream boldly and conquer their worlds unapologetically! For more on Jill Andrew’s academic, community engagements and awarded distinctions visit bodyconfidencecanadaawards.com, fatinthecity.com and bitemefilmfest.com.
Andrea Houston is an award-winning journalist and advocate specializing in queer issues. Her work has been published in the Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star, Toronto Life and Xtra, where she spent four years as a staff reporter. Andrea covers a range of issues affecting LGBT people on local, provincial, national and even international levels. Andrea is perhaps best known for breaking the 2011 story that Ontario Catholic schools prohibited students from forming gay-straight alliances (GSA) clubs. Throughout 2012, Andrea meticulously documented the stories of queer youth as they fought back against bullying and bravely demanded acceptance in their schools. Her reporting played a key role in the passage of provincial legislation that mandated all publicly funded schools be required to allow GSAs if students want them. Andrea is one of the most recognized and respected voices of Toronto’s queer community. In 2012, she was named Honoured Dyke by Pride Toronto. Most recently, Andrea co-founded #ENDhatelaws, a coalition fighting for an end to international anti-gay laws, which are still enforced in more than 80 countries. She also sits on the editorial board for Ricochet, a new independent media project out of Montreal.
Sarah Liss is a writer and editor whose work has appeared in The Walrus, Toronto Life, Maisonneuve, Flare, Maclean’s and on CBC.CA. A former columnist and editor at The Grid (RIP), she recently joined the staff of Chatelaine as a senior editor. Her book Army of Lovers, a cultural history of the late Toronto artist, impresario and activist Will Munro, was published by Coach House Books in 2013. She lives in Toronto with her partner, their six-month-old baby, two dogs and one cat.
Sheila Sampath is an educator and an activist designer, who has been crafting creative for social good since 2003. Former chair of the board of directors at the Toronto Rape Crisis Centre/Multi-cultural Women Against Rape, she has a background in grassroots activism and organizing which she incorporates into her strategic approach to graphic design and popular education as Principal and Creative Director at The Public. She is the Editorial and Art Director of the award-winning Shameless, Canada’s feminist voice for young women and trans youth; teaches in the faculty of design at OCAD University; and serves on the board of the South Asian Visual Arts Centre. Sheila is a member of the British Council’s TN2020 network, a fellow of the Royal Society of Artists and has facilitated workshops and given lectures in strategic design, radical art and independent media internationally. She is actively involved in local art and music communities, and currently plays bass and sings in Tu Suis. Her first book, Letters Lived, was published in Fall 2013 under Three O’Clock Press’s Women’s Press imprint. In 2012, she was named one of 100 people of colour anti-racist activists by the Racism Free Ontario campaign. Sheila holds an honours diploma in graphic design from the George Brown College School of Design and an Honours BSc. in Sociology and Psychology from the University of Toronto. Her work as a designer has been recognized and awarded by the School of Design, the Registered Graphic Designers of Ontario and the UTNE reader, and has received international recognition for community impact.