Art in the Time of COVID-19 is a panel discussion that explores how we value art and artists during a time of crisis. Even though many artists are increasingly vulnerable to the COVID-19 pandemic, they’re finding new and innovative ways to share their work for our collective well-being.
Join us and our stellar panel of arts innovators as we reflect on the intersectional vulnerabilities presented by COVID-19, and what our engagement with the arts during this time can tell us about the value of arts and culture in our society.
Nick is a Dora and Sterling Award winning playwright in Toronto, and the creator of The Social Distancing Festival. Selected credits include In Real Life (book and lyrics; music and lyrics Kevin Wong; Canadian Music Theatre Projects); Happy Birthday Baby J (Shadow Theatre); Every Day She Rose (co-written with Andrea Scott; Nightwood Theatre); Fangirl (book; music and lyrics Anika Johnson and Barb Johnston; Musical Stage Company’s Launch Pad); Dinner with the Duchess (Next Stage Festival); Body Politic (Buddies in Bad Times/lemonTree Creations; Dora Award); The Fabulous Buddha Boi (Guys UnDisguised; Sterling Award); and Poof! The Musical (book and lyrics; Twenties St Productions; Sterling nomination). Nick has been part of Nightwood Theatre’s Write from the Hip; Factory Theatre’s Natural Resources; and the Foerster Bernstein New Play Development Program at the Stratford Festival of Canada.
Julie is a Toronto-based actor, playwright, educator, and Co-artistic Leader of the highly “immersive” Convergence Theatre. She comes from a long-line of germaphobes, and has worked really hard her whole life to curb that habit…but so much for all that now. What a relief to never have to shake hands with anyone ever again!
Nicholas Isaiah King Rose
Nicholas Rose was born in West Palm Beach, Florida and trained at the Colburn Dance Academy in Los Angeles, California and The HARID Conservatory in Boca Raton, Florida. Mr. Rose danced with Dance Theatre of Harlem before joining The National Ballet of Canada as a member of the Corps de Ballet in 2018.
Mr. Rose’s repertoire includes The Nutcracker, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Anna Karenina, The Merry Widow, The Dream, The Second Detail and Being and Nothingness. His repertoire with Dance Theatre of Harlem includes Who Cares, Agon, Spring Waters, Coming Together, Dialogues and Dancing on the Front Porch of Heaven.
Rania El Mugammar
Rania is a Sudanese artist, anti-oppression consultant, and liberation educator based in Toronto. Rania’s artistic and community work is deeply rooted in Black Liberation. Rania is a published writer, award winning organizer, speaker, arts educator, and multidisciplinary performer.
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