Penny Couchie and Sid Bobb: Aanmitaagzi, founded by Penny Couchie and Sid Bobb, is a professional Indigenous inter-arts company from Nipissing First Nation, Ontario, linked to provincial, national and international networks. Aanmitaagzi combines art making, education, professional development & social activism. We investigate and create contemporary arts in relationship to historic indigenous arts and worldview. Our activities incorporate the Indigenous legacy of intergene.
Penny Couchie, Co-Artistic Director, is a dancer, actor, teacher and choreographer of Ojibway ancestry from Nipissing First Nation. She holds an Honors BA in Aboriginal Studies and Drama from the University of Toronto and is a graduate of The School of Toronto Dance Theatre. Penny has performed as a dancer and theatre artist in principal roles both nationally and internationally. She has guest taught at universities and colleges throughout Canada and the US, including the Centre for Indigenous Theatre, where she has been a faculty member since 1998. From 1998 to 2003 she participated in the Aboriginal Dance Project at the Banff Centre for the Arts as a student, choreographer and teacher. Her most recent choreography includes the premiere of Dances of Resistance, a three year community engaged dance theatre work produced by her company Aanmitaagzi in Nipissing First Nation, a full-length dance theatre work, When Will You Rage? at the Capitol Centre, North Bay, , The Port Key and You Promised, I Lied, directed by Muriel Miguel for the Centre for Indigenous Theatre, Like An Old Tale for
Jumblies Theatre, Toronto, Outta The Woods, directed by Muriel Miguel for the Centre For Indigenous Theatre performed at Factory Theatre, Toronto Ontario, Manaabekwe, a co-choreography with Christine Friday O’Leary performed for the Temagami Gathering in Bear Island, Ontario, Red Romance, directed by Muriel Miguel for the Centre For Indigenous Theatre performed at Factory Theatre, Toronto Ontario and A Bridge of One Hair for Jumblies Theatre performed at Harbourfront Centre. In 2001, she co-founded Earth in Motion World Indigenous Dance with Alejandro Ronceria, a Toronto-based collective committed to the creation of compelling and innovative new dance works. In 2007 she co-founded Aanmitaagzi, in her home of Nipissing First Nation.
Sid Bobb, Co-Artistic Director, is a Gemini award-winning actor from Salish territory in British Columbia. Combining his cultural knowledge and experience as an actor and teacher, Sid has been committed to helping bring Aboriginal stories and culture to the forefront. He firmly believes that this necessary endeavor will strengthen our Aboriginal communities and help create a healthier relationship with our Canadian neighbours. He is a graduate of the University of Toronto’s sociology and drama programs, attended the Second City school of training, the Banff Centre for the Art’s Aboriginal Dance Project and the Native Theatre School (presently known as the Centre for Indigenous Theatre.
A professional actor since 1993, Sid is trained in traditional performance, including storytelling, song and dance, contemporary and classical theatre, and comedic improvisation. Sid has performed in Canada’s largest theatres across the country; story-telling, in plays, and dancing. For 3 seasons, he was co-host of the internationally broadcast, Canadian Geographic Kids and spent 9 seasons as host for Kid’s CBC’s nationally broadcast Kid’s Canada. He has also been an acting instructor and teacher for the past ten years. He has been an instructor for the Centre for Indigenous Theatre as well as having facilitated workshops in numerous community and professional environments.
He currently resides on Nipissing First Nation, in northern Ontario. While Sid continues to work nationally in television and on stage, he is actively contributing to the arts in the Nipissing community.
Corinna Ghaznavi: Corinna Ghaznavi is an independent curator and freelance writer. Since 1997 she has curated exhibitions across Canada and in the Netherlands. Her writing has been published in Canadian and European art magazines as well as in numerous exhibition catalogues. In 2011 she completed her PhD, which focused on the question of the animal in contemporary art. Ghaznavi was the Artistic Director of the Fabulous Festival of Fringe Film between 2012 and 2015 and Public Art coordinator for the City of Markham between 2013 and 2017. She has taught art history, theory, and curatorial practices at Georgian College, University of Western Ontario, Sheridan College and OCADU. Recent exhibitions include “Human Nature” at the Carleton University Art Gallery and University Art Galleries at the University of Saskatchewan, and “Writing Topography,” the Marion McCain Biannual of Contemporary Atlantic Canadian Art at the Beaverbrook Art. Ghaznavi lives and works in Grey County, Ontario.
Caroline Klimek is a researcher and film programmer based in Toronto, ON. She is a second year PhD student studying in the Cinema and Media Arts department at York University, focusing on the impact Canadian funding and policy stakeholders have on film festivals’ new media programmes and exhibition practices. Her other research interests include emerging technologies, media archaeology, archives, expanded cinema and media industry studies.
Elijah Lin and Jaclyn Quaresma: without a name is an ever expanding and contracting, fluid and rhizomatic, multi-disciplinary, feminist structure. This iteration of without a name consists of the mother and son team, Elijah Lin and Jaclyn Quaresma. Elijah Lin is a school-aged artist. His work in both sculpture and painting is decidedly nonfigurative. When he is not in school he can be found deep in an adventure book, hanging out with his friends, making things or practicing a new art form. This will be his first time curating. Jaclyn Quaresma is an artist and curator. Her work in both fields explores the tension between the survival of the environment as we know it and our survival in the mediated environments we create for ourselves. Central to her environmental explorations is an interest in non-dominant, multigenerational structures of learning and sharing. Many of her exhibitions, such as for there are many stories here (Doris McCarthy Gallery at University of Toronto Scarborough), engage the traditional art audience along with children and youth directly in the design of the exhibition. She is a recent graduate of the Masters of Visual Studies: Curatorial Program at the Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design, University of Toronto. Her work has been exhibited at the Durham Art Gallery, Art Museum at the University of Toronto, Doris McCarthy Gallery at University of Toronto Scarborough, Images Festival, Peter MacKendrick Gallery, 47, Scotia Bank Nuit Blanche, Blackwood Gallery and Justina M. Barnicke Gallery. Jaclyn was once the co-director of the exhibition space 47 in Parkdale, Toronto.
Rebeka Tabobondung: Rebeka is the Executive Editor of MUSKRAT Magazine; an on-line Indigenous literary arts and culture publication and the Founder and Director of the annual Gchi Dewin Indigenous Storytellers Festival based in Parry Sound, Ontario. Rebeka is also documentary filmmaker, writer, poet and community Indigenous knowledge researcher. Rebeka’s latest research and film work documents Indigenous birth knowledge from Wasauksing First Nation where she is also a member.
Clayton Windatt: Clayton Windatt is a Métis multi-artist living and working in Sturgeon Falls, Ontario. Clayton holds a BA in Fine Art from Nipissing University and received Graphic Design certification from Canadore College. With an extensive history working in Communications, Artist-Run Culture and Community Arts, Clayton now works as Executive Director of the Aboriginal Curatorial Collective (ACC-CCA). Through ACC-CCA Clayton works with arts organizations on national and global issues relating to social justice and how to better engage the public. Clayton maintains contracts with several colleges and universities and as a writer for various newspapers and magazines. Clayton is an active film director with works featured recently in festivals such as ImagineNative and the Toronto International Film Festival. Clayton works in/with community, design, communications, curation, performance, event coordination, technology, consulting, and is a very active writer, filmmaker and visual-media artist.