The Core Griots are comprised of young professional artists, who will participate in the bcHub through arts training and professional development activities for one to three years.
The Core Griots (Year 2) for 2016-2017 are…
Sherry is excited to be part of the bcHub. She has recently finished work with director Phillip Noyce on the TV show “Warrior” opposite Jason Scott Lee and Holt McCallany. She also starred as Michelle Trico in the TV series “Nowhere to Hide”. Sherry enjoys working on indie films which have recently included “Friend Inc.”, and a web series called “Mangoes”. She studied commerce at University of Toronto before changing direction to acting, where she trained in several renowned classes in New York and Toronto. Sherry is also deeply invested in local acting events, some of which include Toronto Monologue Slam and the 48-hour theatre challenge by Unit 102 Theatre Studio & Actors Company. She is the founder of The Actor’s Rehearsal Room, which is a group where local actors get together to practice their craft regularly, and foster a supportive community through shared resources. Sherry speaks English, Mandarin, Cantonese, and Taiwanese. When she isn’t working, Sherry likes to exercise, cook, and play tennis. She adores traveling, especially to her favorite city of NYC.
Shaista is a queer Afghan-Canadian playwright, performer and facilitator. Latif’s work is primarily based in solo creation/performance and live art. Her play Graceful Rebellions has been presented at the Rhubarb Festival, Halifax Queer Acts Festival, SummerWorks and the NAC’S Ontario Scene Festival. In 2014, Latif was the recipient of The Theatre Centre’s Emerging Artist Award. Shaista has facilitated for PrideCab, a Buddies in Bad Times youth program and for Cahoots Crossing Gibraltor program. Latif also teaches workshops focused on communication and storytelling for newcomers and ESL students across the GTA. She was recently part of the playwright’s unit Hot House at Cahoots Theatre Company. Latif was the 2014/2015 playwright in residence at Diaspora Dialogues supported by Buddies in Bad Times Theatre. The residency led her to create How I Learned to Serve Tea which recently launched the Qouleur Festival in Montreal. Her newest play The Archivist, developed in Cahoots’ Hot House Unit, was presented at the 2015 Rhubarb Festival. Latif is currently an artist in residence with STO Union and is a member of b current’s new artist development program bcHub.
Lilia is a Mexican-Canadian performing artist of mixed Spanish and Indigenous ancestry based in Toronto since 2001. Her artistic practice includes performance, choreography and arts education in both dance and theatre. She holds a BA in Dance from York University and is a graduate of The School of TDT.
Joseph is a Dora nominated performer whose passion for the arts extends behind the scenes. Currently he is the Director of the SummerWorks SLIP Program and Program Coordinator for AVNU. Joseph has performed with Roseneath Theatre, Theatre Passe Muraille, Hart House, fu-GEN, and Sulong Theatre CompanyHis commitment to equitable and diverse practices within the arts have led Joseph to sit on ArtsVote Toronto, Humber Advisory Committee, and several juries. Aside from theatre, Joseph is also a beat poet who performs under his alias ‘Transition’. His television credits include roles on Mayday, Dual Suspects, and The Strain. He is a 2011 Humber Performance Graduate.
Rehaset is a Saudi-born, Ethiopian independent musical artist, working primarily as a composer and singer. Her mission: ‘Bridging the Gap between Afrikans and the World!’. She is fascinated with the art of storytelling, has self-produced three EPs, and her latest journey involves developing her first Ethiopian Musical, Buna!, through b current’s bcHub. Her work in theatre has included performance, wise.woman (b current); sound design, All of Him (SummerWorks & FemFest) and Radiance (b current); and musical direction, The Art of Storytelling (Creative Mafia). She has performed in and composed the soundtrack for three short films: 13 Months of Sunshine (Abesolom Productions), Ase (Nicole Brooks Vision), and “blew” a snow.white.muse (bushooman rag).
She frequently facilitates workshops in singing, song creation, and soundscape with youth and emerging artists.