I have had the privledge of working with stellar collaborators on fantastic projects. Here you will find some examples of a range of projects I have led and collaborated on.

Cracked: new light on dementia

Cracked: new light on dementia is a multi-project initiative and was developed to provide opportunities for different stakeholders to think about ‘the tragedy discourse’ of dementia and how this stigmatizes people living with dementia.  We used different media, including live theatre and film, and are currently working with Toronto-based design firm Forge Media to develop a digital educational platform. As the lead artist-researcher, I was the project’s playwright, director and producer. We worked with Reciprocity Media Collective and Anthony Grani to produce the film of Cracked.

In addition to the artists listed above, researchers included Dr. Sherry Dupuis (University of Waterloo), Dr. Pia Kontos (KITE-Toronto Rehabilitation Institute), Dr. Christine Jonas-Simpson (York University), and Dr. Gail Mitchell (York University).

Our script is published in Review: an anthology of plays committed to social justice.

Visit our project website for details about our team, our research and other resources.

Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) Research Lab

I collaborated with Dr. Angela Colantonio’s ABI Research Lab on several projects to engage different audiences about brain injury research, including experiences of brain injury survivors and brain injury prevention. Below are two examples of projects we did together.

after the crash: a play about brain injury

After the Crash was initially developed to highlight the importance of client-centred care for persons with traumatic brain injury, and why and how it is currently lacking in clinical settings. As the lead artist-researcher, I produced, wrote and directed this live theatre production, which toured hospitals and community settings Ontario and the Toronto region, and conferences across Canada. 

In addition to the actors listed above, the research team included Dr. Angela Colantonio, Dr. Pia Kontos, Dr. Michelle Keightley, Dr. Julie Gilbert and Dr. Kate Rossiter.

concussion in the workplace (animation)

This project, based on qualitative research findings, aimed to raise awareness that concussion is possible in a range of workplaces, as well as the importance of prevention. As the lead artist-researcher I wrote and produced this animation with the team at Kukuzoo Videos. 

The project team consisted of health researchers, clinicians and industry partners, including Dr. Pia Kontos, Dr. Alisa Grigorovich, Dr. Angela Colantonio, Dr. Tatyana Mollayeva, Dr. Mark Bayley, Dr. Gary M. Liss, Dr. Brian Gibson, and Dr. John Lewko.

Fit for Dialysis

This short narrative film was developed based on social and health research about the facilitators and barriers to exercise for older dialysis patients while on dialysis.  The film focused on the perceptions of illness, wellness and physical activity in older dialysis patients. 

As the lead artist-researcher, I was the screenwriter, co-director (with Mark Huisman) and producer. The interdisciplinary team included Dr. Pia Kontos, Dr. Gary Naglie, Dr. Vanita Jassal and Dr. Dina Brooks. We collaborated with Marchlight to produce this film.

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