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Violet Stars

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

No Strings Theatre is a charitable organization governed by an experienced and skilled board of directors.

BRIAN CUNHA

PRESIDENT

Brian is the Director, Student Housing & Residence Life at the University of Toronto Mississauga. Brian has worked at 5 universities in Canada and the US and has participated and presented at provincial, national, and international conferences. As an award winning presenter, Brian uses his techniques to engage his audiences while giving them the capacities to learn, ask questions, and feel empowered. Brian is a cis-gender queer white male with immigrant parents and is first generation university student. Brian has a passion for equity and inclusion and has been exploring the notions of inclusion since the first time he was excluded as a child. Brian believes that dialogue is the first step to dismantling white supremacy, patriarchy, capitalism, toxic masculinity, and xenophobia. Brian holds a BA in Theatre Studies from the University of Guelph, an M.Ed in International Higher Education from Loyola University Chicago, and is currently a PhD student in Higher Education at the University of Toronto.

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KAREN SAMPSON

SECRETARY

Karen Sampson works as a law clerk and puts her administrative and organizational skills to use as No Strings Theatre's board Secretary.  She combines her love for the theatre and volunteerism as a way to give back to the community and stay connected to the arts. 

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IAN CORLETT

CHAIR

Ian comes to No Strings with a legal and governance background; he holds an LL.B. from the University of London (UK), and serves on the advisory board of St. Peter and St. Simon Anglican Church.

 

Ian is a Toronto native and a lifelong musician. A budding opera singer, he initially trained as an instrumentalist before transitioning to focus on voice. He now trains professionally as a lyric tenor, and sings as a tenor lead in the parish choir of St. Peter and St. Simon.

 

Ian's involvement with No Strings Theatre began with its summer opera program. He is pleased to work with No Strings Theatre to help advance its mission of building up the next generation of performing artists.

KEVIN MAO

TREASURER

Senior Strategy Manager, Telus

Chartered Professional Accountants Ontario 
Graduate Diploma in Professional Accounting,
Rotman School of Management 
Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting & Economics), Rotman Commerce, University of Toronto

HUSAYN HIRJI

FINANCE TEAM

Manager, Treasury and Operations,

Kilgour Williams Capital

Certified Professional Accountant (CPA) Prep 

KAPIL SHRESTHA

FINANCE TEAM

MBA, Finance

Graduate Certificate – Project Management

MATTHEW SEELY

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT AND MARKETING

MSc in Business Administration (Specialization in Strategic Management) - Rotterdam School of Management, Netherlands

Senior Producer, The Assembly Improv, Toronto

BRONWEN NICHOLSON

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT | VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR

Bronwen first joined No Strings Theatre in 2015 as an Office Assistant, and later that same year took on the role of Volunteer Coordinator.  She is a musical theatre enthusiast with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Drama Studies from Glendon College, York University, and a diploma in Career and Work Counselling from George Brown College.

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EULALIE WALLING-SAMPSON

EVENT COORDINATOR 

Eulalie holds an Associate Degree (AA) in Human Resources and Executive Assistant Management As an Event Coordinator, Eulalie has managed and coordinated a variety of events from inception to successful completion for various organizations, choral groups, churches and weddings.

Eulalie's initial involvement with No Strings Theatre began as a vocal student of Denise’s Studio.  As she became aware of the amazing professional productions that Denise was offering to the community, she realized that her skills and experience as an Event Planner would be better utilized as a member of the board of No Strings Theatre.  For over ten years, she has lent her support to this amazing organization as Event Coordinator and now Front of House for all events. It’s been a joy for her to support Denise and to work with so many professional artists. 

JANINA DZIEDZIOLA

ADMINISTRATIVE | FUNDRAISING

Janina holds a certificate in Administration and Human Resources from Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryeerson Polytechnical Institute). As the recipient of an “Outstanding Achievement Award for Excellent Customer Service” from Deloitte, Janina has contributed her excellent administrative and organizational skills to No Strings Theatre as an Administrative/Fundraising Assistant. She enjoys her volunteer work at No Strings Theatre as it gives her a purpose and meaning in her life. Janina has a passion for music and singing and is currently studying singing with Denise Williams, Vocal Coach.

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BEAUTHY ASHLEY

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

Beauthy Ashley is a stand up comedian and actress. She has performed in England: The scoop, Young Vic, The chapel and national theatre.  She has 10 years experience in Directing actors aged 12-36 for short films and theatre, using imagination, sound, props and visuals. Nevertheless she does her own script writing. Beauthy Ashley is The vice president for Born 2 Live Africa (B2LA) an orphanage based in the Ivory Coast, France and UK.  She is also a  Podcast host of Duchess Of The Six. Beauthy Ashley will play a great role for No Strings Theatre, for Administration she is a recent creative arts Bachelor Graduate also she will add her Creativity for theatre performances or live bands.

OTHER VOLUNTEERS

Business Development
Ian Corlett, LLB  
John Holland, PhD, Voice professor, York University

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No Strings Theatre is always looking for volunteers. 

Currently we are accepting applications for a chair person. 

"It takes a village to raise a child."

CYNTHIA KNIGHT

"IN MEMORIUM" TREASURER

Cynthia Knight is a Financial Analyst, spending her last 20 years with AT&T. She has prior experience sitting on the Board of Directors for New Dawn Moravian Church, serving as President for 5 of her 6-year tenure. Cynthia relies on her professional expertise but informed by her honesty, determination, and service. 

 

Cynthia is an avid bowler and has been a member of the Barbados Mixed Bowling League for over 30 years. Her introduction to bowling was through her daughter’s passion for the sport, and she hasn’t looked back since. Much like her daughter’s pursuit of bowling, which has had the lasting effect of community, Cynthia sees value in providing opportunities for youth to develop their musical theatre skills.

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