W. IAN WALKER
FUNDRAISING & MARKETING MANAGER
W. Ian Walker in 2006 formed his company Emlian Communications Group. Mr. Walker holds a BA in Theatre and Film from McMaster University, and a Post-Graduate Certificate in Fundraising and Volunteer Management from Humber College, Toronto. Ian is a recipient of the Imperial Oil Scholarship to the Banff School of Management, Development for Arts Administrators Seminar.
In December 2010, Ian received the McMaster University’s Centennial Award from the McMaster Association for Part-Time Students (MAPS) for achieving a degree despite a learning disability (ADHD) and for his involvement with MAPS and other Hamilton arts and social service non-profit organizations.
For forty years, Mr. Walker has been passionate about being a vocalist, chorister and Arts Administrator in choral or orchestra management requirements. He has worked for Orchestra London, London Pro Musica and formerly The London International Children’s Festival, Toronto Mendelssohn Youth Choir and TMC organization, the Elmer Iseler Singers and the Orpheus Choir of Toronto as their Director of Marketing and Development.
In 2011, Ian worked with No String Theatre (NST), in its beginnings of forming a Board of Directors and Ian enjoyed working on a fundraising plan and ongoing development issues with Denise Williams. Ian believed in Denise’s dreams and goals of developing this company into a vital youth theatre and development centre for other vocal art forms. In May of 2022, Ian is happy to be working again with NST, assisting with donor management, corporate sponsorships and grant writing needs that the company has at this time.
Since the release of Walker’s book “Stirring My Soul to Sing, Overcoming ADHD Through Song” (published in 2018) his book is now well received internationally. In July 2022, Ian’s redeveloped some characters from his book into a one-hour dramatic ADHD play. “Stirring My Soul to Sing-The Play” is planning to tour certain cities in Canada during the summer of 2023. As an active speaker, author, ADHD and podcast host, Ian still loves to consult on arts and fundraising projects when his schedule will allow.
Glenn Sevillo is a blues, jazz, soul singer, recording artist, and graphic designer from Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada. He was previously the lead singer of After Hours A Capella group and has sung with various choirs in Toronto including the Entr'acte Studios Show Choir, Hillcrest Village Choir, The Jazz Project, Candy Cane Carolers, and St. Matthew's United Church Choir. Glenn is currently training with renowned Soprano Singer Denise Willliams, and was a graduate of the No Strings Theatre Emerging Artist Program and Voices of Colour Masterclass series.
Accomplishments include 2018 NATS Musical Theatre 1st Place Champion (Beginner Adult Category), 2019 North York Musical Festival 1st Place Champion in Musical Theatre, Disney and Pop Categories (Over 21 Division), Finalist in the Asian Canadian Talent Search in 2011, 1st place at the FCT Idol in 2013, Finalist at the Battle Of Grand Champions at Nathan Phillips Square, founding student of the Josie De Leon School of Performing Arts where he was a featured performer playing the Phantom Of The Opera as well as Che Guevara from the musical Evita in the Welcome to Broadway Showcase in Mississauga. Musical influences include Sam Cooke, Billy Joel, Ray Charles, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr, Anthony Warlow, Charlie Winston, Glen Hansard, Ray Lamontagne and Damien Rice.
When it comes to graphic design, Glenn enjoys colourful, vibrant, imaginative images that immediately catch his eye and attention. His graphic design work is constantly inspired by his passion for food, music, video games, television shows, and anything remotely geeky. Glenn is currently the Lead Creative Director at Ripple Effect Marketing and has worked with clients in a wide range of industries to help develop and expand their businesses. Within the music industry, Glenn has created stunning images and marketing materials for The Jazz Bistro, Shaw Festival, No Strings Theatre, Denise Williams, Micah Barnes, Ori Dagan and various other local and international artists. Glenn continues to develop his artistry in the music and graphic design fields, and strives to ultimately create a lifelong career combining his passions of music and art.
Social Media Marketing and Communications
Lee is thrilled to be working with No Strings Theatre to foster her love of the arts and to help spread awareness around untold stories and under-represented individuals in the cultural industries. She holds a BA in English and Communication Studies from Wilfrid Laurier University, with a minor in Cultural Studies and a concentration in Creative Industries.
Theatre has been a large part of Lee’s life since the age of seven, both on and off stage. She was most recently given the opportunity to produce Laurier Musical Theatre’s production of FAME: The Musical. In addition to FAME, her other recent credentials include Stage Manager for Laurier Musical Theatre’s production of “The Theory of Relativity” and No Strings Theatre’s developmental workshop: “Dario et La Diablesse”.
Lee is committed to promoting inclusivity and creativity in her professional life. She is currently a Marketing Coordinator with the UJA Federation of Greater Toronto, working to advocate for and strengthen the Jewish community of Toronto. Lee has also worked as a Social Media Coordinator, Digital creator, UX/UI Designer and Writing and Communications Intern with various organizations with a focus on mental health, diversity, and support programs for women. Since starting with No Strings Theatre this past May, Lee has had the amazing opportunity to learn more about untold stories and have conversations with those under-represented in the theatre industry. She hopes that everyone who attends a No Strings Theatre event gains a greater appreciation for those who historically remain unseen and joins us in our effort to tell their stories.