Staff

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Get to know the staff of Arts Etobicoke by clicking on their names for a biography.

Louise Garfield, Executive Director

Louise Garfield is a veteran of the thriving cultural scene in Toronto. Her varied background in film & television, theatre and dance as a producer, writer, performer and choreographer, (notably as a founding member of the feminist lip-sync artists THE CLICHETTES), lend her arts administrator’s eyes a distinct sensibility.

Ms. Garfield was one of the three founding partners at Triptych Media, an acclaimed Toronto film/TV company where she co-produced John Greyson’s ZERO PATIENCE and Thom Fitzgerald’s THE HANGING GARDEN, which won the People’s Choice Award and Best Canadian Film at the Toronto International Film Festival, the 1998 International Critic’s Award and 4 GENIES. She was the Executive Producer of DANCES FOR A SMALL SCREEN, by Laura Taler and Mark Hammond, TELL ME EVERYTHING and YES/NO by Brian Johnson and The Hothouse by Annie Bradley. She produced LUCKY GIRL by John Fawcett for CTV which won 2 GEMINIS. She has served on the Board of Directors of Dance Collection Danse and the Bill James Dance Company.
 

Ruth Cumberbatch, Development Manager

An Etobicoke resident for over 10 years, Ruth joined Arts Etobicoke in 2006 after working for several years as a project manager at The Royal Conservatory.


Ruth is also passionate about professional development for cultural workers, and through WorkInCulture and most recently Theatre Ontario, she has facilitated training in Project Management for arts workers.

Ruth studied music at the University of Winnipeg and McMaster University; completed the Income Manager's Program, an intensive, 54-week training program in cultural fundraising and marketing; and has completed the Masters Certificate Program in Project Management through Schulich's Executive Education Centre.  

Michelle Marchetti, Office Manager

As a life-long Etobicoke resident, Michelle is thrilled to be working in an organization that provides for her community. Michelle began her career in Book Publishing as a Writer and Editor. Through volunteer community fundraising, she discovered the not-for-profit industry and has flourished in the knowledge that she is helping to make a difference in others' lives.

Michelle holds an English Literature and Religion and Culture BA from Wilfrid Laurier University and multiple certificates, includng Event Management, recently earned from York University.

With a passion for theatre and dance, Michelle is excited to be joining Arts Etobicoke and looks forward to supporting the local arts community and the incredible artists within it.

 

 

Heather Ervin, Communications Manager

Heather is happy to be working for a community arts service organization that serves the needs of the community in which she lives. Heather has been working in the cultural community in Toronto since moving here in 2006 from Saskatchewan. She is a graduate of the University of Toronto’s joint theatre program with Sheridan College; and has performed in plays all over Ontario and Western Canada. She has managed communications for such companies as Theatre Passe Muraille, Theatre Columbus, Blyth Festival Theatre, The Toronto Fringe Festival and Tarragon Theatre.

In addition to the arts Heather is active in Toronto’s sporting community playing dodgeball and softball. She has travelled extensively for competitive international dodgeball tournaments including Las Vegas, Detroit, and Vienna (Austria), bringing back a gold medal from each; she is also a member of the current 2-time defending Women’s National Championship team.

Shira Spector, Program & Outreach Manager

 

Shira Spector is an LGBT writer, cartoonist and community artist.She holds a BFA in Fibres (with Distinction) from Concordia University; her work has been exhibited in Montreal & Toronto and published in multiple anthologies. Drawing from over 30 years experience in social justice movements she has created and implemented arts based programs for a variety of agencies. She adores over the top anything and is inspired by the theatricality of things from tropical fish to aqua musicals. Believing that play and poetry are not luxuries, and that opportunities to embrace the fantastical belongs to daily living, she accepts defying the mundane as her personal mission in life. She is currently writing a trilogy of graphic novels.

Graham Curry, Program Manager & Gallery Director

Graham Curry was born in North Carolina, USA, and moved to Toronto in 2005. She graduated with honours from OCAD University with a BFA, Painting and Drawing, 2012, and is the recipient of numerous awards including a 2013 Toronto Arts Council Emerging Artist Grant, the 401 Richmond Career Launcher Studio Award, the Mrs. Forsyth Award for Women Painters, and the Unilever Canada Scholarship.
Her work has been exhibited at Alison Milne Gallery, Mercedes-Benz Financial Services, OCAD U, the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition (2008, 2009, 2011), Propeller Gallery, Arts Etobicoke, C1 Artscape, Gallery 1313, and AWOL Gallery.

Currently, she is the Program Manager and Gallery Director for Arts Etobicoke. While in Toronto, Graham has served as Interim Director of Gallery 1313 and as Project Coordinator for Art on the Move (www.artonthemove.ca). She was the Co-Director at Lill Street Art Centre in Chicago, Illinois, and Director of Education at Evanston Art Centre in Evanston, Illinois.

Margie Macdonald, Art Rental Consultant

 

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