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The Company

Deanna Jones

Co-Founder + Artistic Director

Deanna Jones is co-founder and Artistic Director of Suitcase in Point with whom she has created and performed in over 15 original plays, including Barrel Crank, the Dora award nominated Keith Richards One Woman Show and Be Wearing Wolf. Other selected acting credits include: Silly Old Men Ought Not to Fall in Love (Theatre Beyond Words), Bluenose (Carousel Players), and Trout Stanley (Essential Collective Theatre). She is part of FIXT Point’s ensemble for the Tale of a Town Canada, directed Niagara Artists Centre’s STRUTT Wearable Art Runway Show (2011-2014), and is Artistic Director of In the Soil Arts Festival. Deanna has a B.A. in Theatre from Brock University, and has trained with One Yellow Rabbit, Philippe Gaulier, Upright Citizen’s Brigade and SITI Company. Deanna is currently working on a new show about the history of smoking cigarettes, des antécédents de tabagisme.

Tamara Jensen

Director of Marketing and Development

Having founded and worked with some of Niagara’s leading destination and event brands over the past decade, Tamara bring a wealth of hospitality, tourism, and event marketing expertise as the Director of Marketing and Development. As a practicing visual artist and board member with the Niagara Artists Centre, Tamara is passionate about creating and amplifying opportunities for artists to make a creative living in Niagara. Tamara is the recipient of the 2014 Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce Women In Business Outstanding New Business Award, and has been recognized as a Top 40 Under 40 Business Achievement Award recipient. Her fine dining restaurant, Dispatch, was named one of enRoute Magazine’s Top 10 Best New Restaurants in Canada. Tamara has a M.A. in Forensic Psychology from Carleton University and received a Professional Management certification from the Goodman School of Business at Brock University.

Marcel Stewart

Outreach Director

Marcel is a theatre artist whose performance practice is rooted in the research of what stories have been told, how they have been told and by whom. The freedom to ask questions and responsibility to propose change is what inspires Marcel. Through theatre Marcel holds a mirror up to the world and reflects on his position in it, offering the chance for all those who experience his craft to do the same. He is constantly exploring new ways of telling stories, currently on screen through film and television. Most recently he co-wrote the short film, Chance Encounter: https://vimeo.com/282092101.

James McCoy

Production + Technical Coordinator

James McCoy (he/him) is a queer theatre artist working in the Hamilton/Niagara area. A graduate of Brock University and the National Theatre School, James specializes in all areas of theatrical tech and design. He also enjoys teaching and mentoring emerging designers and technicians, looking forward to when he can work alongside them. His recent work has included video editing and post production on a number of online theatrical performances. James has recently been diving into the relationship between performance and games through tabletop RPGs.

Michelle Mohammed

Artistic Associate

Michelle Mohammed is an artist with a primary interest in developing her skills as a performer and director. She is currently working with some of her favourite people: as a Communications Assistant at the Shaw Festival, Production Assistant at Why Not Theatre and Outreach Assistant at Suitcase in Point. She just wrapped working on an audio drama created by Aria Sharma entitled, “The Trick to Walking Backwards” and Project Coordinating “Theatre in the Era of Climate Crisis” with Brock University and the FOPAC. In 2020, she trained in Factory Theatre’s Mechanicals actor training program under the direction of the incomparable Nina Lee Aquino and worked as an Operations Assistant with the wonderful Amrita Kaur-Ratta for Shades of Brown Girl. Select credits include: Actor in Betty’s House (Workshop) (Nikki Shaffeeullah/Cahoots/Buddies in Bad Times), Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Shakespeare BASH’d), Devisor/Creator in Mahabharata (Workshops) (Why Not Theatre/Shaw Festival), Apprentice Assistant Director to Peter Hinton in Oh What a Lovely War (Shaw Festival).

Kaylyn Valdez-Scott

Artistic Associate

Kaylyn Valdez-Scott is a half Filipina, half Scottish artist from Toronto, Ontario. Since graduating from Brock University’s Dramatic Arts program in 2018, Kaylyn has performed with a number of theatre companies including Carousel Players, Essential Collective Theatre, and Tottering Biped Theatre. Kaylyn is the Artistic Director and co-founder of Tethered The Ghost, a collective that explores and celebrates the Filipinx-Canadian diaspora. Their original work has been supported by the Ontario Arts Council to continue production. Kaylyn’s work is rooted in her passion for devised physical creation, through song and movement. Kaylyn is currently working with Suitcase In Point as their Youth Engagement Coordinator, and is adapting the play Yerma by Federico Garcia Lorca, which debuts in June 2021. Select credits include: Sister Warriors(Workshop, Suitcase in Point/Affair of Honor), Healing Thread (Tethered The Ghost), The Team (Essential Collective Theatre/Theatre Aquarius), Macbeth (Tottering Biped Theatre), September Songs (Twitches & Itches Theatre).

Board of Directors

Chair

Rebecca Cann

Director

Michelle Brisebois

Secretary

Kahlin Holmes

Director

Roselyn Kelada-Sedra

Director

Diana Myrie

Vice President

Nigel Scott

Natasha Pedros

Co-Founder, Writer, Performer

Edwin Conroy Jr.

Co-Founder, Writer, Performer

Brian Foster

Co-Founder, Writer, Performer

Miles Coverdale

Writer, Performer

Cole Lewis

Co-Founder, Artist

Sergio Forest

Co-Founder, Artist/Technician/Lighting Designer

Trevor Enns

Writer, Performer

Hayley Malouin

Writer, Performer

Heather Maxwell

Writer, Performer

Mike Wale

Writer, Performer

Associate Artists

We are proud to have worked with a wide range of incredible artists, stage managers and technicians since our inception in 2001. From creative collaborators to guest artists, the following folks have contributed to the past 15 years of Suitcase in Point programs.

Graham Shaw

Mike Wale

Heather Maxwell

Dawn Crysler

Andre du Toit

Lewis Melville

Dave Clark

Ernest Harris Jr.

Amy Nostbakken

Rose Plotek

Erin Birkenbergs

Muoi Nene

Stephen Remus

Jason Cadieux

Anrita Petraroia

Diane Konkin

Ker Wells

Clelia Scala

Amir Amiri

June Etta Chenard

Bruce McCulloch

Anah Shabbar

Kelli Sitarski

Lisa Brooke

Tyler Sainsbury

Joe Lapinski

Robert Feetham

Adam Buller

Trent Pardy

Adam Paolozza

Monica Dufault

Kate Leathers

Jessica Carmichael

Michael Greves

Katie Webb

Charles Ketchabaw

Peter Balkwill

Doug Ledingham

Terrance Cox

Daniele Bartolini

Alexa Fraser

Gupreet Chana

Dave Oxner

Thomas Colagna

Kris Demeanor

Rebecca Walsh

Lisa Marie Diliberto

Jacob Bergsma

Jacqueline Costa

Steve Watson

Brittany Brooks

Erin Shields

Geoff Brown

Kevin Richardson

Ethan Rising

Kimberly Purtell

Carla Ritchie

Melissa Convery

Stephanie Jones

Chris Penney

Danielle Wilson

Debbie Arruda

Kasia Smuga

Sascha Cole

Rob Robbins

Shary Boyle

Sam Kalilieh

Andrea Adcock

Johnny Cann