Ali Joy Richardson (Artist Mentor)

Ali Joy Richardson is a writer, director, and teacher in Tkaronto (Toronto), originally from Mi’kma’ki (Nova Scotia). Her quartet of TYA plays about mental health (One Deep Breath) has toured to 50,000+ students with Education Arts Canada and she has taught in several theatre school programs (including Sheridan College, Brock University, and Mount Allison University). Her play A Bear Awake in Winter (about a high school band class) was recently published by Scirocco Drama and her newest play Dad (about theatre school teachers) is currently in development with Toronto’s Studio 180 Theatre. Ali has completed directing residencies with the Canadian Stage Company and the Musical Stage Company and is a past member of Nightwood Theatre’s Write From the Hip playwriting unit. Besides theatre, Ali loves running, biking, spooky books, and is currently pursuing a degree in counselling psychology. More about her: www.alijoyrichardson.com