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Sheena D. Robertson (B.A., B.Ed., M.Ed.)

Sheena is a director, producer, photographer and passionate artist educator whose professional roots lie in the theatre and film world. Through her production company, she has recently directed numerous documentaries focused on the arts in Toronto, and directed, produced, and dramaturged the one-man show Lizardboy - which toured nationally, and received the Audience Choice Award at the Summerworks Festival in Toronto. Her collaborative digital story-telling project Stories from the Inner City, has received international distribution and much acclaim. Her current focus is on The Regent Park Project – a web series she produced and directed which has been created through a free collaborative film-making initiative, telling the stories of Regent Park. This community engaged process sees professional artists working collaboratively with youth, to tell their stories with integrity and connectedness.

An expert in the field of drama, film, literacy, and social justice consulting for 20 years, she has done extensive work with youth and adults in diverse settings locally, nationally and internationally. Sheena also pioneered the Artist Education Certification Program for the Royal Conservatory - acting as the founding Course Director, and has trained hundreds of teachers and teacher-candidates in drama education, and as a faculty advisor. She is a co-founder of not-for-profit Kick Start Arts. She is passionate about using the arts as powerful tools to create community, engage participants, and establish equitable environments, that encourage critical thinking, debate, and creative freedom. She was a finalist for the Toronto Arts Council’s Diversity Award in 2017.