Liz was a children’s television producer who had developed a variety of award-winning shows for TVO, CBC, and Sinking Ship Productions. She wanted to give kids new ways to express themselves and get their stories heard, without the constraints of rules and adult expectations. Sometimes, kids just need to be silly because their ideas are just that – and silliness is often a gateway to creativity. So, Liz started searching for programs that would allow kids to express their big silly ideas and she discovered 826, an amazing program started by author Dave Eggers in the US. Liz went for a visit and fell in love with the work they were doing, reaching kids through writing and art. Determined to start a similar program in Canada, Liz headed home and started offering workshops in schools, and Story Planet was born.
Candace travelled many miles from a land far, far away to join the intergalactic mission at Story Planet. Candace is Moose Cree First Nation from Moose Factory, Ontario and is currently gaining her expertise in Indigenous Education through Lakehead University’s Masters of Education program. She taught for three years in remote northern Indigenous communities where she learned many skills on how to encourage children to become expressive and creative. Candace is excited to be a part of Story Planet’s intergalactic crew and to continue making fun and creative experiences for children in Toronto!
Director of Operations & Volunteer Coordinator
Liz has been an enthusiastic teller of stories her whole life, and is beyond excited to be sharing that enthusiasm with all the folks and students she works with at Story Planet. In another time and galaxy not that far away, Liz worked in remote First Nations communities, in marketing, and travelled the globe. She completed the Community Worker Program at George Brown College, and also has a B.A. in English from St. Francis Xavier University, and an M.A. in English from the University of Toronto. Liz adores puppies, baking cookies, writing, and is downright hilarious.
Intergalactic Freelance Team
Josh spent most of his childhood either (a) drawing or (b) running in circles and making explosion noises while inventing more things to draw. As a professional cartoonist and illustrator, not much has changed (though the explosion noises have lessened). He has a BA in Comparative Literature and an MFA in making comics from the Center for Cartoon Studies. As a freelance artist he has had work featured through Slate Magazine, Dartmouth University and the University of Iowa, among others, and is an active member of the independent comics community. He relishes the work he does with Story Planet, where he can share his love of telling stories through pictures with kids of all ages.
Marcela Lucía Rojas
Marcela comes from a multidisciplinary background and she brings that approach into her work. She is passionate about storytelling and effective communication and she enjoys using all kinds of different media to tell stories. Marcela loves being part of Story Planet where she can play with people who care deeply for others and who are dedicated to making planet Earth a better place. She has a B.A in Child & Family Pedagogy from UniJaveriana in Bogotá and post-graduate certificates in Documentary Filmmaking from Seneca College, Children’s Media from Centennial College, and Documentary Photography from ICP in New York. She also studied painting with Amazonian artist Pablo Amaringo in the Peruvian Amazon Jungle and drawing with Françoise Aubry in Paris. She is currently training to become an energy healer. She enjoys meditating on the TTC and things that make her smile when she is alone.
christopher green, also known as “mumblethief,” is a cartoonist, educator, and fictional character who comes from the Alaskan wilderness. His professional work includes comics, illustration, animation, zines, and children’s books for clients such as Carousel Magazine, the University of Alaska Fairbanks, Take Action Films, and the band Black Kids. He also teaches workshops and provides art for Toronto organizations Urban Arts and Story Planet. He is currently serializing an all-ages graphic novel about an adventurous group of young librarians who live aboard a gigantic turtle with a library in its belly at
Giovanna is a Venezuelan artist, designer, and entrepreneur. She loves to paint, play guitar, sing, dance salsa, and most importantly, care about the environment and empower people! Her favourite quote is “Be the change you want to see in the world”. So, be it!
Carrie Hage is an actor, artist-educator and facilitator with a specialization in accessible arts programming. After completing her Masters in Applied Theatre at Goldsmith’s University, London, UK in 2013, she worked for two years as a youth program coordinator and sensory storyteller for Mencap, the UK’s leading charity for people with intellectual disabilities. In Toronto, Carrie has collaborated on arts-education projects with Young People’s Theatre, PAONE, L’Arche Toronto, the Toronto District School Board, and the South Asian Autism Awareness Centre (OAC Grant recipient for The Storytelling Project at SAAAC). Based on Carrie’s travels, she can confirm that there is no planet quite like Story Planet! She is happiest when she is collaborating with Story Planet’s creative team, and taking part in storymaking with students of all ages.
Dave is the author of the short story collection Hate Letters from Buddhists. His non-fiction writing has appeared in NOW, Scope & The Puritan. He was a founding member of The Darcys, performing on bass and synthesizer in the band between 2007-2014. Dave has been working with Story Planet since 2015; he is currently at work on his first novel.
Bilal Baig is a queer muslim playwright, actor and workshop facilitator. His first play, Acha Bacha, had its world premiere at Theatre Passe Muraille in association with Buddies in Bad Times Theatre in February 2018. As an actor, he has worked with Factory Theatre, Theatre Centre, and Tarragon Theatre. Bilal is also part of a collective that creates in-person hangout spaces for queer and trans south asians as well as an online space to connect called A Colour Deep.