Liz is a children’s media producer who has developed a variety of award-winning series for TVO, CBC, and Sinking Ship Productions. In 2009, she wanted to explore ways to help kids get their stories heard, without the constraints of rules and adult expectations. So, Liz started searching for programs that would allow kids to express their 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 – empowering kids through writing and art. Determined to start a similar program in Canada, Liz headed home and Story Planet was born.
Senior Program Director
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.
Operations Director and Volunteer Coordinator
A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Lisa is a writer and freelance manuscript editor. Her short fiction has appeared in the Colorado Review and Miracle Monocle, and she is forever working on a novel. She loves being involved with Story Planet, which reminds her daily of all the wonder and excitement of creating stories.
Program Director and Intern Coordinator
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.
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.
Corporate Program Director
Dave Hurlow is the author of the short story collection Hate Letters From Buddhists. His writing has appeared in The Puritan, NOW and Scope Magazine. Dave also plays bass in a band called Andrew La Tona & The Nightshades. His first novel, Deep Sea Feline, is more or less finished and he hopes everyone can read it soon. Dave has never read a word of Proust outside of a hot bath and is more than halfway finished. He’s been working with Story Planet since 2016.
Program Coordinator for Little Embers
Natasha is an Independent Multimedia artist and recently completed her MFA from Ryerson University in Documentary Media. She premiered her 2nd short film Menaptwi at the 2018 ImagiNATIVE film festival. Her experience and career in filmmaking includes coordinating and assisting for various short-form independent projects, coproducing and editing videos for non-profit organizations and Indigenous community supports. She is from the deer clan and was raised in the Anishinaabek community of Mattagami First Nation. She is of mixed Dene and settler heritage.
The Vinyl place we used for our MFA show was Smokestack – contact was Johnathon.
This is the link to my Thesis video and my 1st short film ( which needs to be reedited, but i’m fine sharing it for grant applications:)
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.