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U of T Student Engagement in the Arts Awards

2018 Recipients


Kali is a third year Arts Management student at the University of Toronto, Scarborough. She contributes her time and talent at UTSC by taking on leadership roles in the UTSC Drama Society, CounterPose UTSC, the Arts, Culture, and Media Student Association, and ARTSIDEOUT. Kali hopes to continue to grow as a community arts-activator and plans to pursue work within the not-for-profit arts world.


Rachel is a University College student studying Linguistics. She is the Senior Editor of the UC Review and the official photographer of UC. Her published illustrations and written works have appeared in The Strand, UPAYA, The Spectatorial, and most notably Demo: the Hart House Music Magazine. Her goal is to add beauty and warmth to the hectic postsecondary life, and shed light onto the deserving people she photographs and their inspiring stories that she nurtures.


Gabriella is a UTSC student majoring in both theatre and performance and mental health studies. She is a proud member of the Drama Society at UTSC, having held the positions of Vice-President and Treasurer. She has also performed in ArtsSideOut, and many other faculty and student productions. Last summer she was represented at UTSC as a recipient of the inaugural TAPS Study Aboard Scholarship. She travelled to Prague to take a professional theatre course and then later in the summer visited Manitoulin Island to work with an indigenous theatre company. Her nominator commends her deep love of the arts, crediting her for being “professional, utterly committed, and faultlessly humble.”


Maryam is a Victoria College student studying sociology with minors in Visual Studies and Near Middle Eastern Civilizations. In 2017, Maryam was a recipient of the Shelley Peterson Student Art Exhibition Juror Award for her captivating installation “Roshan” representing the spirit of the 1970’s in Afghanistan. Maryam is currently planning a youth mentorship initiative that connects U of T Students and St. James Town youth, through the Centre for Community Partnerships.


Samantha is a University of Toronto Mississauga student majoring in Communication, Culture & Information Technology. As the President of the UTM Drama Club since 2016, Samantha has spearheaded the Drama community at UTM, represented their interests at the Drama Coalition and has been involved in many productions in every backstage role imaginable. Her nominator refers to her as a ‘connector…creating many opportunities for students, be it on stage, backstage or in the audience.


James is a University College student completing a double major in Theatre and Linguistics. He has been involved in campus theatre throughout his time at U of T as a performer, lighting operator, and director. He has performed onstage in 7 campus productions over his three years at UofT, not including his involvement with the UofT Improv Team. As VP Internal of the Improv Team, James has worked with the rest of the team to ensure the longevity of the group in the years to come, as well as expanding the club to include a weekly drop-in open to all. For the past two years, he has helped coordinate the University of Toronto Drama Festival—a weekend of competitive theatre for students on the Hart House Stage.


Anthony Johnson is a third-year Rotman Commerce Management Specialist and Innis College student. As the founder and president of U of T Music Factory, he is credited for working to bring U of T’s creative minds together and providing them with the tools to bring their artistic vision to life. In line with his desire to showcase more original student-made content, Anthony put his music production skills to use for student-based events, writing, recording and performing Innis College’s first-ever theme songs to accompany the College’s Orientations in 2016 and 2017. Off campus, he is actively involved in Toronto’s pop and urban music scene. His work earned him a place as Finalist at the 2017 Ontario Songwriting Challenge.


Daniel is a UTSC student graduating with an Honours Bachelor of Science – with one of his minors in Theatre and Performance Studies. He is an active member of the University of Toronto Scarborough’s theatre community, performing onstage with the Leigha Lee Brown Theatre and as President of the UTSC Drama Society. He describes the theatre as, “a second home and family”, and dedicates his time to ensuring every production is a positive and memorable experience for everyone, from the audience to the cast and crew.


Bekah is a third year Doctor of musical arts student in Composition at the Faculty of Music. As a student and a composer of experimental music, she is always looking for ways to integrate as many people as possible into interesting projects, learning opportunities, and on how to contribute to the economy around you. She is the founder and co-artistic director of Caution Tape Sound collective, which presents professional concerts of challenging new musical works that explore the possibilities of sound, technology, and theatricality.


Sylvie is a second year student at the University of Toronto Scarborough, specializing in Arts Management with a minor in Studio and City Studies. She is passionate about connecting students to opportunities in the arts – both on campus and within the surrounding Scarborough community. And as an example of this passion, her nominator commends her incredible works as Outreach Director for ARTSIDEOUT during her first year. She is also a student volunteer, ambassador and leader for organizations such as Gallery 1265, Scarborough Fair, and the Director of Arts, Culture and Media on the Scarborough Campus Students’ Union.


As Co-chair of the Hart House Art Committee, Victoria College student Theresa Wang has worked extensively to promote arts and cultural participation within the University community. Under her dedicated leadership, the Committee has successfully run events including the ArtWork Career Conference, resume and grant writing workshops, life drawing workshops, gallery tours, and student exhibitions in the Hart House Arbour Room. Through partnerships with other student groups, Theresa set the foundation for inter-campus collaborations and has built a tight-knit community of volunteers.


Sophia is a undergraduate student at the Faculty of Music studying Music Education. She has served on the Faculty of Music Undergraduate Association (FMUA) for three years as First Year Representative, Music Education Representative, and finally as President. Sophia has organized various performance opportunities for student musicians such as the annual FMUA Benefit Concert and “Faculty of All Music” (FoAM) open mic nights. This past semester, she also served as the Assistant Music Director of the Victoria College Drama Society’s (VCDS) production of The Drowsy Chaperone.

The University of Toronto SEAAs are generously supported through the 2018 Pillar Sponsorship Program by: