In 2016, the Access Awareness and Relaxed Performance pilot program invited six Ontario-based artists and cultural organizers already invested in advocating for accessible arts to undergo training led by UK’s Include Arts. Now certified trainers “in the making”, the team behind Access Activators: Relaxed Performance Consulting are bringing their knowledge and energy to help organizations across Canada integrate a structured approach to Relaxed Performances into their programming.
Clayton Baraniuk is a Canadian theatre maker. He has most recently produced the 2016-17 Cycle on Deaf, disability, Mad arts and inclusion in Canada, with the National Arts Centre. Clayton co-founded Gotta Getta Gimmick where he created, produced and performed in more than 30 productions around the West Coast. As a Company Manager and Producer he has worked with Belfry Theatre, Canadian College of Performing Arts, Canada Dance Festival, Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games, Spiderwebshow.ca, and Canada’s National Arts Centre, English Theatre. Clayton is a member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian College of Performing Arts. He is currently the Artistic Producer of Electric Company Theatre.
Cara Eastcott is an independent creative producer living in Toronto. She has longstanding history of commitment to community and disability arts through her work as a producer, outreach worker, and activist. Cara is chair of the Community Arts committee and board member at the Toronto Arts Council.
Cheryl Blackman is Assistant Vice-President, Audience Development at the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) where she is responsible for the quality of the visitor experience. In addition to managing the Front of House welcome, she oversees the audience evaluation team. Cheryl created the museum’s Community Access Network, which has grown into more than 50 partnerships with groups across Ontario. A life-long learner who thrives on a challenge, Cheryl turns opportunities into successful delivery, and she does this by breaking down any barriers. She completed an MBA in 2016. Cheryl additionally brings 16 years of experience from the airline industry, where she last served as Manager of Operations for Air Canada on the New Terminal 1 project at Lester B. International Airport.
Naomi Campbell is Deputy Artistic Director at Toronto’s Luminato festival where, alongside her programming duties, she shepherds new works from ideas to production. An award-winning producer of over sixty new Canadian performance works she has produced national and international tours and was Industry Series Producer and Touring Liaison for the Magnetic North Theatre Festival from 2008 to 2010.
She has been a peer consultant across Canada, on touring, board development, visioning, and organizational transformation. She is keen to share her knowledge in Relaxed Performance methodology and to enhance accessibility to the performing arts through as many modes as possible.
Lindsay Fisher is a multi-disciplinary artist, curator, and producer working in the arts and not-for-profit sector. Lindsay devotes most of her time exploring creative ways that accessibility aesthetics impacts curatorial arts, arts culture and design thinking. Lindsay is the Founder and Director of Creative Users Projects, a disability-led non-for-profit arts organization that explores the intersection of art and design, accessibility, and disability through collaborative projects with artists and communities. As an artist with a disability herself, Lindsay is motivated by a desire to build more opportunities and spaces with different bodies in mind and to highlight the ways that activism and disability arts culture is reshaping Canada’s arts ecology. Lindsay holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Emily Carr University and a Bachelor of Graphic Design from OCAD University.