Come to our second Mentor Mixer Monday panel on August 15th! You can register for the panel HERE.
Read more about our panelists:
Jacqui Du Toit is an international theatrical and movement storyteller from Kimberley, South Africa. Since graduating from the University of Cape Town with a BA in Theatre and Performance in 2005, Jacqui has worked extensively as a professional actress, storyteller and dancer for the past 10 years.
Her experience covers a wide range of fields including: Storytelling, writing, directing, acting and puppetry. Her passion and perseverance of performance art has taken her to many destinations and festivals around the world, including performing with an African circus that toured Canada in 2008.
Jacqui now resides in Ottawa, Canada where she performs theatre, dance and African storytelling with her company 8thGeneration Storytelling. With 8thGeneration, she travels across Canada and her home country, South Africa, sharing her passion in the arts. She is also the co-owner of The Origin in Ottawa, an art performance studio in the capital city of Canada.
Her most recent performances include, The National Museum of History, Canada, 2015 / Ottawa Storytelling series (UN)told – She speaks/ Ottawa Children’s storytelling festival, 2012-2015 / International Children’s festival, 2012-2015 / South African Embassy, Canada, 2013-2015/ Black History celebration at Parliament Canada, 2016 / The Hottentot Venus – Untold, 2016 / African Women Diplomatic Forum, Africa Day, 2016 / Westfest, 2016 / Ottawa Jazz Festival, 2016…….
just to name a few.
After a successful early career as a special education teacher, Katie Hession found time during a maternity leave to build a new career in the worlds of fashion and social media. She now runs an Ottawa-based fashion Instagram called YOW City Style, hosts a popular YouTube series for busy parents called Kids Outside the Box, and refers to herself as an ‘interweb player’. Leveraging these experiences, Katie continues to explore new opportunities in fashion, style, and writing. She has recently showcased her photography in Ottawa’s Alt Hotel, has a regular column in two magazines, and has taken on the role of spokesperson and style coordinator for Bayshore Shopping Mall.
Toni is the co-owner of RedBrick Rooster Inc. To her clients she is a personal branding coach, creativity consultant, speaker, vlogger. She helps entrepreneurs, solopreneurs, artpreneurs, small businesses and everyone in between build a brand that is more than just good looks and charm. She builds brands that are authentic, heart-centered, creative, and resilient; something that’s built from the inside out. As a graduate from both Arts Canterbury High School’s dramatic arts program and York University’s Film and Video Production BA program, art practices are integrated into the RBR business model and Toni’s life model. Her specialties include re-brands, disruptive business models, stigmatized products, and anything that makes people play, think, and learn.
The Young Arts Leaders Collective (YALC) is an initiative of the AOE Arts Council. YALC's mission is to support the professional development of young emerging artists and arts administrators in Ottawa. In the initial stages this will include a mentorship program, networking opportunities, the dissemination of information, and communication to connect young, emerging artists and arts administrators in Ottawa with each other and with other artists, to help contribute to building a thriving Ottawa arts community.