Artist Director – Michael Burtt
Michael Burtt is the Artistic Director of Making Room Community Arts, in residence at the Parkdale Activity Recreation Centre, in the West end of Toronto. Michael has developed a grounded arts practice rooted in the asking of Big Questions in a way that is a form that is radically inclusive. He brings to this practice twenty-five years of experience as a community-based organizer and cultural worker. He has recently graduated from the Master’s program at the Faculty of Environmental Studies, studying the connection between community arts and the sacred of everyday life. In addition to his role at Making Room, Michael often works with other Jumblies-related projects including the Studio, Arts4All and MABELLEarts.
Sonja is an artist and designer for theatre & film with a commitment to creating immersive spaces and generative art. She is a recent MFA graduate of the University of Texas at Austin with a focus in scenic design and research in the use of spatial annotation. She also holds a BFA degree specializing in Design for the Theatre from Concordia University. Design credits include the co-design of A Fool’s Life presented by Ahuri theatre, design and co-creation of The Nomadic Dream Projectpresented at the Prague Quadrennial, set design for Mac Wellman’s The Difficulty of Crossing a Field, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, set design for Carlisle Floyd’s opera, Susannah, scenic/video design for One Night at Theatre Monument Nationale. She has also worked with the Center for Arts in Human Development as a video designer and consultant for their ongoing ethnodrama project and is working with Jumblies Theatre in 2011 and 2012 on a variety of projects and productions including Like An Old Tale, partly thanks to funding from the Cultural Resources Council of Canada.