Urban Ink’s Collective has been established! From actors, dancers, musicians and spoken word artists, these fantastic people have come together to improve their artistic practices by creating in a collaborative and interdisciplinary setting. Having received workshop instruction from Tawiah M’carthy and Kia Kadiri, these professional artists have already taught our Collective members about their craft and how the Collective can apply these techniques to their own practice.
Meet the Collective!
Known for his comedy as well as his serious nature, Elliot is part of the Freestyle Rap Alliance performing troupe in Vancouver and is an experienced director and script writer. After receiving the best actor award for competing in district competitions as best male supporting actor, Elliot is always hungry to learn more about the arts and strengthen his skills as an interdisciplinary artist. Always looking to fulfill his passion for the arts, Elliot is thrilled to be a part of Urban Ink’s Collective, which will help him get to the next step of connecting his acting skills to this musical talent.
Sindy Angel is a theatre artist with ten years’ theatre experience in Canada and South America. She began her professional theatre training in her home country Colombia. Sindy co-founded an independent theatre company where they performed shows and popular theatre workshops for social and economic disadvantaged communities in South America. Since moving to Vancouver, she has facilitated Theatre of the Oppressed workshops for youth, women, immigrants and refugees, and people who have developmental, mental, and physical challenges. Also, she has worked as an actor with Neworld theatre and had the privilege to be directed by Carmen Aguirre. Sindy hasn’t been on a stage for the last couple of years and is looking forward to reconnect with theatre.
Originally from Lima, Peru, Sandra moved to Vancouver in 2005 and has been been exploring modern dance, photography, visual art and empowering political works. Being exposed to a vast amount of traditional music and folkore, she is very proud to have taken the step to explore these alternative avenues of expression, and she currently works supporting women and young girls in Vancouver through the YWCA for the past year. She also is training as an expressive art therapist at the European Graduate School based in Switzerland. As an expressive art therapist, she hopes to connect with people by using art movement, poetry and visual art through her work. She also mixes poetry and photography in her own practice. Sandra is also a part of the Afro-Peruvian dance and artivismgroup, Afrovibras. Sandra has always been moved by the arts and loves to explore/witness artistic spaces and take an active part in the creative process of daily life. Through working with the Collective, she hopes to explore more creative processes with an interdisciplinary theme and with people who come from varied backgrounds in looking at the world in an sensitive and artistic way.
Known for her blues-jazz alto voice, Gillian Thomson is a mixed Indigenous contemporary vocalist and songwriter that fronts the soulful indie pop duo/band Sister Says. Other performing includes singing in Intellifunk (funk/blues), performing with guitarist Johannes Grames (jazz duo), being hired to sing jazz standards and covers, as well as briefly singing in a few choirs. Gillian has toured BC, Ontario, Manitoba, and Beijing. Sister Says looks forward to touring Ontario in May in 2015 as well as performing locally in Vancouver and in Haida Gwaii during the summer in 2015, to promote their newly released album Heart Placement. Other creative endeavours for Gillian include participating in theatre workshops such as “I Confess” confessional performance intensive at the PuSh Festival as well as Theatre Master Class with Ondinnok at the Talking Stick Festival. From 2013 to 2014 Gillian was a member of Full Circle First Nations Performance’s Training Ensemble which taught theatre and dance with an Indigenous influence.
Multi talented and of Haida descent, Robert is a musician, composer, songwriter and electronic beat maker. His diverse bass playing has seen him cross a variety of genres and styles playing with Sister Says (Soul/Pop), Intellifunk (Funk/R&B), Bitterly Divine (Rock) and One Human Race (African/World). Robert has toured across Canada, the USA and China. In late 2014 Robert and his band Sister Says released their second full length album Heart Placement which received rave reviews. Sister Says is set to embark on their Heart Placement Tour that takes them from Ontario to to Haida Gwaii in the upcoming months.
Claire Love Wilson
Claire Love Wilson is a white/Scottish queer transdisciplinary artist who strives to embody the dynamic magic of creation through singer-songwriting, performance-making and movement. She is based in Vancouver BC, on the ancestral and unceded territories of the Musqueam, Tseil-Waututh and Squamish nations and holds a degree in Indigenous Studies and Creative Arts from UBC. She has undergone the Arrivals Personal Legacy training with Diane Roberts, and done workshops in performance installation, dance, and physical theatre. Claire has directed two short documentary films and her debut album Afterbirth weaves together poetry and lilting vocals to create tapestries of unexpected symbols and heart-drenched feeling. Claire is excited to be currently working on; devising site specific performances with the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival, The Only Animal and Battery Opera, performing in Jeff Gladstone’s musical “Hell of a Girl”, and collaborating with Urban Ink’s Collective.
Kieran Wilson is a performer, creator, and B.C. Native, with ancestry in both the Musqueam and Mamalilikulla First Nations Bands as well as direct Irish ancestry. Recent performing credits include Runaway (Theatre SKAM) Proud (Belfry Theatre). Design credits include The Road Forward (Red Diva Productions). Directing credits include The Princess Rescue Force & Judgment Day (New Blood Theatre).