Karen Emerson, Artistic Director
Karen is a visual artist with a long history of social activism and an astute artistic eye. She studied at the Ontario College of Art, the Toronto School of Art and Ryerson University, and spent many years prior to joining Children’s Peace Theatre creating workshops for children and youth and using the arts to raise awareness and understanding of issues of peace and social justice. Karen has a strong connection to the community of Crescent Town and believes deeply that art can change the world one person, one community at a time.
Lucia Ly, General Manager
Lucia is a graduate of the Arts Management program at the University of Toronto and has worked in both the public and not-for-profit arts and cultural sectors. An avid traveller, Lucia feels most at ease while completely lost in a different culture and learning about the world around her. She has worked with children and youth, both locally and abroad, and is always amazed by their infinite creativity and imagination. Lucia’s greatest inspiration comes from her family, refugees who came to Canada and through much hard work, courage and perseverance, have given her a life full of possibilities.
Alixa Mukonambi, Social Innovator
Alixa (also known as Alix) is a lifelong student of nature, a storyteller, and an apprentice drummer. She immigrated here from Kenya, studied at the University of Toronto and spent her formative years advocating human rights issues, including a decade of queer/trans/gender policies rights advocacy, art-for-social-change education, as well as organizing and working with youth. Alixa is focused on peace-building & transformative justice work within Tdot and East Afrika, and passionate about harvesting diverse forms of art in reclaiming indigenous Afrikan technologies and sharing stories. She’s infinitely grateful not only to be living in this neighbourhood but to be sharing more resources in growing learning villages through the platform of creativity, compassion & courage at the Children’s Peace Theatre.
Jena Singh, Facilities Manager
Jena describes herself as half Performing Artist, half Administrator with a passion for working in the community. Jena attended the Office Administration Executive Program at Seneca College, and was a Theatre Arts Major in the Claude Watson Arts Program. She also studied Musical Theatre at the Avenue Road Arts School via the AFCY (Arts for Children and Youth) Scholarship Program. Jena is a Choreographer/Professional Dancer specializing in Latin and Modern Dance and has been teaching Children & Youth and Adults, as well as competing and performing for many years. Jena also has a love for writing, visual art and spoken word. Jena believes strongly in the power of the Arts; that they are therapeutic, can heal, bring people together, and can be used so effectively as an educational tool and catalyst for social change. Children’s Peace Theatre is essentially where all of her worlds collide, and Jena is thrilled to be a part of the CPT team.
Beck Pura, Communications Manager
Beck is a humanist, artist, writer and wearer of many hats. A graduate of the University of Windsor's Visual Art and Communications Media program, her professional experience spans over eight years in the creative management realm. Prior to joining Children's Peace Theatre, Beck worked as a consultant where she used her creative insights to help local start-ups increase brand recognition, client outreach and market share.
Over the past decade, Beck has worked collaboratively and individually on a number of projects using sculpture, installation, performance art and spoken word as a means of expression. With a primary focus on painting, she channels her love for the environment as she examines the dynamics of landscape, including the manipulation of its effects and the limits of spectacle based on societal norms. Beck maintains active involvement in local environmental organizations and is an LGBTQ health ambassador. She is grateful that her role at Children's Peace Theatre is a platform that allows her to nurture her passion for creativity, as well as contribute to the enhancement of Toronto's art community.