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.
Khalvin Herbert, Manager of Finance and Operations
Khalvin Herbert is a firm believer in using the arts to better the community. Khalvin is a professional speaker, advocate for change, youth worker and has run many recreational, arts, cultural and education programs throughout the Greater Toronto Area. His experience with children and youth for the past 15 years helps Children's Peace Theatre continue to provide excellent support for youth programs in need of mentor-ship.
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.
Jamaias DaCosta, Manager of Programs and Development
Jamaias DaCosta is a facilitator, spoken word performer, writer, deejay and radio geek. Jamaias facilitates workshops and trainings in safe space curation, anti-oppression and social justice training with a focus on art, Indigenous education and decolonial thought.
Jamaias is Manager of Programs and Development at the Children’s Peace Theatre; and works with Monique Mojica at Chocolate Woman Collective. She is also the co-host and producer of The Vibe Collective and producer of Indigenous Waves radio shows, both on CIUT 89.5FM. Jamaias sits on the advisory Board of Mixed in Canada and is a self identified mixed settler of Kanien’keha:ka, Cree, Irish, French, and Jamaican (Colombian, African, Portuguese, Sephardic Jew) ancestry.
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.
Lana Lovell, Communications Manager
Lana has been the Communications Manager at Children’s Peace Theatre since March 2015, where she implements communications and digital media strategy. She produces the monthly newsletters, communicates events and activities of interest to internal and external stakeholders. She manages this website and other web-based communications such as Facebook and Twitter. She also produces video and photographs that visually documents the organization. Lana continues to create her own work, exploring issues such as human rights, criminal justice, urban culture and art, she is currently working on a site specific media arts installation.
Before her shift to digital media, Lana wrote and directed 15 short documentaries, works widely screened at national and international festivals as well as community events. Her documentaries included “Resilience: Stories of Single Black Mothers,” “The Incomparable Jackie Richardson,” respectively broadcasted on Omni Television and Bravo Television and her award winning short “Underground,” which premiered at Hot Docs Film Festival. Lana also directed the series Caribbean Tales and Heart Beat for Bravo Television.