STO Union works with numerous artists on a project basis. Please see individual shows for credits. The STO Union core team consists of:
Nadia Ross is the founder and artistic director of STO Union as well as the winner of the 2016 Siminovitch Prize, the largest Canadian prize awarded in her field. Nadia is an internationally acclaimed artist who has withdrawn from the centre to the periphery, allowing herself to test new forms of cooperation in the small communities of the Outaouais. The shows she creates in these rural communities go on to be presented at theatres and festivals in Canada and abroad. Nadia’s shows and her unique working method are inspirations for new forms of live performance in a digital age. Nadia works on all aspects of any given production, from writing to making sets and props, directing to producing. Nadia has also been awarded the Contra-Guy Award, the Dora Mavor Moore Award and the Chalmers’ award.
Rob Scott is STO Union’s head technical director, stage manager and a creative collaborator. Since 2006 he has has done a bit of everything for STO Union, including touring with the company’s mainstage shows. Rob is a thirty-five year veteran of CBC television. During his time with the CBC he primarily worked for Newsworld’s “Power and Politics,” and also on all aspects of television, including as a director, switcher, cameraman, and soundman for all different genres. His experience at the CBC has acted as an influencer on STO Union projects: from creating a three camera tv studio for the infamous Earle’s Hall Live (2011-2016) project, to building sets and props for most of STO Union’s shows over the past ten years.
Originally trained in narrative sociology in Calgary, Alberta, Shauna translated her skills into several roles including freelance writer and editor, researcher, communications advisor and program manager. Having travelled and lived abroad for many years, she moved to Ottawa from Latin America in 2011 to complete her Master’s of Political Management, which opened up a new roster of roles in policy, advocacy and external relations for NGOs. Soon after arriving in Ottawa she needed to get away, took a right turn, stumbled upon Wakefield, Quebec, and never wanted to leave. Now an active member of the community, Shauna supports a number of organizations in a variety of roles, including general management, bookkeeping and strategic planning. Shauna spends any free time finding new routes to travel to, through and be in the surrounding forests.
Shaista Latif – Artist in Residence
Shaista Latif is a queer Afghan-Canadian artist and facilitator. Her work is primarily based in solo creation, installation and live art. Latif’s work has been presented at various festivals including SummerWorks, Ontario Scene, Halifax Queer Acts and Rhubarb. Her play Graceful Rebellions will be published in late 2017 by Playwrights Canada Press. Her recent works The Archivist and How I Learned to Serve Tea was programed part of Why Not Theatre’s RISER Project in 2016. Shaista was a 2014/15 Diaspora Dialogues Artist in Residence and a member of the Cahoots playwright unit Hot House. As a facilitator, Shaista has worked with PrideCab (Buddies), Childrens Peace Theatre, Cahoots, Access Alliance, YWCA and the TDSB. She actively teaches workshops focused on communication and storytelling for newcomers and ESL students.
Latif’s work Kabul Punk has also been programed part of the Art Gallery of Ontario’s (AGO) First Friday series alongside her feminist art collective Sister CoResister. There will be upcoming exhibits with the collective at the AGO, Art Gallery of York University and Gallery44 throughout 2017-2018. Shaista is the recipient of the Theatre Centre’s Emerging Artist Award (SummerWorks 2014) and was named a Siminovitch Prize Protégé by Nadia Ross (2016). Her residency with STO Union has been generously supported by Canada Council.
Sarah Conn is an artist and producer, and winner of the 2016 Siminovitch Protégé Award with Shaista Latif. As STO Union’s Artistic Producer from 2010-2017, she produced everything from local workshops, events and performances to international tours for the company, and collaborated creatively on a number of STO Union productions. Live art she created through STO Union includes Rituals for the Unfamiliar, Recess and Trophy. Sarah creates and produces interdisciplinary performances, installations, social practice, and site-specific work. Her work has been presented at contemporary theatre and performance festivals around Canada. Sarah has won two Rideau Awards.
George is a visual artist, writer and editor working with STO Union since 1999. He is a performer and co-writer for 7 Important Things, a show about his life that has toured to fourteen theatres and festivals around the world. He is also a collaborator and performer on other STO Union shows including What Happened to the Seeker and Epiphany (2010-2012). George’s influence can be seen in some of STO Union’s creative texts, but his work also shines through on design elements in some of STO Union’s productions: cartoons, puppets, graphics, t-shirts…if it’s wild and ‘out-there’, that’s likely a George Acheson design.
Menno Plukker Theatre Agents, Inc
Menno Plukker Agency is a theatrical agent and management company for the performing arts and entertainment in Canada, the United States, and Europe. Founded in 1997 by Menno Plukker, Menno Plukker Theatre Agent, Inc. rapidly earned a reputation on the national and international scenes as an agent who has efficiently broadened touring markets for theatre and dance companies.
Board of Directors
Agnes McMillan, President
Claire-Marine Soury, Secretary
Shannon Cuddihy, Treasurer
Lori Doran, Board Member
Vacant – Please send applications to firstname.lastname@example.org by August 1, 2017
(Québec residents only)
Partners and Volunteers
STO Union engages in multiple partnerships with different organizations and artists on a project-by-project basis. Please see credit listings on each project.
STO Union has had the support of hundreds of volunteers, many of them residing in the small communities of West Québec. We are eternally grateful to all of the hundreds of people that have lent a hand in all aspects of show creation, production and dissemination. STO Union’s volunteers inspire us to keep going. Thank you.