Deanna Lynn Jones

Deanna Lynn Jones

Artistic Director

Deanna Jones is co-founder and Artistic Director of Suitcase in Point Theatre Company with whom she has created and performed in over 15 original plays, including Barrel Crank, the Dora award nominated Keith Richards One Woman Show and Be Wearing Wolf. Other selected acting credits include: Silly Old Men Ought Not to Fall in Love (Theatre Beyond Words), Bluenose (Carousel Players), and Trout Stanley (Essential Collective Theatre). Deanna has a B.A. in Theatre from Brock University, and has trained with One Yellow Rabbit, Philippe Gaulier, Upright Citizen’s Brigade and SITI Company. Deanna is part of FIXT Point’s ensemble for the Tale of a Town Canada and has performed in the Huntsville, St. Catharines, London ON, Nova Scotia and PEI shows. Deanna directed Niagara Artists Centre’s STRUTT Wearable Art Runway Show in 2011-2014, working with hundreds of performers and artists from across Canada. She is a lead collaborator on In the Soil Arts Festival and contributes annually to the vision, programming and administration. Deanna is currently director of Suitcase in Point’s newest show, Life Can Be A Monster by Adam Buller.

Annie Wilson

Annie Wilson

Artistic Producer

Annie Wilson is the General Manager of Suitcase in Point Theatre Company and Artistic Producer/ Co-founder of In the Soil Arts Festival. She also works as Program Supervisor at the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre. Annie is immersed in many aspects of art creation, production, presentation and management. In the Soil is a big part of her colourful life and she has collaborated with a committed team of co-founders, organizers and volunteers for 9 years to put together this good time.

Annie is lives in midtown St. Catharines with her exquisite dachshund Lümpi.

Joe Lapinski

Joe Lapinski

Music Director

Joe Lapinski is an interdisciplinary artist who has been performing, writing, and producing music in St.Catharines Ontario Canada for the past 17 years. He performs actively as a solo artist, and is currently an active member in The Woodshed Orchestra and Bronx Cheerleader. He is the head producer at WOW! Recording Studio & Creative Music Space, a co-founder of SOUND SOUND Improvised Music Series, the founder and chief of Yummy Recordings, and is a co-founder of the In the Soil Arts Festival, all based in St. Catharines.

Natasha Pedros

Natasha Pedros

Visuals / Collaborator

Natasha Pedros has worked at the Niagara Artists Centre since 2005 where she coordinates, promotes, and helps determine NAC’s full slate of exhibits and programs. Natasha is also a performer, designer, and co-founder of Suitcase in Point Theatre Company. She recently co-directed a remount of Paris La Nuit by founding member of the Niagara Artists Centre, Dennis Tourbin. In 1989 she co-founded KIM MITCHELL, a two person acapella Kim Mitchell tribute band, that toured throughout Wellington Street Public School for a week.

Sara Palmieri

Sara Palmieri

Committee Chair

Sara Palmieri is the Programming and Marketing Manager for the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre, which opened in downtown St. Catharines, in November 2015. Prior to this, Sara worked for the Centre for the Arts, Brock University for 12 years where she held the role of Sales and Marketing Manager. At the new Centre Sara is responsible for programming the annual multi-disciplinary professional presentation season, audience engagement and development strategies, community outreach and workshop programs, and oversees the amazing programming and marketing team.

Sara is an active member of the cultural community in St. Catharines-Niagara and beyond as a co-founder of the In the Soil Arts Festival, Vice President of Ontario Presents – Ontario’s Presenting Network and volunteers for a number of other organizations. A local arts advocate and facilitator of cultural initiatives, Sara is well-connected in the community and has supported and promoted local arts organizations and projects for many years. She was on Suitcase in Point Theatre Company’s Board of Directors for 8 years, 4 of which she held the role as President. Sara is passionate about arts and culture in Niagara and has always been excited about its central role in shaping, sustaining and transforming communities. She values creativity, a sense of accomplishment and is open to change. She is hard working and passionate about working in the collaborative, fun and inclusive environment of Niagara’s cultural sector.

Anah Shabbar

Anah Shabbar

Volunteers / Collaborator

Anah Shabbar is the Volunteers Coordinator for In the Soil Arts Festival, Director of Greenbelt Arts, and has worked on projects with several organizations downtown St. Catharines. Projects include; hosting a weekly show and coordinating volunteers at Brock Radio; sitting on the board at Ontario Public Interest Research Group; and working on several projects with Niagara Artists Centre and, of course, Suitcase in Point Theatre Company.

For the past two years Anah has been coordinating a national project called Youth4Music, with the Coalition for Music Education. This project has allowed her to: create a national network of youth who understand the importance of access to quality music education programs for all students; travel and connect with passionate music makers across Canada, and produce the First Annual Youth4Music Symposium.

Jordy Yack

Jordy Yack

Collaborator

Jordy Yack is currently the Communications Coordinator at the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre and handles digital marketing strategy and a myriad of other marketing responsibilities.

When he first arrived at Brock University in 2000, he headed straight to the tiny white house at the south end of campus. Jordy soon became extremely passionate about campus radio and over the years, he hosted two radio shows and eventually became Music Director of CFBU 103.7fm.

During the next 8 years Jordy tackled alt-weeklies Pulse Niagara and View Magazine as Editor-in-Chief and Managing Editor. With the looming threat of print media crashing in the mid-2010s, Jordy modified his skills and jumped head-first into the world of social media. After dabbling in freelance social media marketing, he spent over 3 years as a Digital Strategist for Dragon’s Den sweethearts Balzac’s Coffee Roasters.

In his spare time, he is an avid runner, cyclist and indie rock junkie. As a step-dad, he tries to teach his step-kids the value of listening to an entire album and is always makes time to tell a ‘hilarious’ dad joke.

Brittany Brooks

Brittany Brooks

Collaborator

BRITTANY BROOKS is a multidisciplinary artist living in St. Catharines and attending Brock University. Her practice includes, but is not limited to; visual art, performance and music. She began working with In the Soil in 2015 as a Promotions Assistant and has now sprouted into a Jr. Programmer.

Brittany has participated in residencies at Spark Box Studios, White Rabbit Arts, and The Green Belt Gallery, which cultivated her solo exhibition Rutabager and her original musical and visual performance The Fireside Book of Fictitious Folk Songs. She has appeared as a shadow puppeteer in The Water Thief at Summer Works, a core ensemble member of the Niagara Shebang and is a long time visual artist and volunteer for the Canadian Improv Games.

Recently, her band Creature Speak released a full length album Shadow Songs which has since drawn international praise from Bandcamp, Bitch-Media, Exclaim, Folk Radio UK and more.