Deanna Lynn Jones
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.
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.
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.