Baker is a writer, actor, and game designer. He has been a Company Member of the Regent Park Project since 2016 as a writer and actor, and has also completed an internship on the set of Kim’s Convenience through the Live It to Learn It program. Baker is currently studying Game Design at Sheridan College, and has worked on multiple projects as a game designer and writer.
Abdullahi is a writer, and Company Member of the Regent Park Project who loves creative expression in all its forms. From a young age, Abdullahi knew he always loved telling stories. A life of constant relocation, traveling and encounters has left him with more stories than the average millennial. Abdullahi believes that being a creative is so much more than just being ‘artistic’. It is about discipline, commitment, truth-seeking, vulnerability, transparency and above all else, self-belief and overcoming fear. Not just that, but it is a tool that when used properly could bridge the gap between communities, relatives and even lovers.
A writer, director, producer, actor, and the 2006 Royal Oak Elementary School Spelling Bee champion, Jackie likes to stay busy. A graduate of Concordia University’s Communications Studies program, Jackie began her professional film career in visual effects, coordinating the production teams of major feature films. In 2019, she wrote, directed, and starred in her latest short film, Geni, which had its premiere at the Regent Park Film Festival and was officially selected by the Montreal International Black Film Festival 2020. She is an alumni of the Black Women Film! Canada Leadership Program, and has joined the upcoming season of the Regent Park Project web series as a co-writer and actor. She’s spent her quaran-time co-producing and co-hosting weekly virtual filmmaking skill share Skillin’ It, writing for LOCO Motions Pictures’ upcoming web series Loved Ones, story coordinating for Playing with Crayons & CBC’s sitcom in development Dwayne Has Issues, and developing her own projects with her creative partner Rebecca Rogers. Jackie is currently repped by Amanda Rosenthal Talent Agency, Inc.
Edward has had the pleasure of working as an actor and director across this beautiful country for the past 30 years, nineteen of those years spent with the Stratford Festival. As well as work in Canada, this glorious life has taken him to work in Europe, Africa, Latin America and South America. It has allowed him to collaboratively create with some of the most amazing artists on this planet. These rich experiences continually influence Edward as an artist and open his eyes to a more global perspective, which makes him a better artist and human.
Mandeq has spent years working extensively in the film industry. She started her career at TIFF Next Wave as a youth programmer. Mandeq participated in Telluride Film Festival’s Student Symposium in 2018 and since June 2019, Mandeq has been a key member of the Toronto-based distribution company Sisterhood Media. As Programs and Acquisitions Director, she connects audiences to films and filmmakers across Ontario and the world. Mandeq’s credits include popular works Gay Mean Girls (co-writer) and The Regent Park Project (co-writer, actress). Mandeq is the lead writer and creative producer for Kick Start Arts Creative Team. She has also received the 2019 Director’s Guild of Canada New Visions Award.
Mandeq is the lead writer and creative producer for Kick Start Arts Creative Team.
Tajvin Kazi is a writer and actress from Regent Park, Toronto. She has been a key creative for both seasons of “The Regent Park Project”, a web series that focuses on the lives of young people in her home community. She has been a company member of Kick Start Arts since 2014, and produced an arts and social justice project for KSA, focused on reconciliation. This months long initiative was a partnerships with Master Canoe Builder and Knowledge Carrier, Josy Thomas – and resulted in the creation of a traditional birch bark canoe, and an community mural – involving over 40 people ages 6 months to 96 years. Tajvin hopes to inspire other young Muslim women through her art, and hopes to bring the experiences of her community to the forefront of Canadian media.
Tony Le currently is a working actor represented by Edna Talent Management. He plays Jojo on The Regent Park Project and is also a writer for the series. Having graduated from the Acting for Film and Television (AFTV) Program at Humber College, Tony continues to work towards making his mark in the entertainment industry. When he’s not working on the series, Tony likes to spend time taking photos, playing video games, drinking bubble tea, practicing guitar, playing badminton, and playing video games. Yes, video games was mentioned twice on purpose.
Amanda is a Producer at Archipelago Productions. She began her career working at arts festivals across Toronto, including the Luminato Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, and the Regent Park Film Festival (RPFF). During her four years managing RPFF, Amanda also became a Company Member of Kick Start Arts, co-writing, performing, and producing two seasons of the web series The Regent Park Project. A short detour took Amanda around Canada organizing citizenship ceremonies, where she was fortunate to hear thousands of stories of immigration and belonging. Amanda has held production and development roles at Temple Street, a division of Boat Rocker Media, assisted with film sales at Celluloid Dreams, and freelanced in various parts of the creative industry. In a past life, she used to sail on tallships around the Great Lakes and finds a similar sense of adventure in the world of production. Amanda devotes herself to the space where art and community intersect, and continues to push for more equitable practices in every facet of her work.
Sheena D. Robertson
Sheena is a theatre and film director/producer, photographer and passionate artist-educator – who long ago decided to forgo work on big budget production, for the life of an independent film-maker – stepping fully into the creation of projects of meaning to her.
She has worked extensively in diverse settings locally, nationally and internationally for over 25 years – most recently in El Salvador. The last seven years have seen her Found and Artistic Direct the development of Kick Start Arts. In addition to running the organization, she is the Show Runner and Director of Season 1 and 2 of KSA’s web series, The Regent Park Project. The throughline of Sheena’s work is connected to social justice, and the power of the arts to create meaning, connection, and equitable opportunities. She is sought after for her ability to create connections, and build collaborative artistic communities where transformative things happen.
Sheena was thrilled to be recognized by her community for her work, as a finalist for the TAC’s Diversity Award.