Board of Directors

President

Krista Chiponski

Krista is new to the Edmonton theatre community—but don’t let that fool you! Living and working in Amiskwaciwâskahikan (Edmonton), on Treaty 6 territory, she is a proud Métis woman and acknowledges her ancestors Indigenous and settler backgrounds. Krista is a graduate of the University of Alberta obtaining a degree in Sociology with a minor in Native Studies. She also received a certificate in Aboriginal Governance and Partnership certificate from the Faculty of Native Studies. Krista works directly with Indigenous communities and organizations to improve health and socio-economic outcomes. Krista is committed and excited to sit on the Board of Directors for Azimuth theatre.
Her mission in changing Edmonton’s theatre community involves social action theatre that involves Indigenous voices, stories, laws and perspectives. Krista is passionate about theatre being equitable, accessible and inclusive for marginalized communities.

 

Vice-President          

Soni Dasmohapatra

Soni Dasmohapatra, has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Alberta, and her Masters in Public Administration from the University of Victoria. She has a certificate in gender studies and human rights from Oxford University.
When in Toronto, Soni was involved in supporting arts and culture, social innovation, and philanthropy work at the community level with organizations such as the City of Toronto, United Way Toronto, Harboufront Centre, Laidlaw, and Maytree Foundations. For over a decade, Soni was a senior project manager with the Government of Ontario. She has been a consultant with the United Nations.
Over the past four years, since returning to Edmonton she has worked with the Government of Alberta, is core team member at the Edmonton ShiftLab 1.0, was grants coordinator at the Edmonton Heritage Council, and is currently a management consultant.
Soni is keen to map Alberta’s ecosystems to find, contribute and create spaces of social innovation through creative expression. She is an avid yogini, loves to sing and dance. Her current exploration is to share and learn about The Decolonization of the South Asian practices of yoga, dance and music.

Secretary

Sarah Huffman

Sarah Huffman is an enthusiastic Arts Administrator who has worked in many different capacities within Edmonton arts organizations. Sarah is experienced with theatre, gallery, and festival operations which has allowed her to develop various skills with each endeavour. While continuing her career within the arts industry, Sarah is compelled to support and elevate organizations, while holding them accountable for the mandate and vision they pursue on behalf of their community. Sarah is extremely excited to join the Azimuth Theatre Board of Directors and is looking forward to the engaging and meaningful content created by the folks at Azimuth.

Treasurer

Clara Price

Clara lives life in Amiskwaciwâskahikan, also known as Edmonton, and has for the last 12 years, give or take a few years spent in Perth, Australia. She has a degree in Finance and is currently working on her MBA for Social Enterprise Leadership. She has been an employee of RBC Royal bank for the last 10 years with a strong focus on the community and the public sector, not for profit world. She coaches Junior High girls Volleyball when she is not playing herself and loves to travel. She is a founding member of Capital City Pride here in Edmonton, an organization trying to get the pride festival back up and running while respecting diversity and inclusion. When she is not out in the community or walking in the river valley she is busy taking care of her plants and cooking.

Directors

Giorgia Severini

Giorgia Severini is Program Coordinator/Operations Manager with the Writers’ Guild of Alberta as well as a theatre director, playwright, and translator. She is also Online Features Editor for Canadian Theatre Review, and has served on the board for Azimuth Theatre and Walterdale Theatre. Most recently, her absurdist immigration comedy Border Breakdown won workshops and a public reading at SkirtsAFire’s 2020 Peep Show.

Chris Gallaway

Chris Gallaway is an experienced community organizer and life-long supporter of the arts. Born and raised on a farm in rural Saskatchewan, he has spent most of his adult life living on Treaty 6 territory, first in Saskatoon, and most recently living here in Edmonton where he works for the Alberta Federation of Labour. Outside of work Chris is a voracious reader and active community member. He has been on the Azimuth Theatre Board of Directors since 2018.

Daniela Fernandez

Daniela Fernandez (she/her) is an upcoming Latinx theatre artist based in amiskwaciy wâskahikan (Edmonton). Having recently graduated from Macewan University’s Theatre Arts program, she feels fortunate to be working professionally in the city. Currently, Daniela is interested in devoting her time to figuring out how she can create space for underrepresented voices in her work and expanding herself as a multi-disciplinary artist. Credits include: until the next breath (Catalyst Theatre), Scenes From The Sidewalk (Plain Jane Theatre Company), Get Happy! (Plain Jane Theatre Company), A Christmas Carol (Citadel Theatre), Canada The Musical (Carter-Ryan Productions), The Drowsy Chaperone (Citadel Young Company), Working It Out (WorkPlays School Program).

 

Julianne Murphy

Julie (she/her) is a performer, educator, and creator. She is a director in movement and
theatrical unarmed combat, violence, and intimacy and an award-winning dancer and
choreographer who works as a professional movement specialist in universities, schools, and
studios. She is a graduate of the University of Alberta’s Education and Drama degree programs;
is an Associate of the Royal Academy of Dance; and is a certified Intermediate actor combatant
with the Academy of Fight Directors Canada. Julie performs with the award-wining sketch
comedy troupe Don’t Not Talk to Strangers; performs contemporary dance professionally with
Viva Dance; and is the creative director/producer of the devised theatre collective The
Vulnerable Cult. She’s grateful to be on the Board of Directors with Azimuth Theatre!

Shrina Patel

Shrina Patel is a Performer, Actor, Yoga
Teacher, Advocate, Choreographer and the
Artistic Director and Founder of Shaktiflow.
Her focus is choreographing movements
that tell stories of gender and social
inequality. The intention is to provoke
conversations of the traditional social norms
which society holds for the individual, based
on their gender, race, and ethnicity. Her
vision is aligned with that of Shaktiflow’s
which is to dedicate the intention to
empower individuals through
movement–stories told through dance.
Each gesture has a meaning and with them the power to facilitate ideas of harmony,
unity, equality, and change. The vision is to
instill a new perception of mindfulness that
will unite us as a collective whole.

Samantha Blakney

Samantha Blakney currently calls Amiskwaciwâskahikan (colonially called Edmonton) her home base. She humbly acknowledges that she lives, works, and plays on Treaty 6 territory. Samantha currently works as an Early Childhood Educator while going to university to earn her teaching degree from the University of Alberta. Samantha graduated from the University of Lethbridge with a Bachelor of Arts focusing on History, Psychology, and Women and Gender studies in 2020. Samantha is passionate about the arts, theatre in particular, and incorporates dramatic play and instruction into her classrooms as much as possible. While attending the U of L she volunteered with New West Theatre. She is enthusiastic about her local community and aims to leave every place she leaves a little brighter. Samantha hopes to bring her dedication, enthusiasm and empathy to Azimuth’s board of directors and to help contribute to Azimuth Theatre’s already vibrant and thriving trajectory.

Daniel Graham

Daniel Graham is a licensed professional Realtor in the Edmonton area, an adventurer at heart, and an avid patron of the Edmonton arts community. In his career, Daniel is committed to providing his clients with an exceptional low-stress experience while guiding them through their next real estate transaction in a competitive and fast paced market. As a lifelong Edmontonian, Daniel has always enjoyed the vibrant, diverse and ever-changing arts scene that oru city has to offer. He is a University of Alberta alumni, graduating form his Bachelor of Arts program with distinction in 2014 with a major in English and minor in Latin American Studies. His key areas of focus included gender studies, colonialism, Asian-Canadian literature, Canadian and Japanese theatre, and travel narratives. While Daniel has supported Azimuth as an audience member in the past, he is proud and humbled to now support Azimuth Theatre from within the organization and advocate for inclusive representation in the Arts.

Board Mentee

Open for applications for the 2022-23 Season!

To enquire about joining our board or one of our committees, contact Sue