CURRENT ARTISTIC TEAM

Tara Goldstein

Founder, Artistic Director, Artist Researcher, Producer, Artist Researcher Creation Unit

Tara Goldstein is the Founder and current Co-Artistic Director of Gailey Road Productions.  She graduated from the MFA Playwriting Program at Spalding University, Louisville, Kentucky, in November 2006.  Tara is also a professor, researcher and playwright in the Department of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning at the Ontario Institute of Studies in Education, University of Toronto, and the Vice Principal of New College.

Tara’s recent play Out at School written with Jenny Salisbury and Pam Baer is a verbatim theatre piece based on interviews undertaken with LGBTQ families about their experiences at school. Out at School was staged at the L Fest in Llandudno, Wales in 2018, the Toronto Pride Festival in June 2019, and, in 2021, as an audio-play available at Gailey Road Audio on popular podcast platforms.

Jenny Salisbury

Co-Artistic Director, Director, Playwright, Artist Researcher Creation Unit

Jenny Salisbury is the Co-Artistic Director of Gailey Road Productions. She is a theatre director who specializes in new play development. Her Ph.D. (2021) is in community-engaged theatre and audiences. For over 20 years, Jenny has worked with playwrights, actors, and theatre ensembles to create new plays with a rich emotional tapestry, and a strong justice ethic, rooted in physical theatre traditions. Jenny is also a director of the Centre for Spectatorship and Audience Research, an international research community dedicated to producing new research on theatre spectatorship.

Pam Baer

Director, Playwright, Artist Researcher

Pam Baer works with Gailey Road Productions as a Director, Playwright, and Artist Researcher. Pam is a theatre and filmmaker with a focus on community-engaged work. Using artistic practice as a form of critical pedagogy to share stories and build dialogue, Pam has worked on applied arts projects with wide-reaching themes in community and school settings. Pam has a Ph.D. in Education from The Ontario Institute of Studies in Education, University of Toronto.

Doug Friesen

Musician, Sound Editor, Artist Researcher

Douglas Friesen is a teacher, musician, and researcher based in Toronto, Canada. He has led teachers, students, musicians, and other interested folks across Canada and Latin America through ways of using listening and sound to engage creativity and facilitate community. He is a PHD candidate researching critical sound and listening pedagogies and has taught music education courses at various institutions including the University of Toronto. As a musician Doug has played with Selina Martin, Kate Reid, Dave Bidini, and John K Samson. 

benjamin lee hicks

Visual artist, Artist Researcher, Artist Researcher Creation Unit

benjamin lee hicks (they/them/theirs) is a visual artist, elementary school teacher, and Ph.D graduate in Curriculum and Pedagogy at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), University of Toronto. They taught Junior Kindergarten (JK) to Grade 6 classrooms in the Toronto District School Board for 8 years prior to beginning their MA in 2015. In recent years, benjamin has been an artist-researcher with the LGBTQ FAMILIES SPEAK OUT Research Team (OISE), a consulting member of the Addressing Injustices Project (OISE), and a contributing member of the QTPiE Collective (Queer and Trans People in Education, University of Vermont). As an elementary school teacher and teacher-educator, benjamin has written and designed curriculum materials on topics of sustainable community building, queering school space and arts-based activism. benjamin is also passionate about centering the voices and experiences of trans and nonbinary people navigating the school system as students, staff and caregivers. They believe that sharing our stories and being deeply, intentionally present with others when they offer to share theirs is one important way that humans can enact greater care in the places/spaces we travel. benjamin’s current work explores how visual storytelling and comic art can help to engage teachers more personally and continuously in professional learning (+ action) for social justice.

You can see more of benjamin’s art and learn about their past + current projects at: benjaminleehicks.com

Kate Reid

Composer, Musician, Artist Researcher, Artist Researcher Creation Unit

Slam-storytelling meets many a queer-themed tune in the music of singer-songwriter and whip smart wordsmith, Kate Reid, who combines musical activism with public pedagogy. Kate facilitates workshops, gives concerts, and delivers musical keynote addresses for universities and colleges, public schools, conferences, and community service organizations on 2SLGBTQI+ perspectives. 

With a Ph.D in Education from the University of Toronto, Kate is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies at York University, where they are a co-applicant on a three-year, SSHRC-funded, arts-based research project with newcomer and refugee children. This project examines how songwriting, recording, and performance provide opportunities for newcomer and refugee children to experience personal empowerment and express musical agency by composing and recording their stories in song. As part of this research, Kate uses an innovative, participatory research creation method they developed called, “collaborative ethnographic songwriting.” A robust method for collecting, analyzing, and disseminating research data through music, collaborative ethnographic songwriting supports underserved people and communities to narrate and document their lived experiences, perspectives, and stories in recorded song. katereid.net

The Love Booth and Other Plays Research Team

Bronwyn Garden-Smith

Artist Researcher

The Love Booth and Other Plays Research Team.

Bronwyn Garden-Smith (she/they) is a recent graduate of the University of Toronto, where she studied Psychology, Critical Studies in Equity and Solidarity, and English. She has actively contributed to on- and off-campus equity initiatives, including the Equity Studies Students’ Union, Abolition Book Club, and OpenYrPurse, a grassroots digital mutual aid youth collective. She is currently focussed on how individuals can use principles of transformative justice to facilitate interpersonal healing, build capacity, and strengthen political movements.

Bronwyn has contributed to Dr. Goldstein’s Gender. Sexuality. School. and The Love Booth projects. She previously founded and edited the Critical Studies in Equity and Solidarity Undergraduate journal, ROVE, and assisted Dr. Nina Sokolovic with meta-analytic research on the topic of whether empathy can be taught to adults.

As a poet, writer of fiction, and editor, she dreams of joining the vibrant community of people creating contemporary literatures on the land currently known as “Canada”. She is particularly interested in how having access to stories that speak to one’s own subjectivity can be a profound source of resilience.

Kohle Handelman-Kerman

Artist Researcher

The Love Booth and Other Plays Research Team.

Kohle (they/she) is an undergraduate student completing an Honours Bachelor of Science with a Psychology Specialist and a Sexual Diversity Studies Minor. As an emerging queer-identified researcher, they strive to create an empathetic and grounded research praxis focusing on Queer and Trans issues. They recently had a literature review of Transgender Mental Health Care published in Arbor, the University of Toronto’s Undergraduate Research Journal. They are looking towards graduate studies in public health.

Dr. Bishop Owis

Artist Researcher, Artist Researcher Creation Unit

The Love Booth and Other Plays Research Team.

Bishop (they/them) is an educator, community activist and postdoctoral research fellow at the University of British Columbia in the Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy where they work with SOGI UBC. They are first-generation born and raised on the unceded territories of the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat peoples of Tkaranto (Toronto, ON) by immigrant parents with mixed ancestry from Guyana (Indo-Guyanese), Egypt, Italy China and Portugal.

They are a graduate from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto (OISE/UT) where they received their PhD researching how educators understand their own ethical commitments of care when working with queer and trans youth of colour. Their research explores the intersections of gender, sexuality, race and colonialism in education using care work and solidarity pedagogies that inform a sense of collective imagination; one that strives for queer futurity, world-building and thriving.

60 YEARS OF QUEER AND TRANS ACTIVISM AND CARE RESEARCH TEAM

Jenny Salisbury

Co-Artistic Director, Research Team Manager (2022-2024)

Jenny Salisbury is the Co-Artistic Director of Gailey Road Productions. She is a theatre director who specializes in new play development. Her Ph.D. (2021) is in community-engaged theatre and audiences. For over 20 years, Jenny has worked with playwrights, actors, and theatre ensembles to create new plays with a rich emotional tapestry, and a strong justice ethic, rooted in physical theatre traditions. Jenny is also a director of the Centre for Spectatorship and Audience Research, an international research community dedicated to producing new research on theatre spectatorship.

University of Toronto Research Opportunity (ROP) Students (2022-2023)

Mitzi Badlis, Julia Chapman, Chika Duru, Giovanna El Warrak, Mia Jakobsen, Jiaying (Cherise) Pan, Shakira Ram, Anya Shen, Vivian Wang

Advisory Board

Pam Baer

Pam Baer works with Gailey Road Productions as a Director, Playwright, and Artist Researcher. Pam is a theatre and filmmaker with a focus on community-engaged work. Using artistic practice as a form of critical pedagogy to share stories and build dialogue, Pam has worked on applied arts projects with wide-reaching themes in community and school settings. Pam has a Ph.D. in Education from The Ontario Institute of Studies in Education, University of Toronto.

Margot Huycke

Margot Huycke has been advising Gailey Road Productions since its inception January 2007. She has worked as the Producer of our Women Writing Letters literary performance series. The series ran for four seasons from 2011-2014 and in the fall of 2016 hosted a fundraiser for The CASA Award. Margot has also worked as a producer for several Gailey Road productions including the 2019 Pride performance run of Out at School. Margot taught geography at Danforth Collegiate and Technical Institute in Toronto and is an avid recreational hockey player.

Bessie Giannikos

Bessie Giannikos has been advising Gailey Road on grant proposals and production budgets since its inception in January 2007.  Bessie is currently the Manager, Finance & Administration in the Department of Curriculum Teaching and Learning at University of Toronto.


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