Team

anahita azrahimi
Executive & Creative Director
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anahita azrahimi is a visual artist and seasoned arts manager. Anahita is passionate about helping arts organizations and independent artists realize their goals and potential with high-impact and simple solutions. She has had the pleasure of working with great arts organizations such as Creative Trust, Theatre Direct and Dancemakers to name a few. She sits on the advisory board of the Arts Management program at Centennial College and Theatre Direct’s International WeeFestival. She has served on the board of Modern Times Stage Company, the steering committee of Cultural Pluralism in the Arts Movement, and as a juror for Dora Mavor Moore Awards - Dance section, and the Ontario Arts Council.

"As an independent artist who has worked to build her own business, I am as passionate as one can be about opportunities that celebrate artistic excellence, help nurture an artist’s entrepreneurial spirit, and encourage public accessibility to fabulous art. It’s even better if these opportunities don’t cost an arm and a leg to participate in! Toronto Outdoor Art Fair is all those things and more. I am excited to work with a stellar team to help this incredible organization continue to flourish and grow."

Ania Harmata
Artist Relations Coordinator
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Ania Harmata is a visual artist, emerging arts manager, and an avid camping enthusiast. Raised in the ‘burbs of Mississauga, she has explored roles in art writing, office management, administration, as well as arts education. She holds an HBA in Art and Art History from the University of Toronto, a diploma in Art and Art History from Sheridan College, and has most recently completed a graduate certificate in Arts Management from Centennial College. She brings over 7 years of customer service experience to Toronto Outdoor Art Fair, a platform that celebrates artistic excellence, in hopes of encouraging public accessibility to visual art and fine craft.

Jane Van Rooyen
Logistics & Operations Manager
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Jane Van Rooyen is a Toronto based “Jane-of-all-trades” working in events, theatre and hospitality.  Raised in the heart of London, Ontario, she has dabbled in dance, theatre, tv, and film.  A Graduate of the University of Ottawa, Jane moved to Toronto where she completed her Diploma in Events Management at Humber College. She wrote, produced, directed, and performed in the 2013 Toronto Fringe Festival, and has worked with various events in Toronto, including Canada Day, North by Northwest and Nuit Blanche. Jane is thrilled to join the TOAF team for its 2018 season.

Cassandra Popescu
Communications Coordinator
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Cassandra Popescu is a Toronto based photographer, communications professional, and arts enthusiast. As a photographer, she has been fortunate enough to cover several events and music festivals. Her camera has taken her to festivals like Festival d’été de Québec, Wayhome, Toronto Urban Roots Fest, Camp Wavelength, Canadian Music Week, NXNE, and more. She is excited to broaden her horizons in the arts world by joining the TOAF team for its 57th season. When she's not running around festivals, Cassandra teaches yoga to help keep her grounded.

Rosanna Lowton
Volunteer Coordinator
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Rosanna has just moved to Toronto from London, UK and is excited to get involved in Toronto Outdoor Art Fair.  Her experiences from the UK are wide ranging, working on international performing arts festivals, site-specific festivals and performances and theatre productions. Rosanna loves to work with volunteers, having done so on many large scale projects in the past, and is keen to find out about the communities of Toronto through meeting all of Toronto Outdoor Art Fair's wonderful volunteers.

Autumn Smith
Award Ceremony Producer

Autumn is an artist innovator, director, curator and educator and is currently the Curator and Producer of Community Engagement and Education for Canadian Stage. Autumn holds an MFA from York University in Theatre Direction with an Emphasis on Teaching and is also a conservatory trained actor (Oxford School of Drama/UK). Ms. Smith is a member of faculty at AMPD (York University). As a director and educator Ms. Smith led the Dora Award winning company MacKenzieRo for over a 9 year period in addition to working with companies such as: the Canadian Children’s Opera Chorus, U of T/Sheridan, The National Ballet/Stratford Project, The Shaw Festival, The Tarragon Theatre, George Brown Theatre School and Stagedoor Manor in Association with the American Theatre Wing, The Shaw Festival, StageWest Mississauga, Theatre 20, The Druid Theatre/Galway and the Oxford Playhouse/UK. 

For media inquiries please contact:
Karli Kachur, Brill Communications 
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Onsite Logistics Lead
Lydia Connor

Production Assistants
Ayan Hussein
Nicole Crozier

Bookkeeper
Heather Campbell
Sheryl Covey

Board of Directors 

Alex Ciappara, Chair
Sandy Stephens,Secretary
Carrie Chisholm
Charles Collins
Harry Enchin
Brett Ledger
Robert Mitchell
Jini Stolk

For information about the Board of Directors or to contact the Board of Directors, please email [email protected]