Meet our Youth Advisory Committee for 2019

Theatre Ontario’s Youth Advisory Committee (YAC) is a place for Ontario's emerging artists to engage with one another and with Theatre Ontario to develop themselves as they enter the theatre industry and become the next generation of thinkers and doers.

Our YAC is a platform for emerging artists across the province to gain professional development in theatre and arts administration by accessing mentorship and training opportunities with our full-time staff, our Board, and our network.

The members of our 2019 Youth Advisory Committee are:


Kemi King

Youthadvisorycommittee 2019 Member KingkemiKemi is a writer, director, performance artist and deviser. She is currently doing her Undergrad at Queen’s University in drama with a minor in gender studies. Kemi is the co-founder and Artistic Director of YIKES a Theatre Company. Kemi is always looking for new ways to challenge herself and her art, she is looking forward to learning, growing, and meeting new people while on the Youth Advisory Committee.



Steven Smits

Youthadvisorycommittee 2019 Member SmitsstevenSteven is an emerging producer / arts manager based in Toronto. He is currently the Metcalf Foundation Arts Management Intern for Volcano Theatre and Peggy Baker Dance Projects. He has spent two seasons at the Stratford Festival, the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre and the St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival. He is a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada’s Production Program and is currently studying Arts and Culture Management through MacEwan University. In his hometown of North Bay, he worked for the Downtown Improvement Area as the Special Events Coordinator and as the Marketing Specialist. His love for arts management started in North Bay while he was producer for a local production of Pippin. He was fortunate to be the recipient of a Jean A. Chalmers Guthrie Award through the Stratford Festival for Apprentice Achievement. Steven is looking forward to be a part of the YAC for 2019 and connecting with young theatre practitioners from across the province!


Anne Vo

Youthadvisorycommittee 2019 Member VoanneAnne is a multidisciplinary artist in Toronto. Anne has past theatre experiences involved with the Soulpepper City Youth Academy, Paprika Festival and Toronto Fringe Festival as a creator and actor. Anne is passionate about being involved with new works in developmental projects for social change including various art mediums into her work. She is the currently pursuing digital photography and film to include a more diverse and inclusive representation within the entertainment industry. Anne strives to facilitate new initiatives for young emerging coloured artists to grow and develop within the arts through her work and would like to expand within the arts and entertainment industry.


Caroline Watling

Youthadvisorycommittee 2019 Member WatlingcarolineCurrently finishing her undergraduate at the University of Toronto, Caroline is a theatre practitioner and arts manager. Caroline’s passion for emerging Canadian theatre has been cultivated through experiences with Playwrights Canada Press, Theatre on The Ridge in Durham Region, and through play development and production with fellow University of Toronto students. Caroline is excited to be part of the Youth Advisory Council, merging experiences in Toronto, suburban and rural theatre to find new ways to support emerging work. Caroline is passionate about finding space to facilitate new work focused on current social justice problems and conflicts faced by today’s youth.


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