Richard Campbell, Executive Artistic Director
Richard has worked in Calgary for more than 20 years, using interactive theatre techniques to promote personal growth, community development, and social change. Previously, Richard worked as a program manager and community development worker for Hull Services’ Patch project and the Alexandra Community Health Centre. He has worked with many community groups and organizations in Calgary, facilitating creative processes that explored diversity, social exclusion, and organizational change.
Richard was the Executive Artistic Director of All Nations Theatre from 2008-2010 and is very proud to have been part of the group that brought All Nations Theatre and Urban Youth Worx together to form Antyx.
Richard is an avid Saskatchewan Roughriders fan and enjoys spending time relaxing at the family campsite in Radium. He also thinks he is an excellent Tarot Card Reader!
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Stephanie Banszky, Community Engagement Coordinator
Stephanie graduated with a BFA in Drawing from the Alberta College of Art and Design. After completing her degree, she went on to teach youth in South Korea. Following her return to Canada, she acquired a job in the non-profit world and has been there ever since. Prior to Antyx, Stephanie worked for 7 years at the Calgary Immigrant Women's Association, coordinating and facilitating Civic Engagement workshops that engage women and girls and their families to be advocates for change. She has also taught over 100 women basic graphic design skills to help them get meaningful employment and market themselves more efficiently. Over the years there she helped over 15,000 newcomers to Canada get more involved in their communities, inspiring 100 of those women to become volunteer facilitators of the program.
Previously, Stephanie has been an active volunteer for Girl Guides of Canada and Afrikadey! Arts and Culture society. She has also volunteered for multiple political campaigns and is currently on the performance team for Lotus Bellydance and a board member for AdRodeo as the Director of the Anvil Awards Gala. In addition to her work at Antyx, she is a practicing Artist, illustrator, and freelance graphic designer.
Stephanie is devoted to making a change in Calgary by fostering community engagement and advocacy in marginalized populations.
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Dwight Farahat, Community Arts Facilitator
Dwight Farahat is a spoken word poet and freestyle emcee who hails from Calgary, Alberta and has roots with Siksika First Nation. Dwight has a social work diploma from Mount Royal University and currently teaches his art forms to youth with Antyx Community Arts and ReFreshed. One of Dwight’s earliest memories is noticing people freestyle rapping in cyphers on Stephen Avenue when he was a young child, and Dwight remembers being moved by Hip Hop culture. Since then he has been developing himself as a live performance artist, urban arts facilitator, public speaker and social activist, balancing it all with raising two beautiful daughters with his lovely wife. Dwight’s main focus since 2009 has been working with Indigenous youth. Dwight promotes healing through the arts and encourages his participants to love themselves without judgment.
In 2011 Dwight Farahat was featured on the cover of New Tribe Magazine to be recognized for his work with Indigenous youth https://issuu.com/newtribemagazine/docs/oct_2011_ntmweb. More recently, Farahat has been highlighted in the Calgary Metro recognizing his work with Mount Royal University's Indigenization plan. http://www.metronews.ca/news/calgary/2015/08/05/mount-royal-university-launches-indigenization-plan.html. Dwight was displayed on the front page of the Calgary Metro under the heading "Never too Late For School" https://issuu.com/metro_canada/docs/20150210_ca_calgary. In this article, he spoke barriers he faced when it came to education. Farahat's passion for youth and education reflects in his work and life. He is always pushing to improve himself so that he create a greater impact on the world.
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Bryan Francisco, Community Arts Facilitator
Bryan is a born-and-raised Calgarian and a graduate of the University of Calgary. Bryan is an avid Spoken Word Artist and lifelong fan of hip hop. Bryan has worked on a variety of fun and unique projects throughout his career in the non-profit industry. In addition to his work with youth arts, Bryan has worked at an abandoned coal mine that was converted into a national historic site, a fireworks festival, a human rights forum broadcasted on television and radio, and an event where he ate breakfast with one of Canada’s former Prime Ministers.
Alia Shahab, Community Arts Facilitator
Alia has been a involved with Community Arts for about 6 years, working closely with youth and communities to facilitate many dynamic and creative projects including murals, media projects, sculptural installations, and mixed media exhibitions. Alia is passionate and eager to share with youth, the same sense of empowerment that art has brought over her own life.
Alia is a media and installation artist, creating physical interactive spaces to encourage the playful exploration of connections with each other, the world, and our-selves. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Media Arts and Digital Technologies from the Alberta College of Art and Design. She has traveled, studied and created art on many adventures around the world. In the few past years, Alia has created work for Beakerhead Festival, Frog Festival, Wreck City, Phantom Wing, and Sled Island Music Festival in Calgary. Some of her work can be seen on her blog alia-shahab.tumblr.com
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Noor Sayadi, Administrator
Noor is a first generation immigrant, originally hailing from Syria. She came to Canada in 2008 from the United Arab Emirates, where she grew up, to study at the Alberta College of Art + Design. She now holds a Bachelors degree of Fine Arts, with a specialisation in Media Arts and Digital Technologies. Other than her work at Antyx, she is also a Mentorship Program Facilitator at the Calgary Bridge Foundation for Youth and a freelance commercial videographer. As an artist, she works in the mediums of both digital and traditional, drawing and painting, as well as dabbling in writing, spoken word and performance art on occasion.
She has spent the last three years volunteering and working with various immigrant serving non-profits, specifically working one-on-one with youth and their families from Calgary’s Syrian and Arab newcomer communities, assisting with their settlement and integration in Canada.
Most recently, Noor has been engaged in merging her love of the arts and her work with immigrant youth together. She is a staunch believer in social change through personal development, expression and empowerment, and hopes to impart that on the youth she works with.
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Meredith is currently working as a practicum student here at Antyx Community Arts. She is studying to be a Social Worker at Mount Royal University, and is in her second year of studies.
Meredith was born in Nova Scotia and spent most of her childhood on a acreage outside of a rural town named Chester. When she was 8 years old she moved to Calgary with her family and has been here ever since. Meredith considers herself to be fairly musically versed and plays the guitar as well as the piano.
Prior to beginning her studies in the Social Work field, Meredith spent 2 months in Africa working with the Daraja Foundation. Here she spent most of her time creating ad running programs for youth preparing to transition out of an orphanage. Meredith has also spent a lot of her time volunteering as a camp counselor for children who are struggling with developmental disabilities. Meredith completed her most recent practicum at Big Brothers Big Sisters in the spring of 2018.
Meredith is extremely excited to begin her work alongside the wonderful individuals here at Antyx and is looking forward to engaging with the many programs and youth involved with the organization.
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