Patty Jarvis, Past Chair
Patty has been a respected and passionate advocate for arts access and community engagement for more than 30 years. Past leaderships positions have included Director of Education and Outreach with Canadian Stage and Executive Director of Prologue to the Performing Arts as well as leading audience and student engagement programs with Studio 180 Theatre, b-Current Performance and the Toronto District School Board.
Patty is a co-founder and past Chair of PAONE (Professional Arts Organizations Network for Education) and is on the Advisory Committees of the Canadian Network for Arts and Learning and CPAMO – Cultural Pluralism in the Arts Movement in Ontario. She is a past Chair of the Toronto Theatre Alliance (now TAPA) and past Board member of Ontario Presents.
Currently, Patty is the Interim Associate Director, Education and Outreach for the Canadian Opera Company.
Faeron Pileggi, Co-Chair
Faeron Pileggi (B.A., B.Mus, M.Mus) is the Director, Education & Community Engagement for the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Faeron programs and manages TSO’s Young People’s Concerts, School Concerts, Exposed series, and various community engagement initiatives which combined reach over 65,000 people a year. Faeron is a member of CNAL (The Canadian Network for Arts & Learning) and was recently awarded an Orchestras Canada “Next Generation Leader” bursary.
Rachel Robbins, Co-Chair
Rachel is fiercely committed to creating safe community spaces and barrier free experiences. She currently manages a broad array of educational programs for Civic Theatres Toronto (CTT) where she applies her passion for engaging all ages and communities with the arts. She cultivates various community partnerships, including the launch of Girls Rock Camp Toronto at the Sony Centre and free classes & presentations with Xenia Concerts Inc., KeepRockinYou, Nova Dance, Moksha Yoga Danforth, Beyography, and many others.
Since graduating from the University of Toronto, Rachel brings over ten years of experience to the sector. She previously managed educational programming for the Regent Park School of Music which included founding their youth committee and facilitating new programming in Parkdale and Jane & Finch. Most recently, she served for four years as the youth orchestra manager for the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.
Autumn is an artist innovator, director, curator and educator and is currently the Manager of Education and Audience Development 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). In addition, Autumn is a sought after Artist Educator having worked with The Ontario Arts Council, The Toronto District School Board, Canadian Children’s Opera Chorus, U of T/Sheridan, The National Ballet/Stratford Project, The Shaw Festival, The Stratford Shakespeare School, Theatre Passe Muraille, The Tarragon Theatre, George Brown Theatre School and Stagedoor Manor in Association with the American Theatre Wing. Autumn is the former Artistic Director of the Dora Award winning company, MacKenzieRo: The Irish Repertory Theatre of Canada. Select directing credits include work for The Shaw Festival, StageWest Mississauga, Theatre 20, The Druid Theatre/Galway and the Oxford Playhouse/UK. Autumn recently conceived and curated the initial Territorial Tales project for Canadian Stage, a new youth engagement project.
As an advocate/consultant/innovator Autumn has worked for the following companies: Theatre Ontario, The Nel Stuart Opening Doors Award, The Toronto Arts Council, The Ontario Arts Council, The Toronto Fringe Festival, Sketch Working Arts, TDSB creates, Sears Drama Festival, CISDF, PAONE, Volcano Theatre, and PACT.
Tim is currently the Manager, School Visits at Harbourfront Centre. Previously, he held the role of Education Officer, Camps and School Visits, where he taught a number of Visual Arts, Performing Arts, Urban Studies and Media Studies programs throughout the school year, and acted as the Assistant Camps Coordinator, Programming and Learning for the March Break and Summer Camps programs. In addition, Tim is a member of the Board at Small Print Toronto, an organization dedicated to letting children tell their stories in whatever voice they feel most comfortable.
Tim completed his undergraduate degree at University of Toronto in Geography and Sociology. He went on to complete his Bachelor of Education at Trent University and is currently working on his Masters of Education at York University. His area of research explores the lived experience of LGBTQ teachers in the provincial education system and what impact the choice to disclose has on educators both inside and outside the classroom.
In his (rare) spare time, Tim loves to travel, see live productions of any kind and eat as much diverse cuisine as possible.