Aliya is a director, creator, performer, producer, and facilitator with a keen interest in political and socially engaged theatre. She is the founder and Artistic Director of The Troika Collective, a multi-disciplinary performance collective that uses Eastern European history and culture as a lens to explore universally resonant stories and themes. Past projects with The Troika Collective include directing and co-creating Voices from Chernobyl and Nevesti Vodih. She also directed the North America premiere of Torsten Buchsteiner’s Nordost, as well as Lauren Kresowaty’s Olya the Child, and two pieces for the only Canadian presentation of the internationally performed Belarusian Dream Theater. Aliya was a creator and performer in Troika!, an original piece about growing up Ukrainian-Canadian. When not directing and creating, she performs with her own vocal group Vostok, specializing in music from Eastern Europe and the Balkans. Aliya holds a BA in theatre performance and political science from SFU and is working towards her Masters in Arts for Social Change.
Marcello Di Cintio, author of "Walls: Travels Along the Barricades"
Caroline Sniatynski, Stephanie Henderson, Jessica Hood, Victoria Lyons, Elizabeth Kirkland, Pedro Chamale, Derek Chan, Deneh'Cho Thompson, Gina Allen, Manuela Sosa, Keara Barnes, Frances Worster and Brad Griffin (no relation).