Drew comes to Out On Screen with an extensive background in social profit management. After studying business at the University of Western Ontario, Drew went on a date and fell in love with queer film. Sometimes life's like that. Drew is particularly energized about film's power as a tool for social justice. Drew is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and currently serves on the LGBTQ Advisory Committee to Vancouver City Council. Drew identifies as trans and skates the gender binary preferring neither pronoun.
Metha wonders: How do media arts accelerate systemic change and build more connected, vibrant, and equitable communities? Metha has spent more than a decade working with that question as a program developer and director in a variety fields that include prisoner re-entry, media production and peace building around the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. She relocated from Brooklyn to Vancouver to pursue a Masters in community engagement geekery from UBC’s School for Community and Regional Planning where she explored how participatory media can engage community members who are excluded from decision-making. Her graduate work focused on helping to create a more trans*-inclusive Vancouver.
Jen Sung is a lifelong queer-rights advocate and public speaker. She holds a degree in Women and Gender Studies from UBC, specializing in feminist pedagogy, queer theory and media literacy. Jen has been featured on the cover of the Georgia Straight and performed on PechaKucha Night at the Vogue Theatre. She has a penchant for all things colourful and believes everyone has the capacity to change the world through their own creative lenses. In her free time she can be found perusing the aisles of your local grocery store and buying avocados in bulk.
When Shana Myara was 19 years old, she founded Nanaimo’s Barefoot in the Park Festival after convincing her father to build an outdoor stage. More recently, Shana has revitalized arts presentations at The Roundhouse (co-curating The Memory Festival and SUSTENANCE: Feasting on Food and Culture, and more) and inspired thousands to try Bike to Work Week. She's also an award-winning writer whose first film “Newcomers Swim Every Friday” was directed in 2012 by Meghna Haldar. Shana holds a Master of Fine Arts from UBC and is delighted to delve into queer stories every day— and to lead the programming of an exceptional festival that will bring us together, and into action.
Richard comes to Out On Screen with a degree from the University of British Columbia in Forestry along with an in-depth familiarity with non-profit, consulting, and private sector organizations. While working in fundraising and sponsorship, Richard discovered his passion for creating lasting and meaningful relationships with those devoted to developing our communities. One of the many that made the move from Ontario, Richard has found his place in Vancouver and can be found on the seawall, ski hills or enjoying the nightlife of the city.