Malika Welsh has a dedication to art studies that is complemented by her academic knowledge, experience in theatrical production, as well as a flair for event management but she also loves playing video games and getting lol coaching sessions. Born in Grenada, Ms. Welsh majored in visual arts at the Etobicoke School of the Arts. In 2012 she achieved an Honours degree from Carleton University in Art History and Mass Communications, focusing on Canadian Art and Post-colonial Theory. Ms. Welsh has worked with the CentreTown Community Health Centre, helping to facilitate an art therapy program for children. She currently works with the Ottawa School of Art as their Development & Fundraising Coordinator and a visual arts instructor and is helping to revive the Ottawa Black Art Collective. For 3 years Ms.Welsh was the Curator in Residence at the Fritzi Gallery, in Ottawa. She has curated on behalf of BAND Gallery and TD Canada Trust. Ms.Welsh aspires to work in collaboration with other artists, continuing to promote art and education.
I completed a Bachelor of Fine Art at NSCAD University and a Certificate of Computer Animation at Sheridan College. I now work at Guru Studio in Toronto as a surfacing artist on television shows, including BBC’s BAFTA-nominated cartoon Dinopaws. In December 2014 I crowd-funded the publication of my first graphic novel, Chirault, and illustrated an entry in the Toronto Comics Anthology. I’m an incorrigible cat person, and a brush-pen and marker enthusiast.
Actor, Model, Choreographer, Teacher & Philanthropist Currently residing in Los Angeles as a recipient of the O1 Artist visa.
Post ESA Highlights:
- Scholarship Recipient, Graduated with honours from Point Park University’s Conservatory Dance Program in Pittsburgh, PA
- Professional Show Credits include: Beauty and The Beast (Walt Disney Company), West Side Story (WVA Symphony Orchestra), The Snow Queen (Playhouse Dance Co.) and multiple shows for Royal Caribbean Productions across Asia.
- Adjudicates, Choreographs and Teaches Master classes across Canada & USA
- Creative Team, Asst. to Linda Garneau, for Theatre20’s Inaugural Production of “Bloodless: The Trial of Burke and Hare” (Panasonic Theatre, Toronto, 2012)
- Artistic Director of PrePro Artist Collective, Co Founded with ESA Alumni Samantha Berardesca for triple threats
- Co-founder and Chairman of the Team Brother Bear Foundation of Canada, which supports children living with brain tumours
Justin Nozuka began writing his own songs at the age of 12. Since then he has continued to impress every person who comes across him. With an extremely successful first album, Nozuka’s sophomore record You I Wind Land and Sea has seen him headlining a 29 date tour across the globe and winning a 2011 NRJ award and SOCAN #1 award for the album’s second single Heartless. Playing support slots for world renowned artists such as Stevie Wonder, Mary J. Blige, John Mayer and Jason Mraz while lending his voice to bring attention to social causes, Nozuka continues to demonstrate his ability to impress and inspire on a global level.
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