STO Union works with numerous artists on a project basis. Please see: show credits and collaborators/ under the STOre tab.
The STO Union core team consists of:
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Franceska Gnarowski, President
Peter Coady, Vice President
Denise Deziel, Secretary
François Édouard Bernier, Treasurer
Agnes McMillan, Past President
PARTNERS + VOLUNTEERS
STO Union engages in multiple partnerships with different organizations and artists on a project-by-project basis.
Please see credit listings on each project.
STO Union has had the support of hundreds of volunteers, many of them residing in the small communities of West Québec. We are eternally grateful to all of the hundreds of people that have lent a hand in all aspects of show creation, production and dissemination. STO Union’s volunteers inspire us to keep going.
NADIA ROSS - ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Since 1992, founder and artistic director of STO Union, Nadia Ross has continuously explored the thresholds of the theatre event.
Recognized with the Siminovitch Prize for her fierce vision, Ross’ projects consistently challenge what is the stage and who and what can be on it. With that challenge, she seeks to renew the collaborative forms of the inter-artistic scene by joining with amateurs and professionals, rural and urban, anglophone and francophone and working with all art forms to create public experiences that resonate with realness and intimacy.
Her interest in new forms of collaboration has resulted in intimate portraits of people and communities, like the creations Recent Experiences (2000 – 2006) and Revolutions in Therapy (2003 – 2006) with artist Jacob Wren; 7 Important Things (2007- 2015) with counter-culture figure George Acheson and her collaborations with the STO Union Team and community in Wakefield, Quebec: Earle’s Hall Live (2011-16), What Happened to the Seeker (2014 – 2017), The Twilight Parade (2018- ), and Super Ego Out Loud (2019- ). Some have long lives and have found audiences world-wide, while others are ephemeral and local by design. Thus, Ross is not an artist easily defined despite the consistent vision her projects exhibit.
ROB SCOTT - TECHNICAL DIRECTOR
Rob Scott is STO Union’s head technical director, stage manager and a creative collaborator.
Since 2006 he has has done a bit of everything for STO Union, including touring with the company’s mainstage shows. Rob is a thirty-five year veteran of CBC television. During his time with the CBC he primarily worked for Newsworld’s “Power and Politics,” and also on all aspects of television, including as a director, switcher, cameraman, and soundman for all different genres.
His experience at the CBC has acted as an influencer on STO Union projects: from creating a three camera tv studio for the infamous Earle’s Hall Live (2011-2016) project, to building sets and props for most of STO Union’s shows over the past ten years.
SHAUNA KADYSCHUK - MANAGER + PRODUCER
Originally trained in narrative sociology in Calgary, Alberta, Shauna translated her skills into several roles including freelance writer and editor, researcher, communications advisor and program manager.
Having travelled and lived abroad for many years, she moved to Ottawa from Latin America in 2011 for the Master’s of Political Management program, which opened up a new roster of roles in policy, advocacy and external relations. Soon after arriving in Ottawa she needed to get away, took a right turn, stumbled upon Wakefield, Quebec, and never wanted to leave.
Now an active member of the community, Shauna supports a number of organizations in a variety of roles, including management, finance, and strategic planning. Shauna spends any free time finding new routes to travel to, through and be in the surrounding forests.