Meet the Team

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EMILY MAXWELL | Artistic Director & Founder

EMILY MAXWELL (she/her) is the Artistic Director & Founder of The Disability Collective. Emily is a queer, disabled, and neurodivergent artist who has worked for the last several years as a stage manager for theatre and live events. Emily founded The Disability Collective in 2020 as a way to combine her love for art with her passion for disability justice. Additionally, Emily has worked as the Accessibility & Programs Coordinator for Luminato Festival Toronto, and is currently working with the ReelAbilities Film Festival Toronto. In her spare time, Emily enjoys reading, writing, and working on various small crafts. Emily lives and works in Toronto with her fiancé, Nathan, and their two cats, Merry and Pippin.

Reach out to Emily at emily@thedisabilitycollective.com for inquiries about programming, social media, artist submissions, collaborations, partnerships, advertising, and promotions.

NATHAN SARTORE | Managing Director

NATHAN SARTORE (he/him) is the Managing Director of The Disability Collective. A queer and disabled theatre artist, Nathan is dedicated to bringing inclusion to all arts spaces. In addition to his work with The Disability Collective, Nathan is currently working as the Programming Coordinator at TO Live. In his spare time, Nathan enjoys reading, crafting, and spending time with his family. Nathan lives and works in Toronto with his fiancée, Emily, and their two cats, Merry and Pippin.

Reach out to Nathan at nathan@thedisabilitycollective.com for inquiries about money matters (donations, sponsorships, finances, and accounting), website questions, ticketing and box office, and contracts.

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ALI HAND | Director of Accessibility & Community Outreach

ALI HAND (she/her) is a disabled theatre artist and disability advocate on a journey with the goal of singing show tunes, telling stories, and making this wild industry inclusive and accessible for those who create and those who consume. Ali studied American Sign Language and Deaf culture at George Brown College, Leadership in Accessibility and Inclusion at Ryerson University and musical theatre at Randolph College. Whenever Ali isn't singing or studying, she is most likely spending her time cooking or hiking.

Reach out to Ali at ali@thedisabilitycollective.com for inquiries about accessibility, community communications and outreach, partnerships, and education.