Meet the Judges

The Pitch-Portfolio Competition will be considered by a panel of 5 industry level judges:

Flavius Dica | Gloria Kagawa | Heather Majaury | Wafik Moussa | Sam Varteniuk

Flavius Dicajudge-flavius
Flavius is a driven self-starter finishing his Liberal arts degree and focusing on entrepreneurship at University of Waterloo. He already has his own marketing and distributorship company, powered by Amway Global, and is active as a Free Runner/ Traceur, and martial artist. At heart, he is a nerd and comic book bounty hunter.

Flavius’ passions include Science, Tech, Gaming, and helping others achieve their dreams and goals in life, and wishes to bring the world to a new era of scientific and technological advancements and understanding.

judge-gloriaGloria Kagawa

Born in Denver, Colorado, printmaker and multi-media artist Gloria Kagawa now works in her farmstead studio near New Hamburg, Ontario.

Gloria Kagawa is primarily a printmaker, who has developed several methods of creating original prints, and she continues to experiment with new materials and techniques. She is also a skilful painter, experimenting in her rural studio near New Hamburg, Ontario, with variations of oriental-style brushwork which sometimes appear in her mixed media works. Kagawa’s pieces are in many private as well as public collections. She has exhibited widely in this region, across Canada, the United States, Europe and Asia. Her most recent award, in a long list, is Waterloo Region’s Visual Arts Award. The images of Kagawa’s pieces are complex, often including architectural elements, as well as suggestive shadows of plant or human life. Each piece offers understated observations about life and contexts. She completed a B.A. in Fine Arts, and then an Honours B.A. in Fine Arts at the University of Waterloo. She is a quietly private person and artist, whose work and classes are widely appreciated, in high demand. Gloria Kagawa has also been active in supporting the work of other artists, as a juror, a teacher, and, for instance, a-co-founder of the popular Rural Routes Studio Tour in Wilmot Township, which began in 2004.

Heather Majauryjudge-heather

Heather Majaury (BA BAED MA) is an actor-playwright and theatre creator with a background in arts administration, independent journalism, and broadcast media. She is currently developing a one woman show entitled This is My Drum, which will open in Kitchener February 5th at the Registry Theatre. She is one of the founders of The Kaleidoscope Collective, a new professional theatre company in Kitchener/Waterloo that focuses on the theatrical voices of women of diversity. This is My Drum is the company’s inaugural mainstage production. It is being presented by MT Space as part of their 2015 Indigenous spring series of monodramas.

Heather is also an Artistic Associate of MT Space and the past producer of IMPACT International Theatre Festival. She is an applied theatre practitioner who delivers customized workshops to various organizations, businesses, community groups and institutions. She has delivered workshops,  programming, performance coaching,  play polishing services,  and facilitation to Wilfrid Laurier University in several departments and offices,  Communitech, The National Campus Community Radio Association,  University of Guelph, Guelph Community Living, ACCKWA, The Waterloo Catholic School Board, The YMCA and many many more. She is currently co-facilitating an artist in the community project with Inter Arts Matrix entitled Generation to Generation.

judge-wafikWafik Moussa

Wafik Moussa, MASc., P.Eng., obtained his Masters of Engineering degree from University of Waterloo and has been working for the last five years in the field of medical robotics across Canada, US and Europe.

Being involved with international consultancy, project management and business acquisitions, he is currently pursuing his MBA at Wilfrid Laurier University in hopes of enriching his practical experience with academic knowledge.

With a passion for alternative art, he hopes he can aid local artists make sound business and budgeting decisions to achieve their goals. Notably, Wafik was involved with the start of the underground/metal music scene in Egypt, and also managed a band of the same genre.

Sam Varteniukjudge-sam

Sam Varteniuk has spent 15 years writing, directing, producing, and starring in stage plays, short films, and sketch comedy.  His company Mostly Water Theatre was a staple of the Edmonton International Fringe Festival, and he has been a regular contributor to CBC Radio’s The Irrelevant Show.  His history of community creation and education stretch from academia (graduate degree in Drama from the University of Alberta) to institutions like Edmonton’s Walterdale Playhouse and Kitchener’s JM Drama Alumni, where he currently serves as Artistic Director.

Sam spent three years as an Artistic Associate at the Citadel Theatre in Edmonton, AB, facilitating talkbacks and delivering pre-show lectures to groups of seniors and students.  Sam has worked extensively in the world of Drama Therapy/Theatre for Social Change, collaborating with mental health organizations, seniors’ communities, and newcomers to Canada to tell their stories; he recently embarked on another such collaboration with KW’s Extend-A-Family. He is currently the General Manager of The Registry Theatre in downtown Kitchener where he also programs the Dance the Theatre for Young Audiences series.

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