Occurs on Wednesday May 10 2023

Approximate running time: 2 hours


Toronto ON M6K 2B2


× Instructor: Tasneem Nanji

May 10- June 28, Wednesdays, 2PM- 4PM

Class Description: "Finding Your Voice, Telling Your Story " is a unique class designed for the Artist, performer, storyteller, and songwriter to hone their craft by digging deeper Into their origin story and to use their experiences to create their best work.

This 8 week class will cover the basics of storytelling, through the process of writing, acting, music and performance. This class can be experienced by any level of songwriter performer or Artist. During the class participants will get to listen to a professional Canadian Artist come and share their journey as a Guest. Each week we will explore different parts of our selves emotionally, physically, and spiritually. We will really dig deep into just how our stories can help inspire and encourage others to be their best selves and how storytelling can serve as a vehicle for change in our lives. The last class will be an open performance event for the public to attend where each participant will have a unique opportunity to tell their story ! The purpose of this class is to guide you as an Artist in creating a road map that helps you Find your Voice and Tell Your Story !

Materials: Pen Pencil or writing tool Notebook Voice Recording Device ( if applicable to your process ) Accompanying Instrument ( if applicable to our process )

About the instructor: Tasneem is a Multi-Disciplinary bi-lingual English and French speaking Artist with roots in East Africa. They have a focus on acting, writing, music and directing. Musically, their alternative sound is a consequence of a multi cultural upbringing. They came of age growing up on Whitney Houston, Peter Gabriel, Afropop Worldwide, and Sade. They have appeared on the Saturday Night Live stage and performed at Carnegie Hall & Art Basel alongside the late Zaha Hadid. A graduate of New York University Tasneem has appeared as an actor on AMC & TruTV. Tasneem has participated in CBS Diversity Sketch Showcase as a writer and in the OutFest InFusion NBC/Universal emerging filmmakers program. Their short film September 10th about 2 Queer Canadian Muslims the night before 9-11 was chosen to be a part of a workshop at the John Humphrey Center for Peace and Human Rights in Edmonton. Tasneem wrote, directed, produced, composed the music to and starred in the film. September 10th received an Explore & Create Grant from Canada Council for The Arts and will premier at film festivals around the world. Tasneem has been a music mentor with a focus on women and non binary Artists for Artscape , Project Humanity, and Unité desArts. They are currently working with Massey Hall’s Project Lullaby which pairs songwriters with marginalized expecting mothers to create music. You can hear their music on Logo Channel, Amazon On Demand, and the film India Sweets & Spices. Tasneem seeks to create work and tell storiesthat amplify their unique voice and experience.

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