Born and raised in Thunder Bay, ON. Romu grew up in a home packed full with instruments and surrounded by the ambiance of the Boreal North. They've been playing music since the age of 3, emulating their older brother when he’d leave the piano bench. As a self-described “Subtle Agitator”, they seek to bring visibility to individuals with disabilities everywhere. Using music, not only as a creative outlet and career path but also as a platform for representation within the music industry.
Their fervor fizzled in their late teens as they underwent multiple surgeries for a spinal tumor and complications with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome. After recovering, Rachel Romu took to the world of fashion with Plutino Models, pushing for the inclusion of disabled people in the industry. Debuting with designer Hayley Elasesser, Romu was the first mobility aid user to be a part of Toronto Fashion Week. Recently, Rachel has spoken out about the needs of disabled people during the 2020 pandemic and the neglect that the Ontario provincial government has shown towards these issues. They’ve sought to do the same with the music industry as a performer, producer, and accessibility consultant for numerous events and festivals.
Their message to everyone: “We, disabled people, are more than fucking parking spaces. Acknowledge us, accommodate for us.”
Dubbed “ Toronto’s Force of nature” this Award-Winning International Burlesque Performer/Scholar & PhD Candidate/Theatre Maker will captivate you with her signature high energy choreography, enigmatic facial expressions, dynamic audience interaction, comedic timing, and powerful stage presence. Força has graced some of the largest burlesque stages worldwide. In 2019, she was invited to perform in the "Best Debut" category at the Burlesque Hall of Fame! A trained actor, director, and designer, she is an award-winning performer who is sure to leave your heart racing. Both brains and beauty, Força is presently pursuing her PhD, her current research focuses on the relationship between exoticism and contemporary burlesque performance.
She is part of the creative team behind Unmarked Theatre feminist theatre company. Their cabaret series "Creme de La Femme" has played to sold-out audiences in Toronto, and was invited to be a part of Buddies in Bad Times Theatre's official 2018 Pride season.
If you want more Força in your life , check out her instagram @forca.nature and her website www.forcaburlesque.com
Meet Actor-Director Arlen Aguayo Stewart! She made her directorial debut with the short film "Date Night", a project that exemplifies her love of inclusive and diverse storytelling which is featured in the New York Latino Film Festival 2020.
Did you know? TIFF has made a five-year commitment to increasing participation, skills, and opportunities for women behind and in front of the camera. They will prioritize gender parity with a focus on mentorship, skills development, media literacy, and activity for young people.
CFC and Netflix announce the creators and TV Series concepts selected for Project Development Accelerator! The selected filmmakers include Jennifer Holness, Sudz Sutherland,Pat Mills, Jonathan Lawrence and Faisal Lutchmedial. Check out the link below to find out more details about there amazing projects!