Robin Sutherland

Robin Sutherland is the Founder and Artistic Director of Thinking Rock Community Arts, a community-based organization whose mission is to build community in the Algoma District of Northern Ontario by facilitating community art projects and supporting young people in building the communities they want to live in. Thinking Rock is in the second phase of a three year community-engaged project entitled “The Rivers Speak”, which invites community members from rural and First Nation communities together to explore personal and collective stories of local rivers and waterways through text, song, movement and theatre. They are working closely with Jumblies Theatre as a mentor organization through this process. In 2013 Robin apprenticed with Ruth Howard and Jumblies Theatre in community arts through the Theatre Ontario Professional Theatre Training Program which was instrumental in helping her establish Thinking Rock Community Arts in her home community of Algoma. She has completed the Jumblies Artfare Essential training including the Art of Community, Oral History and Art-Making, Directing for Community Performance and Collaborative Writing workshops. Robin has worked and collaborated with such groups as Jumblies Theatre, SKETCH, Aanmitaagzi, 4Elements Living Arts, Arts For All, Myths and Mirrors and Clay and Paper Theatre. Robin holds an Honours BA with High Distinction in Arts Management and Theatre from the University of Toronto, an MSc in Health and Community Development from the London School of Economics in London, UK and a Graduate Diploma in Social Innovation from the University of Waterloo. Above all Robin loves tea, canoeing, reading good books and relaxing at her Outpost Camp in the Mississaugi Valley with her partner Fred and puppy Selma.