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Alumni Profiles

Alumni Spotlight: Franco Boni (AMPD)

Franco Boni is an award-winning arts and community builder. In early 2019, Franco took on the role of artistic and executive director at one of Vancouver’s signature events, the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival. Recently, York theatre students and artistic directors of playground Festival at York, Cat Brown and Jade Silman, caught up with Franco to talk about his career to date.

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Alokananda Dasgupta (BFA ’09)

Alokananda Dasgupta (BFA ’09) is a leading global contemporary music composer located in Mumbai. She most recently composed the background score for Netflix’s Sacred Games, to international acclaim. We caught up with her in Toronto to talk about her experience at York and her career to date. 

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Melissa Maker (BBA ’05)

Melissa Maker is host of the CleanMySpace YouTube channel and founder of the housekeeping service Clean My Space. Maker provides useful, time-saving cleaning tips, tricks and recommendations to her YouTube following of 850,000 subscribers. She shared her success since her time at York with us.

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Ori Dagan (BFA '07)

Ori Dagan graduated from AMPD with a BFA in Music. Since his time at York, Ori has been a staple of the Toronto jazz music scene and in recent years, has been showcasing his work on the international stage.

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Habiba Nosheen (MA ’08)

Emmy and Peabody award-winning investigative journalist and filmmaker Habiba Nosheen (MA ’08), recently sat down with Julie Lafford, York’s Executive Director of Alumni Engagement, to reflect on her time at York and her life since leaving campus.

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Oksana Sirju (BFA ’17) and Katelyn McCulloch (BFA ’11)

The York University Alumni Engagement recently team sat down with York alumni Katelyn McCulloch (BFA ’11) and Oksana Sirju (BFA ’17), both actors at Ontario’s Stratford Festival. For both, the pair stay busy balancing their time between rehearsals and shows.

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Larissa Crawford (BA ’18)

Larissa Crawford is from Calgary, Alberta, and her work applies anti-racism and Indigenous knowledge to renewable energy policy and program development in Canada. In 2018, Larissa founded Larissa Crawford Speaks, extending her research, consulting, training, and speaking services to diverse clients working with renewable energy, youth upskilling, and policy.

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Mike D’Urzo (BA ’07)

Mike D’Urzo is an international award winning magician and mentalist. He performs hundreds of shows annually for some of the largest corporations, theatres and television networks across North America. We talked briefly about his experience at York and what impact his time here had on his career.

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Diana Golts (BA '10)

Diana is currently a producer living in NYC since graduating with an MFA in film from Columbia University. She is currently working on the the second season of Dirty Money on Netflix. We chatted with her about her experience as a student at York as well as her current work in film and television.

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Gregory Scott (BA ’03)

Gregory Scott graduated from LA&PS with a BA in East Asian Studies. He earned his master’s degree at the University of Toronto before completing his PhD at Columbia University. He is currently a lecturer of Chinese Culture and History at the University of Manchester in the UK. We chatted with him about his time as an undergraduate at York as well his current role preparing the students of today to understand and interact with China.

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Doug Ross (BA '83)

"Who would have known that from my start on York’s Keele campus I would spend much of my professional live as an international executive working in over 20 countries around the world and gaining extensive experience in Africa and Asia Pacific as well as Europe?"

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