Founding Members

 
  Lauren MacKinlay   Lauren MacKinlay is a Digital Producer for Sphere Media Plus, the award-winning Canadian television production company. She was nominated for a 2017 Canadian Screen Award for her work producing 19-2’s Cross Platform Digital Series  19-2 Ride Along  and is currently serving as Executive Producer for Sphere’s first original web series,  Earthling House Huntress , produced for CBC.  Hailing from an independent film background, MacKinlay has produced half a dozen short films, many of which have toured the festival circuit internationally. She recently produced the short film  The Girl Next Door  starring Lara Jean Chorostecki ( X Company, Hannibal ), which took home the Prodigy Auteur Prize at the Amsterdam Film Festival, as well as  Lifeguard Productions ' short film  Just A Prayer , awarded the prize for Best Cinematography   at PLAYR, the York Region Film Festival.  For Women On Screen, her work includes overseeing screenplay development incubators for female-identifying writers, coordinating networking events for women in the entertainment industry, running female-focused panels and film screenings and, in general, encouraging the development of female-driven content in film and television.

Lauren MacKinlay

Lauren MacKinlay is a Digital Producer for Sphere Media Plus, the award-winning Canadian television production company. She was nominated for a 2017 Canadian Screen Award for her work producing 19-2’s Cross Platform Digital Series 19-2 Ride Along and is currently serving as Executive Producer for Sphere’s first original web series, Earthling House Huntress, produced for CBC.

Hailing from an independent film background, MacKinlay has produced half a dozen short films, many of which have toured the festival circuit internationally. She recently produced the short film The Girl Next Door starring Lara Jean Chorostecki (X Company, Hannibal), which took home the Prodigy Auteur Prize at the Amsterdam Film Festival, as well as Lifeguard Productions' short film Just A Prayer, awarded the prize for Best Cinematography at PLAYR, the York Region Film Festival.

For Women On Screen, her work includes overseeing screenplay development incubators for female-identifying writers, coordinating networking events for women in the entertainment industry, running female-focused panels and film screenings and, in general, encouraging the development of female-driven content in film and television.

  Farah Merani   Actor/Filmmaker Farah Merani is a graduate of the Drama Centre London and the University College Drama Program at the University of Toronto, as well as receiving a diploma in Business Management for Media Professionals, co-sponsored by Humber College and WIFT. She has performed in Canada and the US, throughout Europe and in Russia.  Recent credits include: Shadowhunters, Nikita, Lost Girl, Covert Affairs, V Morgan is Dead and The Listener, the World Premiere of Little Pretty and the Exceptional (Factory Theatre) and the 2016 Summerworks hit, Trompe le Mort (Honourable Mention for Best Performance).  Farah has produced dozens of films with her company,  Lifeguard Productions , co-produced a webseries, SUDDEN MASTER, for OMNI TV, and just had a first feature film, GREAT GREAT GREAT, complete a theatrical release across Canada. Currently, she has a digital series in development with Fullscreen and also has several TV series at various stages of development. Her film work has screened widely on the international festival circuit.  Farah is currently the co-chair of the Diversity Committee at Actra Toronto. She has contributed and participated regularly on a variety of professional panels and conferences, speaking specifically to diversity and gender issues in the film industry.

Farah Merani

Actor/Filmmaker Farah Merani is a graduate of the Drama Centre London and the University College Drama Program at the University of Toronto, as well as receiving a diploma in Business Management for Media Professionals, co-sponsored by Humber College and WIFT. She has performed in Canada and the US, throughout Europe and in Russia.

Recent credits include: Shadowhunters, Nikita, Lost Girl, Covert Affairs, V Morgan is Dead and The Listener, the World Premiere of Little Pretty and the Exceptional (Factory Theatre) and the 2016 Summerworks hit, Trompe le Mort (Honourable Mention for Best Performance).

Farah has produced dozens of films with her company, Lifeguard Productions, co-produced a webseries, SUDDEN MASTER, for OMNI TV, and just had a first feature film, GREAT GREAT GREAT, complete a theatrical release across Canada. Currently, she has a digital series in development with Fullscreen and also has several TV series at various stages of development. Her film work has screened widely on the international festival circuit.

Farah is currently the co-chair of the Diversity Committee at Actra Toronto. She has contributed and participated regularly on a variety of professional panels and conferences, speaking specifically to diversity and gender issues in the film industry.

  Ciara Murphy   Ciara’s interest in mining the complexities of women’s stories, and in exploring different ways to tell these stories, has been around for as long as she can remember. Prior to co-founding Women On Screen with her powerhouse colleagues, Ciara worked as a Production Coordinator with Pier 21 Films on the DGC and CSA award-winning movie of the week, Jack, about the late NDP leader Jack Layton, and on Treasures Decoded, a factual series that uncovers the mysteries surrounding ancient artefacts. She was an Associate Producer on the unaired pilot episode of The Beaverton, also with Pier 21. In 2015, she was the recipient of the WIFT Deluxe Toronto Post-Production Mentorship.  When she’s not focusing on WOS, Ciara serves as a Naval Communicator with the Royal Canadian Naval Reserves, where she continues to develop her own complex story.

Ciara Murphy

Ciara’s interest in mining the complexities of women’s stories, and in exploring different ways to tell these stories, has been around for as long as she can remember. Prior to co-founding Women On Screen with her powerhouse colleagues, Ciara worked as a Production Coordinator with Pier 21 Films on the DGC and CSA award-winning movie of the week, Jack, about the late NDP leader Jack Layton, and on Treasures Decoded, a factual series that uncovers the mysteries surrounding ancient artefacts. She was an Associate Producer on the unaired pilot episode of The Beaverton, also with Pier 21. In 2015, she was the recipient of the WIFT Deluxe Toronto Post-Production Mentorship.

When she’s not focusing on WOS, Ciara serves as a Naval Communicator with the Royal Canadian Naval Reserves, where she continues to develop her own complex story.

Our Team

 
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Lara Jean Chorostecki

Associate Producer

Lara Jean's career has spanned stage and screen in multiple genres from sci-fi and fantasy to political drama. LJ's work has been acknowledged with a Canadian Screen Award Nomination (X Company), two Canadian Comedy Award Nominations (Please Kill Mr. Know it All and Dan for Mayor), the CIFF Best Actress Award (Joseph and Mary), and the CFF Best Ensemble Award (Barn Wedding). She is widely recognized for her film and television roles including work in NBC’s Hannibal, ABC’s Designated Survivor, Starz/CBC miniseries Camelot, Brandon Cronenberg’s feature film Antiviral,  BBC America’s Copper, the web series We are Disorderly and The Ungratefuls, and guest star appearances on numerous tv series.

On stage she has enjoyed lead roles with the prestigious Stratford Festival of Canada, Canstage, Resurgence Theatre, and Theatre Smash. 

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Jen Pogue

Associate Producer

Jen Pogue is a Toronto-based Actor & Producer. Recent Acting credits include: How to Buy a BabyOdd SquadReignBeauty and the Beast and award-winning feature films Chasing Valentine (nominated for best supporting Actress at MIFF) & The Masked Saint

Jen has produced on over a dozen short films and and music videos and is a contributing producer for the Film Production Collective Filmcoop Inc.  Films currently traveling the festival circuits include Time Out (winner of "Best World Short Film" at ARFF), Orchid  (Toronto ACTRA Women's Committee Grant Award Recipient), Jessica Jessica (multi-award winning, released on CBC Canadian Reflection Program), and the upcoming feature film Things I Do For Money (Shoot Good Films Inc., Federgreen Ent. & Filmcoop Inc). Ongoing, Jen is a Producer & Media manager for the award-winning comedy company The National Theatre of the World, and contributing producer for The Baram and Snieckus Podcast and The Firecracker Dept. Jen also serves as an Associate Producer for Women on Screen and co-creator/host of their new podcast series Women on Screen Out Loud, as well as the Industry Series Producer for The Canadian Film Fest (CFF) - a festival dedicated to celebrating Independent Canadian films and Filmmakers.

 

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Natalie Lisinska

Associate Producer/Founding Member

Natalie Lisinska is an award winning Canadian Film and Television actor. She got her first big break as the lead in CBC’s At The Hotel created and directed by Ken Finkleman. Other credits include the fan favourite character of Aynsley Norris in BBC America’s smash hit Orphan Black (Canadian Screen Award), Alex Cranston, the lead character in CBC’s InSecurity (Canadian Screen Award nomination), Bitten, Lost Girl, Saving Hope, Flashpoint and more.

Feature credits include her Canadian Comedy Award nominated performance in the award winning Young People Fucking which took the Toronto International Film Festival by storm, Atom Egoyan’s Chloe alongside Julianne Moore, and Len Wiseman’s Total Recall with Colin Farrell.

 
 

Partners

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Mentors

Present and Past Mentors of Women on Screen Initiatives.

 
 
 
 

Amy Cameron       

Executive Producer, Cameron Pictures

Hannah Cheeseman   

Co-President, Abberant Pictures

Melissa D’Agostino

Actor, Writer, Producer

Mackenzie Donaldson

Co-President, Abberant Pictures

Jenn Engels

Writer

Gillian Ferrier

Writer, Actor

Lori Fishburg

Producer

Marsha Green

Writer

Melanie Hadley

Executive in Charge of Production, CBC

Stephanie Kaliner

Writer, Actor

Michelle Latimer

Director, Founder of Streel Films

David Lengyel

Producer

Stephanie Morgenstern

Writer, Director, Executive Producer, Flashbang Productions

Stephanie Ouakinie

Producer, Smokebomb Entertainment

Samantha Wan

Actor, Filmmaker

Tyrone Warner
Senior Producer, Comedy - Digital, CBC

Tara Woodbury

Head of Development, Sphere Media Plus

Nathalie Younglai

Writer

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Alumni

Alumni of Women on Screen's Web Series Incubator.

 

2017

Natasha Backlin

Deborah Beckers

Caroline Concordia

Michelle Jedrzejewski

Shetu Modi

Jessica Perkins

Ana Sani

Larissa Thomas

2016

Caitlin Carmody

Chattrisse Dolabaille

Alexis Hancey

Shannon Lit

Emily Saso

Jessica Seguin

Bronwyn Szabo

Jill Taylor

2015

Domini Anderson

Wendy Litner

Nicole Saltz

Brianne Hogan

Ivy Johnson

Julie Lederer

Katherine Andrews

Annie Jo

Helen Juvonen

 
 
 

Contributers

Generous Contributers to Women on Screen Initiatives.

 

Ivy Johnson
2016 Web Series Incubator Producer

Caitlin Carmody
2017 Web Series Incubator Producer

Megan Terriss 

photographer

Ian Rayburn

videographer