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The Story Collider – Focus

January 19 2023, Studio Theatre

Running Time: 120 minutes
Recommended for ages 18+

Hosted by Misha Gajewski and Sara Mazrouei
Featuring storytellers Collette Micks, Nicole Mortillaro, Dr. Krishana Sankar, and Caitlin Starowicz

From heart-breaking to hilarious, The Story Collider show is a live storytelling event featuring stories from people of all walks of life about how science has affected their lives. Whether you wear a lab coat or haven’t seen a test tube since grade school, science is shaping all our lives. Join us in Toronto at the Factory Theatre on January 19th for an evening of true, personal stories about how science shifted our focus.

Hosted by Sara Mazrouei and Misha Gajewski with stories from CBC journalist and author Nicole Mortillaro, award-winning producer and director, Caitlin Starowicz, actor and storyteller Collette Micks, and award winning researcher and trained scientist Dr. Krishana Sankar.

from a roaring laugh to pin drop silence

delightful, devastating, and endlessly listenable.

The Washington Post

About the Storytellers

Collette Micks

Collette Micks is an actor, storyteller and corporate trainer. She studied theatre in Paris at Ecole Jacques Lecog and performed in theatre, film and television (Naturally Sadie, The Kennedy’s, Murdoch Mysteries). Collette has been offering an extremely successful Storytelling Course at The Second City Training Center in Toronto for several years. Collette continues to tell True Stories Live on stage for several Storytelling Shows in Toronto such as The Story Collider, Confabulation, But That’s Another Story and Raw Storytelling among others. Check out her storytelling blog www.collettemicks.com


Nicole Mortillaro

Nicole Mortillaro covers all things science for CBC News. As an amateur astronomer, Nicole can be found looking up at the night sky appreciating the marvels of our universe. She is the editor of the Journal of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada and the author of several books. In 2021, she won the Kavli Science Journalism Award from the American Association for the Advancement of Science for a Quirks and Quarks audio special on the history and future of Black people in science.


Dr. Krishana Sankar

Dr. Krishana Sankar is an award winning researcher and trained scientist and a sought after speaker. She completed her PhD at the University of Toronto in the Faculty of Medicine and has worked with several health organizations including the CDC, NIH and United Nations. Dr. Sankar is currently the Science Advisor and Community Partnerships Lead for ScienceUpFirst, an initiative of the Canadian Association of Science Centers. Through her work with the organization, she has engaged and collaborated with several community partners that serve those in equity-deserving and marginalized populations. A major aim of her work is to remove barriers to access of accurate and relevant information and to tackle misinformation in these groups. As a passionate science communicator, Dr. Sankar has been dispelling health and science misconceptions for several years, in person and on social media. Since the COVID-19 pandemic was declared in March 2020, she has been sharing accurate scientific information with different communities in Canada, The United States, Australia and Guyana. Her work and expertise has been shared on international outlets including Reuters, the Huffington Post & Global Citizen. Dr. Sankar is also a classically trained ballerina and has over 25 years of dance experience. During the pandemic, she began providing free virtual dance classes for family, friends, and healthcare providers. The feedback was overwhelmingly positive and she has continued to teach for almost 2 years. She is currently training in Bachata and Kizomba.


Caitlin Starowicz

Caitlin Starowicz is a director/producer for film and television. Her work focuses on the climate crisis, animal rights, women in STEM, and intersectional feminism. Her films have twice nominated for Best Documentary in Canada at the Canadian Screen Awards, and once for Best Documentary Director in Canada.