Elizabeth Helmers

Beth Helmers is a theatre artist working in community-engaged arts. Based in Toronto, she has worked as a director, actor, playwright, and artist educator. For the last three years she has been journeying with Jumblies through many projects, first as an intern at Arts4All on the play We Live Here, and then with Jumblies in Scarborough as a Metcalf Intern – travelling also to Puppetmongers, Arts4All, and Aanmitaagzii – and now as a lead artist in Scarborough. She is pleased as punch to be taking leadership of the newest Jumblies offshoot as Artistic Director of the Community Arts Guild, coming out of the residency in East Scarborough. Other places she can often be found include MABELLEarts and Arts4All, the Young People’s Theatre, the Paprika Festival, the Tarragon Theatre, and Tottering Biped Theatre in Burlington. She has been an associate professor in the acting program at Ryerson University, has created and directed projects with young women in Parkdale and Lawrence Heights through Theatre Revolve, and worked as an artist educator with Soulpepper and Canadian Stage. Beth has a BFA in acting from Ryerson University. She wishes to offer her love and gratitude to all the people in East Scarborough and KGO who have come to play with such enthusiasm and open-heartedness, and to her fellow artists and Jumblies staff, who tirelessly invent new ways of making life delightful.