Joanne Vannicola is an Emmy award-winning actor and writer. They have been nominated for a Genie, a Gemini, and an ACTRA award. Credits include: Stonewall (TIFF), Love and Human Remains (TIFF), Wolfboy (Passe Muraille), Being Erica (CBC/ Netflix), Slasher (Netflix/Shaftsbury), Rookie Blue (Global TV), Maggie’s Secret (CBS), Stardom (TIFF), DNA (TIFF), PSI Factor, and Street Legal. Vannicola started and is the chair of outACTRAto, the new LGBTQ+ committee at ACTRA, and sits on the sexual assault adhoc committee for women in film and television.  Their recently released memoir, All We Knew But Couldn’t Say (summer 2019), is available online and in stores everywhere. Vannicola is the recipient of the Leslie Yeo award for volunteerism (2019). They have a piece in the anthology Cuarenta y Nueve, a book by 49 artists for the 49 victims of the Orlando Pulse club massacre. They are currently co-developing a new series primarily with women, and working on their second book, a YA novel. Joanne also founded the non-profit organization, Youth Out Loud, between 2004- 2009, raising awareness about child abuse and sexual violence. Equity issues have always been at the forefront of Joanne’s work both in their artistic world and in their personal/political life. Vannicola can be found on Twitter and Instagram @joannevannicola and through their website as well as the organization Youth Out Loud