speaker-photo

Raeesa Lalani

Vice President

Raeesa Lalani (she/her) is an arts professional flourishing as the new Artistic Director of the Prismatic Arts Festival. After an extensive volleyball career, the arts industry called her back as a professional, as Raeesa has long been active as an actress, singer and has been known to tickle the ivories too. Some of her accolades include: playing Gillian on BBC Worldwides' Dinosapien, portraying Maria Von Trapp in Rundle College's The Sound of Music and winning first place singing "100 Easy Ways to Lose a Man" from Wonderful Town in the Musical Theatre category at the Calgary Kiwanis Festival. Her hard work and determination has allowed her to shine in these areas but also earned her a scholarship at Dalhousie University as a varsity volleyball athlete making her a unique talent in both arts and athletics. As a student athlete at Dal, she obtained a B.A. in English and after her 5-year playing career was accepted at the University of King’s College where she acquired a graduate degree in Journalism. Raeesa feels immensely fulfilled being part of an organization that has enabled her to grow personally in the arts but also be a part of a greater cause that continually strives to help the growth of Indigenous and culturally diverse artists. She is active as a board of director for multiple non profit organizations, as she believes it is important to give back her time and support to members within her community.

Raeesa would like to acknowledge that she was born and raised on the traditional land of Stoney Nakoda in Wichispa Oyade and has now found her home on Mi’kma’ki land in K’jipuktuk.

(Photo credit: Kelly Li)