People & Puppets
Introducing the People & Puppets who are our Staff, Contractors and Board of Directors for W.P. Puppet Theatre Society
Ezgi Turker (BA, MA, Political Science & Int’l Relations)
Ezgi Turker (she/hers) is a Turkish newcomer based in Calgary/Mohkinstsis. She has a background in political science and contemporary dance. She visions her work and art as a catalyzer for impact and she works, creates and performs for social cause.
Suzanne Clease (MPS-AT, CCC, PCAT, BEd)
Suzanne is a professional art therapist with a Master’s degree in psychotherapy.
She is a consultant and facilitator with VIEW from the Inside
Board of Directors
Kyle D. Mack, (BSW, RSW) President
Kyle is a social worker and puppetry enthusiast who was born and raised in Calgary. He has spent most of his professional life working directly with people overcoming many varieties of barriers and obstacles, and he has been inspired and amazed by each and every one of them. Kyle has worked with English language learners, elder abuse survivors, persons experiencing homelessness, and in the addictions and mental health field in both harm reduction and treatment/recovery contexts.
The fact that W.P. Puppet Theatre strives to enrich the social conscience of Calgary through the magic of puppetry is what makes Kyle incredibly proud to be a part of this wonderful organization.
Mirza Beg, Director
Mirza is a second year student at the University of Calgary majoring in Biomedical Sciences. I am interested in puppetry because of the beneficial impact it can have on mental health.
Nathan lives in Mohkinstis\Calgary on Treaty 7 with his family, and has a Bachelor of Child Studies, majoring in Child and Youth Care Counselling from Mount Royal University. He has worked in the human services sector in varying roles for 20 years, and currently works as a Program Supervisor in youth transitions for McMan Youth, Family and Community Services. Nathan illustrates and colours comic freelance, and works as a Research Assistant studying vicarious trauma at MRU. Nathan believes that puppetry is a unique, accessible tool that can be adapted for use in a wide variety of professional practices.
Karen is an educator and designer. She leads education programs at The Hangar Flight Museum. Her hobbies are travelling, family visits, gardening, and of course making masks and puppets!
Ksenia Artemova , Director (BA, MA Economics)
Ksenia has a background as a financial analyst. As a hobby she likes travelling, learning history and doing yoga. She actively engages in various initiatives that promote mental health awareness, recognizing its growing significance in today’s fast-paced world.