Aisha Ghali

Aisha Ghali is a filmmaker and cartoonist based in so-called Toronto. They’ve worked as a director and storyboard artist for animated television and feature film since graduating from the Bachelor of Animation program at Sheridan College in 2016. They maintain an independent film and comic practice where they explore dramatic narratives about mundane circumstances.

Gustavo Cerquera Benjumea


Gustavo Cerquera Benjumea is a Toronto-based animator, digital media artist, and teacher. He specializes in computer animation, installation, and drawing. His work has been exhibited across Canada and internationally. He currently teaches at OCAD and Brock University.

Tobias Williams

Board Member

Tobias Williams is an artist and educator based in Toronto, Canada. He holds an MFA from York University and currently works as an instructor at OCAD U, Humber College and Toronto School of the Arts. His work has been shown both locally and internationally including exhibitions at Material Art fair in Mexico City, The Brandscape In Toronto, the AGM in Mississauga and an upcoming exhibition with Transmediale in Berlin.

Tobias’s art and research practice uses 3d rendering and animation to explore the relationship between art, society and technology. Recent projects of his have focused on topics such as the history of Blockchain, the influence of platform based algorithms on contemporary visual culture and the ontology of virtual art spaces.

Veronica Ladico

Board Member

Veronica Ladico is a filmmaker, editor, and artist based in Tkaronto. After receiving their BFA in Film Production from York University, Veronica worked primarily on independent films and network series and is interested in experimental animation as it intersects with live action film and performance art.

Isaac King

Board Member

Isaac King is an award-winning animation artist, filmmaker, commercial director, and teacher. Using various handmade techniques, his films focus on ecology and society with humour and warmth. Isaac’s recent MFA thesis work incorporates outdoor animation and installation.

Niki Sehmbi


Niki Sehmbi graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Minor in Expanded Animation from the OCAD University. Her work can be found online at and



Myfanwy Ashmore

Managing Director

Contact for all general operations, strategic directions, programming, and co-presentations, TAIS memberships, and all community-based projects, studio bookings, equipment bookings, as well as in studio workshops through TAIS Studio Skills program.

Phone: 416-533-7889




Placements @ TAIS

Offered through OCAD University, Sheridan College, Seneca College, and/or the University of Toronto

Each year, TAIS partners with local post-secondary and secondary schools to provide opportunities for students.

2022/23 TAIS Fall & Winter Students
Animation Programs Assistant: Kriti Madhukar
Animation Programs Assistant: Estefani Tito

2019/20 TAIS Fall & Winter Students
Animation Programs Assistant: Nikola Boiadjiev
Animation Studio & Workshop Assistant: Jay Clarke

2018 TAIS Spring & Summer Student
Animation Studio & Workshop Assistant: Leo Levine
Animation Programs Assistant: Fahmina Israt
Outreach Assistant: Tristen Parodi

2017/18 TAIS Fall & Winter Students
Program Coordination Assistant: Annalissa McConville
Program Coordination Assistant: Simone Northey
Production/Technical Assistant: Dorsa Bidhendi

2016/17 TAIS Fall & Winter Students
Program Coordination Assistant: Kiyoe Tamashiro
Animation Events Assistant: Stephanie Reynolds
Studio & Communications Assistant: Cheryl Ann-Aiken
Production/Technical Assistant: Jawa El Khash

2016/17 TAIS Summer Students
Production/Technical Assistant: Adso Almeida Papandrea
Design Studio Assistant: Thais Leiros Costa
Studio & Communications Assistant: Martin Roger Nkpwang Ze

2015/16 TAIS Fall & Winter Students
Production Assistant: Raphael Sanchez
Outreach Assistant: Niya Vaillancourt
Workshops Assistant: Brian Kouhi