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Our Team

What We Do?

Meet our team members who have dedicated their talent and experience to support the association.

PRESIDENT, ISA, CANADA

DAN VAIDA

Born raised and classically trained in Romania, stage and film actor, Dan Vaida, moved in 2008 to Canada to pursue a career in Film and TV. After encountering some setbacks, like any actor does, Dan managed to get some credits in big American TV shows such as: Fringe, Psych, Arrow, Supernatural and also in independent films. He is very excited about being part of ISA because he sees it as an opportunity to bring to light stories that otherwise will remain unknown.

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PRESIDENT, ISA, USA

DANIELA PODOBEA

Daniela Podobea was born in Romania in the city of Cluj-Napoca--the heart of Transylvania- where she grew up in a family of musicians: Her father, Gheorghe Mogosan, one of the most acclaimed internationally known baritone voices, and her two talented brothers, tenor Cristian Mogosan, and music conductor Flaviu Mogosan.

Singing was an integral part of Daniela's life. She longed to carry on her father's opera-centered music legacy, and yet that proved to be a journey of self-discovery and emotional awakening.

Her musical studies from the age of seven at the Sigismund Toduţă Academy of Music where she studied oboe, piano, and her voice was a stepping stone towards discovering her voice and exclusively developing herself as an operatic soprano. In 2009, Podobea moved to Los Angeles, where she continued her musical journey. Since 2013 her vocal knowledge has grown under the extraordinary guidance of Carol Neblett.

VICE PRESIDENT, ISA

MILAN M'ENESTI

Milan’s career focus ranges from acting (scriptwriting, stage production, acting, teaching performance and directing) to education. Having completed a Doctorate in Education in 2018, Milan’s research revolved around inequities for English Language Learners from Under-represented Languages (ELL-UL) into the public educational system. As inequities exist at all levels, being the Vice-President of the Inclusive Showcase Association (an international non-profit organization), Milan thrives to help in revealing new artistic talents who have merits but not know the ways to success.

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SECRETARY, ISA

DANIEL ISTOC

Daniel Istoc is the co-Founder of a theatre company in Oradea. He loves stage playing and he finds the art of acting not only challenging and intriguing but also satisfying. His last performance was in Bram Stoker’s Dracula at the Flowertown Theatre (Charleston, SC). Even though Daniel is an instructor of Math, he is also a poet and a play writer.

TREASURER, USA ISA

NABIL BOUDRAA

Nabil Boudraa is Professor of French and Francophone Studies at Oregon State University. He has recently received several grants and awards, including a Fulbright Scholar Award (2011) and 3 National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute Grants (2007, 2014, and 2017). He has published on a range of topics related to the francophone world and particularly to North African cultures. He holds a Ph.D. from Louisiana State University, a Research Fellowship at Harvard University, an MA from Queens College, another MA from l’Université de Caen in France, and a BA from Algiers University.

Among Boudraa’s publications:Algeria on Screen: The Films of MerzakAllouache, Francophone Cultures Through Film, Hommage à KatebYacine and North African Mosaic: A Cultural Re-appraisal of Ethnic and Religious Minorities.

TREASURER, CANADA ISA

JOANNA RANNELLI

Joanna attended the BFA Acting program at UBC. She is an avid believer in art that suggests conversation, movement, self-reflection and change within the community. She is continually working on her craft. Joanna feels privileged to collaborate with this amazing company and is excited for what's in store.

“Art is written on the wind”- Peter Brook.