Staff profiles

KaDra Yusuf


Kadra Yusuf (she/her), Artistic Director, is a mixed media artist based in Calgary/Moh’kinsis. Her practice includes film, comedy, music, and cultural commentary. She is a graduate of the Herland Filmmaking Mentorship program and has directed content for various platforms. She feels most at home bringing socially-relevant art to the community. In her free time Kadra loves cooking, spending time with her cat Edgar, watching films, and dissecting comedy.

Kadra is excited to use her new role as EMMEDIA’s Artistic Director to support and uplift others in marginalized groups. She is looking forward to meeting artists and expanding her own practice. 

Janira Moncayo

Janira Moncayo (she/her), Operations Manager, is an emerging media artist and graphic designer, currently based in Mohkinstsis/ Calgary. By combining live video, found-footage and performance, she questions the misrepresentation of racial minorities in mainstream media and  challenges the predominance of stereotypical stories. Moncayo's films and installations have been exhibited locally and internationally. She is excited to be a part of the EMMEDIA team and share her passion for having a critical eye on the media we consume on a daily basis.


Joe Kelly

Photo Credit: Emily Promise Allison

Joe Kelly (he/him), Interim Rentals Coordinator, is a Calgary-based filmmaker and media artist whose works have been screened and awarded internationally. He explores and experiments with analog and digital video, animation, photography, super 8, 16 and 35mm format film, and creates kinetic sculptures to present his video-based installations that blend the wonder of early cinema with contemporary media technology.  

Isabel Stanleigh


Isabel Stanleigh (she/her), Communications and Outreach Coordinator, is a multidisciplinary artist and arts associate, with a passion for learning and exploring as much as she can. Growing up mixed race in Mohkinstsis/Calgary, she soon learned how significant of a role art and its respective spaces played in her life, and soon made a natural transition in her life to become as involved in the scene as possible. As well as working on art of multiple mediums herself, she thrives in community engagement and collaboration with others, especially her fellow creative community members, some of her favourite opportunities as of yet include her previous work with the Kiyooka Ohe Arts Centre and her current job with EMMEDIA.


Christian Argyll

Christian Argyll (he/him), Bookkeeper, has been with EMMEDIA since 2015. With a background in not-for-profit and arts management in Calgary dating back 19 years, he has also worked professionally as a photographer, filmmaker, and videographer. Overall Christian is a "people person" who enjoys putting ideas into action, both at the office and in the community.