Team

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Christina Bagatavicius

Principal

Christina believes in forward-looking cultural programming, uplifting public engagement processes, and communications that captures the hearts and minds of a wider public. As Principal and Co-Founder of Bespoke, she collaborates with inspiring and creative clients who are committed to making lasting positive change.

Christina brings over fifteen years of international experience working with renowned culture and city building projects. Prior to launching Bespoke, she was the Curator and Head of Interpretation at the Tate in London, where she shaped the visitor experience for a world-leading art museum. During her time as a Project Director at Bruce Mau Design, she worked with a global roster of creative clients, from the Oprah Winfrey Network to the Liverpool Biennial. Christina holds an MA in History of Art with Distinction, from University College London and an Honours Philosophy BA from McGill University.

 
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Sabrina Richard

Planner & Architect

An architect by training and a cultural planner by profession, Sabrina is completing a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley in architecture and planning. Throughout her career she has led numerous large scale and complex architectural and cultural planning projects in Canada and abroad, spanning needs assessments, feasibility studies, strategic planning and community engagement. Sabrina is dedicated to the realization of thoughtful, dynamic and meaningful cultural spaces enriched by innovative design, public engagement, community activation and inclusive consultation.

Prior to co-founding Bespoke, Sabrina was the senior planner at Lundholm Associate Architects, an architectural practice and planning consultancy specializing in museums, archives and cultural institutions. Sabrina’s scholarly research has been published by the Mellon Foundation, Routledge Press, and the UC Davis Sustainability Consortium. She is currently a researcher and the community engagement lead on a multi-year SSHRC grant with Memorial University (pending).

 
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Sagan MacIsaac

Creative Strategist

Sagan MacIsaac is a creative strategist who works across arts, culture and city-building initiatives. Since 2017, her work with Bespoke has spanned across communications, community engagement, cultural programming and facilitation, informing major projects including: Toronto Biennial of Art, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, StART (City of Toronto), Sidewalk Toronto, The Meadoway, WoodGreen Community services, City of Ottawa, Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto, Waterfront Toronto, Quadrangle and Mount Sinai.

Prior to joining Bespoke, Sagan produced and managed events, performances and installations for Art of the Danforth, YYZ Artists’ Outlet and the Art Gallery of Ontario as well as curated many self-initiated projects, focusing on how to engage Torontonians in a rich cultural life. Sagan is a graduate of OCAD University’s Criticism and Curatorial Practice program and in 2015 she founded Sagan Editions to make Canadian art more accessible to a broader audience by producing limited edition artist multiples.

 
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Alia Rasul

Project Coordinator

Alia Rasul is a process-driven project coordinator known for her resourcefulness and creative problem-solving. She is responsible for the day-to-day management and coordination needs of key projects and increasingly has played a vital role in shaping Bespoke’s public engagement work. To date, she has successfully delivered a range of projects for core clients that include: Waterfront Toronto, Sidewalk Labs, the City of Toronto, and PASAN.

Before joining Bespoke, Alia was the Inclusion Director at Bad Dog Theatre, where she leads the development of the inclusion and diversity framework within the performing arts. She is currently the project lead for “Our Cities on Our Stages”, Bad Dog’s annual inclusion and diversity symposium (community engagement). Alia is a Canadian Comedy Award nominated writer and performer and has a burgeoning career in comedy and theatre. She earned her B.A. from McGill University in Economics and Psychology and was raised in Dubai.

 
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Michael Esteras

Design Strategist

Michael Esteras delivers solutions that are grounded in robust inquiry and insights. Since 2015, he has worked with Bespoke on major projects including The Bentway, The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Waterfront Toronto, School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), and Sidewalk Toronto. He is committed to collaborating with prominent cultural and creative organizations working to be forward-thinking, ethos-driven and impactful.

At LaPlaca Cohen in New York, Michael was involved in the development of Culture Track ‘17, a landmark study on the changing trends of cultural participation in the US. In 2015, Michael was awarded the NXT City Prize in the Neighbourhood Improvement Category—a competition for emerging urban practitioners to reimagine public space. Michael has also worked on environmental projects in Toronto, Detroit, and Chicago with the Institute without Boundaries, and in Iloilo City, Philippines with the Canadian Urban Institute. Michael earned a BA in Political Science from York University and a post-graduate diploma in Interdisciplinary Design Strategy from Institute without Boundaries.