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TRU Arts Grad’s TV Series Renewed

creators_dasha_bioAlong with several other TRU faculty members I was honoured to attend the wedding of Dasha Novak and Jason Friesen this weekend.

Dasha graduated from TRU’s BFA program five years ago, and while a student here she distinguished herself as an outstanding artist and research assistant—working with the Small Cities CURA and numerous other research projects: She co-presented at local and international conferences, won a residency scholarship from the Banff Centre of the Arts, and in 2007 her work was included in a national publication edited by TRU faculty.

Dasha’s story is an extraordinary one. Born in Czech Republic, she defected from the communist regime when she was 17. Drawn, she says, “to images of snow and ice,” she moved to Canada, and later studied at Rutgers University in New Jersey, TRU in Kamloops, and most recently at Emily Carr University in Vancouver. She holds a BA with concentration in Psychology, a BFA, and a Masters in Media Arts.

So what does one do with a BFA and a MA?

Since graduating, Dasha has been working as a writer, story editor and producer/executive producer with Chasing Pictures Inc. In 2008, Dasha produced the animated series The Adventures of Artie the Ant (a project that she co-created and co-wrote with husband Jason for APTN).

She and Jason have successfully written and produced two seasons of the half hour tv “dramedy” Health Nutz, and they begin production of season three in October of this year. In addition, Dasha is producing and developing an on-line video game for children and an interactive website for Health Nutz through the Bell New Media Fund.

Dasha and Jason were married at the Sun Peaks chapel, in a traditional Métis ceremony.

Smudging Ceremony, with Kamloops Mayor in Attendance

Smudging Ceremony, with Kamloops Mayor in Attendance

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