Justine Garrett is a writer, performer, and producer with an extensive background in higher education and the arts. She is the co-founder of Toasterlab, which produces geolocated mixed reality (MR) videos, apps, and performances. She co-wrote Transmission, an augmented reality and distributed performance series that premiered as part of FuturePlay at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in August 2017. Toasterlab was a recent recipient of an Animating Toronto Parks grant, funded by the City of Toronto, and a Digital Strategy Fund grant from Canada Council for the Arts.
Justine was Assistant Provost for Academic Affairs at CalArts, and she has worked in academic affairs at UCLA and the University of Toronto. She has taught writing at CalArts, improv for the Indy Convergence, and currently teaches MR writing and performance as part of Toasterlab. Most recently, she was a workshop leader at the Prague Quadrennial on “The Hidden Lives of Spaces: Site-Based Performance Ecology.”
Justine’s essays and articles have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, the University of Chicago Magazine, The Hairpin, and more. At CalArts, she was managing editor of Black Clock and editor of Artizen.
Justine has produced PSAs, VNRs, and documentaries for governmental and nonprofit organizations, and directed exhibition videos for the Science Museum in London. She has an Emmy Award for her production work on the documentary No Greater Love about organ donation and transplantation.
Justine is a graduate of The Second City Conservatory in Toronto, and she appeared in the long-running Gilmore GirlProv at Comedy Bar in Toronto. She has an MFA in Writing from CalArts and a BA in Psychology from UCLA.