Stella Palikarova


Master of Information, iSchool, University of Toronto, full academic fellowship

Honours B.F.A. Double Major, Film & Video (Screenwriting) and Psychology, summa cum laude York University, Toronto, ON

• Thesis: “Perceptions and Experiences of Dating for High School-Aged, Heterosexual Females with Congenital Mobility Disabilities”

• Major Research Paper: “A Return to Extreme Horror: The ‘Beautiful Macabre’ of Dario Argento and the Postmodern Perversity of Takashi Miike”

Operating an Independent Information Based Business

1999 – 2007
Classical Voice, York University

1995 – 1996
Acting Improvisation Level 1-3, Neptune Theatre, Nova Scotia

Awards & Scholarships

2009-2011 – Masters SSHRC (Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council)

2009-2010 – Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS)

2008-2010 – University of Toronto Fellowship

2008-2009 – Florence Partridge Scholarship

2007-2008 – Winters College Fellowship

2005-2006 – E.S. Rogers Film & Video Scholarship

2001-2002 – Ethel Armstrong Bursary for Students with Disabilities

2001-2002 – The Canadian Foundation for Physically Disabled Persons Bursary

2000-2001 – Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC), Awards Division: Imperial Tobacco Scholarship Fund for Disabled Students

2000-2001 – Conrad Bursary

2000-2001 – The Canadian Foundation for Physically Disabled Persons Bursary

1999-2003 – Award of Distinction: Betty Jean and John M. Bankes Entrance Scholarship

1999-2003 – York University Entrance Scholarship

1999-2000 – Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC), Canadian Awards Program: Imasco Scholarship Fund for Disabled Students

1999-2000 – Nova Scotia Educators Association: Forest Fyfe Memorial Award



Arts Activated: Pathways to Practice International Conference, Sydney Australia, Women with Something to Say. Screening and panel: Digital storytelling video, “Broken”

Negotiating Space for (Dis)ability in Drama, Theatre, Film and Media, Department of Studies in Drama and Pre-1800 English Literature University of Łódź, Poland Screening and panel: "After Goodbye”: A Film Essay Deconstructing Romantic Loss from the Perspective of a Woman with a Physical Disability

International Conference on Disability and Diversity, London, United Kingdom – September,
2014 Personal essay, “The Hours Before ‘Goodbye’”.


“Maybe Tuesday” Screenings and Q&A 2014

Students for Barrier-free Access Night of Arts and Expression: Creating Disability Differently, Toronto, Ontario

Reclaiming Our Bodies and Minds: Intermingling Disability Communities, Toronto, Ontario

Creativity, York University, guest speaker to Dr. Igor Kusyszyn, Toronto, Ontario

Screening Presented by the Office for Persons with Disabilities and Winters College Masters Office at York University in honour of Access Awareness Week

2008 Picasso PRO Training Summit Launch, Toronto, ON



Cultivate: Professional Development Grant – Mentorship with established Torontobased photo-based and multimedia artist, Teresa Ascencao, Canada Council for the Arts

Through Thick and Thin digital storytelling workshop, Rainbow Health Ontario “Broken” video project (writing, producing, editing)  

Trinity Square Video, SPEED Development project for Artists with Disabilities

BROKEN (writer, director, producer, editor)
AFTER GOODBYE (writer, director, producer, editor) MAYBE TUESDAY (writer, director, producer) Co-funded by SPEED, Canada Council for the Arts exploring romantic relationships, sexuality, and the inter-subjective experience of disability through dance.

 AGIT PROP (editor)

 SHE WAS (super 8) (writer, director, producer, editor) 2002 THE SACRIFICE (super 8) (writer, director, producer, editor)

Blood & Bourbon Literary Journal “What you should know about bedding a woman in a wheelchair”

HuffPost ““Sexless in The City: The Search for Modern-Day Love as a Woman with a Disability”


2015 – 2016  : Co-Founder/Co-Director, Deliciously Disabled Consulting Inc.

• Programming, web design, and marketing for disability consulting organization which promotes frank discussion about the lived experience of disability.

• Education, consulting, event-planning and other programming in areas including: sexuality, attendant care, academics and career-planning, physical and social accessibility.

• Global on-site, remote, and new media interaction. It is our mission to enable people with and without disabilities to talk about how disability feels. Every voice is valued.


Playground Sexuality Conference, Toronto, ON “The Art of the Hookup When You’re Hot & Disabled” 2015 The Anne Johnston Health Station: SexAbility Dine and Discuss, Toronto, Ontario “introducing Deliciously Disabled”

Critical Disability Studies Student Association, York University, Toronto, Ontario “Deliciously Disabled”

CSA-SCS Annual Conference, Ottawa, Ontario Pleasures, Sexualities, and Disabilities: Desiring Identities: "Experiences of Dating and Sexuality among Heterosexual Females with Congenital Mobility Disabilities: An Updated Literature Review".

1st Annual INSPIRe Virtual Symposium, University of Calgary Paper presentation on published article, "The Ethical Integration of Brain Machine Interfaces: Towards the Cyborgization of the Disabled”

5th Annual Psychology Graduate Student Association (PGSA) conference, "

A New Decade In Psychology", York University

Paper presentation on undergraduate honours psychology thesis: “Perceptions and Experiences of Dating for High School-aged, Heterosexual Females with Congenital Mobility Disabilities”.

Critical Disability Studies Graduate Student Conference, York University, Toronto, ON Paper presentation on published article, "The Ethical Integration of Brain Machine Interfaces: Towards the Cyborgization of the Disabled” Arts Exhibit, film: “Maybe Tuesday”

Ontario Library Association (OLA) Super Conference Poster session on published article, "The Ethical Integration of Brain Machine Interfaces: Towards the Cyborgization of the Disabled”


❖ Self-manager of Care Services, Centre for Independent Living (CILT), Toronto.

❖ Academic Affairs Committee Chair, Master of Information Student Council, University of Toronto

❖ Guide Author/Facilitator Emergency Guide & Orientation Guide for students with disabilities, Office for Persons with Disabilities, York University

❖ Role: Matchmaker in stage production “Fiddler on the Roof”, Dartmouth, NS

❖ Role: Narrator in stage production “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat”, Dartmouth Nova Scotia

❖ Role: narrator in stage production “Oliver Twist”, Dartmouth Nova Scotia

❖ Assistant Stage Manager, Neptune Theatre, Halifax, Nova Scotia