D55 produces knowledge-based media + digital learning experiences (LX) for socially relevant and provocative content aka Edutainment. The company explores modular storytelling that can be distributed digitally across a wide range of platforms, in a mix of modular and media formats.
We produce with impact on content, stories and narratives that reflect cultural and societal curiosity as well as evolving learning, skill-building, and future-of-work needs. The company has recently launched an originals, unscripted division DBA Coolhunter Films, which means we get to dive into some very cool media channel & docu-series development.
Who we are
Digital 55 is a team of award-winning designers, developers, researchers, and media producers working to create offbeat + innovative digital interactive media and learning experiences with a focus on complex storytelling and critical thinking.
We tackle “real-time” issues:
- 21st Century Skills & Future of Work
- Digital & Media Literacy
- Human Rights & Intersectional Issues
- Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
- Arts & Culture
- Leadership Skills
Unscripted Original Projects:
- Filter (in production)
- The Music Doc Project (in development)
- The Cinema Project (in development)
- Citizen DIY (in development)
- Heartbreak (in development)
LAURALEE SHEEHAN // Founder & Chief Creative Officer (CCO)
Lauralee is an accomplished entrepreneur, digital addict, but above all an artist. With years of experience working in digital interactive media and learning experience design (LX), Lauralee is a trailblazer, pushing forward how creativity and technology intersect. She has led dynamic integrated digital teams on various award-winning digital, media, and learning projects. Lauralee is a powerhouse in digital storytelling and an "on the radar" emerging executive producer of unscripted content with D55 originals (DBA Coolhunter Films).
Fun Fact - Indie musician
ALEX POULOS // Digital PM
Alex joins D55 as a Production Manager, after a lengthy career previously in the live event world. He's vulnerable to piercing and poison damage but so far has proven his resiliency in the face of complex schedules and long hours.
Fun Fact - He’s 6’5 (if that matters)
MICHAEL BYUN // Jr. Digital Designer, Media + LX
Michael is a recent grad of the Interaction Design and Development program at George Brown College. He loves all things design and hones in on delivering sound and intuitive solutions. He also writes the occasional line of code upon inspiration - his archnemesis may or may not be bugs.
Fun Fact - His McDonald’s order consists of 2 McDoubles, a medium fries, an apple pie, and a Smarties McFlurry
We work with some very talented independent collaborators and couldn't do the work we do without them!
AILA COMILANG // Technical Producer & AV Consultant
Aila is a certified Technical Producer with a demonstrated history of working in venue-based A/V in the public and private sector. Skilled in streaming media technologies, video production, live-event management and digital media.
Fun Fact - A bit of a golf nut
A-M SULVER // Content Producer & Researcher
A-M’s career spans three decades and has been marked by a commitment to social justice, and fair and empathetic representations of communities and cultures in media. Peeps Magazine, where A-M is the Executive-Editor, is the nexus point of her professional and academic work, allowing her to put anti-colonial and equity-based cultural theory into practice with her team as they share ethically-produced, engaging stories about people around the world. Peeps
Fun Fact - Hardcore Eurovision fan
CYRIL GWAZE // Motion Graphics Artist
Cyril is a motion graphics artist with 6 years experience creating motion graphics for social media, television and digital displays. Having grown up with an artistic background, he attended Algonquin College to study Interactive Media Design. Now as a freelancer, he enjoys diving head first into creative projects. MOTION HIVE
Fun Fact - “Marvel Enthusiast”
JOSEPH STRACUZZI // Videographer
Joseph is a talented videographer and filmmaker, working in both film production and live events. As a musician himself, he loves filming music content including live performances.
Fun Fact - He is obligated to sneeze 20 seconds after eating anything minty. He adores chewing gum.
LYNN ZEELENBERG // Executive Virtual Assistant
Lynn is an organizational geek who sweats the small stuff and appreciates the beauty of a great spreadsheet. With more than 30 years experience in both the public and private sectors, Lynn uses her strong skills in administration, marketing and project management to make sure her clients stay on track. Website
Fun Fact - Can often be found in a ravine taking photos of trees
MICHELLE BOURNE // Digital Learning Developer
Michelle has a diverse background in developing digital learning content for various industries, including healthcare, finance, and technology. She has a strong understanding of adult learning principles and knows how to create content that is both educational and entertaining.
Fun Fact - She's a twin!
SAHLEGEBRIEL GEBRESELASSIE // Jr. Producer and Researcher
Gabriel is a current student and joined D55 for the 2021 summer (our first ever intern), working closely with the content team on a number of exciting client and original projects.
Fun Fact - An aspiring professional athlete