She was also the founder and executive director of People’s Theatre, Inc., a non-profit organization exposing under privileged communities to the performing arts. She has produced and/or directed over 40 productions with this company, including regional tours and the world premier stage production of School Daze, under exclusive permission of film director, producer, and writer, Spike Lee. Several of her projects included partnerships with Miami Vice’s Phillip Michael Thomas, and the renowned R&B and Jazz recording artist, Miles Jaye.
Canara is currently supports the ESPN Network in Broadcast. With a heart for education, she can also be found producing career forums and productions at the World Famous Apollo Theater. She is involved in the continued success many productions at the Apollo, working with celebrities such as Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Lopez, and Aretha Franklin to name a few.
Although she is known for her energy behind the scenes, Canara is just as passionate about performing. In 2011, she graced the mainstage of the Apollo Theater with a one-woman performance. She can also be seen performing with renowned rap artist Jim Jones in the music video, PERFECT DAY, as siSta Signer; the first to incorporate the art of sign language in a rap video. She has performed in numerous stage plays, films, and commercials. She recently finished a pilot TV series called, “The Center” and is anticipating it to be be picked up by a cable network.
Community service is important to Canara. She volunteers in the deaf community as an interpreter for civil rights organizations, churches, and several schools and agencies. She is a member of the SAG/AFTRA, National Association of Black Journalists, Black Deaf Advocates, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and the National Council of Negro Women.
She is a recipient of a Lillie Stoates Award, 2003 Jefferson Award, 2005 Shining Star Award, 2006 ONYX Awards, and the 2007 and 2011 Lioness Award for outstanding achievements in performing and media arts.
Canara is writing her first book, “Drama: Keep it on the stage – a production etiquette guide for off Broadway producers, directors, and stage managers”.