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  1. Norm Foster

    Norm Foster

    Norm Foster discovered the world of theatre after twenty-five years in radio arts, and has since become Canada’s most-produced playwright. He has penned many plays, including a handful of musicals that have been seen across North America. Norm lives in Fredericton, New Brunswick. 

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  2. Albert-Reiner Glaap

    Albert-Reiner Glaap

    Albert-Reiner Glaap studied English Language and Literature, Latin, and Philosophy at the Universities of Cologne and London (King’s College), graduated from Cologne University and received a PhD from this university in 1955. He began his career as a teacher of English and Latin at secondary schools in Düsseldorf and Philadelphia. Since 1973, he has been Professor of English at Neuss and at Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf.

    His main fields of research have been English and Canadian literature, with special emphasis on theatre and drama; the methodology of teaching English literature at secondary school and university level; theory and practice of literary translation. Albert-Reiner Glaap has published numerous books and articles in all these fields.

    He is also editor of some twenty annotated editions of English-language plays. In 1991 he was made an Honorary Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) and has been an Honorary Member of the Playwrights Guild of Canada since 2006.

    Albert-Reiner Glaap’s curiosity about Jewish culture was inspired by an incident in his childhood: "It was November 9th, 1938. Early in the morning my mother sent me to the neighbouring grocery shop to buy a pound of butter and a few other things. When in the shop, I heard the sound of windows being smashed, which made me dodge behind the counter. I was shocked. It was the “Night of Broken Glass.” This moment instilled into me the urge to learn what Jewish culture is all about." Learn More
  3. Louise H. Forsyth

    Louise H. Forsyth

    Louise H. Forsyth has always loved performance and theatre. As an amateur lover of the stage, she has acted, sung, danced, written, directed, produced, translated, stage managed, served as props manager, and hung out as much as she could as spectator. Woven into an amateur obsession with theatre has been her professional life, where she wrote two theses on the classic French writer of theatrical comedy, Molière, taught courses and supervised theses in theatre, drama, and dramatic literature, wrote scholarly studies about French and Québec playwrights, and theorized about acting and dramatic writing. Her areas of academic specialization are feminist performance and dramaturgy in Québec.

    Along with her passion for what the women of Québec have written for theatre, she has been engaged for quite some time with developing theories of dramaturgy and acting au féminin, along with revealing the sources of tenacious sexism in the practices and conventions for doing theatre, for studying and evaluating it, and for recounting its history. In short, she has been wondering for quite some time why women’s roles have tended to remain stereotypical in works for stage, TV and film, why theatre done by women—when its perspective is explicitly derived from a woman’s point of view—is still easily dismissed with a summary shrug as deserving only condescending scorn, why women’s theatrical experimentation is so rarely discussed by scholars as serious theoretical work or used by them in their own theoretical reflections, and why the silence of critics on women and their richly creative activities has not yet been overcome when it comes to their accounts of theatre history. Learn More
  4. Penny Gummerson

    Penny Gummerson

    Métis writer Penny Gummerson was born and raised in Flin Flon, Manitoba. She worked as a newspaper journalist, magazine writer, documentary filmmaker, and advertising copywriter before becoming a playwright and screenwriter. She currently resides in Vancouver where she writes for stage and film. Wawatay received the 2002 Vancouver Jessie Richardson Theatre Award for Outstanding Original Play, the People’s Choice Favourite New Play Award at the Vancouver New Play Festival, and was a Stage-Play Finalist at the International Moondance Film Festival in Denver, Colorado. Other plays include Crossing Boundaries and Is There Bingo in Heaven?. Penny has been Head Writer and Story Editor on the dramatic television series Moccasin Flats (Big Soul Productions/Showcase Television/Aboriginal People’s Television Network). She is currently writing a movie of the week for CTV (Alberta Film Works, Code Red Entertainment) as well as the film adaptation of Wawatay. Learn More
  5. Jonathan Garfinkel

    Jonathan Garfinkel

    Jonathan Garfinkel has written a book of poetry, Glass Psalms, and the book Ambivalence: Adventures in Israel and Palestine (published in Canada, the US, and the UK; forthcoming in Germany and Hungary). His play The Trials of John Demjanjuk: A Holocaust Cabaret has been performed in Canada and Germany and was also published by Playwrights Canada Press. His articles have appeared in The Globe and Mail, Pen International, Judische Allgemeine, and The Walrus. Jonathan divides his time between Berlin, Budapest, and Toronto. Learn More
  6. Diane Flacks

    Diane Flacks

    Diane Flacks is a writer/performer whose solo shows, Myth Me, By a Thread, Random Acts, and Bear With Me (based on her book, published by McClelland & Stewart), have been critically acclaimed, published, and toured within North America. She has twice performed excerpts from Bear With Me at the CBC Winnipeg Comedy Fest. Most recently, Diane’s play Waiting Room premiered at Tarragon Theatre, where she also wrote and performed in By a Thread, SIBS (with Richard Greenblatt), Care, Gravity Calling, and Theory of Relatives.

    Diane’s written for TV, including Global/NBC’s Working the Engels, Baroness Von Sketch Show, Young Drunk PunkPR, The Broad Side, a film version of her play SIBS, and Kids in the Hall. Diane can be heard on your radio as CBC Radio’s national parenting columnist and a contributor to DNTO and Tapestry. She’s written for the Toronto Star, The Globe and Mail, and Today’s Parent magazine. She most recently played the lead in the independent film Portrait of a Serial Monogamist, which is making the rounds at film fests, and in the plays Freda and Jem’s Best of the Week and Body Politic at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre. She is writing on the new CBC series Workin’ Moms and her newest play, Unholy, will be produced by Nightwood Theatre at Buddies. She is a proud mom of two awesome boys.

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  7. Ryan Griffith

    Ryan Griffith

    Ryan Griffith grew up along the banks of the Saint John River just outside of Woodstock, New Brunswick. He began writing plays while attending St. Thomas University in 1999. A graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada, Ryan currently enjoys performing and writing for theatres in his home province. Learn More
  8. Lorena Gale

    Lorena Gale

    Lorena Gale was a Canadian actress, director, and writer. She was active in stage, movie, and television acting from the 1980s until her death in 2009. She was the author of two award-winning plays, Angélique and Je me souviens. Gale acted in several A-list movies, including Fantastic Four, The Chronicles of Riddick, and The Exorcism of Emily Rose. She guest starred on programs such as The X-Files, Smallville, and Kingdom Hospital. She also starred as Priestess Elosha on the SciFi Channel television program Battlestar Galactica. Her play, Angélique, the story of executed slave Marie-Joseph Angelique, was the winner of the 1995 duMaurier National Playwriting Competition in Canada. Learn More
  9. David Ferry

    David Ferry

    David Ferry is an award-winning actor, director, and dramaturge. He has worked nationally and internationally in a wide variety of genres of theatre including multi disciplinary/mixed media and site-specific work. He has won several awards, including Dora Awards and Toronto and Victoria Critics Awards. He was commissioned by the Luminato Festival to do a staging of Daniel MacIvor's Inside. He was commissioned by The Young Centre to produce six site-specific scripts performed via cellular phone technology for Luminato. He was commissioned by the Toronto2015 PanAmania festival to develop a site-specific piece, The Postman, which he co-wrote about Albert Jackson, Toronto's first African Canadian postman, which played outdoors on porches in the Brunswick and Palmerston Aves in 2015. He has recently written script material and lyrics for his annual site-specific radiophonic project Short Waves, Short Stories. Learn More
  10. Richard Greenblatt

    Richard Greenblatt

    Richard Greenblatt (born in Montreal, Quebec) is a Canadian playwright who currently lives in Toronto. Greenblatt attended Dawson College. He later trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. In 1975 he returned to Canada and began his theatrical career. Since then he has been acting, directing, writing, and composing music for theatre, radio, television, and film across the country and abroad. He is best known for 2 Pianos, 4 Hands, which he wrote and performed with Ted Dykstra. It won both the Dora Mavor Moore Award and the Chalmers Award. Learn More

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