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  1. Rita Shelton Deverell

    Rita Shelton Deverell

    Rita Shelton Deverell, C.M., Ed.D. is a theatre artist, broadcaster, university professor, and television producer/director/writer. Deverell has received numerous awards, including two Geminis, the Black Women’s Civic Engagement Network Leadership Award, and was appointed to the Order of Canada in 2005 for her pioneering work in broadcasting, notably the founding of Vision TV and mentoring her Aboriginal successor at APTN National News. She has served on several boards of directors, among them Obsidian Theatre Company, Creative Women’s Workshops Association, and OCAD University. Learn More
  2. Theatrefront

    Theatrefront

    Theatrefront is dedicated to stretching the boundaries of the human experience through theatre. Founded by Artistic Director Daryl Cloran, the Theatrefront ensemble crosses borders to create unique dramatic work. We cross geographic borders to develop new work in collaboration with artists from other countries. We cross borders between artistic mediums to create theatre infused with music, movement, and media. Theatrefront’s work is self-devised and created collaboratively by the ensemble—a core group of theatre professionals who risk, innovate, and experiment together.

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  3. Kat Sandler

    Kat Sandler

    Kat Sandler is a prolific playwright, actor, and director. She is the artistic director of Theatre Brouhaha, which was founded in 2010 and strives to create dark and funny entertainment. She has written several plays, including Delicacy and Mustard, which was nominated for six Dora Mavor Moore Awards including Best New Play. Kat was part of Tarragon Theatre’s Playwrights Unit from 2014–2015. She lives in Toronto.

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  4. Jason Sherman

    Jason Sherman

    Jason Sherman has written extensively for the stage, radio, and television. His plays include Remnants (A Fable); It’s All True; Patience; Reading Hebron; The Retreat; The League of Nathans; An Acre of Time, and Three in the Back, Two in the Head, which won the Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama. He served as executive story editor and writer on the TV series ReGenesis, earning Gemini and Canadian Screenwriting Award nominations. For CBC Radio he wrote “National Affairs,” “Irving Invectus,” and “Graf,” for which he received the Canadian Screenwriting Award for radio drama. He is currently working on several television, radio and film projects. He lives in Toronto. Learn More
  5. Iris Turcott

    Iris Turcott

    Iris Turcott is a dramaturge, director, and actor. She was also co-founder and co-artistic director of Playbill Theatre. She spent fourteen years as company dramaturge at the Canadian Stage Company. Iris has worked with playwrights from coast to coast including Adam Pettle, Joan MacLeod, Michel Marc Bouchard, Brad Fraser, Judith Thompson, Sunil Kuruvilla, and Tomson Highway. She has been involved in a number of international co-commissions including the Royal Exchange in Manchester, the Melbourne Festival, and the Abbey Theatre. She is also the dramaturge for Ronnie Burkett’s internationally acclaimed Theatre of Marionettes. Iris is active in arts education and is involved in a number of aspects of publishing. She has served on the board of directors for the LMDA (Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas) and is currently the company dramaturg at Factory Theatre. Learn More
  6. Shelley Tepperman

    Shelley Tepperman

    One of Canada's pre-eminent play translators, Shelley Tepperman is also a dramaturg with a long history in Canadian theatre specializing in script development, project development, and translation for the stage. She translates from French, Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese and her more than thirty play translations—three of which were nominated for Canada’s prestigious Governor General’s Literary Award—have been produced on CBC Radio and on stages throughout North America and the United Kingdom. Recent translations include Jennifer Tremblay's The List (La liste), The Carousel (Le carrousel), and The Deliverance (La Délivrance); Wajdi Mouawad's PacamamboTideline (Littoral), Alphonse, and Wedding Day at the Cro-Magnons' (Journée de noces chez les Cro-magnons); and Molière by Sabina Berman. Shelley spent several years working for CBC Radio Arts and Entertainment. She also works in documentary film and television as a writer, director, and story editor.

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  7. Priscila Uppal

    Priscila Uppal

    Dubbed by Time Out London as “Canada’s coolest poet,” Priscila Uppal is also a playwright, essayist, and fiction writer. Among her publications are ten collections of poetry, including Sabotage, Traumatology, and Ontological Necessities (Griffin Prize finalist); the novels The Divine Economy of Salvation and To Whom It May Concern; and the memoir Projection: Encounters with My Runaway Mother. Her works have been published internationally and translated into many languages. 6 Essential Questions is Priscila’s first play. She lives in Toronto and teaches at York University.

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  8. Kim Selody

    Kim Selody

    Kim Selody has worked as a playwright, director, and actor in Canadian theatre for over thirty years. Past adaptations include The Hobbit, Jelly Belly, and Suddenly Shakespeare. He has also written several original plays for young audiences including The Last Drop and Only Birds and Fools Fly. He has been the artistic director of the Playwrights Theatre Centre in Vancouver, and Carousel Players in St. Catharines. Currently, he is serving as an Officer of the Canada Council for the Arts, English Theatre Section. Learn More
  9. R.H. Thomson

    R.H. Thomson

    Actor/director R.H. Thomson has been working for almost thirty years in theatre, film, and television. Winner of a Gemini, a Genie, and a Dora Mavor Moore Award, Thomson has achieved recognition through a series of diverse and memorable roles in all three mediums.

    Born in Toronto, Thomson graduated from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Science and then went on to theatrical training at the National Theatre School in Montreal, and the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art in England. His interests have led him to host CBC’s Man Alive series as well as advocating for cultural sovereignty and diversity on both national and international levels. Learn More
  10. Emily Sugerman

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