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  1. Florence Gibson MacDonald

    Florence Gibson MacDonald

    Born in Montreal and raised in Cobourg, Ontario, Florence has an undergraduate degree in biochemistry and genetics and an M.D. She practiced medicine in the Arctic, Hong Kong and East Africa before returning to Canada to practice and write full-time. Her internationally-produced play Belle was short-listed for a British Council International Playwriting Award, nominated for a Dora Mavor Moore Award and won a Chalmers Canadian Play Award in 2000. It received productions in London, England and was produced by The Julliard School at the Lincoln Centre, New York, in 2004. Home is My Road won the 2004 Carol Bolt National Award. Missing won the 2005 Herman Voaden National Playwriting Award. i think i can, told through tap dance and co-created with choreographer Shawn Byfield, was nominated for five Dora Mavor Moore Awards and won for Outstanding New Musical in 2007. How Do I Love Thee? premiered at Alberta Theatre Projects in 2010 and was nominated for a Betty Award for best new play. A subsequent production by Canadian Rep was nominated for five Dora Awards and was also featured at Moses Znaimer’s Ideacity in 2015. Her play Augury won the 2009 ATP/Enbridge Playwrights Award. Florence has written for CBC Radio (Missing You, Love, and A Recipe For Tomato Butter) She is currently working on her play Love Handles, her one-woman show that received a Herman Voaden Award honourable mention, and her novel My Heart and I.

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  2. Stephen Massicotte

    Stephen Massicotte

    Stephen Massicotte was born in Trenton, Ontario, and spent his earliest years living on various Canadian Forces bases in Canada and Europe. For the most part, he grew up in Thunder Bay, where he developed his interests in reading, film, and art. He studied graphic design at Cambrian College, and later, theatre at the University of Calgary. After graduating with a BFA in Drama, he stayed in Calgary to work as an actor, helping to found Ground Zero Theatre and The Shakespeare Company. With the Fringe Festival circuit success of his play, The Boy’s Own Jedi Handbook, Stephen began to focus on playwriting. In 2002, Mary’s Wedding premiered at Alberta Theatre Projects and has gone on to have more than a hundred productions in Canada, the US, New Zealand, and the UK. In the years following, Stephen has continued to write for the theatre, as well as opera, film, and fiction. His play The Oxford Roof Climber’s Rebellion is the winner of the Gwen Pharis Ringwood Award for Drama at the Alberta Literary Awards and the Carol Bolt Award for Drama. The Clockmaker won a Betty Mitchell Award for Outstanding New Play and the inaugural Toronto Theatre Critics’ Association Award for Best Canadian Play. He currently lives in New York City.

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  3. Colleen Murphy

    Colleen Murphy

    Colleen Murphy won the 2016 Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama and the 2014 Carol Bolt Award for her play Pig Girl. Her play The December Man (L’homme de décembre) won the 2007 Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama. Other plays include The Breathing Hole, Bright Burning (I Hope My Heart Burns First), Armstrong’s War, The Goodnight Bird, The Piper and Beating Heart Cadaver. She is also an award-winning filmmaker and her distinct films have played in festivals around the world. As a librettist, she has worked with composers Aaron Gervais on Oksana G. and with August Murphy-King on the short opera My Mouth on Your Heart. Colleen has been Writer in Residence at the University of Regina, McMaster University, University of Guelph, Wilfrid Laurier University and the University of Alberta. Learn More
  4. Arun Lakra

    Arun Lakra

    Arun Lakra is a writer, doctor, and father. As a writer, Arun has produced a book on laser eye surgery, a supernatural thriller screenplay, a song to protest the demotion of Pluto, a heartfelt ballad about puke, a line of misunderstood T-shirts, and his share of illegible prescriptions. Sequence is his second stage play. His first play received rave reviews for balancing a wobbly table in his basement. Arun lives in Calgary with his wife and kids and divides his work week between his creative endeavours and his ophthalmology practice.

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  5. Laura Levin

    Laura Levin

    Laura Levin is Associate Professor in the Department of Theatre at York University. Her research focuses on contemporary theatre and performance art, performing gender and sexuality, and site-specific and urban performance. She is editor of a number of collections and her writing appears in several books including Performance and the City and Mapping Landscapes for Performance as Research. She was recently awarded the Canadian Association for Theatre Research’s Richard Plant Essay Award for her article, “Can the City Speak? Site-Specific Art After Poststructuralism” (2009). Learn More
  6. Mitch Miyagawa

    Mitch Miyagawa

    Mitch Miyagawa grew up in Edmonton, and was lured north by his wife and co-producer, Angela Walkley, in 1998. They live in Whitehorse with their two latest productions, Tomio and Sam. Mitch has worked as a director, screenwriter, producer, and story editor. In addition to his work with Up and Away as creative producer, Mitch is currently working on his first movie-of-the-week, The Asahi Baseball Story, with Force Four Films, funded by Movie Central and Telefilm. He has also written professionally for the stage and for magazines. Notably, his play The Plum Tree was widely produced in Canadian theatres. He was nominated for a Western Magazine Award in non-fiction for his feature story “Elvis: The Yukon Years,” in Geist magazine. Learn More
  7. Jill Lloyd-Jones

    Jill Lloyd-Jones

    Jill Lloyd-Jones has been a drama teacher and instructional leader for many years at the Toronto District School Board. She has worked collaboratively with all levels of educators in Ontario to support innovation in the teaching of dramatic arts and movement. She was also a writer for the two popular TDSB Treasures for Teaching documents. Having just moved to the UK, Jill is working as a freelance consultant, tells people she really is not American, and is getting used to the rain. Learn More
  8. Robert Majzels

    Robert Majzels

    Robert Majzels is a novelist, playwright, and translator. He is the author of three novels: Hellman’s Scrapbook (Cormorant, 1992); City of Forgetting (Mercury Press, 1998), which was shortlisted for the QSPELL Fiction Award in Montreal; and Apikoros Sleuth (Mercury Press, 2004). He has translated several books from the French, fiction by Anne Dandurand, poetry with Erin Mouré by Nicole Brossard, and novels by France Daigle, including Just Fine (House of Anansi, 2000) for which he won the Governor General’s Literary Award for Translation. Learn More
  9. Jenny Munday

    Jenny Munday

    Jenny Munday is a playwright, dramaturge, director, actor, and arts administrator. She is the artistic director of the Playwrights Atlantic Resource Centre (PARC) and is currently the Crake Fellow in Drama at Mount Allison University and playwright-in-residence at Live Bait Theatre. She was Artistic Director of Mulgrave Road (Co-op) Theatre from 1989 to 1992, was writer-in-esidence and artistic associate at Theatre New Brunswick, and was a co-founder and co-artistic director of the Comedy Asylum.

    Her twenty-five-year career has largely been dedicated to the development of new Canadian work for the stage. As an actor, she created many original roles in new works for playwrights’ development centres across the countryfrom Rising Tide Theatre in Newfoundland to the Banff Playwrights Colony. She has also worked at Neptune Theatre, Mulgrave Road Theatre, Theatre New Brunswick, the Comedy Asylum, the Grand Theatre in London, at the National Arts Centre, at several summer theatres in Ontario, and in radio, TV, and film. In 2007, Jenny was awarded a Theatre Nova Scotia Merritt Achievement Award for outstanding contribution to Theatre in Nova Scotia. She also received the inaugural Mallory Gilbert Award from the Professional Association of Canadian Theatre (PACT) and Tarragon Theatre in recognition of sustained, inspired and creative leadership in Canadian Theatre. In 2011 Jenny was made an honourary member of the Canadian Association for Theatre Research. Learn More
  10. ahdri zhina mandiela

    ahdri zhina mandiela

    ahdri zhina mandiela is the founder and past artistic director of b current Performing Arts. she is best known as a poet/performer and stage director, and a fiercely independent, award-winning artist who has created art in: dance, on cd, video & film, and published books. she continues to heavily influence younger artists' writing and performing on theatre stages all over canada while she develops new poetry, and collaborates on work like her black stage canada new media project and migrancy: monuments for a canadian border-crossing.

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