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  1. Samah Sabawi

    Samah Sabawi

    Samah Sabawi is a Palestinian-Australian-Canadian playwright and poet. Her plays Cries from the Land and Three Wishes had successful runs in Canada, and Tales of a City by the Sea enjoyed a sold-out world premiere run at Melbourne’s La Mama Theatre in Australia, an Arabic premiere at the Alrowwad Cultural and Theatre Society in Palestine, and was selected for the Victorian Certificate of Education Drama and Theatre Studies Playlist, 2016. Sabawi’s poems feature in anthologies including With Our Eyes Wide Open (West End Press, 2014), Gaza Unsilenced (Just World Books, 2015), and I remember my name (novum publishing, 2016). In 2016 Sabawi received an Australian Postgraduate Award to undertake a PhD by creative project at Victoria University.

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  2. Michael A. Miller

    Michael A. Miller

    Born in Germany, raised in the US, and living in Canada for more than twenty years, Michael A. Miller is a playwright who has created a diverse range of plays for audiences of all ages. Michael has been the playwright in residence at both Factory Theatre and Lorraine Kimsa Theatre for Young People. For two seasons he was the coordinator of the CrossCurrents Festival whose mission was to bring works by writers of colour to the mainstage. He has been the artistic director of Theatre Fountainhead, the administrator for Obsidian Theatre Company that, under his direction, produced the highly acclaimed premiere of The Adventures of A Black Girl in Search of God. He was also the artistic producer of Theatre Fountainhead and the administrator for LKTYP. Most recently he was the artistic director of Omiala, A Festival of New Black Culture at Harbourfront. He has extensive experience in arts and education where he developed a long-running program for the Toronto District School Board, the Co-op Theatre Company. This program provided professional training opportunities for young people interested in pursuing theatre as a career. As the resident playwright/director at the TDSB he produced ten new original plays for young people that toured across the city to thousands of the children annually and served as a model of new and innovative approaches to arts for young people. Michael has been the recipient of numerous grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Toronto Arts Council, and the Ontario Arts Council. He has sat on juries for both the Ontario Arts Council and the Toronto Arts Council. He has won the prestigious Chalmers Canadian Play Award for excellence in playwriting, and been nominated for outstanding work by the Writers Guild of Great Britain. In 2004 he was selected as one of the twelve outstanding artists to be featured on the OAC’s fortieth anniversary website. His latest play, Touch the Sky, premiered at Lorraine Kimsa Theatre for Young People in February 2008. Learn More
  3. David Young

    David Young

    David Young has written extensively for film and television, beginning with Jim Henson’s Fraggle Rock. Most recently he wrote and co-produced a one-hour dramatic comedy pilot for CTV about residential real estate agents. Theatrical works include Love is Strange (with Paul Ledoux); Glenn, a theatrical portrait of Glenn Gould, which had numerous productions in Canada (including at the Stratford Festival) and overseas; and Inexpressible Island, which was produced in Canada, the United States, Germany, and London’s West End. Both Glenn and Inexpressible Island were nominated for the Governor General’s Literary Award. Clout, a portrait of a neoconservative press baron, was co-produced by the National Arts Centre and Tarragon Theatre. David also wrote an adaptation of Ibsen’s An Enemy of the People for the NAC. David adapted Alistair MacLeod’s award-winning novel No Great Mischief for Tarragon Theatre. Current theatrical projects include Without Hope, Without Fear, a theatrical portrait of Caravaggio for the NAC. David was a founding director of the Writers’ Trust of Canada and is a trustee of the Griffin Poetry Prize. Learn More
  4. 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
  5. Anna Chatterton

    Anna Chatterton

    Anna Chatterton is a Toronto-based playwright, performer, and librettist. Her plays include Quiver and Within the Glass, which was nominated for the Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama. As a librettist, her operas include Swoon, Voice-Box, and Sweat. Anna was recently commissioned to develop her play Cowgirl Up and she is currently developing a new play, Heroine, in residence with Nightwood Theatre.

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  6. Soheil Parsa

    Soheil Parsa

    Soheil Parsa is an award-winning director, actor, writer, dramaturge, choreographer, and teacher whose professional theatre career spans twenty-nine years and two continents. In his native Iran, Soheil completed studies in theatre performance at the University of Tehran and began a promising career as an actor and director. Arriving in Canada with his family in 1984, Soheil completed a second Bachelor of Arts in theatre studies at York University and then went on to establish Modern Times Stage Company as one of the most exciting culturally diverse theatre companies in Canada. As a director, set and stage designer, translator, adaptor, choreographer, and actor, Soheil’s work is based on his experience in Iran and focuses on oppression and loss of freedom (especially loss of speech). His art is created to empower those who are often marginalized and under-represented. Learn More
  7. Green Thumb Theatre

    Green Thumb Theatre

    Green Thumb Theatre was founded in 1975 to develop original Canadian plays for young audiences. Since that time, Green Thumb has emerged as one of Canada’s leading theatre companies for young people, producing excellent material for audiences and artists, and contributing to the growing body of work evolving in this field. Green Thumb demonstrates a new excitement and potential for children’s theatre.

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  8. CE Gatchalian

    CE Gatchalian

    Born, raised, and based on the unceded traditional lands of the Coast Salish peoples (Vancouver), Filipino-Canadian author C. E. Gatchalian writes drama, poetry, fiction, and non-fiction. His plays, which include Falling In Time, Broken, Motifs & Repetitions, and People Like Vince, have appeared on stages nationally and internationally, as well as on radio and television. A two-time finalist for the Lambda Literary Award, he was the 2013 recipient of the Dayne Ogilvie Prize, awarded annually by the Writers' Trust of Canada to an LGBT author of merit. Formerly Artistic Producer of the frank theatre company, he is the recipient of two Jessie Richardson Awards for his work as a theatre artist and producer.

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  9. Natalie Rewa

    Natalie Rewa

    Natalie Rewa is the author of Scenography in Canada: Selected Designers (University of Toronto Press, 2004). She was an editor of Canadian Theatre Review from 1987 to 1995. Her current research focuses on Michael Levine’s production design for opera. She was the co-curator of the Canadian exhibit for the Prague Quadrennial 2007. She is Professor of Drama at Queen’s University in Kingston. Learn More
  10. Daniel Brooks

    Daniel Brooks

    Daniel Brooks has worked as a director writer, actor, producer, and teacher. He is a mainstay of this country’s theatre, working with a network of Ontario-based writers, playwrights, and directors who virtually define the current scene (Guillermo Verdecchia, Daniel MacIvor, and John Mighton among them). He has been co-director of the Augusta Company and da da kamera, and playwright-in-residence at Tarragon Theatre. He is currently Artistic Director of Necessary Angel Theatre Company.

    Among his works as a writer are The Return of Pokey Jones (Poor Alex Theatre, 1985), The Noam Chomsky Lectures (with Verdecchia, Great Canadian Theatre Company, 1992), The Lorca Play (with MacIvor, Theatre Centre, 1992), Here Lies Henry (with MacIvor, Buddies in Bad Times, 1996), and Insomnia (with Verdecchia, Theatre Centre, 1997).

    He has also directed several works, notably MacIvor’s House (1992), Mighton’s Possible Worlds (1998), Faust (Tarragon Theatre, 1999), Soulpepper’s production of Becket’s Endgame (1999), and Mighton’s Half Life.

    Daniel has won several awards, including the Chalmers (for Noam Chomsky, Here Lies Henry, House), the Dora Mavor Moore Award three times for directing, the Edinburgh Fringe First Award (Here Lies Henry); and has been nominated for the Governor General’s Literary Award (Noam Chomsky). In October 2000, he won the Capital Critics Circle Award for his direction of Possible Worlds. In October 2001, he received the first Elinore and Lou Siminovitch Prize in Theatre.

    Daniel has also worked in film, notably with Bruce McDonald (whose film Highway 61 was inspired by Pokey.)

    His highly innovative work has travelled across Canada and around the world. He is married to Jennifer Ross. They have two daughters, and live in Toronto.

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