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  1. Anne Chislett

    Anne Chislett

    Anne Chislett was born and raised in St. John’s, Newfoundland. She was educated at Memorial University, St. John’s and the University of British Columbia, and taught English in Ontario high schools before becoming a full-time playwright in 1980. Anne Chislett’s plays have been widely produced across Canada, the United States, and Japan. Her Amish play, Quiet in the Land (Blyth Festival, 1981) won the Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama and the Chalmers Award, and has become a classic of modern Canadian theatre. It is one of the few Canadian plays to be produced at the Stratford Festival (2003), and was produced in a Japanese translation by Toyoshi Yoshihara by Maple Leaf, Tokyo. Flippin’ In (Young People’s Theatre, 1995) won the Chalmers Young Audiences Award. Not Quite the Same (Theatre Direct, 2000) was nominated for both Dora Mavor Moore and Chalmers awards.

    Other plays include A Summer Burning (Blyth, 1977); The Tomorrow Box (Kawartha Summer Theatre, 1980), which won the Best Production Award at the Hiroshima Festival; Another Season’s Promise (Blyth, 1986), and a new sequel, Another Season’s Harvest, both written with Keith Roulston; Half a Chance (Lighthouse Festival, 1988); Yankee Notions (Blyth, 1992); No Sweat; The Perilous Pirate’s Daughter (written with David Archibald); and Glengarry School Days (Blyth, 1994), written with Janet Amos.

    From 1998 to 2002 Anne was artistic director of the Blyth Festival, a theatre dedicated to new Canadian works which she co-founded in 1975. Anne has also worked extensively as a dramaturge. Many of Anne's plays focus on the farm communities of southern Ontario, and typically feature strong, independent women struggling against stubborn men, or conflicts between parent and child, conformity and individuality. Learn More
  2. Debbie Nyman

    Debbie Nyman

    Debbie Nyman is an instructor of the Dramatic Arts Additional Qualifications program at the Ontario Institute of Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. She was a classroom dramatic arts teacher and instructional leader with the Toronto District School Board for several years. Debbie has written documents and resources at the board and ministry levels and is the co-author of Drama Schemes, Themes and Dreams (Pembroke Publishers).

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  3. Leanore Lieblein

    Leanore Lieblein

    Leanore Lieblein, who was born in New York City, came to Montreal in 1965 to teach at McGill University. Her research has focused on early modern and contemporary theatre, especially the staging of plays with a long stage history, the body in performance, and the role of the audience in the creation of character. In addition to numerous articles in the area of francophone Shakespeare, she edited “Traversées de Shakespeare,” a special issue of L’Annuaire théâtral: Revue québécoise d’études théâtrales (Autumn, 1998). In 2007 she was Curator of the “Pourquoi Shakespeare?” section of the “Shakespeare—Made in Canada” exhibition at the MacDonald Stewart Art Centre in Guelph, Ontario. Learn More
  4. Vern Thiessen

    Vern Thiessen

    Vern Thiessen is one of Canada’s most produced playwrights. His work has been seen across Canada, the United States, and Europe. Vern is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Elizabeth Sterling Haynes Award for Outstanding New Play, the City of Edmonton Arts Achievement Award, and the Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama. Vern received his BA from the University of Winnipeg and an M.F.A. from the University of Alberta. He currently lives in Edmonton, where he is the artistic director of Workshop West Playwrights’  Theatre.

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  5. Claudia Dey

    Claudia Dey

    Claudia Dey is a graduate of McGill and the National Theatre School. Her plays, Beaver (2000), The Gwendolyn Poems (2002) and Trout Stanley (2005) have been performed in Toronto, Montreal, New York and Vancouver. The Gwendolyn Poems was shortlisted for the 2002 Governor General’s Literary Award and a Trillium Award. Dey is also the author of the acclaimed novel Stunt. Learn More
  6. Rahul Varma

    Rahul Varma

    Rahul Varma is a playwright, artistic director of Teesri Duniya Theatre, and co-founder of alt.theatre: cultural diversity and the stage. He writes both in Hindi and English, a language he acquired as an adult. Some of his other plays include Land Where the Trees Talk, No Man’s Land, Trading Injuries (a radio drama), and Truth and Treason. His plays have been translated into French, Italian, Hindi, and Punjabi. Rahul is the recipient of a special Juror’s Award from the Quebec Drama Federation, a Montreal English Critic’s Circle Award for promoting Interculturalism, and the South Asian Theatre Festival Award.

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  7. 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
  8. Paul Dunn

    Paul Dunn

    Paul Dunn is a playwright based in Stratford, Ontario. His plays have been produced by Theatre Direct (BOYS), the Stratford Festival (High-Gravel-Blind), Studio 180 Theatre (Offensive Shadows—Audience Choice Award, SummerWorks Festival), cart/horse theatre (Dalton and Company), and Roseneath Theatre (Outside—Dora Award Nomination, Outstanding New Play, TYA). He co-authored The Gay Heritage Project, which was produced by Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, toured nationally, and was nominated for a Dora Award for Outstanding New Play. His play Memorial received an honourable mention from the Herman Voaden National Playwriting Competition. He is also an actor and has worked in theatres across the country.

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  9. Ingrid Mundel

    Ingrid Mundel

    Ingrid Mündel is a PhD candidate in the School of English and Theatre Studies at the University of Guelph. She has articles published in Theatre Research in Canada, Canadian Literature, and Postcolonial Text, and she co-edited a special issue of The Review of Pedagogy, Education, and Cultural Studies. Learn More
  10. Damien Atkins

    Damien Atkins

    Actor and playwright Damien Atkins was born in Australia and grew up in Edmonton. He is the author and performer of two solo shows: miss chatelaine and Real Live Girl, as well as the full-length plays Good Mother and Lucy. He has been playwright-in-residence at the Canadian Stage Company and at the University of British Columbia and is the recipient of a Dora Award nomination for Best New Play for Lucy, a Sterling Award for miss chatelaine, and two Dora Awards for Real Live Girl. Damien is a member of the Theatrefront Ensemble and a guest instructor at the National Theatre School. He makes his home in Toronto. Learn More

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