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  1. Betty Lambert

    Betty Lambert

    Betty Lambert was a renowned Canadian playwright and English professor at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, British Columbia. Her most famous works were the children’s play The Riddle Machine, the radio play Grasshopper Hill, the comedy Sqrieux-de-Dieu, and the dramas Under the Skin and Jennie’s Story, which was adapted into the film Heart of the Sun in 1999. Betty Lambert passed away in 1983. Learn More
  2. 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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  3. Moira Day

    Moira Day

    Moira Day is an active researcher and writer in the area of Canadian theatre with a particular focus on women in prairie theatre prior to 1960. She served as English-language book editor until recently, and now as co-editor for Theatre Research in Canada/Recherches Théâtrales au Canada. She has spoken at conferences both within Canada and internationally in Ireland and China.

    She is currently working on a book on Elizabeth Sterling Haynes, another important pioneer in the area. She teaches Canadian drama, play analysis, dramatic literature, and theatre history aesthetics and criticism at the University of Saskatchewan. Learn More
  4. Stephen Orlov

    Stephen Orlov

    Stephen Orlov is an award-winning dramatist whose plays have been showcased in such major theatre centres as Montreal, Chicago, and London. They include Isolated Incident (with Rahul Varma), Salaam-Shalom, Bow Ties, Sperm Count, and Freeze, his box office hit at Montreal’s Centaur Theatre Company, published by Guernica Editions, 2016. Stephen also teaches master classes on scriptwriting for theatre and film, most recently for the Saint Lucia National Arts Festival and the Osher Institute at Dartmouth College. He served on the boards of the Playwrights Guild of Canada and Playwrights Canada Press, and he is a member of the inaugural playwrights unit of Infinithéâtre. He is writing Birthmark, the sequel to Sperm Count. Boston-born, Stephen resides in Montreal with his wife, cellist Karen Kaderavek.

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  5. Michael Melski

    Michael Melski

    Michael Melski is an award-winning writer and director from Cape Breton whose many plays have been published and produced across Canada. A past playwright-in-residence at the Shaw Festival, his Merritt- and Dora-nominated Hockey Mom, Hockey Dad was a smash hit at Toronto's Factory Theatre in 2004, and named one of the Top Ten Plays of The Year by the Toronto Star. The play has subsequently been a hit all over Canada and continues to be produced professionally every year.

    In 2006, Corvette Crossing, Merritt-nominated for Best New Play, premiered to rave reviews at Eastern Front Theatre, where it was hailed as “a tour-de force” by the Halifax Chronicle Herald and “an important addition to the Canadian theatre canon” by the Coast. In addition to theatre, Michael has written extensively for film and television, including such Gemini-nominated series as Blue Murder and Snakes and Ladders and the feature films Mile Zero and Touch and Go. As director, Michael’s award-winning short films include Serenade and Focus Group Therapy, as well as an episode of CTV’s hit comedy series Robson Arms, starring Margot Kidder and Mark McKinney. Michael has recently completed his first feature film as director-writer (and co-producer), Growing Op starring Rosanna Arquette, Rachel Blanchard, and Wallace Langham. In 2006, he was the recipient of the Halifax Mayor’s Award for Achievement in Theatre. Learn More
  6. David Yee

    David Yee

    David Yee is a half-Chinese, half-Scottish playwright born and raised in Toronto. He is a co-founder and the artistic director of fu-GEN Asian Canadian Theatre Company. His play lady in the red dress was nominated for the 2010 Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama. carried away on the crest of a wave, which premiered at the Tarragon Theatre, won the Carol Bolt Award in 2013 and the Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama in 2015. He is currently working on projects as playwright-in-residence for both Factory Theatre and Tarragon Theatre.

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  7. 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
  8. Joe Osawabine

    Joe Osawabine

    Born and raised on the Wikwemikong Unceded Reserve, Joe Osawabine first performed for Debaj at the age of twelve, in its landmark production of Lupi, the Great White Wolf. In the fourteen years since that performance, Joe's evolution as an artist had tracked Debaj's evolution as a theatre company. Joe assumed the responsibilities of Artistic Director of Debaj in 2004. Learn More
  9. Tara Beagan

    Tara Beagan

    Tara Beagan is a proud Ntlaka’pamux and Irish “Canadian” halfbreed based in Innisfail, Alberta. She is co-founder/director of ARTICLE 11 with her most cherished collaborator, Andy Moro. She served as the artistic director of Native Earth Performing Arts from February 2011 to December 2013. A Dora-winning playwright, she has been in residence at Cahoots Theatre, NEPA, the National Arts Centre, and Berton House. Five of her over twenty plays have been published. Her first film script, 133 Skyway, co-written with Randy Redroad, won the imagineNATIVE award for best Canadian drama.

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  10. MJ Cruise

    MJ Cruise

    MJ Cruise is an award-winning playwright and published choral composer. Her plays have been performed across North America and have been translated and produced in Germany. MJ teaches drama in Grimsby, Ontario, and is an ambassador for promoting the arts to young people through workshops and festival productions. Other plays include Albert Street, Dried Flowers, In My Life, and A Stranger in Our House.

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