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  1. Tom Hendry

    Tom Hendry

    Tom Hendry was born in Winnipeg in 1929 where he founded the Manitoba Theatre Centre in 1958. He was the first literary manager at the Stratford Festival in 1969 and 1970. In 1971 he co-founded the Playwrights Co-Op, now the Playwrights Guild of Canada. He also served as co-founder and head of the Banff Playwrights Colony from 1974 to 1976 and since 1985 has been a consulting policy director for the Ontario Arts Council. His play, Fifteen Miles of Broken Glass (1975) won a Lieutenant Governor of Ontario Medal. Tom Hendry lived in Toronto for over 25 years. He passed away in 2012. Learn More
  2. Ed Roy

    Ed Roy

    Ed Roy has been a constant member of the Canadian theatre community for years, doing everything from directing, writing, dramaturgy, acting, and teaching to producing. He has been the recipient of numerous awards for his theatrical adventures, including the Pauline McGibbon Award for directing, the Chalmers Canadian Play Award for A Secret Life, and two Dora Awards for Outstanding Production for the plays The Other Side of the Closet and White Trash Blue Eyes. As an actor, Ed was also nominated for a Dora for his performance in Video Cabaret’s The Life and Times of Mackenzie King, and is the proud recipient of a Harold Alternative Theatre Award.

    More information about Ed is available on his website, www.edroy.ca.

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  3. Rick Chafe

    Rick Chafe

    Rick Chafe’s plays include his new adaptation of Shakespeare’s Dog (adapted from Leon Rooke’s Governor General’s Literary Award-winning novel), The Odyssey, The Last Man and Woman on Earth, and Zac and Speth. Rick also works as a dramaturge, television story consultant and writer, produces documentary video, and has taught playwriting to every age of student from grade one to university. He lives in Winnipeg with his wife and daughter. Learn More
  4. Doug Curtis

    Doug Curtis

    A writer and director, Doug founded Ghost River Theatre in 1999, with the intention of creating new Canadian performance theatre that combined music, storytelling, and collaboration. Learn More
  5. Donna Coates

    Donna Coates

    Donna Coates is an associate professor in the Department of English at the University of Calgary. She has published numerous articles and book chapters on Canadian, Australian, and New Zealand women's literary responses (fiction and drama) to the First and Second World Wars, and to the Vietnam War in Australia. Learn More
  6. Kawa Ada

    Kawa Ada

    Kawa Ada is an actor and writer. Soon after graduating from the Boston Conservatory, he was cast on Broadway in Bombay Dreams. He has since played leading roles across Canadian theatre, including at Factory, Tarragon, Belfry, Canadian Stage, and several seasons at the Shaw Festival. He won a Dora Mavor Moore Award for his debut performance at the Soulpepper Theatre Company in Accidental Death of an Anarchist. Kawa began his writing with solo shows, including The Canny Afghani, which premiered at the Boston Center for the Arts. He wrote and produced the comedy short Jihad Gigolo, which was screened at the ReelWorld Film Festival. He was born in Kabul and lives in Toronto.

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  7. Matthew MacFadzean

    Matthew MacFadzean

    Matthew MacFadzean is an award-winning writer and actor and a 2010 graduate of the Canadian Film Centre’s Prime Time TV Program, with degrees from both the National Theatre School of Canada and McGill University. He has written nine plays, performed as far away as Spain and Singapore, including richardthesecond, also published by Playwrights Canada Press. Included among his awards is New York’s prestigious Fox Foundation Award, which he used to travel and work in Southeast Asia. He is currently in development of two one-hour television series and lives in Parkdale with his dog, Connor. Learn More
  8. 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
  9. David Ferry

    David Ferry

    David Ferry is a director, dramaturge, actor, and teacher. He was the consulting artistic director of Resurgence Theatre Company and the York Shakespeare Festival. David was also artistic director of Bluewater Summer Playhouse in Kincardine, Ontario from 1998–2002. David won the 2006 Dora Mavor Moore Award for Best Direction for The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (also Best Production Dora) and was invited to the 2006 Festival Intercity in Florence, Italy where he directed Brendan Gall’s Alias Godot in Italian. As a dramaturge, David has worked with a number of writers including Florence Gibson MacDonald, Brendan Gall, Fides Krucker, Kelly McIntosh, Paul Ledoux, David Smyth, John Roby, James Reaney, Robert Priest, Drew Hayden Taylor, and Tom Walmsley. David has worked as an actor at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival Festival and in most theatres across the country as well as on and off Broadway in New York.

    David works as frequently in film, television, and radio as he does on stage, and has been nominated for or won acting awards such as the Dora Mavor Moore, Genie, Gemini, and Nellie. He has taught acting at theatre schools across Canada, and has recorded an internationally recognized CD collection of Canadian dialects for the actor (Canadian, Eh?). David has served on the executives of CAEA, ACTRA, and is currently a Governor of Actra Fraternal Benefit Society. David was a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada (1973) and has his Master of Fine Arts in Theatre Directing from the University of Victoria (2003), where he focused on the work of James Reaney. In 2011, David was the recipient of the Barbara Hamilton Memorial Award. Learn More
  10. Jessica Riley

    Jessica Riley

    Jessica Riley received her Ph.D. from the School of English and Theatre Studies, University of Guelph, where she has taught courses on theatre history and Shakespeare. Her research interests include developmental dramaturgy, theatre history and historiography, Canadian theatre, and early modern English drama. Jessica is a former editorial assistant for Theatre Journal. Her work has been published in Canadian Theatre Review and in the essay collections Latina/o Canadian Theatre and Performance and OuterSpeares: Shakespeare, Intermedia, and the Limits of Adaptation. Forthcoming publications include contributions to the Cambridge Companion to Canadian Literature and Canadian Performance Histories and Historiographies in 2017. Jessica lives in Toronto.

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