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  1. 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
  2. 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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  3. 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
  4. Kat Sandler

    Kat Sandler

    Kat Sandler is a prolific playwright, actor, and director. She is the artistic director of Theatre Brouhaha, which was founded in 2010 and strives to create dark and funny entertainment. She has written several plays, including Delicacy and Mustard, which was nominated for six Dora Mavor Moore Awards including Best New Play. Kat was part of Tarragon Theatre’s Playwrights Unit from 2014–2015. She lives in Toronto.

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  5. Monique Mojica

    Monique Mojica

    Monique Mojica is a Kuna and Rappahannock actor and playwright based in Toronto. She began training at the age of three and belongs to the second generation spun directly from the web of New York’s Spiderwoman Theater. She is a longtime collaborator with Floyd Favel on various research and performance projects investigating Native performance culture. Her published plays include Princess Pocahontas and the Blue Spots and Birdwoman and the Suffragettes. She is an acclaimed stage and film actor, nominated for best supporting actress by Native Americans in the Arts for her role in Smoke Signals. Monique is former Artistic Director of Native Earth Performing Arts, and the editor of a special issue of Canadian Theatre Review on Native theatre. Monique was seen as Caesar in Death of a Chief, Native Earth’s adaptation of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar. She is currently creating Chocolate Woman Dreams the Milky Way. She continues to explore theatre as healing, as an act of reclaiming historical/cultural memory and as an act of resistance. Learn More
  6. Norm Foster

    Norm Foster

    Norm Foster discovered the world of theatre after twenty-five years in radio arts, and has since become Canada’s most-produced playwright. He has penned many plays, including a handful of musicals that have been seen across North America. Norm lives in Fredericton, New Brunswick. 

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  7. Andrew Moodie

    Andrew Moodie

    Andrew Moodie exploded onto the theatre scene in 1995 with his first play, Riot. Since then he has been a mainstay of Canadian television and theatre, both as an actor and a writer. His plays include Oui, A Common Man’s Guide to Loving Women, The Real McCoy, and Toronto the Good. Learn More
  8. Sky Gilbert

    Sky Gilbert

    Sky Gilbert is a writer, director, and drag queen extraordinaire. He was co-founder and artistic director of Buddies in Bad Times Theatre (North America’s largest gay and lesbian theatre) for 18 years. His hit plays include The Dressing Gown, Drag Queens on Trial, Play Murder, The Emotionalists, and the Dora Mavor Moore Award-winning The Whore’s Revenge. His first three novels: Guilty (1998), St. Stephen’s, (1999) and I Am Kasper Klotz (2001) were critically acclaimed. ECW Press published Sky’s first collection of poetry, Digressions of a Naked Party Girl, in 1998, and his theatre memoir, Ejaculations from the Charm Factory, in 2000. His second book of collected poems, Temptations for a Juvenile Delinquent, was published by ECW in 2003. He was recently the recipient of the Margo Bindhardt Award (from the Toronto Arts Foundation), the Silver Ticket Award (from the Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts), and the ReLit Award (for his fourth novel, An English Gentleman), and also recently received a PhD from the University of Toronto. By day, Sky holds a University Research Chair in Drama and Creative Writing at the University of Guelph.
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  9. Len Falkenstein

    Len Falkenstein

    Len Falkenstein is Director of Drama at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton, where he teaches theatre and playwriting and directs productions for Theatre UNB. He is also Artistic Director of Bard in the Barracks, Fredericton’s outdoor Shakespeare company, and NotaBle Acts, a developmental theatre company that stages an annual festival of new plays by New Brunswick dramatists. His plays, staged with his company Theatre Free Radical, include a new play in development, Soft Target, as well as Lac/Athabasca, Utopia, and Doppelgänger, all of which have been staged at Toronto’s SummerWorks Performance Festival and at Fringe festivals and other locations across Canada.

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  10. Sharon Pollock

    Sharon Pollock

    Sharon Pollock is one of Canada’s best-known women playwrights. Produced nationally and internationally, author of a large and varied canon, she has had a long and illustrious career in the theatre. From backstage to onstage, from front of house to director’s chair, from actor to author, from teacher and mentor to artistic director of venues both large and small, Sharon Pollock remains an active, controversial and prolific participant in the Canadian theatre scene. Three volumes of her collected works were compiled by editor Cynthia Zimmerman and are available from Playwrights Canada Press. Learn More

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