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  1. Catherine Hernandez

    Catherine Hernandez

    Catherine Hernandez is a writer and theatre practitioner. As a past columnist for the National Post and the former head of Factory Theatre’s Education/Outreach/Publicity program, she has also worked as a marketer/publicist/educator for Native Earth Performing Arts, Theatre Passe Muraille, bcurrent, Carlos Bulosan Theatre, and others. Singkil, which premiered as part of Factory Theatre’s 2006/07 season, has garnered seven Dora Mavor Moore award nominations, including Best New Play, Independent Division. She is currently working on her newest play, Kilt Pins, and presenting her one-woman puppet show, Eating With Lola. Learn More
  2. Don Rubin

    Don Rubin

    Theatre historian, writer, and critic, Professor Don Rubin is the executive editor of the six-volume World Encyclopedia of Contemporary Theatre, the largest international cooperative project in the history of cultural publishing (Routledge 1995–2000). He was the founding editor of Canada’s national theatre journal, Canadian Theatre Review (CTR), which he edited from 1974 to 1982. Under his aegis, an active theatre book publishing program grew from CTR. Major titles have included the archival series Canada on Stage and the historical series Canada’s Lost Plays. Professor Rubin’s other publications include Canadian Theatre History: Selected Readings (Copp Clark, Toronto, 1996; 2nd ed. Playwrights Canada Press, 2004), the first sourcebook ever in Canadian theatre history. As a theatre critic, he has written for major journals, magazines, and newspapers worldwide. For several years he was a regular critic for the Toronto Star, CBC Radio, and the New Haven Register (Connecticut). Widely travelled, he has lectured on Canadian theatre in France, Russia, Bulgaria, India, Poland, Hungary, and China. He is a former president of the Canadian Centre of the UNESCO-affiliated International Theatre Institute and served for six years as chair of the ITI’s publications committee. He currently teaches at York University. Learn More
  3. Marty Chan

    Marty Chan

    Marty Chan lives in Edmonton where he has built acclaim as a playwright, children’s author, and for his work in radio and television. Chan has acted as the first playwright-in-residence at the Citadel Theatre, and taught playwriting at the University of Alberta. Learn More
  4. Sarah Berthiaume

    Sarah Berthiaume

    Sarah Berthiaume is an actor and author. Her first play, The Flood Thereafter, won the Égregore prize in 2006. Some of her other works include Disparitions, Villes Mortes, and Les Orphelins de Madrid. She is the co-founder of Abat-Jour Théâtre, and a writer for Télé-Québec’s show, Tactik.

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  5. Susan G. Cole

    Susan G. Cole

    Susan G. Cole is a political and cultural activist, author, and editor. She was instrumental in organizing Nightwood Theatre’s 5-Minute Feminist Cabaret in its early years and appeared as both performer and host. Nightwood produced A Fertile Imagination, her groundbreaking play about two lesbians trying to have a baby, in 1991. Susan has written two books on violence against women, Pornography and the Sex Crisis and Power Surge (both published by Second Story Press), and continues to lecture on the subject. She also has a regular column in the Canadian feminist magazine Herizons and is currently the senior entertainment and books editor at NOW Magazine in Toronto. She lives with her partner Leslie Chudnovsky in Toronto. Learn More
  6. Tony Burgess

    Tony Burgess

    Toronto-born Tony Burgess is a playwright, screenwriter, and novelist. His most notable works include The Hellmouths of Bewdley, Pontypool Changes Everything, Caesarea, and Pontypool, the screenplay for the film adaptation of the novel. Tony lives in Stayner, Ontario.

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  7. Michael Lewis MacLennan

    Michael Lewis MacLennan

    Born in Vancouver, Michael Lewis MacLennan now divides his time between Toronto, Vancouver, and Los Angeles, working as a playwright, screenwriter, and TV producer. He is a two-time finalist for Canada’s Governor General’s Literary Award, and the only playwright to win the Herman Voaden National Playwriting Award twice. His first play, Beat the Sunset, garnered Vancouver’s Jessie Richardson Award for outstanding emerging playwright and was the winner of the Theatrum National Playwriting Competition. Grace won the Theatre BC National Playwriting Competition and has been produced across Canada and internationally. His next two plays The Shooting Stage and Last Romantics both won the Voaden Prize and were Governor General Award nominees. As a screenwriter, Michael has been nominated five times for the Writers Guild of Canada Screenwriting Award. He was co-executive producer of Queer as Folk, and executive producer and creator of both Godiva’s and the new series jPod, based on Douglas Coupland’s novel. Learn More
  8. Iris Turcott

    Iris Turcott

    Iris Turcott is a dramaturge, director, and actor. She was also co-founder and co-artistic director of Playbill Theatre. She spent fourteen years as company dramaturge at the Canadian Stage Company. Iris has worked with playwrights from coast to coast including Adam Pettle, Joan MacLeod, Michel Marc Bouchard, Brad Fraser, Judith Thompson, Sunil Kuruvilla, and Tomson Highway. She has been involved in a number of international co-commissions including the Royal Exchange in Manchester, the Melbourne Festival, and the Abbey Theatre. She is also the dramaturge for Ronnie Burkett’s internationally acclaimed Theatre of Marionettes. Iris is active in arts education and is involved in a number of aspects of publishing. She has served on the board of directors for the LMDA (Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas) and is currently the company dramaturg at Factory Theatre. Learn More
  9. Diane Flacks

    Diane Flacks

    Diane Flacks is a writer/performer whose solo shows, Myth Me, By a Thread, Random Acts, and Bear With Me (based on her book, published by McClelland & Stewart), have been critically acclaimed, published, and toured within North America. She has twice performed excerpts from Bear With Me at the CBC Winnipeg Comedy Fest. Most recently, Diane’s play Waiting Room premiered at Tarragon Theatre, where she also wrote and performed in By a Thread, SIBS (with Richard Greenblatt), Care, Gravity Calling, and Theory of Relatives.

    Diane’s written for TV, including Global/NBC’s Working the Engels, Baroness Von Sketch Show, Young Drunk PunkPR, The Broad Side, a film version of her play SIBS, and Kids in the Hall. Diane can be heard on your radio as CBC Radio’s national parenting columnist and a contributor to DNTO and Tapestry. She’s written for the Toronto Star, The Globe and Mail, and Today’s Parent magazine. She most recently played the lead in the independent film Portrait of a Serial Monogamist, which is making the rounds at film fests, and in the plays Freda and Jem’s Best of the Week and Body Politic at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre. She is writing on the new CBC series Workin’ Moms and her newest play, Unholy, will be produced by Nightwood Theatre at Buddies. She is a proud mom of two awesome boys.

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  10. Marie Beath Badian

    Marie Beath Badian

    Marie Beath Badian is a Toronto-based playwright, performer, director, and arts educator. Her other plays include Prairie Nurse, Mind Over Matter, and Novena. Her radio work includes Yellow Rubber Boots (CBC Outfront) and an adaption of Novena (CBC Radio—The Drama of Immigration). Marie Beath has been playwright-in-residence at fu-GEN Asian Canadian Theatre Company and Project: Humanity. She was a member of the 2010 Hot House Creators Unit at Cahoots Theatre Company, the 2013–14 Playwrights Unit at the Tarragon Theatre, the 2015 Soulpepper Playwrights Circle, and the 2015–16 Natural Resources creation group at Factory Theatre.

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