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  1. Nicolas Billon

    Nicolas Billon

    Born in 1978, Nicolas Billon grew up in Ottawa, Paris, and Montréal. The Elephant Song is his first play. It premiered at the Stratford Festival in August 2004, and went on to Montréal in January 2005 for a French production at the Théâtre d’Aujourd’hui. Stratford produced Nicolas’s second play, The Measure of Love, in 2005. Learn More
  2. Christopher Morris

    Christopher Morris

    Christopher Morris is a director, actor, and playwright residing in Toronto. He is the founder and artistic director of Human Cargo, and is co-founder/co-artistic director of the Tununiq Arsarniit Theatre Group, an Inuit theatre company based in Pond Inlet, Nunavut. Prior to initiating these companies Christopher established himself as a director and actor. He is the recipient of the 2012 John Hirsch Prize from the Canada Council for the Arts.

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  3. Catherine Hernandez

    Catherine Hernandez

    Catherine Hernandez is an award-winning author and the artistic director of b current performing arts. Her plays include The Femme Playlist, Singkil, Eating with Lola, Kilt Pins, and Future Folk. Her published works include M is for Mustache: A Pride ABC Book (Flamingo Rampant) and the novel Scarborough (Arsenal Pulp Press), winner of Asian Canadian Writers’ Workshop Emerging Writers Award and a finalist for the Toronto Book Award. She is a proud citizen of Scarborough, Ontario.

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  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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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  7. 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
  8. 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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  9. 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
  10. 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

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