- Paul Ledoux was born and raised in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He studied at Dalhousie University and the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. He began writing for theatre while living in Montreal and working at the Centaur Theatre.
His play The Electrical Man won the award for best play in the 1976 Quebec Drama Festival. Since then, he has worked as an artistic director, dramaturge, director, designer, and now writes for film and television as well as theatre. He won the Chalmers Award for Fire (written with David Young, premiered at Magnus Theatre, 1986) and was nominated for a second for Secret Garden (adapted from Frances Hodgson Burnett, Young People’s Theatre, 1991). He has twice been a finalist for the Dora Mavor Moore Award for Fire and Judy! (Stages Cabaret, 1980). Other plays include: The Children of the Night (Factory Theatre, 1982), As Time Goes By (music by David Smyth and Peter Willson, Magnus, 1986), Sam Slick, The Clockmaker (music by A. MacDonald, Mermaid Theatre, 1983), Love is Strange (with David Young, Magnus, 1984), Cheatin' Hearts (with David Smyth, Magnus, 1994), Ubu the Barbarian (songs by Joe Hall, Arbour Festival), and Anne (Young People’s Theatre, 1998). Learn More
Theatrefront is dedicated to stretching the boundaries of the human experience through theatre. Founded by Artistic Director Daryl Cloran, the Theatrefront ensemble crosses borders to create unique dramatic work. We cross geographic borders to develop new work in collaboration with artists from other countries. We cross borders between artistic mediums to create theatre infused with music, movement, and media. Theatrefront’s work is self-devised and created collaboratively by the ensemble—a core group of theatre professionals who risk, innovate, and experiment together.Learn More
- Darrell Dennis is a First Nations writer from the Shuswap Nation in the interior of British Columbia. His short stories have been published in periodicals across the country. His work has also been broadcast nationally on CBC Radio. Darrell is a produced playwright and an award-winning writer for television. His script Moccasin Flats was an official selection at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival and was later turned into a series for the Showcase Network. His one man show, Tales of an Urban Indian, was nominated for two Dora Mavor Moore Awards: Outstanding New Play and Outstanding Performance by a Male. Darrell is currently working on a novel, a collection of short stories, a feature film script, and is writing for several television series. Learn More
Samah Sabawi is a Palestinian-Australian-Canadian playwright and poet. Her plays Cries from the Land and Three Wishes had successful runs in Canada, and Tales of a City by the Sea enjoyed a sold-out world premiere run at Melbourne’s La Mama Theatre in Australia, an Arabic premiere at the Alrowwad Cultural and Theatre Society in Palestine, and was selected for the Victorian Certificate of Education Drama and Theatre Studies Playlist, 2016. Sabawi’s poems feature in anthologies including With Our Eyes Wide Open (West End Press, 2014), Gaza Unsilenced (Just World Books, 2015), and I remember my name (novum publishing, 2016). In 2016 Sabawi received an Australian Postgraduate Award to undertake a PhD by creative project at Victoria University.Learn More
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 Punk, PR, 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.Learn More
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.Learn More
- Nina Lee Aquino is a director, dramaturge, and playwright. She is Artistic Director of Cahoots Theatre Company and Artistic Associate of the Factory Theatre. Nina co-wrote Miss Orient(ed) and her monologues have been published in Beyond the Pale and She Speaks. Other credits include awards for directing and Dora Mavor Moore Award nominations for outstanding direction. Learn More
- Green Thumb Theatre was founded in 1975 to develop original Canadian plays for young audiences. Since that time, Green Thumb has emerged as one of Canada’s leading theatre companies for young people, producing excellent material for audiences and artists, and contributing to the growing body of work evolving in this field. Green Thumb demonstrates a new excitement and potential for children’s theatre. Learn More