- 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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- 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
- Allan Boss has worked on many projects, both regionally and nationally, as a producer and director for the CBC. Boss worked with Ghost River Theatre on their production of An Eye for an Eye, which was chosen to represent the CBC at Wordplay 2007, and was broadcast internationally. Boss’s Ideas program “Updrafts” was nominated for the Peabody, New York Festivals, Gabriel, and Prix Italia awards. With a Ph.D. in drama from the University of Calgary, Boss has shaped the history surrounding Mavor Moore’s life and work. Learn More
Jordan Tannahill is a playwright, theatre director, and filmmaker. The Globe and Mail recently called Jordan “ . . . the poster child of a new generation of (theatre? film? dance?) artists for whom “interdisciplinary” is not a buzzword, but a way of life.” His plays have been presented across Canada, and his films have been widely exhibited at venues such as the Toronto International Film Festival, the Art Gallery of Ontario, and the British Film Institute. Jordan received the 2014 Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama for his book Age of Minority: Three Solo Plays. In collaboration with William Ellis, Jordan runs the alternative art-space Videofag in Toronto. Visit www.jordantannahill.comLearn More
- Caroline Howarth is a founding co-director of Concrete Theatre and has directed many projects, including the Sterling Award-winning The Shape of a Girl and the Sprouts New Play Festival for Kids for the company. She is a theatre instructor at Concordia University College of Alberta where she teaches acting, directing, and theatre for young audiences. Caroline also works in opera as a singer and director and is currently a graduate student in the new M.F.A. Theatre Practice program at the University of Alberta. Learn More
- Julie Salverson currently teaches at Queen’s University. She has worked extensively across Canada as a playwright, producer, and community animator. Her first play was produced by Prairie Theatre Exchange in 1982 and she is the co-founder of Second Look Community Arts in Toronto. Learn More
- Anne Chislett was born and raised in St. John’s, Newfoundland. She was educated at Memorial University, St. John’s and the University of British Columbia, and taught English in Ontario high schools before becoming a full-time playwright in 1980. Anne Chislett’s plays have been widely produced across Canada, the United States, and Japan. Her Amish play, Quiet in the Land (Blyth Festival, 1981) won the Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama and the Chalmers Award, and has become a classic of modern Canadian theatre. It is one of the few Canadian plays to be produced at the Stratford Festival (2003), and was produced in a Japanese translation by Toyoshi Yoshihara by Maple Leaf, Tokyo. Flippin’ In (Young People’s Theatre, 1995) won the Chalmers Young Audiences Award. Not Quite the Same (Theatre Direct, 2000) was nominated for both Dora Mavor Moore and Chalmers awards.
Other plays include A Summer Burning (Blyth, 1977); The Tomorrow Box (Kawartha Summer Theatre, 1980), which won the Best Production Award at the Hiroshima Festival; Another Season’s Promise (Blyth, 1986), and a new sequel, Another Season’s Harvest, both written with Keith Roulston; Half a Chance (Lighthouse Festival, 1988); Yankee Notions (Blyth, 1992); No Sweat; The Perilous Pirate’s Daughter (written with David Archibald); and Glengarry School Days (Blyth, 1994), written with Janet Amos.
From 1998 to 2002 Anne was artistic director of the Blyth Festival, a theatre dedicated to new Canadian works which she co-founded in 1975. Anne has also worked extensively as a dramaturge. Many of Anne's plays focus on the farm communities of southern Ontario, and typically feature strong, independent women struggling against stubborn men, or conflicts between parent and child, conformity and individuality. Learn More
Debbie Nyman is an instructor of the Dramatic Arts Additional Qualifications program at the Ontario Institute of Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. She was a classroom dramatic arts teacher and instructional leader with the Toronto District School Board for several years. Debbie has written documents and resources at the board and ministry levels and is the co-author of Drama Schemes, Themes and Dreams (Pembroke Publishers).Learn More
- 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
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.Learn More