- 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
- 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
Natalie Alvarez is an associate professor at Brock University’s Department of Dramatic Arts where she teaches in the Theatre Praxis concentration. Her work on contemporary performance, performance theory, and Latina/o theatre has appeared in a number of periodicals such as Theatre Journal, Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism, and Janus Head, as well as in national and international essay collections. Her current SSHRC-funded book project, Enactments of Difference, examines simulations, interculturalism, and performance in military training and dark tourism. She also serves as co-editor of the Canadian Theatre Review’s Views and Reviews.Learn More
- Morwyn Brebner is a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada’s playwrighting program. Her plays include Music for Contortionist, Liquor Guns Karate, Little Mercy’s First Murder, The Optimists, and The Pessimist. She is a playwright-in-residence at Toronto’s Tarragon Theatre. Learn More
- Moira Day is an active researcher and writer in the area of Canadian theatre with a particular focus on women in prairie theatre prior to 1960. She served as English-language book editor until recently, and now as co-editor for Theatre Research in Canada/Recherches Théâtrales au Canada. She has spoken at conferences both within Canada and internationally in Ireland and China.
She is currently working on a book on Elizabeth Sterling Haynes, another important pioneer in the area. She teaches Canadian drama, play analysis, dramatic literature, and theatre history aesthetics and criticism at the University of Saskatchewan. Learn More
MJ Cruise is an award-winning playwright and published choral composer. Her plays have been performed across North America and have been translated and produced in Germany. MJ teaches drama in Grimsby, Ontario, and is an ambassador for promoting the arts to young people through workshops and festival productions. Other plays include Albert Street, Dried Flowers, In My Life, and A Stranger in Our House.Learn More
- Michel Marc Bouchard is a playwright and actor. After graduating from Université d’Ottawa in theatre studies, he worked in various Franco-Ontarian theatres as dramaturge and actor. His first play, Les Porteurs d’eau, was staged by the Théâtre du Nouvel-Ontario in Sudbury in 1981, followed by La Contre-Nature de Chrysippe Tanguay, écologiste (1983), which attracted much positive attention from critics. It portrays a homosexual couple in confrontation with society’s traditional norms as they seek to adopt a child.
Bouchard’s greatest success to date came with Les Feluettes (1987), translated as Lilies (1988) and now considered one of the major works of modern Canadian theatre (it won both the Dora Mavor Moore Award and the Chalmers Canadian Play Award in 1991). It has played with great success at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, Montréal, Toronto, and elsewhere in Canada; in France, Italy, and Holland; in Mexico and Uruguay; and it has been translated into several languages. An English-language film version was completed in 1996. Bouchard is the author of more than twenty plays, most of which have been produced professionally. Most notable are La Poupée de Pélopia (1984), Les Muses orphelines (1988), and the political allegory Le Voyage du Couronnement (1995). Learn More
Megan Gail Coles is a graduate of Memorial University, the National Theatre School of Canada, and is currently enrolled in the UBC M.F.A. Opt-Res program. She is the co-founder and artistic director of Poverty Cove Theatre Company. She is presently working on her debut novel (House of Anansi, 2017) and the Driftwood Trilogy of plays. Megan’s first fiction collection, Eating Habits of the Chronically Lonesome (Killick), won the BMO Winterset Award, the ReLit Award, and the Margaret & John Savage First Book Award, and earned her the one-time Writers’ Trust Five x Five prize. Originally from Savage Cove on the Great Northern Peninsula, Megan now resides in St. John’s, where she is also the artist-in-residence at the Arts and Culture Centre.Learn More
- Meg Braem is originally from Victoria, BC, but moved to Calgary to complete an M.F.A. Her plays, Blood: A Scientific Romance, The Josephine Knot, Potentilla, and The Year of Falling Down have won numerous awards, including the Gwen Pharis Ringwood Award for Drama, the Alberta Playwriting Competition, the Playwrights Guild of Canada’s Post-Secondary Playwriting Competition, Best of Victoria Fringe, a Victoria Critic’s Choice Award, and Intrepid Theatre’s Petri Dish Play competition. Most recently, Blood: A Scientific Romance was a finalist for the 2013 Governor General's Literary Award for Drama. Learn More