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  1. Kawa Ada

    Kawa Ada

    Kawa Ada is an actor and writer. Soon after graduating from the Boston Conservatory, he was cast on Broadway in Bombay Dreams. He has since played leading roles across Canadian theatre, including at Factory, Tarragon, Belfry, Canadian Stage, and several seasons at the Shaw Festival. He won a Dora Mavor Moore Award for his debut performance at the Soulpepper Theatre Company in Accidental Death of an Anarchist. Kawa began his writing with solo shows, including The Canny Afghani, which premiered at the Boston Center for the Arts. He wrote and produced the comedy short Jihad Gigolo, which was screened at the ReelWorld Film Festival. He was born in Kabul and lives in Toronto.

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  2. Kamal Al-Solaylee

    Kamal Al-Solaylee

    Kamal Al-Solaylee is a former theatre critic for The Globe and Mail and is currently an assistant professor at the School of Journalism in the Faculty of Communication & Design, Ryerson University. Based in Toronto, he started his career as a critic and theatre feature writer at Eye Weekly in 1998 and since then has covered various aspects of Canadian performing arts and culture for the National Post, The Toronto Star, The Walrus, Report on Business magazine, Elle Canada, Canadian Notes & Queries, and the Literary Review of Canada, among others. He holds a PhD in Victorian literature from the University of Nottingham, England.

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  3. John Garfield Barlow

    John Garfield Barlow

    John Garfield Barlow is a Migmaw of the Indian Island First Nation on the east coast of New Brunswick. John is an artist and playwright and lives with his wife and three children in New Brunswick. Learn More
  4. Joan Burrows

    Joan Burrows

    Joan Burrows won several awards for her first play, Staff Room, upon its first production in 2004. Since then she has written The Photograph, which won an ACT-CO Award for Best New Canadian Play, and Willow Quartet, which received Theatre Aurora’s Playwrights Spring Award in 2009. Joan is a retired high-school teacher of English and Dramatic Arts. Learn More
  5. Joan Bryans

    Joan Bryans

    Joan Bryans has always had a love of theatre, which she has increasingly been able to satisfy as her teaching of philosophy waned. Of late she has taken to directing and producing as well as acting and now has her own company, Vital Spark Theatre, whose first production was her adaptation of Birthright in 2003. Its next production, Two Years in Nicola, written by Joan, about the MacQueen sisters of the Nicola Valley, toured in the fall of 2005. Learn More
  6. Jean Marc Dalpé

    Jean Marc Dalpé

    Three-time recipient of the Governor General’s Literary Award, Jean Marc Dalpé has written several highly acclaimed plays including Le Chien, Ed-dy, Lucky Lady, and Trick or Treat. After having lived for many years in Ontario, he now lives in Montreal with his partner Maureen Labonté and their daughter, Marielle. Learn More
  7. Heather Davis-Fisch

    Heather Davis-Fisch

    Heather Davis-Fisch is a professor at the University of the Fraser Valley and the co-editor of the Views and Reviews section of Canadian Theatre Review. She is also the author of Loss and Cultural Remains in Performance: The Ghosts of the Franklin Expedition (Palgrave 2012), which was the co-recipient of the Ann Saddlemyer Award from the Canadian Association for Theatre Research. Her research on Canadian theatre and performance history has appeared in journals such as Theatre Research in Canada, as well as in Theatres of Affect, a critical anthology of essays. Heather’s research interests include intercultural performance, theatre historiography, and nineteenth century theatre and performance culture.

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  8. George Elliott Clarke

    George Elliott Clarke

    George Elliott Clarke is a Canadian poet and playwright. Born in Windsor Plains, Nova Scotia, he has spent much of his career writing about the black communities of Nova Scotia and served for a time in the African-American Studies department at Duke University. He earned a BA Honours degree in English from the University of Waterloo (1984), an MA in English from Dalhousie University (1989), and a PhD in English from Queen’s University (1993). In addition, he has received honorary degrees from Dalhousie University (LLD), the University of New Brunswick (LittD), the University of Alberta (LittD), and the University of Waterloo (LittD). He is currently professor of English at the University of Toronto.

    In 2001 he won the Governor General’s Literary Award for poetry for his book Execution Poems. Clarke’s work largely explores and chronicles the experience and history of the black Canadian community of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, creating a cultural geography that Clarke often refers to as Africadia. Clarke’s Whylah Falls was one of the selected books in the 2002 edition of Canada Reads, where it was championed by Nalo Hopkinson. Learn More
  9. Evelyne de la Chenelière

    Evelyne de la Chenelière

    Playwright and actor Evelyne de la Chenelière studied drama at École Michel-Granvale in Paris. She was the recipient of the 2006 Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama for her play Désordre public. Evelyne lives in Montreal.

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  10. Ellen Close

    Ellen Close

    Ellen Close is an actor, playwright, and the artistic producer of Downstage, a Calgary-based theatre company producing Canadian work that creates conversations around social issues. She received the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Community Volunteer upon graduation from the National Theatre School in 2006. 

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