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  1. Wayne Fairhead

    Wayne Fairhead

    Wayne Fairhead was a teacher for thirty-eight years, teaching and advising at all levels. He has been the executive director of the Sears Ontario Drama Festival since 1991 and was the consulting director of educational services for the Lorraine Kimsa Theatre for Young People in Toronto from 2006 to 2007. Learn More
  2. Sky Gilbert

    Sky Gilbert

    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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  3. Sherrill Grace

    Sherrill Grace

    Sherrill has co-edited two volumes of books of Canadian plays about the North and two about the two World Wars. She has also written extensively about Canadian plays, most recently in her 2014 book Landscapes of War and Memory. She is the author of Making Theatre: A Life of Sharon Pollock and is writing Timothy Findley's biography, which includes discussion of his plays. She is an Officer of the Order of Canada. Learn More
  4. Ryan Griffith

    Ryan Griffith

    Ryan Griffith grew up along the banks of the Saint John River just outside of Woodstock, New Brunswick. He began writing plays while attending St. Thomas University in 1999. A graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada, Ryan currently enjoys performing and writing for theatres in his home province. Learn More
  5. Robert Fothergill

    Robert Fothergill

    Born in England in 1941, and educated at Downing College, Cambridge, Robert Fothergill came to Canada in 1963 to pursue graduate work at McMaster University and the University of Toronto. His PhD dissertation was published as Private Chronicles: a Study of English Diaries by Oxford University Press in 1974. After teaching for many years in the English Department of Atkinson College at York University, he joined the Department of Theatre in the Faculty of Fine Arts in 1994, serving as Chair for five years. An early play, Something To Do, won a prize in a one-act play competition at U of T in 1965, but for a number of years he was more involved in film, founding the Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre in 1967, with Lorne Michaels and David Cronenberg, and making the controversial TV news simulation Countdown Canada in 1970. Peripheral involvement in theatre over the years has included old geezer roles in Theatre@York productions, as well as three recent visits to India to direct Canadian plays with students at the Universities of Baroda and Jaipur. He was reluctantly retired from York in 2006, but continues to teach there as though nothing had happened. He is married with two grown sons, and lives in Toronto. Learn More
  6. Richard Greenblatt

    Richard Greenblatt

    Richard Greenblatt (born in Montreal, Quebec) is a Canadian playwright who currently lives in Toronto. Greenblatt attended Dawson College. He later trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. In 1975 he returned to Canada and began his theatrical career. Since then he has been acting, directing, writing, and composing music for theatre, radio, television, and film across the country and abroad. He is best known for 2 Pianos, 4 Hands, which he wrote and performed with Ted Dykstra. It won both the Dora Mavor Moore Award and the Chalmers Award. Learn More
  7. Penny Gummerson

    Penny Gummerson

    Métis writer Penny Gummerson was born and raised in Flin Flon, Manitoba. She worked as a newspaper journalist, magazine writer, documentary filmmaker, and advertising copywriter before becoming a playwright and screenwriter. She currently resides in Vancouver where she writes for stage and film. Wawatay received the 2002 Vancouver Jessie Richardson Theatre Award for Outstanding Original Play, the People’s Choice Favourite New Play Award at the Vancouver New Play Festival, and was a Stage-Play Finalist at the International Moondance Film Festival in Denver, Colorado. Other plays include Crossing Boundaries and Is There Bingo in Heaven?. Penny has been Head Writer and Story Editor on the dramatic television series Moccasin Flats (Big Soul Productions/Showcase Television/Aboriginal People’s Television Network). She is currently writing a movie of the week for CTV (Alberta Film Works, Code Red Entertainment) as well as the film adaptation of Wawatay. Learn More
  8. Patti Flather

    Patti Flather

    Patti Flather is the co-founder of Gwaandak Theatre, which develops and shares Indigenous and Northern stories for the stage. Some of her other plays include Sixty Below, West Edmonton Mall, Where the River Meets the Sea, and Street Signs (formerly The Soul Menders). Her fiction has appeared in literary publications including Prairie Fire, dANDelion, Room of One’s Own, and Nashwaak Review. Patti is a recipient of the Yukon Arts Builder Award and a past winner of Theatre BC’s national playwriting competition. She has an MFA in Creative Writing and is a writer, dramaturge, director, educator, and screenwriter. Patti grew up in North Vancouver, but now lives in Whitehorse.

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  9. Norm Foster

    Norm Foster

    Norm Foster discovered the world of theatre after twenty-five years in radio arts, and has since become Canada’s most-produced playwright. He has penned many plays, including a handful of musicals that have been seen across North America. Norm lives in Fredericton, New Brunswick. 

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  10. Matthew Edison

    Matthew Edison

    Matthew Edison is an actor and writer living in Toronto. The Domino Heart is his first play. He is a graduate of Canterbury Arts High School in Ottawa and the Stella Adler Conservatory of Acting in New York City. As an actor, Matthew has worked with Tarragon Theatre (Midnight Sun), Soulpepper Theatre, the Canadian Stage Company, and the Shaw Festival. Recent credits include The Winter’s Tale at the National Arts Centre and Proof at CanStage. The Domino Heart was developed by Jack in the Black Theatre led by artistic director Michael Kessler, who directed the co-production. In the fall of 2001 Matthew Edison directed Jacob Richmond’s The Qualities of Zero in Tarragon's Extra Space. He received a Dora nomination for direction and the show also received a Dora nomination for outstanding production. Learn More

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