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  1. Louise H. Forsyth

    Louise H. Forsyth

    Louise H. Forsyth has always loved performance and theatre. As an amateur lover of the stage, she has acted, sung, danced, written, directed, produced, translated, stage managed, served as props manager, and hung out as much as she could as spectator. Woven into an amateur obsession with theatre has been her professional life, where she wrote two theses on the classic French writer of theatrical comedy, Molière, taught courses and supervised theses in theatre, drama, and dramatic literature, wrote scholarly studies about French and Québec playwrights, and theorized about acting and dramatic writing. Her areas of academic specialization are feminist performance and dramaturgy in Québec.

    Along with her passion for what the women of Québec have written for theatre, she has been engaged for quite some time with developing theories of dramaturgy and acting au féminin, along with revealing the sources of tenacious sexism in the practices and conventions for doing theatre, for studying and evaluating it, and for recounting its history. In short, she has been wondering for quite some time why women’s roles have tended to remain stereotypical in works for stage, TV and film, why theatre done by women—when its perspective is explicitly derived from a woman’s point of view—is still easily dismissed with a summary shrug as deserving only condescending scorn, why women’s theatrical experimentation is so rarely discussed by scholars as serious theoretical work or used by them in their own theoretical reflections, and why the silence of critics on women and their richly creative activities has not yet been overcome when it comes to their accounts of theatre history. Learn More
  2. Lorena Gale

    Lorena Gale

    Lorena Gale was a Canadian actress, director, and writer. She was active in stage, movie, and television acting from the 1980s until her death in 2009. She was the author of two award-winning plays, Angélique and Je me souviens. Gale acted in several A-list movies, including Fantastic Four, The Chronicles of Riddick, and The Exorcism of Emily Rose. She guest starred on programs such as The X-Files, Smallville, and Kingdom Hospital. She also starred as Priestess Elosha on the SciFi Channel television program Battlestar Galactica. Her play, Angélique, the story of executed slave Marie-Joseph Angelique, was the winner of the 1995 duMaurier National Playwriting Competition in Canada. Learn More
  3. Lois Fine

    Lois Fine

    Lois Fine has been widely published in anthologies, newspapers, magazines, and journals across various genres. Her article “Outlaw Moms,” first published in NOW Magazine and later in the anthology Who’s Your Daddy?, documents her and others’ successful Ontario charter challenge regarding queer parenting. Lois lives in Toronto.

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  4. Linda Griffiths

    Linda Griffiths

    Linda Griffiths was an actor, producer, and writer. She was a founding member of 25th Street Theatre in Saskatoon and one of the original cast members in its collective creation Paper Wheat (1978), which toured sold-out houses across Canada. A year later, she performed in another collective creation, Les Maudits Anglais, in Montreal under the direction of future co-writer, Paul Thompson. Her first major success came when she and Thompson collaborated to write Maggie and Pierre, a one-person, three-character play that bases its narrative structure on events in Pierre and Margaret Trudeau’s life together. Maggie and Pierre toured Canada, played the Royal Alexandra Theatre in Toronto, and Off Broadway at the Phoenix Theatre.

    Griffiths also wrote O.D. in Paradise (first produced in 1982 at 25th Street Theatre); Jessica (with Maria Campbell, first produced in 1984 at 25th Street Theatre and later at Toronto’s Theatre Passe Muraille in 1986); The Darling Family (first produced in 1991 at Theatre Passe Muraille, made in 1993 into a feature film); Brother André’s Heart (first produced in 1992 at Crow’s Theatre, Toronto); and The Duchess (first produced in 1998 at Theatre Passe Muraille). Between 1986 and 1988, Linda was co-artistic director of Theatre Passe Muraille, along with Layne Coleman and Clarke Rogers. She received many awards for her contributions to the theatre world, and won five Dora Mavor Moore awards, including wins for Maggie and Pierre (1980), O.D. in Paradise (1983), Jessica (1986), and Alien Creature (2000); a Gemini award; two Chalmers Canadian Play Awards for Jessica (1986) and Alien Creature (2000); and a Quizanne International Festival award for Jessica (1987). She was nominated twice for the Governor General’s Literary Award. In addition to her plays, Griffiths wrote fiction and poetry. In 1999, an anthology of her work, Sheer Nerve: Seven Plays by Linda Griffiths, was published. Her latest play, The Age of Arousal, premiered at Alberta Theatre Projects’s Enbridge playRites Festival in 2007. Linda passed away in September 2014. Learn More
  5. Linda Gaboriau

    Linda Gaboriau

    Linda Gaboriau is a Montreal-based dramaturge and literary translator. She has worked as a freelance journalist for the CBC as well as the Montreal Gazette, and worked in Canadian and Quebecois theatre. Gaboriau has won awards for her translations of more than 100 plays and novels by Quebec writers, including many of the Quebec plays best known to English Canadian audiences. She is the founding director of the Banff International Literary Translation Centre. Learn More
  6. Jonathan Garfinkel

    Jonathan Garfinkel

    Jonathan Garfinkel has written a book of poetry, Glass Psalms, and the book Ambivalence: Adventures in Israel and Palestine (published in Canada, the US, and the UK; forthcoming in Germany and Hungary). His play The Trials of John Demjanjuk: A Holocaust Cabaret has been performed in Canada and Germany and was also published by Playwrights Canada Press. His articles have appeared in The Globe and Mail, Pen International, Judische Allgemeine, and The Walrus. Jonathan divides his time between Berlin, Budapest, and Toronto. Learn More
  7. Jane Gardner

    Jane Gardner

    Jane Gardner is the general manager of Carousel Players, a TYA touring company located in St. Catharines, Ontario. She previously managed the Blyth Festival and the Great Canadian Theatre Company, and is a former executive director of Theatre Ontario Learn More
  8. Heather Fitzsimmons Frey

    Heather Fitzsimmons Frey

    Heather Fitzsimmons Frey holds a Ph.D. from the University of Toronto’s Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies. Some of her core fields of research include childhood, youth, agency, power and identity, young people and audience reception, and representations of childhood in young people’s theatre.

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  9. Green Thumb Theatre

    Green Thumb Theatre

    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.

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  10. Diane Flacks

    Diane Flacks

    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 PunkPR, 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.

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