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  1. Allana Harkin

    Allana Harkin

    Allana Harkin’s play Real Estate premiered at Theatre Collingwood and was later produced by Theatre Aquarius, Centaur Theatre, and the Thousand Islands Playhouse in the same theatre season. Real Estate continues to be produced across the country and as far away as New Zealand.

    Ms. Harkin is a writer and performer with the acclaimed sketch troupe “The Atomic Fireballs” who have performed in Canada and the United States, and were nominated for a Canadian Comedy Award. Other writing includes work in television and the musical The Review, which premiered at the SummerWorks Festival. In addition to writing, Allana is also an accomplished actor who works in both theatre and television. She is an MFA graduate of York University and resides in Toronto where she balances her creative life with the domestic bliss of home renovations and baby diapers. Learn More
  2. Andrew Houston

    Andrew Houston

    Andrew Houston is a Views & Reviews Editor for Canadian Theatre Review and a faculty member of the Department of Drama, Speech Communication and Digital Arts at the University of Waterloo. In 2002, he and scenographer Kathleen Irwin started Regina-based Knowhere Productions, a performance company which had its debut with a multi-disciplinary, site-specific performance in a disused wing of the Saskatchewan Mental Hospital at Weyburn, entitled The Weyburn Project. Their next large-scale site-specific work entitled Crossfiring took place at the Claybank historical brick plant in southwestern Saskatchewan in 2006. Learn More
  3. Anosh Irani

    Anosh Irani

    Anosh Irani has published four critically acclaimed novels: The Cripple and His Talismans, a national bestseller; The Song of Kahunsha, which was an international bestseller and was shortlisted for Canada Reads and the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize; Dahanu Road, which was nominated for the Man Asian Literary Prize; and his latest novel, The Parcel, was a finalist for the BC Book Prize’s Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize, the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, and the Governor General’s Literary Award. His play Bombay Black won the Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding New Play, and his anthology The Bombay Plays: The Matka King & Bombay Black was shortlisted for the Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama. He lives in Vancouver. Visit www.anoshirani.com for more information.

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  4. Asha Jain

    Asha Jain

    Asha Jain grew up in New Delhi, India. Upon completion of her master’s degree in 1973, she married and immigrated to Canada. While supporting her husband, Ramesh, in founding his own business, she raised two boys, Anurag and Ravi. She is a wonderful mother, wife, and now a very funny actor. She is excited to be sharing this story with the world to finally prove her son wrong. Learn More
  5. Brian Kennedy

    Brian Kennedy

    Brian Kennedy has an MA in Canadian Studies. Currently, he teaches Drama and English, a career which he has enjoyed for close to thirty years. His students led him to learn more about the history of Canadian theatre. When he’s not teaching, Brian tries to improve his hockey skills. This task may take another lifetime. Learn More
  6. Caroline Howarth

    Caroline Howarth

    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
  7. Catherine Hernandez

    Catherine Hernandez

    Catherine Hernandez is a writer and theatre practitioner. As a past columnist for the National Post and the former head of Factory Theatre’s Education/Outreach/Publicity program, she has also worked as a marketer/publicist/educator for Native Earth Performing Arts, Theatre Passe Muraille, bcurrent, Carlos Bulosan Theatre, and others. Singkil, which premiered as part of Factory Theatre’s 2006/07 season, has garnered seven Dora Mavor Moore award nominations, including Best New Play, Independent Division. She is currently working on her newest play, Kilt Pins, and presenting her one-woman puppet show, Eating With Lola. Learn More
  8. Daniel Karasik

    Daniel Karasik

    Daniel Karasik writes drama, poetry, and fiction. A recent grand prize winner of the CBC Literary Award for Fiction and the Canadian Jewish Playwriting Award, he is the author of three books: The Remarkable Flight of Marnie McPhee (Playwrights Canada Press), The Crossing Guard & In Full Light, a collection of plays (Playwrights Canada Press), and Hungry, a poetry collection (Cormorant Books). He also works as an actor and director and helms the Toronto-based theatre company Tango Co., through which he has developed many of his plays, produced across Canada, in the United States, and regularly in translation in Germany.

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  9. DD Kugler

    DD Kugler

    DD Kugler, a Vancouver-based freelance dramaturg/director in theatre and dance, was the first Canadian president of the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas (LMDA, 2000–2002). He served eight seasons as Production Dramaturg with Toronto’s Necessary Angel Theatre (1985–1993), five seasons as Artistic Director of Edmonton’s Northern Light Theatre (1993–1998), and has taught for the past ten years in the Theatre Area at Simon Fraser University’s School for the Contemporary Arts. Kugler adapted Marc Diamond’s Property, and (in collaboration with Richard Rose) co-authored Newhouse, as well as the adaptations of Michael Ondaatje’s Coming Through Slaughter, and Timothy Findley’s Not Wanted on the Voyage. Learn More
  10. Don Hannah

    Don Hannah

    Don Hannah is a playwright and novelist who lives in Toronto and Lunenburg County, Nova Scotia. He was the inaugural Lee Playwright-in-Residence at the University of Alberta where he wrote While We’re Young. In 2008, he directed his play There is a Land of Pure Delight at Live Bait Theatre in New Brunswick. As a dramaturge, he has worked with playwrights from across the country, and for five years was on the faculty of the Banff Playwrights Colony. His books include Shoreline, a collection of his plays, and the novel, Ragged Islands, which received the Thomas H. Raddall Atlantic Fiction Prize. Learn More

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