Jordi Mand is a Canadian playwright. Her first full-length play, Between the Sheets, premiered in 2012 as part of Nightwood Theatre’s ’12/’13 season in Toronto and has since been produced both nationally and internationally. Jordi is a resident artist of Theatre Passe Muraille and a past member of Tarragon Theatre’s Playwrights Unit. Upcoming projects include new plays with Nightswimming Theatre, Theatre Yes, and UnSpun Theatre. She is a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada.Learn More
- John Murrell is one of the most frequently produced Canadian playwrights. His plays have been translated into fifteen different languages and performed internationally. His work for the stage includes Waiting for the Parade, a Canadian classic; Memoir, which has been produced world-wide; Chalmers Best Canadian Play Award winners Farther West and The Faraway Nearby; and the libretto for the acclaimed opera Filumena. As a translator, he has created frequently revived versions of Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya, The Seagull, and The Cherry Orchard; Ibsen’s The Doll House; Rostand’s Cyrano de Bergerac; and The Four Lives of Marie, Elisa’s Skin, and Seven Days in the Life of Simon Labrosse, all by Carole Fréchette. Learn More
- John Mighton is a mathematician, author, playwright, and the founder of JUMP Math, a successful school program designed to tutor children who are having difficulties in math. John has written an inspirational book based on his experiences with JUMP called The Myth of Ability: Nurturing Mathematical Talent in Every Child, published by House of Anansi Press. He also released a follow-up book to The End of Ignorance. Mighton completed a PhD in mathematics at the University of Toronto and has lectured in philosophy at McMaster University. He held an NSERC postdoctoral fellowship for research in graph theory and knot theory at the Fields Institute and is currently an adjunct professor at the University of Toronto.
Mighton’s plays Scientific Americans, Possible Worlds, A Short History of Night, Body and Soul, The Little Years, and Half Life have been performed across Canada, as well as in Europe, Japan, and the United States, and have won several national awards including the Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama for Possible Worlds and A Short History of Night in 1992, and for Half Life in 2005. John was also the recipient of the 2005 Elinore & Lou Siminovitch Prize. Mighton’s play Possible Worlds was made into a full-length feature film directed by renowned director/playwright Robert Lepage. He is currently adapting Brian Greene’s book The Elegant Universe for the Lincoln Centre with Robert Lepage. Learn More
John Lazarus is an award-winning playwright who has been writing since 1970. Some of his many plays include Dreaming and Duelling, The Late Blumer, The Nightingale, Trouble on Dibble Street, and Village of Idiots. John taught writing for over a decade at Studio 58, and briefly at the Vancouver Film School and the National Theatre School. He lives with his wife in Kingston, Ontario, where he has been a professor in the Drama Department at Queen’s University since 2000.Learn More
- Jill Lloyd-Jones has been a drama teacher and instructional leader for many years at the Toronto District School Board. She has worked collaboratively with all levels of educators in Ontario to support innovation in the teaching of dramatic arts and movement. She was also a writer for the two popular TDSB Treasures for Teaching documents. Having just moved to the UK, Jill is working as a freelance consultant, tells people she really is not American, and is getting used to the rain. Learn More
- Jenny Munday is a playwright, dramaturge, director, actor, and arts administrator. She is the artistic director of the Playwrights Atlantic Resource Centre (PARC) and is currently the Crake Fellow in Drama at Mount Allison University and playwright-in-residence at Live Bait Theatre. She was Artistic Director of Mulgrave Road (Co-op) Theatre from 1989 to 1992, was writer-in-esidence and artistic associate at Theatre New Brunswick, and was a co-founder and co-artistic director of the Comedy Asylum.
Her twenty-five-year career has largely been dedicated to the development of new Canadian work for the stage. As an actor, she created many original roles in new works for playwrights’ development centres across the country—from Rising Tide Theatre in Newfoundland to the Banff Playwrights Colony. She has also worked at Neptune Theatre, Mulgrave Road Theatre, Theatre New Brunswick, the Comedy Asylum, the Grand Theatre in London, at the National Arts Centre, at several summer theatres in Ontario, and in radio, TV, and film. In 2007, Jenny was awarded a Theatre Nova Scotia Merritt Achievement Award for outstanding contribution to Theatre in Nova Scotia. She also received the inaugural Mallory Gilbert Award from the Professional Association of Canadian Theatre (PACT) and Tarragon Theatre in recognition of sustained, inspired and creative leadership in Canadian Theatre. In 2011 Jenny was made an honourary member of the Canadian Association for Theatre Research. Learn More
Janet Munsil is a Victoria-based playwright, and a graduate of the University of Victoria’s Phoenix Theatre program. She has been the artistic director and festival producer of Intrepid Theatre since 1992, where she produces the annual Victoria Fringe Festival, Uno Fest, and Winterlab. Her plays have been produced internationally and include The Ugly Duchess, Emphysema (a love story), and Circus Fire, among others. Recently, Janet was commissioned by Theatre Calgary and Canada’s National Arts Centre to adapt Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, which won the Calgary Theatre Critics Award for Best Play of 2013.Learn More
- Ingrid Mündel is a PhD candidate in the School of English and Theatre Studies at the University of Guelph. She has articles published in Theatre Research in Canada, Canadian Literature, and Postcolonial Text, and she co-edited a special issue of The Review of Pedagogy, Education, and Cultural Studies. Learn More
- Harry Lane is Professor Emeritus of Theatre Studies at the University of Guelph. He has published in the fields of Canadian, Scandinavian, and contemporary British drama and theatre, and has co-edited the journals Theatre/Études théâtrales and Canadian Theatre Review. Among the plays he has directed are George F. Walker’s Escape from Happiness, Problem Child, and Criminal Genius. Learn More
Hannah Moscovitch is the acclaimed author of East of Berlin, Little One & Other Plays, The Russian Play & Other Short Works, This Is War, and several other works. She has written for TV and radio, and was a contributing writer to the CBC Radio drama series Afghanada for five years. Hannah has won multiple awards for her work, was the first Canadian woman and Canadian playwright to win the prestigious Windham-Campbell Award and the first playwright to ever win the Trillium Book Award. She lives in Halifax.Learn More