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  1. Janet Munsil

    Janet Munsil

    Janet Munsil is has written more than a dozen plays including The Ugly Duchess, Be Still, Circus Fire, Emphysema (a love story), Influence, That Elusive Spark (Finalist, 2014 Governor General’s Literary Awards), Sveva, and I Have Seen Beautiful Jim Key, a play for young audiences. Her 2012 adaptation of Pride and Prejudice for Theatre Calgary and Canada’s National Arts Centre has had dozens of productions internationally. In 2016, she left a long festival-producing career to focus on writing. She has two new plays in development: Act of Faith (for Realwheels Theatre), and Attaboy. She lives in Victoria. Learn More
  2. Jenny Munday

    Jenny Munday

    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 countryfrom 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
  3. Jill Lloyd-Jones

    Jill Lloyd-Jones

    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
  4. John Lazarus

    John Lazarus

    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. 

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  5. John Mighton

    John Mighton

    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
  6. John Murrell

    John Murrell

    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
  7. Jordi Mand

    Jordi Mand

    Jordi Mand is a Toronto-based playwright who has worked with some of Canada’s most prominent theatre companies. Her first play, Between the Sheets, was produced by Nightwood Theatre in 2012 and has been produced nationally and internationally. Her second play, Caught, was produced by Theatre Passe Muraille in 2016. She has been a Playwright-in-Residence with Theatre Passe Muraille, Carousel Players and Nightswimming Theatre and a member of Tarragon Theatre’s Playwrights Unit. Upcoming is the world premiere of her new plays This Will Be Excellent (Carousel Players) and Brontë: The World Without (Stratford Festival). Mand is a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada. Learn More
  8. Laura Levin

    Laura Levin

    Laura Levin is Associate Professor in the Department of Theatre at York University. Her research focuses on contemporary theatre and performance art, performing gender and sexuality, and site-specific and urban performance. She is editor of a number of collections and her writing appears in several books including Performance and the City and Mapping Landscapes for Performance as Research. She was recently awarded the Canadian Association for Theatre Research’s Richard Plant Essay Award for her article, “Can the City Speak? Site-Specific Art After Poststructuralism” (2009). Learn More
  9. Leanore Lieblein

    Leanore Lieblein

    Leanore Lieblein, who was born in New York City, came to Montreal in 1965 to teach at McGill University. Her research has focused on early modern and contemporary theatre, especially the staging of plays with a long stage history, the body in performance, and the role of the audience in the creation of character. In addition to numerous articles in the area of francophone Shakespeare, she edited “Traversées de Shakespeare,” a special issue of L’Annuaire théâtral: Revue québécoise d’études théâtrales (Autumn, 1998). In 2007 she was Curator of the “Pourquoi Shakespeare?” section of the “Shakespeare—Made in Canada” exhibition at the MacDonald Stewart Art Centre in Guelph, Ontario. Learn More
  10. Matthew MacFadzean

    Matthew MacFadzean

    Matthew MacFadzean is an award-winning writer and actor and a 2010 graduate of the Canadian Film Centre’s Prime Time TV Program, with degrees from both the National Theatre School of Canada and McGill University. He has written nine plays, performed as far away as Spain and Singapore, including richardthesecond, also published by Playwrights Canada Press. Included among his awards is New York’s prestigious Fox Foundation Award, which he used to travel and work in Southeast Asia. He is currently in development of two one-hour television series and lives in Parkdale with his dog, Connor. Learn More

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