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  1. Joe Osawabine

    Joe Osawabine

    Born and raised on the Wikwemikong Unceded Reserve, Joe Osawabine first performed for Debaj at the age of twelve, in its landmark production of Lupi, the Great White Wolf. In the fourteen years since that performance, Joe's evolution as an artist had tracked Debaj's evolution as a theatre company. Joe assumed the responsibilities of Artistic Director of Debaj in 2004. Learn More
  2. Jessica Riley

    Jessica Riley

    Jessica Riley received her Ph.D. from the School of English and Theatre Studies, University of Guelph, where she has taught courses on theatre history and Shakespeare. Her research interests include developmental dramaturgy, theatre history and historiography, Canadian theatre, and early modern English drama. Jessica is a former editorial assistant for Theatre Journal. Her work has been published in Canadian Theatre Review and in the essay collections Latina/o Canadian Theatre and Performance and OuterSpeares: Shakespeare, Intermedia, and the Limits of Adaptation. Forthcoming publications include contributions to the Cambridge Companion to Canadian Literature and Canadian Performance Histories and Historiographies in 2017. Jessica lives in Toronto.

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  3. Jean O'Hara

    Jean O'Hara

    Jean O’Hara holds a Ph.D. in Theatre Studies at York University. The primary focus of her work is devised ensemble-based theatre that addresses socio-political issues. Jean has collaborated with the San Francisco Mime Troupe and the Dell’ Arte International School of Physical Theatre. She has also studied and applied Augusto Boal’s theatre for social justice both in the community and the classroom. Jean has been directing and teaching theatre for the past fifteen years and her research interests include Indigenous theatre and representation and queer performance. Learn More
  4. James Reaney

    James Reaney

    James Reaney (1926–2008) was a Canadian poet, playwright, and literary critic. He was born in Easthope, Ontario. Reaney won his first of three Governor General’s Literary Awards for the book of poetry The Red Heart in 1949. He received the other two awards for A Suit of Nettles (1958) and a joint award for Twelve Letters to a Small Town and The Killdeer and Other Plays (1962). Reaney’s best-known dramatic work is his Donnellys trilogy. He taught at the University of Manitoba and the University of Western Ontario for a total of forty years. He received his doctorate under the supervision of Northrop Frye. Reaney was married to poet Colleen Thibaudeau and had two children, both of whom are journalists. Learn More
  5. Ginny Ratsoy

    Ginny Ratsoy

    Ginny Ratsoy, associate professor of English at Thompson Rivers University, teaches such courses as Modern Canadian Drama and British Columbian Literature for TRU’s English and Modern Languages Department. Her articles and book chapters have appeared in Theatre Research in Canada as well as in European collections on Canadian and Indigenous theatre published by Editions Rodopi and PIE-Peter Lang, among other places. She is the editor of Theatre in British Columbia, part of Playwrights Canada Press’ Critical Perspectives on Canadian Theatre in English, and co-editor with James Hoffman of Playing the Pacific Province: An Anthology of British Columbia Plays, 1967-2000. Learn More
  6. George Rideout

    George Rideout

    Raised in Texas, George Rideout moved to Thunder Bay, Ontario at the age of sixteen. He lived in several different provinces before settling for good in Québec. It is not surprising that most of his plays reflect his fascination with cross-cultural relationships, particularly as they exist in times of great social change. Those plays include Texas Boy (which has had more than thirty different productions), The Longstreth Line, Walking on the Moon, 689 Spadina Ave., The Austin Texas Twist Championship, The Tall Girl, and An Anglophone is Coming to Dinner. He is also the author of the mystery/thriller Dead Together which has earned praise from critics for its “blend of classic thriller conventions and social commentary.” Learn More
  7. Erika Ritter

    Erika Ritter

    Erika Ritter, born in Regina, Saskatchewan, is a familiar voice on the CBC Radio airwaves, most recently as the host of “Ontario Morning,” heard across Southern Ontario. Other CBC Radio contributions include guest hosting of a variety of shows, including Toronto’s “Metro Morning” and “Here & Now,” and national programs such as “The Arts Today” and “The Sunday Edition.” Her published works include a number of playsprincipally Automatic Pilottwo collections of humour, Urban Scrawl and Ritter in Residence; and a novel, The Hidden Life of Humans. She also writes a regular column for Dogs in Canada magazine. The Great Big Book Of Guys: Alphabetical Aspects Of Men is her most recent book. Erika lives in Toronto. Learn More
  8. Ed Roy

    Ed Roy

    Ed Roy has been a constant member of the Canadian theatre community for years, doing everything from directing, writing, dramaturgy, acting, and teaching to producing. He has been the recipient of numerous awards for his theatrical adventures, including the Pauline McGibbon Award for directing, the Chalmers Canadian Play Award for A Secret Life, and two Dora Awards for Outstanding Production for the plays The Other Side of the Closet and White Trash Blue Eyes. As an actor, Ed was also nominated for a Dora for his performance in Video Cabaret’s The Life and Times of Mackenzie King, and is the proud recipient of a Harold Alternative Theatre Award.

    More information about Ed is available on his website, www.edroy.ca.

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  9. Don Rubin

    Don Rubin

    Theatre historian, writer, and critic, Professor Don Rubin is the executive editor of the six-volume World Encyclopedia of Contemporary Theatre, the largest international cooperative project in the history of cultural publishing (Routledge 1995–2000). He was the founding editor of Canada’s national theatre journal, Canadian Theatre Review (CTR), which he edited from 1974 to 1982. Under his aegis, an active theatre book publishing program grew from CTR. Major titles have included the archival series Canada on Stage and the historical series Canada’s Lost Plays. Professor Rubin’s other publications include Canadian Theatre History: Selected Readings (Copp Clark, Toronto, 1996; 2nd ed. Playwrights Canada Press, 2004), the first sourcebook ever in Canadian theatre history. As a theatre critic, he has written for major journals, magazines, and newspapers worldwide. For several years he was a regular critic for the Toronto Star, CBC Radio, and the New Haven Register (Connecticut). Widely travelled, he has lectured on Canadian theatre in France, Russia, Bulgaria, India, Poland, Hungary, and China. He is a former president of the Canadian Centre of the UNESCO-affiliated International Theatre Institute and served for six years as chair of the ITI’s publications committee. He currently teaches at York University. Learn More
  10. Charlie Rhindress

    Charlie Rhindress

    Charlie Rhindress is a co-founder and former artistic director of Live Bait Theatre in Sackville, New Brunswick. All eight of his full-length plays have premiered at Live Bait. The Maritime Way of Life has been produced in all four Atlantic Canadian provinces and was nominated for a Canadian Comedy Award as best new play in 2000. It was also published in Marigraph: Gauging the Tides of Drama from New Brunswick/Nova Scotia/Prince Edward Island (Playwrights Canada Press), an anthology of Maritime plays. After premiering at Live Bait, Flying On Her Own was produced by Neptune Theatre, and Home and Away, a musical about hockey co-written with Dean Burry, played at Theatre Orangeville. In addition to his full-length plays, Charlie has written over thirty dinner theatres with Karen Valanne and two plays for teens, which have been produced throughout North America. Charlie has also worked as an actor in film and at theatres across the country. He has directed at a number of East Coast theatres and served as director and dramaturge on Cathy Jones’s one-woman show, Me, Dad, and the Hundred Boyfriends. Charlie is the father of four incredible children. Learn More

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