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  1. Stephen Orlov

    Stephen Orlov

    Stephen Orlov is an award-winning dramatist whose plays have been showcased in such major theatre centres as Montreal, Chicago, and London. They include Isolated Incident (with Rahul Varma), Salaam-Shalom, Bow Ties, Sperm Count, and Freeze, his box office hit at Montreal’s Centaur Theatre Company, published by Guernica Editions, 2016. Stephen also teaches master classes on scriptwriting for theatre and film, most recently for the Saint Lucia National Arts Festival and the Osher Institute at Dartmouth College. He served on the boards of the Playwrights Guild of Canada and Playwrights Canada Press, and he is a member of the inaugural playwrights unit of Infinithéâtre. He is writing Birthmark, the sequel to Sperm Count. Boston-born, Stephen resides in Montreal with his wife, cellist Karen Kaderavek.

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  2. Soheil Parsa

    Soheil Parsa

    Soheil Parsa is an award-winning director, actor, writer, dramaturge, choreographer, and teacher whose professional theatre career spans twenty-nine years and two continents. In his native Iran, Soheil completed studies in theatre performance at the University of Tehran and began a promising career as an actor and director. Arriving in Canada with his family in 1984, Soheil completed a second Bachelor of Arts in theatre studies at York University and then went on to establish Modern Times Stage Company as one of the most exciting culturally diverse theatre companies in Canada. As a director, set and stage designer, translator, adaptor, choreographer, and actor, Soheil’s work is based on his experience in Iran and focuses on oppression and loss of freedom (especially loss of speech). His art is created to empower those who are often marginalized and under-represented. Learn More
  3. Sharon Pollock

    Sharon Pollock

    Sharon Pollock is one of Canada’s best-known women playwrights. Produced nationally and internationally, author of a large and varied canon, she has had a long and illustrious career in the theatre. From backstage to onstage, from front of house to director’s chair, from actor to author, from teacher and mentor to artistic director of venues both large and small, Sharon Pollock remains an active, controversial and prolific participant in the Canadian theatre scene. Three volumes of her collected works were compiled by editor Cynthia Zimmerman and are available from Playwrights Canada Press. Learn More
  4. Natalie Rewa

    Natalie Rewa

    Natalie Rewa is the author of Scenography in Canada: Selected Designers (University of Toronto Press, 2004). She was an editor of Canadian Theatre Review from 1987 to 1995. Her current research focuses on Michael Levine’s production design for opera. She was the co-curator of the Canadian exhibit for the Prague Quadrennial 2007. She is Professor of Drama at Queen’s University in Kingston. Learn More
  5. Mieko Ouchi

    Mieko Ouchi

    Mieko is a playwright, actor, and director working in theatre, film, and television. Her plays, which include The Red Priest (Eight Ways To Say Goodbye)The Blue LightThe Dada Play, Nisei Blue, and I Am For You have been nominated for several awards, including the Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama and the City of Edmonton Book Prize. Mieko has also been the recipient of both the Carol Bolt Award and the Enbridge playRites Award for an Established Canadian Playwright. Her plays have been produced across Canada and the US and are translated into French, Russian, Czech, Greek, and Japanese. Mieko is co-founder and current Artistic Director of Concrete Theatre, a nationally recognized twenty-six-year-old TYA touring company. She is currently working on several new projects for young people, families and adults: The Silver Arrow, Burning Mom, Consent, and Mariam with Amena Shehab. She lives and works in Edmonton. Learn More

  6. Michele Riml

    Michele Riml

    Michele Riml is a critically acclaimed playwright from Vancouver, British Columbia. Her plays have been produced across Canada and in the US including at the Globe Theatre, the Grand, the Arts Club Theatre, the Belfry, and the Hayworth Theatre (Los Angeles). Other plays include Miss Teen, Under The Influence, RAGE (winner of the 2005 Sydney Risk Prize for Outstanding Original Play), and the acclaimed Poster Boys, which premiered at the Arts Club Theatre in 2008. Her plays for young audiences, commissioned by Green Thumb Theatre for Young People, include Cool, Invisible Girl, The Skinny Lie, and Tree Boy. Michele was nominated for the 2008 Siminovitch Prize in Theatre. Learn More
  7. Michael Rubenfeld

    Michael Rubenfeld

    Michael Rubenfeld is a writer, director, actor, and producer originally from Winnipeg, now living in Toronto, Canada. His plays include Present Tense, Spain, and My Fellow Creatures. He is the co-founder and co-artistic director of Absit Omen Theatre with Hannah Moscovitch. In 2008 he was hired as the artistic producer of the SummerWorks Theatre Festival. Michael is a 2001 acting graduate from the National Theatre School of Canada. Learn More
  8. Michael O'Brien

    Michael O'Brien

    Michael O'Brien was born on Saltspring Island and grew up in Kirkland Lake, Ontario, and London, England. After collecting bits of paper from the University of Ottawa and the National Theatre School, he travelled across Canada on the Fringe circuit. His plays include The Last Temptation of Christopher RobinFreaks: A Circus Tale with Music (National Arts Centre, Atelier), the highly acclaimed stage versions of A Christmas Carol and Oliver Twist (Young Peoples Theatre), a new version of The Barber of Seville created for Theatre Columbus (Dora Award, Best Production of a Musical), and his Viking epic Mad Boy Chronicle (Alberta Theatre Projects), which was nominated for a Governor General's Literary Award for Drama. Recent works include Hard Times, adapted from Dickens for the National Arts Centre, and Shores of Wonder for CBC Radio, inspired by the Norse Vinland Sagas. He has also penned adaptations of Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale and The Blind Assassin. Still more recent works include Restitution: an Irish Canadian Rhapsody (Factory Theatre, 2004) and a new adaptation of H.G. Wells's The Invisible Man for The Shaw Festival (2006).

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  9. Martha Ross

    Martha Ross

    Martha Ross co-founded Theatre Columbus with Leah Cherniak after she graduated from École Jacques Lecoq in Paris. Continuing in the spirit of their training, their company has created twenty-eight original comedies, including the world renowned The Anger in Ernest & Ernestine (1987); The Attic, the Pearls and Three Fine Girls (1995), for which Martha received a Dora Mavor Moore Award for her performance; and The Betrayal, which received a 1999 Floyd S. Chalmers Canadian Play Award for Best New Play. In 2007, Martha performed in the Canadian Stage Company’s touring production of The Overcoat. As well as performing, Martha has written several plays including Dr. Dapertutto (nominated for the Floyd S. Chalmers Canadian Play Award in 1990); Ratbag, a musical about the Industrial Revolution that she wrote with her composer husband, John Millard; and The Dog and the Angel for the Caravan Farm Theatre Co. (1999). Martha also teaches Shakespeare to children and young teens. One of the high points of her career was creating and performing the character of Ernestine. Learn More
  10. Kathleen Oliver

    Kathleen Oliver

    Kathleen Oliver currently teaches English at Langara College and has been writing theatre reviews for the Georgia Straight for twenty years.

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