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  1. Karin Randoja

    Karin Randoja

    Karin Randoja is an award-winning director, actor, teacher, and singer/composer from Toronto. She mainly directs original devised performances and is a founding member of Primus Theatre. Learn More
  2. Joseph Jomo Pierre

    Joseph Jomo Pierre

    Joseph Jomo Pierre was born in Trinidad and raised in Scarborough, Canada, where he completed a BFA in acting at York University. He is the author of Shakespeare’s Nigga, a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama, as well as BeatDown: Three Plays, which includes Born Ready, BeatDown, and Pusha-Man. He lives in Toronto.

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  3. 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
  4. 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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  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. Evalyn Parry

    Evalyn Parry

    Evalyn Parry is Artistic Director of Buddies in Bad Times Theatre in Toronto. Her award-winning, innovative, and interdisciplinary work is inspired by intersections of social justice, history, and auto/biography. Learn More
  10. 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

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