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  1. Angela Rebeiro

    Angela Rebeiro

    Angela Rebeiro was the publisher at Playwrights Canada Press for sixteen years, and for ten of those years she was also the executive director of the Playwrights Union of Canada, now the Playwrights Guild of Canada. She currently sits on the board of Theatre Ontario. Learn More
  2. Anusree Roy

    Anusree Roy

    A Siminovitch Prize protégé recipient and Governor General's Literary Award finalist, Anusree Roy is also a multi–Dora Mavor Moore Award–winning playwright and actor. Her plays include Pyaasa (Dora Award for Outstanding New Play), Letters to my Grandma, Roshni, Brothel #9 (Governor General's Literary Award nomination and Dora Award for Outstanding New Play), and Sultans of the Street (Dora Award for Outstanding New Play). She is the recipient of the K.M. Hunter Award, the RBC Emerging Artist Award, and the Carol Bolt Award. She has been the playwright-in-residence at Nightwood Theatre, Factory Theatre, the Blyth Festival, Theatre Passe Muraille, and the Canadian Stage Company. Her opera librettos include The Golden Boy, Noor Over Afghan, and Phoolan Devi The Bandit Queen. Anusree has a master's degree from the University of Toronto and was Nurse Patel for two seasons of Global TV’s Remedy.

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  3. Brian Quirt

    Brian Quirt

    Brian Quirt is Artistic Director of Nightswimming and a past president of the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas (LMDA). Brian has commissioned more than twenty new works of dance and drama with Nightswimming, many of which have gone on to acclaimed productions in Toronto and across Canada. He has been nominated for three Dora Awards, two for Direction and one for his adaptation of the Iranian play Aurash with Soheil Parsa. He received the LMDA’s 2003 Elliott Hayes Award for Dramaturgy in recognition of his work in creating and directing Nightswimming.

    His own works include the adaptations of Jane Urquhart’s The Whirlpool and Michael Redhill’s Lake Nora Arms, and the original play The Death of General Wolfe. He directed the premiere productions of two Jason Sherman plays, as well as Michael Healey’s first play, Kicked, and is currently developing Judith Thompson’s Such Creatures through Nightswimming. Learn More
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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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  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. 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. Ginny Ratsoy

    Ginny Ratsoy

    Ginny Ratsoy teaches in the Department of English and Modern Languages and is Director of the Centre for the Study of Canada at Thompson Rivers University. In addition to co-editing, with James Hoffman, Playing the Pacific Province: An Anthology of British Columbia Plays, 1967–2000 (Playwrights Canada Press), she has co-edited, with Henry Hubert, Anne Gagnon, Terry Kading, and Martin Whittles, the Canadian Studies issue of Textual Studies in Canada. She has also published book and journal articles on literature in the small city and drama publishing. Learn More
  10. 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

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