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  1. Robert Walsh

    Robert Walsh

    Robert Walsh is an award-winning singer-songwriter, producer, guitarist, musical director, and composer/arranger. As an artist, Robert has released four CDs: Walk Through the Fire, No Time Like This Time, Robert Soul by Robert Walsh and the Fabs, and Hybride by Franco-Albertan roots group Allez Ouest, of which he is a member. The Forbidden Phoenix is Robert’s third time as a co-creator of musical theatre. Other musicals include Catalogue de société (Alain Pomerleau, playwright) and The Velvet Devil (Andrea Menard, playwright). Robert teaches songwriting at Grant MacEwan University. Learn More
  2. Rahul Varma

    Rahul Varma

    Rahul Varma is a playwright, artistic director of Teesri Duniya Theatre, and co-founder of alt.theatre: cultural diversity and the stage. He writes both in Hindi and English, a language he acquired as an adult. Some of his other plays include Land Where the Trees Talk, No Man’s Land, Trading Injuries (a radio drama), and Truth and Treason. His plays have been translated into French, Italian, Hindi, and Punjabi. Rahul is the recipient of a special Juror’s Award from the Quebec Drama Federation, a Montreal English Critic’s Circle Award for promoting Interculturalism, and the South Asian Theatre Festival Award.

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  3. Mary Vingoe

    Mary Vingoe

    Mary Vingoe grew up in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, and received an honours degree in theatre from Dalhousie University. She has written, acted in, and directed numerous plays, including Holy Ghosters and Herring Gull’s Egg. Throughout her career, Vingoe has also been the co-founder of three theatre companies, the most recent being the Eastern Front Theatre with Wendy Lill and Gay Hauser. She is the former artistic director of the Magnetic North Theatre Festival. Learn More
  4. Julie Vincent

    Julie Vincent

    Director, playwright, actor and professor Julie Vincent received the Golden Plaque Award for Best Actress at the International Film Festival of Chicago in 1979 for her role in Mourir à tue-tête (A Scream from Silence). She has also won the Special Jury Award at Évry, France, for her one-woman show Noir de monde. She has played leading roles in ten Canadian films and appeared on television in the series Cormoran and Virginie. In Tokyo she appeared as Joan of Arc in the oratorio Jeanne au bûcher by Arthur Honegger—a role she also played at Carnegie Hall in New York. She was a professor of improvisation and interpretation at the National Theatre School of Canada for over twenty years, and is now an artistic consultant at the École nationale de cirque in Montreal. She has recently acquired specialized training in oral storytelling at the Casa de Letras in Buenos Aires. Since 2005 Vincent has devoted herself to playwriting for her theatre company Singulier Pluriel. Her work is published by Les éditions de la Pleine Lune. She has directed Jocaste by Uruguayan playwright Mariana Percovich, as well as her own plays La Robe de mariée de Gisèle Schmidt, Le Portier de la gare Windsor and Soledad au hasard. She is currently developing a North-South connection in the dramatic arts and works regularly in São Paulo, Montevideo and Buenos Aires. In April 2014 she directed Contes sur moi, five stories for theatre, which she co-authored with the Brazilian playwright João Carrascoza in a workshop collaboration with the Brazilian theatre company Da Travessia at the Théâtre aux Écuries in Montreal. The premiere of Contes sur moi took place in São Paulo in October 2014. In 2015 Julie’s play Soledad au hasard was nominated for the Gratien Gélinas Award from the Centre des auteurs dramatiques (CEAD) in Montreal and went on to great success at the International Theatre Festival in Formosa, Argentina. Soledad au hasard was also performed in October 2016 at the opening of the International Theatre Festival for Children and Young People in Córdoba, Argentina.

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  5. Johnnie Walker

    Johnnie Walker

    Johnnie Walker is a playwright, performer, and director. He was the recipient of the 2010 SummerWorks Emerging Artist Award for his work on Redheaded Stepchild, which he has performed in Toronto, Victoria, Winnipeg, Calgary, Edmonton, Halifax, and New York City. Johnnie is the founder and co-artistic producer of Nobody’s Business Theatre with Morgan Norwich, and they have been creating new work in Toronto since 2005. Johnnie’s plays include Scheherazade, The Other Three Sisters, and Muhammad of Yorkville. He wrote 8 Girls Without Boyfriends with Courtney J. Walker and both A Maude-Lynne Evening and An Especially Maude-Lynne Xmas with Morgan Norwich.

    Johnnie is also a producer, journalist, and nightclub DJ and has hosted dozens of burlesque shows. He is currently in post-production for his first short film, Saturn Devours, and is developing a new play with Buddies in Bad Times Theatre.

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  6. David Young

    David Young

    David Young has written extensively for film and television, beginning with Jim Henson’s Fraggle Rock. Most recently he wrote and co-produced a one-hour dramatic comedy pilot for CTV about residential real estate agents. Theatrical works include Love is Strange (with Paul Ledoux); Glenn, a theatrical portrait of Glenn Gould, which had numerous productions in Canada (including at the Stratford Festival) and overseas; and Inexpressible Island, which was produced in Canada, the United States, Germany, and London’s West End. Both Glenn and Inexpressible Island were nominated for the Governor General’s Literary Award. Clout, a portrait of a neoconservative press baron, was co-produced by the National Arts Centre and Tarragon Theatre. David also wrote an adaptation of Ibsen’s An Enemy of the People for the NAC. David adapted Alistair MacLeod’s award-winning novel No Great Mischief for Tarragon Theatre. Current theatrical projects include Without Hope, Without Fear, a theatrical portrait of Caravaggio for the NAC. David was a founding director of the Writers’ Trust of Canada and is a trustee of the Griffin Poetry Prize. Learn More
  7. David Yee

    David Yee

    David Yee is a half-Chinese, half-Scottish playwright born and raised in Toronto. He is a co-founder and the artistic director of fu-GEN Asian Canadian Theatre Company. His play lady in the red dress was nominated for the 2010 Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama. carried away on the crest of a wave, which premiered at the Tarragon Theatre, won the Carol Bolt Award in 2013 and the Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama in 2015. He is currently working on projects as playwright-in-residence for both Factory Theatre and Tarragon Theatre.

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  8. Daniela Vlaskalic

    Daniela Vlaskalic

    Daniela Vlaskalic is an actor and playwright who lives and works in Canada. Since graduating from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in acting, she has worked in numerous theatres across the country. Daniela began collaborating with Beth Graham and Charlie Tomlinson in 1999 with The Drowning Girls and continued collaborating with Beth on several plays, including Comrades, The Last Train (winner of the 2003 Alberta Playwrights Network Playwriting Competition), and Mules. They also shared the role of artist-in-residence at Catalyst Theatre in 2006. Daniela currently lives in Toronto. Learn More
  9. d'bi.young.anitafrika

    d'bi.young.anitafrika

    d’bi.young.anitafrika is an award-winning African-Jamaican dub poet, monodramatist, educator, and one of North America’s most celebrated storytellers. She has toured and lectured nationally and internationally, founded the pan afrikan performing arts institute (papai), participated in seven residencies, and garnered numerous awards, all while raising her two young sons, moon and phoenix. In 2015 d’bi was named one of the seven YWCA Toronto Women of Distinction.

     

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  10. Cynthia Zimmerman

    Cynthia Zimmerman

    Cynthia Zimmerman has been a highly regarded commentator on Canadian playwriting and on the voice of women on the Canadian stage for her whole career at Glendon College, York University, where she is a professor in the English department. Previously book review editor of the international journal Modern Drama and a member of its advisory board, Zimmerman has authored or co-authored a number of books, including Playwriting Women: Female Voices in English Canada. She has produced many articles, chapters, and public papers. She also edited the successful anthology, Taking the Stage, for Playwrights Canada Press. Learn More

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