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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.

Martha Ross