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  1. Daniel Lillford

    Daniel Lillford

    Daniel Lillford has been an actor and playwright for twenty-eight years, working in Australia and Canada. He has had over thirty productions of his plays produced (garnering several awards) in Australia, Canada, the United States, and Scotland. Daniel and his wife Rachel, who together left Australia in 1997, live in Nova Scotia, on the Annapolis River, with their three sons, Harry, Jesse, and Rupert. Learn More
  2. Kristen Thomson

    Kristen Thomson

    Kristen Thomson is an actress and playwright. Thomson was born in Toronto, Ontario. She is known for her one-woman play I, Claudia, which was adapted to film in 2004. In that play and film, Thomson plays all of the roles, using masks to change character. In 2003, Thomson won an ACTRA Award for her performance in I Shout Love (2001), a short film directed by Sarah Polley. She has also won three Dora Awards for her stage work. Learn More
  3. Matthew Edison

    Matthew Edison

    Matthew Edison is an actor and writer living in Toronto. The Domino Heart is his first play. He is a graduate of Canterbury Arts High School in Ottawa and the Stella Adler Conservatory of Acting in New York City. As an actor, Matthew has worked with Tarragon Theatre (Midnight Sun), Soulpepper Theatre, the Canadian Stage Company, and the Shaw Festival. Recent credits include The Winter’s Tale at the National Arts Centre and Proof at CanStage. The Domino Heart was developed by Jack in the Black Theatre led by artistic director Michael Kessler, who directed the co-production. In the fall of 2001 Matthew Edison directed Jacob Richmond’s The Qualities of Zero in Tarragon's Extra Space. He received a Dora nomination for direction and the show also received a Dora nomination for outstanding production. Learn More
  4. Patti Flather

    Patti Flather

    Patti Flather is the co-founder of Gwaandak Theatre, which develops and shares Indigenous and Northern stories for the stage. Some of her other plays include Sixty Below, West Edmonton Mall, Where the River Meets the Sea, and Street Signs (formerly The Soul Menders). Her fiction has appeared in literary publications including Prairie Fire, dANDelion, Room of One’s Own, and Nashwaak Review. Patti is a recipient of the Yukon Arts Builder Award and a past winner of Theatre BC’s national playwriting competition. She has an MFA in Creative Writing and is a writer, dramaturge, director, educator, and screenwriter. Patti grew up in North Vancouver, but now lives in Whitehorse.

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  5. Robert Morgan

    Robert Morgan

    Robert Morgan has written more than twenty professionally produced plays, many of which have toured nationally and internationally and he has acted in and directed more than forty productions. He has won the prestigious Chalmers Award for outstanding play six times and four of his plays have won the Dora Mavor Moore Award for best production. His work has received a total of ten Dora nominations and has been performed around the world.

    In 2001, Robert was the founding artistic director of the Children’s Peace Theatre. In its first two seasons, the Peace Theatre involved more than one hundred children and young people in an active program of training, workshops, and performances. In his role as artistic director, Robert delivered two official presentations to the United Nations in New York at the 2002 Special Session on the Children of the World. Prior to his work with the Peace Theatre, Robert formed Roseneath Productions in 1986 with David S. Craig in order to produce and tour his solo show Morgan’s Journey. The play, which has become the longest running touring play in Canadian history, has been called a children’s classic and the company, which incorporated as Roseneath Theatre in 1993 has established an international reputation for producing plays of the highest quality for audiences of all ages. He lives in Toronto with his wife, Susan Lee Marcus, and their two children Diana and Clare. Learn More
  6. Norm Foster

    Norm Foster

    Norm Foster has written over sixty plays and been produced all over the world. His most popular plays include The Melville Boys, The Ladies Foursome, Hilda’s Yard, and On A First Name Basis. He was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2017, and currently lives in Fredericton, New Brunswick.

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  7. Jennifer Tremblay

    Jennifer Tremblay

    Jennifer Tremblay was born in Forestville on the north shore of the St. Lawrence River. In 2008 she was awarded the Governor General’s Literary Award for La Liste.

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  8. Albert-Reiner Glaap

    Albert-Reiner Glaap

    Albert-Reiner Glaap studied English Language and Literature, Latin, and Philosophy at the Universities of Cologne and London (King’s College), graduated from Cologne University and received a PhD from this university in 1955. He began his career as a teacher of English and Latin at secondary schools in Düsseldorf and Philadelphia. Since 1973, he has been Professor of English at Neuss and at Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf.

    His main fields of research have been English and Canadian literature, with special emphasis on theatre and drama; the methodology of teaching English literature at secondary school and university level; theory and practice of literary translation. Albert-Reiner Glaap has published numerous books and articles in all these fields.

    He is also editor of some twenty annotated editions of English-language plays. In 1991 he was made an Honorary Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) and has been an Honorary Member of the Playwrights Guild of Canada since 2006.

    Albert-Reiner Glaap’s curiosity about Jewish culture was inspired by an incident in his childhood: "It was November 9th, 1938. Early in the morning my mother sent me to the neighbouring grocery shop to buy a pound of butter and a few other things. When in the shop, I heard the sound of windows being smashed, which made me dodge behind the counter. I was shocked. It was the “Night of Broken Glass.” This moment instilled into me the urge to learn what Jewish culture is all about." Learn More
  9. Martin Julien

    Martin Julien

    Martin Julien is an actor, singer, writer, and educator with over three decades of experience in Canadian theatre. He made his stage debut at the age of ten for the Factory Theatre Lab in Toronto, and has been nominated for three Dora Mavor Moore Awards as best performer. Currently, he is a Ph.D. candidate completing his dissertation on acting methodologies at the Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies at the University of Toronto, where he held a SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship. His work has been published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Routledge, TDR, Stanislavski Studies, Intermission, and Canadian Theatre Review.

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  10. Brian Quirt

    Brian Quirt

    Brian is the artistic director of Nightswimming and director of the Banff Centre Playwrights Lab. He has created eight of his own plays, most recently Why We Are Here! (with Martin Julien) which ran at the 2017 High Performance Rodeo in Calgary, and These Are The Songs That I Sing When I'm Sad (with Jane Miller) which premiered in 2017 at Vancouver's Boca del Lupo. He is the current board chair and a past-president of the Literary Managers & Dramaturgs of the Americas, and two-time recipient of LMDA’s Elliott Hayes Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dramaturgy. He has been nominated for four Dora Mavor Moore Awards; one for his adaptation (with Soheil Parsa) of Aurash. Learn More

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