Meet The Company

Looking for more information on our directors and cast? Take a minute to learn more about the artistic talents on stage and behind the scenes.

The Directors

Andrea Boyd

Andrea Boyd is the Artistic Director of Festival Antigonish Summer Theatre and Theatre Antigonish. Recent directing projects include Burnin’ Love by Sharon Bajer, Hope and Gravity by Michael Hollinger, The Hound of the Baskervilles by Steven Canny and John Nicholson, Stage Kiss by Sarah Ruhl, Metamorphoses by Mary Zimmerman, Sunshine on Leith by Stephen Greenhorn (with music by The Proclaimers) and Cerulean Blue by Drew Hayden Taylor. Her play, For the Love of Gracie Gray, was the first place winner of the 2013 Write-On-Q! Quebec Playwriting Competition, hosted by Infinitheatre, and Angel’s River was produced by Live Bait Theatre and NotaBle Acts. She was the Crake Drama Fellow at Mount Allison University where she taught and directed. She holds an MFA in Directing from the University of Alberta, where she also taught in the drama department. Andrea is delighted to be living and working in the lovely town of Antigonish, and is thrilled to be working with such a playful and talented company.

Linda Moore

Linda Moore (Director – A Brimful of Asha) is based in Halifax. She was the Artistic Director of Neptune Theatre from 1990 – 2000. She has worked as a stage director for theatres throughout Canada, including Alberta Theatre Projects, National Arts Centre, The Arts Club Vancouver, Shaw Festival, MTC, and Centaur, as well as directing student productions for theatre programs at Grenfell, UVic, Mt. Allison, McGill and Dalhousie. In Nova Scotia she has directed productions for Mulgrave Road, Valley Summer Theatre, Eastern Front and Theatre Baddeck, She is thrilled to be working at Festival Antigonish.             


Sam Rosenthal

This is Sam’s first summer at Festival Anitgonish (Director – Theatre on the Town) and he is thrilled to be here. Directing Credits for Eastern Front Theatre Eastern ;  Kamp, Great Harbour , Frankenstein a radio play and Bluenose A New Musical ( Workshop). Other Selected Credits : Hogtown An Immersive Experience and Dancock’s Dance ( Hogtown Collective) , The Warsaw Ghetto Uprising  , War of the Worlds , Cherry Docs, The Game , Underneath the Lintel ( City Playhouse), Here on the Flight Path ( (Gravenhurst Opera House),Treasure Island ( Asst..Director) , The Marketeer (Theatre New Brunswick) ,   Misery ,The Wild Guys, The Possibilities, A Doll’s House , Death Defying Acts, Office Hours, Dangerous Liaisons, The Diary of Anne Frank, Video Wars , Peacemaker ( Golden Horseshoe Players)  and next summer Sam will be Directing The Ladies Foursome (Lighthouse Festival Theatre). Sam is the Artistic Producer of Eastern Front Theatre and lives in Halifax with his wife Michelle and Beagle Kismet.

Laura Teasdale

Laura Teasdale returned home to Antigonish last year after being away in Quebec for twenty some years.  She thought no one would know her and she might have to rebuild her theatre career from square one.  Thanks to the great people here at Festival Antigonish, she was able to jump right in and has been acting and singing up a storm ever since.  Her first professional gig was in the first season of Festival Antigonish and it has been her profession ever since.  She also teaches theatre and improv to kids and grown-ups.  For Laura, it’s all about community. She helped coordinate the “Shoe Project” and is working on the “Trophy Project” coming in September.

Emery van de Wiel

Emery van de Wiel, from Antigonish Nova Scotia, is a graduate of Memorial University of Newfoundland with a Bachelors in Music Performance with a minor in Composition. During his time in Newfoundland, he studied under the guidance of Michelle Cheramy. He continues to serve as a music director for the series of Keppoch shows which are performed during the Antigonish Highland Games as well as, this past year, directing the music for Theatre Antigonish’s Sunshine on Leith. After being awarded the Rosebowl in the St. John’s Kiwanis Festival, as well as the Rosebowl in the New Glasgow music festival, Emery competed at the National Kiwanis Festival in Edmonton. Emery is currently the Music Director at St. Ninians Cathedral in Antigonish and the Music director for FAST’s If You Could Wear My Sneakers.  

The Cast

Mary-Colin Chisholm

Mary Colin Chisholm, is thrilled to be back home, a mere 10 minute hitch hike to the Town of Jim!  She has appeared on the  FAST Second Stage in “He’d be Your Mother’s Father’s Cousin”, “Wo(o)f!”  and “Talking Heads” as well as directing for FAST:  “The Anger in Ernest and Ernestine”, “Same Time, Next Year”, “Blithe Spirit” and two Sheldon Currie originals “Liza, Lauchie and Rory” and “Two More Solitudes”.  She last appeared on the mainstage in the very first summer season of FAST in “Idyll Gossip” and as the blue berry in “It’s the Berries” which, unbelievably, was the last time she’s worn tap shoes! Other far more recent work includes:  Noises Off, Having Hope at Home,  Beauty Queen of Leenane, (Neptune Theatre).  Some Blow Flutes (Home First Theatre),  The Miracle Play, Habit of Murder,  (The Ship’s Co.) …and Slowly Beauty (Belfry, NAC, Tarragon),  Bone Boy (Frankie Prod),  Leaving Wonderland, Top Girls, To Capture Light (LunaSea Theatre), The Cape Breton Summertime Revue, and four seasons with the heart warming, rib tickling ‘Tis the Season. Film/TV  Diggstown, Cavendish, Cast No Shadow, Forgive Me, Sex & Violence. Other: Co-Founder LunaSea Theatre and Frankie Prod. Playwright: “Half-Cracked: The Legend of Sugar Mary” (EF and Neptune co-pro).  Her lastes play”A Belly Full” co written with Marcia Kash, premiered this spring to rave reviews at the Mill at Sonning Theatre, England. 


Henricus Geilis

Henricus Gielis is a multi-disciplined artist based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. This will be his second time joining the team at Festival Antigonish after appearing in last season’s Burnin’ Love and Hope & Gravity. He is also a member of Hello City, an award winning improv troupe that performs frequently all over Halifax. Other recent theatre credits include: The Lear Project, (Neptune Theatre); Joyride, Peter Fechter’s 59 minutes, (Matchstick Theatre); The Book Club, (Hello City). You can catch him and his improv pals next at the Halifax Fringe festival.


Matt Lacas

Matt is ecstatic to be performing in NS for the first time and with the great team at FAST. Matt has performed on stages all across Canada, the U.S and Asia over the years. Selected credits include: Baba Mati Singh in The Fabulous Lipitones (Miracle Theatre), Baloo in The Jungle Book (Kidoons Network), Bill in Mamma Mia (Regent Theatre), Gomez Addams in the Addams Family Musical (RCPA) and Ram in Les Moutons (Corpus Dance Projects, Japan Tour). Matt is a garduate of Dawson College’s DEC theatre program in Montreal and a graduate of Randolph College’s triple threat college program. Matt is also the founder of We Are Here Productions, a theatre company in Toronto that aims to turn art into tangible aid for those in need worldwide. Matt is so happy to be spending his summer on the east coast and wants to thank his family, friends, and R.C for their constant support. Instagram: @Is_that_mattlacas



Rachel Lloyd

Rachel is excited to make her Festival Antigonish debut as Crystal playing Tirzah/Ester/Mary in this crazy rendition of Ben Hur. Select Theatre credits include: Wendy in The Bitterest Time, Anna inSlut, Dawn in Les & Dawn (LunaSea Theatre), Brundibar in Brundibar, multiple roles in 9 Compositions/Art Atakk, Liz in Redfish, Petey in Two in the Coop (Halifax Theatre for Young People), The Mother in Goodbye Marianne, Corrie in The Damsel in Distress Who Saved Herself; The Little Boy in The Space Between (Theatre New Brunswick); Pedringano/Ghost in The Spanish Tragedy, Julia in The Duchess of Malfi (The Villain’s Theatre). Thanks to her parents and husband for their constant support and for being her biggest fans!


Wally MacKinnon

Wally MacKinnon is an award-winning actor, director and teacher based in Fredericton, NB. He has enjoyed many summers in Antigonish over his 30+ year career and is looking forward to the 2019 season.  You may remember Wally in Festival Antigonish productions including: Storm Warning, The Fantastiks, Ten Little Indians, Don’t Dress for Dinner and The Mousetrap. More recent highlights include: EFT/Neptune Merritt Award winning play KAMP, Ship’s Company/TNB’s production of Any Given Moment which earned Wally a Merritt Award Best Actor nomination. Wally has numerous film and television credits that range from small independent films to large Hollywood productions. This includes the International Emmy Award winning film, The Phantoms. Wally is happy to be back in Antigonish and wants to thank is wife Sandi and son Liam for their love and support.


Ronica Sajnani

I am really pleased to be part of this company, and grateful for the opportunity to delve into this delightful play.

Select Theatre Credits:  A Tender Path (IRIA/Soheil Parsa), My Granny the Goldfish (Factory Theatre Mainspace/Rosemary Dunsmore), Ganga’s Ganja (Red Betty Theatre/Hamilton Fringe), The Washing Machine (Red Betty Theatre/Next Stage Festival), Unburdened (Modest Productions/Nightwood), Rice Boy (Canadian Stage). Select TV work includes Handmaid’s Tale, Black Mirror (dir. Jodie Foster), American Gothic, Working the Engels, the pilot of Russell Peters Christmas Special, Living In Your Car and Home (episode of Inside Stories series, Gemini Award) among others. Film for TV – Trapped, Betting on Love (lead), the shorts Werewolf Tango and Night Shift. Select Film – Look again, Masala, Bollywood Hollywood and Water (nominated for an Oscar for Best Foreign Film).


Ralph Steiner

Born and raised on a Jersey farm in the Eastern Townships, Ralph decided to take up music and acting at the ripe old age of 30 and never looked back. Hank Williams: The Show he Never Gave was Ralph’s first professional role in 2001 at Theatre Lac Brome. He works as a carpenter by day, plays music at night, and takes the odd acting role to round out the dream life trifecta. Enjoy the show!

Ryan Gallant

Ryan is from Eastern Passage, Nova Scotia, and is a recent graduate of the Acting Program from Dalhousie University’s Fountain School of Performing Arts. FSPA credits include: Dr. Frankenstein in Drums and Organs; and Young Bellair in The Man of Mode. Other credits include Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Halifax Summer Opera Festival) and Wanderer in This Is Nowhere (Zuppa Theatre Co.). This is Ryan’s first season with Festival Antigonish. @ryanmgallant


Briony Merritt

Briony is thrilled to be returning to Antigonish this summer after first performing on the Bauer stage while studying at StFX. She has recently been involved in theatre and film productions with Zuppa Theatre Co. (This is Nowhere), Whale Song Theatre (The Birthday, Halifax Fringe Festival), and Winter Light Productions (Creepy CrawlingShadow in the Mirror), and is also looking forward to participating in this year’s Mayworks Festival (A Timed Speed Read of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire Trial Transcript with Additional Notes). Briony is excited to be working with directors Laura Teasdale and Sam Rosenthal, as well as her cast mates in the Festival Antigonish Young Company!


Emma Vickers

Emma is very happy to be returning to her maritime roots this summer as a performer in the Festival Antigonish Young Company. After completing her Bachelor of Music at StFX, she moved across Canada to attend the Canadian College of Performing Arts in Victoria where she spent the past two years continuing her training in singing, various forms of dance, and acting. Last year, Emma experienced a unique summer in the Kootenay mountains with the Rossland Gold Fever Follies where she performed daily as a Can-Can dancer from the 1900s in a historic musical theatre show. Favourite past credits include playing “Somewhere girl” in West Side Story, performing with the Victoria Symphony in ‘Puttin’ on the Ritz’ (CCPA); and playing Eurydice in Eurydice (Theatre Antigonish). Emma is truly grateful for this opportunity and is thankful to be able to do what she loves with people who share her passion for the performing arts. 



Abby Weisbrot

Abby Weisbrot is an artist and performer, originally from Toronto, who is passionate about social activism through artistic creation. She received her training from the University of Windsor, as well as the SITI Company and the Stratford Academy. Previous credits include, collective member in Cassandra’s Curse (The Chrysalis Project Director’s Showcase), Lady Macbeth in Macbeth (Steady Theatre Co.), Diana in The Changeling: Chimes of Bedlam (The Villain’s Theatre), Caroline in I and You (Outlook Theatre), Anne Frank in The Reality of the Impossible Dream (Speakers Action Group), Annie in White Wedding (Port Albert Productions), Isobel in Lion in the Streets, Sabine in The Three Musketeers, and Rose in Dancing at Lughnasa (University Players). This is Abby’s first production with Festival Antigonish Summer Theatre and she is excited to be a part of this Theatre for Young Audiences experience.



The Creative Team

Dana Bidgood

Dana Bidgood is a recent graduate from Mount Allison University, receiving her Bachelor of Arts in Theatre with a minor in Canadian Studies.  This is Dana’s second summer at Festival Antigonish as an Apprentice Stage Manager as she just couldn’t refuse another opportunity to work with the wonderful people of this theatre and town.  Over the past year Dana had the pleasure of working on the musical production Assassins, directed by Paul Del Motte at the Motyer Fancy Theatre, as both the head carpenter and as an assistant stage manager.  Dana also had the opportunity to expand her technical knowledge by being a master electrician for the first time during the Night of One Acts production at the Motyer Fancy Theatre.  Through this experience her appreciation for lighting designers grew substantially while her fear of dropping a light remains intact.  Although it has been an amazing year at Mount Allison University, Dana is very excited to be back in Antigonish and to be working on these wonderful shows. 

BaoLinh Le

BaoLinh Le is a 2019 graduate of the University of British Columbia’s BFA Theatre Design & Production program, with specialization in Stage Management and Costume Design. Previous credits in Stage Management include GOLDRAUSCH (UBC, 2019), Lion in the Streets (UBC, 2019), Much Ado About Nothing (UBC, 2018), A Few Good Men (Ensemble Theatre Company, 2018), Tuesdays and Sundays (UBC, 2018), The Shallow End (UBC, Hotel Amore (UBC, 2017), and Daddy Daddy Look at Me! (Theatre26, 2015). Costume Design credits include: Silence (UBC, 2018) and She Kills Monsters (UBC, 2018)

Karen Bassett

Karen has studied stage violence with Rapier Wit, Fight Master Robert Seale, and Fight Directors Canada. Her play Heroine, featuring sword fighting roles for women, has been produced across Canada. It will next be produced by Theatre New Brunswick in March. Her fight direction credits include: Neptune Theatre, Ships’ Company Theatre, Theatre New Brunswick, The Pillowman: Fuller Street Five, Mulgrave Road Theatre, the Nova Scotia Merritt Awards, the Halifax Theatre for Young People, Festival Antigonish, Shakespeare by the Sea, Home First Productions.Her last credit was for Neptune’s Canadian premiere of the Color Purple. She is a sought after teacher who has also created fight choreography for university and high school productions.  Karen received the Theatre Nova Scotia scholarship for advanced studies in stage violence. This year she was nominated for a Merritt award for her fight direction in Neptune’s Shakespeare in Love– an inaugural nomination for fights in the choreography category.

Robyn Bixby

Robyn Bixby is a 22 year old from a little town in central Newfoundland. She graduated from St. Francis Xavier University in May of 2018 with a major in Women and Gender Studies and a minor in Studio Art. She has also completed an apprenticeship in stained glass last fall in Siena, Italy, with Vetrate Artistiche Toscane. As a student at StFX she worked with Theatre Antigonish in the Costume Department for three years. In her final year she received the Dr. Hubert J Spekkens award. Robyn is very exited to be back at the Bauer as a wardrobe assistant for the 2019 Festival Antigonish season.

Hannah Draper

Hannah Draper is a prospective St. Francis Xavier student, and has recently graduated from Sir Robert Borden in Ottawa, Ontario. In Ottawa, her work ranges from stage management to set design to hair and makeup. She has worked in theatre for the past six years predominantly with her high school, the National Arts Centre, and Arts Court Theatre. Hannah is thrilled to join Festival Antigonish as a House Technician and providing technical support to the shows. 


Véronique MacKenzie

Recipient of Nova Scotia’s prestigious Established Artist Award and recent Merritt Award winner for Choreography, Véronique has had a busy season, creating for the stage, opera, musical theatre and film. This past season included work with Willem Defoe and Robert Pattinson in The Lighthouse (New Regency Films), Eastern Front Theatre’s production of Kamp: The Musical, and as assistant choreographer under Neptune Theatre’s Chrysalis program for the holiday hit of Cinderella. This season, Véronique worked on Halifax Theatre for Young people’s production of Brundibar, as well as choreographed for the Fountain School of Performing Arts opera l’Etoile, Keep Good Theatre’s production of The Children and as director/choreographer for The Gondoliers with Opera Nova Scotia. Véronique serves on faculty at NSCAD University, Neptune Theatre School, The Fountain School of Performing Arts (Dalhousie University), Halifax Dance, as well as for the Theatre N.S. PERFORM Artists-in-the-Schools program. “V” is also a visual artist and lives in Halifax.

Sarah O’Brien

Sarah is, as always, delighted to be back in Antigonish. This is her nineteenth season with FAST. Recent credits: Little Thing, Big Thing (Remount of FAST’s 2016 production at Neptune Theatre), Scott Shorts & Zelda, The Picture Of Dorian Gray, and Monsieur d’Eon Is A Woman (George Brown Theatre School), and Butcher (Theatre Kingston). Upcoming projects include  A Midsummer Night’s Dream with Theatre Rusticle at Buddies In Bad Times this winter, and whatever madness is cooked up in the Distillery District. Sarah is ecstatic to have Ingrid back this year!

Nancy Perrin

Nancy is pleased to be making her Festival Antigonish design debut. Recent designs include C’mon Angie! (Leroy Street), Punk Rock (Howling Company), Dark Heart (Food for Thought), Othello (Driftwood), Deceitful Above all Things (Storefront), Of Human Bondage (Magnus), Hamlet (Hart House), Waterfront: The Blessing, Shed & Rabbit Rabbit (Summerworks). Associate Costume Designer for remount of Grease (Irregular Entertainment). Assistant Designer at the Stratford Festival (4 Seasons). Awards include a Dora Nomination for costume design, Ian and Molly Lindsay Young Design Fellowship, Tom Patterson Guthrie Award, & Peter Dwyer Scholarship. She is a member of the Associated Designers of Canada and the current Resident Designer for Drama Studies department of Mount Allison University.

Elizabeth Perry

Elizabeth Perry is a Halifax based free lance costume designer and graduate of the Dalhousie University Costume Studies program. Since her graduation from the program in 2016 she has worked as a stitcher at Neptune Theatre working on productions such as Beauty and The Beast, Shakespeare in Love and the most recent Cinderella. Her design experience started with The Halifax Summer Opera Festival in August of 2016 designing their production of Rodelinda where she turned a small budget into a Dolce and Gabbana runway. She has worked for the festival for four seasons where she has most recently designed (August 2018) their version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, which was set in a futuristic utopian world. She has designed for The Neptune Theatre School, Halifax Theatre for Young People and most recently An Ordinary Afternoon for Mulgrave Road Theatre. She takes a playful and inventive approach to design, and is the recipient of the 2019 Wes Daniels Design award.





Ingrid Risk

Based in Antigonish Nova Scotia, Ingrid splits her time as a Lighting Designer and Stage Manager.  She has spent many years touring across Canada and has received several Theatre Nova Scotia Merritt Awards for her work.  Recent credits include: Noises Off (Neptune Theatre), An Ordinary Afternoon in 1974 (Mulgrave Road Theatre), Half Cracked: The Legend of Sugar Mary (EFT/Neptune Theatre), Chasing Champions: The Sam Langford Story (National Arts Centre/Ship’s Company Theatre), Snake in the Grass (Neptune Theatre), 6 Season’s with Ship’s Company Theatre. Ingrid is THRILLED to finally be back at FAST after so many years.  It’s a gift to be living and working at home!


Emma Roode

Emma is thrilled to be spending this summer at Festival Antigonish! A Halifax-based theatre maker originally from Dartmouth, Emma has a degree in Drama Studies and Psychology from Mount Allison University. Most recently, she worked as a dresser for Miss N Me (Eastern Front Theatre), as a stage manager for Great Harbour (The Hogtown Collective – Halifax), and the costume designer for Peter Fechter: 59 Minutes (Matchstick Theatre). Other favourite stage management credits include Sexual Perversity in Chicago and (M)otherhood (Windsor Theatre), Beauty and the Beast (ASM, Garnet and Gold), and She Stoops to Conquer and Fight Night (Motyer-Fancy Theatre). Emma is in a near-constant state of existential dread, but don’t be alarmed – it’s part of her charm.


The Playwrights

Patrick Barlow

Besides his version of Lew Wallace’s Ben Hur, Patrick’s Olivier-nominated adaptation of A Christmas Carol has played off-Broadway and London’s West End while his 4-person adaptation of The 39 Steps has played in over forty countries world-wide, winning Olivier, Helpmann, Moliere and Tony Awards and making Patrick the most performed playwright in America for 2012/13. Most recently his re-writing of John Milton’s Comus has played to critical acclaim at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. Patrick is also celebrated in the UK for his two-man theatre company National Theatre of Brent, whose comedy epics include Wagner’s Ring Cycle, The Charles and Diana Story, The Messiah, The Wonder of Sex, The Arts and How They Was Done, The Black Hole of Calcutta, The Life and Times of the Dalai Lama and Zulu! They have won two Sony Gold Awards, a Premier Ondas Award for Best European Comedy and the New York Festival Gold Award for Best Comedy. Other screenwriting includes Van Gogh (Prix Futura Berlin Film Festival), Revolution!! (Best Comedy Jerusalem Film Festival) and the BAFTA-winning The Young Visiters. Publications include Shakespeare: The Truth! and The Complete History of the Whole World. Patrick has also appeared in Absolutely Fabulous, Shakespeare in Love, Notting Hill, Nanny McPhee and Bridget Jones’s Diary. He is currently writing theatre versions of The Hound of the Baskervilles and Dracula.

Sheree Fitch

Since the publication of her first book, Toes in My Nose, thirty years ago, Sheree Fitch has written over 30 books in a variety of genres and for all ages. She’s travelled the globe as a visiting author, writing instructor, and literacy educator and has received many awards, including the Vicky Metcalf Award for a body of work inspirational to Canadian children. A recipient of three honorary doctorates for her contribution to Canadian literature and issues affecting women and children, Sheree’s passion for education and social justice is evident in her work.  When Unicef commissoned her to write If You Could Wear My Sneakers,a book on the UN Convention on The Rights of the Child,   veteran CBC journalist the late Peter Gzowski wrote the introduction. The book was winner of the Silver Birch Award and the Hackamatack and continues to be  used in classrooms around the world. In July 2017– she and her husband opened up Mabel Murple’s Book Shoppe and Dreamery in River John, Nova Scotia, converting an old granary and pasture into a space for families and book lovers for the summer season.  Over 8000 visitors flocked to the shop in eight weeks last summer. Sheree is thrilled and grateful this wonderful production is being remounted by Festival Antigonish.

Colleen Murphy

Colleen Murphy is a playwright, filmmaker and librettist, born in Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec and raised in Northern Ontario.

Her play Pig Girl won the 2016 Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama as well as the 2014 Carol Bolt Award.  The December Man / L’homme de décembre won the 2007 Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama, the CAA/Carol Bolt Award and the Enbridge Playwrights Award.  Other plays include The Breathing Hole (short-listed for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize), The Society For The Destitute Presents Titus Bouffonius (winner of 6 Jessie Richardson Awards), I Hope My Heart Burns First, Armstrong’s War, The Goodnight Bird, Beating Heart Cadaver (shortlisted for a the 1999 Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama), The Piper, Down in Adoration Falling and All Other Destinations are Cancelled. Twice she won awards in the CBC Literary Competition for Fire-Engine Red and Pumpkin Eaters. Libretti include Oksana G., composed by Aaron Gervais for Tapestry Opera, and My Mouth On Your Heart, composed by August Murphy-King for Toy Piano Composers and Bicycle Opera, as well Tapestry Briefs, including Bring Me The Head Of Our President (c. August Murphy-King), Hydrophis Expedition (c. Benton Roark), The Snow Globe (c. Ian Cusson) and My Eyes Are Bright And Sparkly (c. Rene Orth) Her distinct, award-winning films have played in festivals around the world. They include Girl with Dog, Desire, Shoemaker and The Feeler. In 2010 and 2011, Colleen was the Canadian Playwright-in-Residence at Finborough Theatre in London, U.K.  She has been Playwright-in-Residence at Necessary Angel Theatre and Factory Theatre in Toronto, as well Playwright-in-Residence at the University of Regina in 2006/7, the Mabel Pugh Taylor Writer-in-Residence at McMaster University in 2010, Writer-in-Residence at the University of Guelph in 2011, the Edna Staebler Laurier Writer-in-Residence at Wilfrid Laurier University in 2014, the Lee Playwright-in-Residence at the University of Alberta, 2014-2017, and Writer in Resident at the University of New Brunswick in 2018. She was awarded a Chalmers Fellowship and, most recently, a Canada Council New Chapter Grant to write a new play Geography of Fire / La Furie et sa géographie.

Ravi Jain

Toronto-based stage director Ravi Jain is a multi-award-winning artist known for making politically bold and accessible theatrical experiences in both small indie productions and large theatres. As the founding artistic director of Why Not Theatre, Ravi has established himself as an artistic leader for his inventive productions, international producing/collaborations and innovative producing models which are aimed to better support emerging artists to make money from their art. As a director Ravi work has been critically acclaimed for its accessibility and politically bold perspective. Select credits include A Brimful of Asha, Nicolas Billon’s Fault Lines which won the Governor General’s Award for Drama, Accidental Death of an Anarchist (Soulpepper), Alanna Mitchell’s Sea Sick (co-directed with Franco Boni, Theatre Centre), Lisa Codrington’s The Adventures of a Black Girl in Search of God and Sarena Parmar’s The Orchard After Chekhov (Shaw Festival), We are Proud to Present…(Theatre Centre), Salt-Water Moon (Factory Theatre), Prince Hamlet (Why Not Theatre), Like Mother Like Daughter (Complicite/Why Not Theatre).  Currently he is working on a new adaptation of The Mahabharata with Why Not Theatre and the Shaw Festival and a new project with David Suzuki and his wife Tara Cullis. Ravi was shortlisted for the 2016 Siminovitch Prize and won the 2012 Pauline McGibbon Award for Emerging Director and the 2016 Canada Council John Hirsch Prize for direction. He is a graduate of the two-year program at École Jacques Lecoq.   



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