Makers

Artists

Dustin Freeman

App Developer, Ambrose

Dustin Freeman has a background in longform improv theatre through the Canadian Improv Games and did an undergraduate degree in applied math. At graduate school, he combined these disciplines to do a PhD in Computer Science, exploring interfaces and systems for creative expression and digital theatre. His thesis project was Improv Remix – a system for improv theatre performers to do live video editing of their own performances, all controlled from the stage itself. After his PhD, he spent the next few years working as an SDK and UX developer for various AR/VR platforms.

Julia Howman

Production Design, Chemical Valley Project

Julia Howman is a Toronto-based theatre designer, multimedia artist, and stage manager. Julia is especially interested in exploring interactions between live performance and digital media. Recent credits include: Production Design, The Chemical Valley Project (Broadleaf Theatre); Stage Management, SWEAT (The Bicycle Opera Project); Production Design, This Is What I Know (Re:CurrentTheatre); Projection and Lighting Design, Shove it Down my Throat (2017 Workshop Production, Pandemic Theatre); Production Design, Bonds Beyond (Glass Reflections Theatre Collective).

Vanessa Gray

Activist, Chemical Valley Project

Vanessa Gray is a 24 year-old Anishinaabe kwe from Aamjiwnaang First Nation, located in Canada’s Chemical Valley. As an organizer with ASAP, Aamjiwnaang and Sarnia Against Pipelines, she works with community members to bring awareness to the health issues resulting from her reserve’s toxic surroundings. As a grassroots organizer, land defender and educator, Vanessa works to decolonize environmental justice research by linking scholarly findings to traditional teachings.

Lindsay Beze Gray

Activist, Chemical Valley Project

Lindsay Beze Gray is a two-spirit Anishnaabe, Delaware, and Oneida from Aamjiwnaang First Nation, treaty #29 territory. They are an organizer for grassroots events based on culture and environment through the group Aamjiwnaang and Sarnia Against Pipelines, with events like Toxic Tour and Aamjiwnaang Water Gathering. They focus on telling their experience of living in Canada’s Chemical Valley. They also continue to practice their culture and languages.

Anita Rochon

Creator, Pathetic Fallacy

Anita Rochon is a Vancouver-based performance director primarily focused on the creation of new work. Rochon freelance directs a range of styles from classical to documentary work to relational installations to contemporary dance. She artistic co-directs The Chop, a company that tours nationally and internationally. She is the recipient of the Ray Michal Prize for an Outstanding Body of Work by a New Director, the Siminovitch Protégé prize and a Mayor’s Arts Award.

Lisa C. Ravensbergen

Creator, Citation

A tawny mix of Ojibway/ Swampy Cree and English/ Irish, Lisa is currently a MA student at Queens. She is an off-reserve, urban creature and is grateful to be raising her son in Vancouver, on unceded Coast Salish territory. Lisa has worked across Turtle Island with diverse theatre companies, establishing herself as a multi-hyphenate artist, creator and writer, Jessie nominated actor, dramaturge, director, and dancer. She supplements her eclectic practice with the joys of motherhood and the delights of self-produced works.

Chris Miner

Photographer, Facing the Street (SWIHHP)

Chris Miner is a photographer and artist equally adept at portraiture, socially-engaged art, and documentation of archival materials. He was the 2017 Artist-in-Residence at Providence Care Hospital and the 2015 Artist-in-Residence at Royal Military College. For more information, see www.miner-wilkinson.ca/.

Adrienne Wong

Creator, Something Bigger (XO Secret)

Adrienne Wong asks audiences to make connections with the environments and people who surround them by “re-seeing” the familiar and re-imagining the everyday. Works include LANDLINE with Dustin Harvey, Me On The Map with Jan Derbyshire, and a series of site-specific audio plays called PodPlays. Based in Ottawa, Adrienne is Digital Architect with Spiderwebshow Performance, where she co-edits CdnTimes with Michael Wheeler. adriennewong.ca

Dustin Harvey

Creator, Something Bigger (XO Secret)

Dustin Harvey’s work has grown to encompass a myriad of people and places come, gone and soon to be. Through the exploration of site and exploitation of media art, Dustin creates meaningful moments that offer new ways of being together while shedding crooked light on how it is we’ve grown apart. Each production is about creating meaningful, shared experiences that are thoughtful, intimate, and temporary. DustinHarvey.com

Dr. Shelley Katz

Creator, The Symphonova

Born in Canada, Shelley graduated from the Julliard School where he studied piano. Shelley has performed in leading festivals and venues worldwide, and for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, for the German Bunderspresident and at the Kremlin. He first dreamed of The Symphonova in 1989 He first dreamed of The Symphonova in 1989 and since then has been working on its conceptualisation and design alongside his eclectic career as a pianist, conductor, composer and music-technologist. Photo Credit: Oliver Bowring / Musicarta

Rob Morgan

Creative Consultant, Ambrose

Rob Morgan is a game writer, narrative designer, and Creative Director of Playlines. Rob was Lead Game Writer at PlayStation on the AR titles ‘Wonderbook: Book of Spells’ and ‘Book of Potions’, written in collaboration with J.K. Rowling. As Creative Director of Playlines Rob helps develop new immersive/interactive experiences and technologically-mediated drama. Rob will be directing an upcoming installation of ‘Consequences’, an AR interactive rap opera at New York’s Future of Storytelling.

Molly MacKinnon

Collaborator, Good Things to Do

Molly is a freelance violinist and collaborative artist based out of Vancouver, BC. She is Artistic Associate of The Little Chamber Music Series That Could, an innovative music series that highlights new works by Vancouver artists with a focus on multi-arts pollination, community engagement, and local history. Mollymackinnon.ca.

Mishelle Cuttler

Collaborator, Good Things to Do

Mishelle is a composer, sound designer and musician. This summer she will be creating and performing music for Lysistrata at Bard on the Beach. She has an MFA in Musical Theatre Composition from NYU. mishellecuttler.com

Liam Karry

Creator, Ambrose

Liam Karry is the founding artistic director of the Single Thread Theatre Company. He is a founding member of the CoLABoratory Theatre Workshop Initiative, the Kingston Theatre Alliance, and the The Kick & Push Festival, now in its third year. His most recent directing credit was a site specific, touring production of Mary’s Wedding by Stephen Massicotte. He also recently participated in Director’s Lab North 2017, a week-long intensive produced in partnership with Luminato, Soulpepper and the Tarragon in Toronto, Ontario.

Kevin Kerr

Creator, Mary’s Room; Jane’s Listing; Joey’s Gift (Electric Company Theatre)

Kevin Kerr is a playwright and founding member of Vancouver’s Electric Company Theatre with whom he’s collaborated on more than a dozen full-length productions, including Brilliant!, Studies in Motion and Tear the Curtain! He received the Governor General’s literary award for his play Unity (1918), and is currently a faculty member at the University of Victoria’s Department of Writing, where he teaches playwriting and screenwriting, with a creative focus on cinematic/theatre hybrids and interactive narratives.

Kevin Matthew Wong

Creator, The Chemical Valley Project

Kevin is a Toronto-based theatre creator, actor, director, musician, producer and environmentalist. He is the co-founder and Artistic Director of Broadleaf Theatre, a company merges environmentalism and theatre. Kevin is the Outreach Coordinator at Cahoots Theatre, the Associate Producer for the music theatre company Music Picnic and the Creative Producer of rePLAY: Rapid Response Art.

Dmitry Chepovetsky

DJ, Silent Disco

dmitry chepovetsky is a writer and actor. he has worked on stages across canada, and in nyc. he can be heard on the radio and seen and heard on television and film. Up coming, check out audrey cumming’s Darken in movie theatres opening june 29, and matthew ross’ Siberia opening july 13th. dmitry would like to thank sarah, adrienne and michael for the invite. enjoy foldA!

David Parker

Sound Designer, Ambrose

David Parker is a multi-instrumental musician, composer, sound designer, digital media artist, and sound technician. He played upright bass and electronics as part of the experimental duo Fire Moss. David has done sound and music design for theatrical productions by Caravan Stage Company, Single Thread Theatre and An aRc Theatre. David’s digital media artwork uses micro-controllers and audio processing in a collaborative duo with circus aerialist and movement artist Jane Kirby of Lowlit Aerial Arts.

Christine Quintana

Creator, Good Things to Do

Christine is a playwright, actor, and co-artistic director of Delinquent Theatre (delinquenttheatre.com). She is a graduate of UBC’s BFA Acting Program and the 2017 Siminovitch Protégée Prize winner for Playwriting. christinequintana.ca

Amanda Baker

Production Manager, Ambrose

Amanda Baker is a recent Computing and the Creative Arts graduate of Queen’s University, who will be continuing her theatre studies with an MA at University of Toronto in the fall. She specializes in immersive theatre, and works in the areas of production, costuming, and performance. Her most recent credits are as the producer for the original Colliding Scopes Theatre’s immersive productions Hearts Come Cheap (2018) and Holy (2017), in addition to two terms as the company’s Director of Operations.

Adam Seybold

Playwright, Ambrose

Adam’s Dora Award-winning play, The De Chardin Project, was directed by Alan Dilworth on Theatre Passe Muraille’s Mainstage as a part of their 2014-2015 season. Adam’s feature script Let Her Out was produced by Breakthrough Entertainment and released in 2016. His latest feature script, The Grady Girls, is in pre-production at Black Fawn Films.

Thought Leaders

Rose Plotek

Conversation: Digital Dramaturgy

Rose Plotek is a director and theatre maker. She is Associate Director of the Directing Program at the National Theatre School of Canada. Her work is often developed through inter-disciplinary collaboration and workshop. Recent credits: Performance about a woman (OFFTA, Tiger Dublin Fringe, SummerWorks); Like Mother, Like Daughter (Why Not Theatre & Complicite, UK); LEAR (World Stage/Magnetic North); Bloody Family (Theatre Centre). She was Intern Director at the Shaw Festival in 2013.

Amy Chartrand

Conversation: Brass Tacks

Amy Chartrand creates relational performances and experiments. Some collaborations include Scientists for Love, creators of Speed-dating for the Senses (and the sensitive); Quartier 20.14 for HTMLLE festival and Quartier 20.15 for Festival Phenomena; Child Psychologist for Summerworks; and Crowd Control, a collective decision-making experiment. More recently, Amy is Lead Concept Writer at Moment Factory, a multimedia entertainment studio that creates live experiences, and facilitates workshops at the National Theatre School of Canada. She is an Aquarius.

Carmelle Cachero

Conversation: Think Different

Carmelle has been working as an ASL Interpreter for the past 18 years. She focuses a lot of her passion for the arts, investigating how theatre spaces can be more accessible to Deaf and Hard of Hearing artists and audience members. As an ally to the Deaf community, she works with Deaf consultants, ASL coaches, and interpreting colleagues in order to collaborate with organizations to provide accessibility within the realm of performing arts and theatre.

Trevor Schwellnus

Conversation: Reality Augments Theatre

Trevor Schwellnus is a Scenographer, designing sets, lights, and video for performances with Independent companies in Toronto. One of his chief obsessions is the intersection of design, dramaturgy, and cross-cultural art-making. He is also the Artistic Producer of Aluna Theatre, where he designed Madre, La Comunión, directed & designed What I learned from a decade of fear, Nohayquiensepa, and produces the RUTAS International Performing Arts Festival. Latest: Out the Window for Luminato / the Theatre Centre.

Nina Lee Aquino

StartUp: Digital Decolonization

Nina Lee Aquino is a Toronto based award-winning Filipina-Canadian director and dramaturge. She was the Artistic Director of fu-GEN Theatre, Cahoots Theatre and is currently the Artistic Director of Factory Theatre. Nina is committed to the development of new works, and to the artistic expression of interculturalism in theatre. Awards for her work include the Ken McDougall Award 2004, the Canada Council John Hirsch Prize 2008, and two Dora Mavor Moore Awards for Outstanding Direction.

Milton Lim

Conversation: Digital Dramaturgy

Milton Lim is a Vancouver-based director/designer and multi-disciplinary performer. His work utilizes digital media and various modes of performance, often employing game mechanics, typography architecture, and high-frequency readability. His work has toured to numerous international venues including the NAC and CanadaHub at the Edinburgh Fringe. Milton is a Co-Artistic Director of Hong Kong Exile, Artistic Associate with Theatre Conspiracy, recent Artist-in-Residence with PuSh International Performing Arts Festival, and recipient of the 2016 Ray Michal Emerging Director Prize.

Mikaela Davies

Converstion: Live from Stratford

Born and raised in Montreal, Mikaela moved to Toronto to join the Soulpepper Academy. She has performed in nine shows with Soulpepper Theatre and two seasons at The Stratford Festival, including the leading role of The Changeling directed by Jackie Maxwell. She is currently assisting Robert Lepage on his production of Coriolanus at Stratford She works as an actor, director and creator for stage and film.

Michael Kruse

Conversation: Brass Tacks

Michael Kruse is a former Lighting Designer who developed and hosts Title Block podcast. In each episode of Title Block, the spotlight is put on one designer and their body of work. Throughout the discussion, listeners learn about the artist’s training, and philosophy, and the show helps capture a small slice of Canadian theatre design history.

Laura Nanni

Conversation: Reality Augments Theatre

Laura is a curator, producer and artist known for artistic experimentation, community building and interdisciplinary collaboration. Her performance and installation work has been presented globally. Laura has led and managed arts organizations all over Ontario, this has included the roles of Programming Supervisor for Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, Rhubarb Festival Director for Buddies in Bad Times, Curator of HATCH residency at the Harbourfront Centre, and Producer of The Culture Congress. She is the Artistic andManaging Director of Summerworks.

Laura Murray

Creator, Facing the Street (SWIHHP)

Laura Murray is Professor of English and Cultural Studies at Queen’s University. She is a musician and community activist, and started the Swamp Ward and Inner Harbour History Project in 2015. Her emerging research and teaching concerns the treaty history of the Kingston/Ka’tarohkwi area.

Keira Loughran

Conversation: Live from Stratford

Keira Loughran is a director, actor, playwright and dramaturg. She was the Artistic Producer of the SummerWorks Festival, and the founding Artistic Director of K’Now Theatre. She is currently the Artistic Producer for the Forum and Laboratory at the Stratford Festival. For the Stratford Festival, she directed The Aeneid (2016), and The Komagata Maru Incident (2017) as well as this season’s The Comedy Of Errors.

Jonathan Stanley

Conversation: Brass Tacks

Jonathan Stanley is a culture driven technology and content leader with international business and management experience in the Transportation, Cultural Interpretation, Software, and Manufacturing industries. He is a What, How, and Why strategist and communicator, the CEO at AudioConexus and an obsessive protector of culture, purpose and brand value. Jonathan leads cross-functional teams, cultivates talent and leadership, nurtures business partnerships, R&D, new products and creative services. Recently, he completed Leadership, Strategy and Finance at Queen’s Smith School of Business.

Jesse Brown

Conversation: Canadaland the Podcast the Book the Play

Jesse Brown is a Toronto-based journalist. He is the publisher of the Canadaland podcast network and he hosts its flagship podcast, CANADALAND. He has written for the New York Times, Slate, The Guardian, and is the co-author of the #1 best selling book, the CANADALAND Guide To Canada. Jesse has won the Hillman Prize for investigative reporting and a National Magazine Award for Humour.

Falen Johnson

Conversation: Podcast People

Falen is Mohawk and Tuscarora from Six Nations Grand River Territory. Falen is a writer, producer, director, and actor. Her plays Salt Baby, Two Indians, and Ipperwash have played in theatres across the country. She co-hosts the podcast The Secret Life of Canada with co-creator Leah-Simone Bowen. Her writing has appeared in publications such as Granta Magazine, Brick Literary Journal and The Canadian Theatre Review.

Donna-Michelle St Bernard

StartUp: Disrupting the Status Quo

Donna-Michelle St. Bernard is an influential dramaturge, playwright, and agitator who works to promote change through the arts. Her works have been recognized with awards such as the Herman Voaden Playwriting Award, the Enbridge playRites Award, a Dora Mavor Moore Award, and two nominations for the Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama. Originally from the Grenadines, St. Bernard is currently based in Toronto where she is the artistic director of New Harlem Productions, emcee-in presidency at Theatre Passe Muraille & playwright in residence at lemonTre creations.

Daniele Bartolini

Conversation: Reality Augments Theatre

Daniele Bartolini is a director, installation artist, playwright and performer born in Florence, Italy. With his company DLT, he is known for interactive audience-specific projects, such as his installation for the International Festival Fabbrica Europa, and his site specific commissions for the Bata Shoe Museum. Daniele’s festival performances are also well known, some notable ones being The Stranger and The Invisible City (SummerWorks and International tours), and Off Limits Zone at the Luminato Festival.

Colin Clark

Conversation: Think Different

Colin Clark is a video artist and designer at OCAD University’s Inclusive Design Research Centre, where he has worked for 21 years. His work is dedicated to growing new inclusive co-design tools and practices within open source communities. Colin’s digital art videos explore systematic relationships between technology, nature, and time. His soundtracks to experimental films and installations by Izabella Pruska-Oldenhof and R. Bruce Elder have been shown at film festivals internationally.

Brett Christopher

Conversation: Think Different

Brett Christopher is the Artistic Producer of the Thousand Islands Playhouse. Brett is a driving force within the Kingston’s arts community and founded The Kick & Push Festival and the Storefront Fringe Festival. He is known as an actor, director and producer through his work with a variety of companies across Canada including the Stratford Festival, Canadian Stage, Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, and the Segal Theatre.

Beth Kates

Conversation: Digital Dramaturgy

Beth Kates is an award winning Lighting, Set, Costume and pioneering Video Designer. Her work has been seen across Canada and around the world with companies including The Blyth Festival, Theatre Passe Muraille, Shaw Festival, and Catalyst Theatre. As the co Creative Director/Designer of Playground Studios, she has created several installations, including The ToyBox. She is mom to 6 year-old Aaron, a proud member of Associated Designers of Canada, and currently completing her Masters at the University of Calgary in Drama/CompSci.

Brendan Healy

StartUp: Digital is Everywhere

Brendan is a prominent Toronto-based director whose shows have garnered multiple Dora Mavor Moore awards and earned him the Ken McDougall and the Pauline McGibbon awards for directing. Between 2009 and 2015, Brendan brought success to Buddies in Bad Times Theatre as their Artistic Director. He is currently the Artistic Director, Performing Arts for the City of Brampton.

Leah-Simone Bowen

Conversation: Podcast People

Leah is a Toronto-based playwright, writer, theatre producer and Dora-nominated director. She is the creator and co-host of The Secret Life of Canada, a podcast about the untold and undertold history of Canada. Her play The Flood will be published by Playwrights Canada Press in the fall of 2018. As a producer, Leah has worked for the Luminato Festival and Native Earth Performing Arts, and she was the Artistic Producer for Obsidian Theatre.

Chris Tolley

Conversation: Podcast People

Chris is the co-host and producer of PlayME – Canada’s national digital theatre. Working in partnership with some of the county’s top theatre companies, PlayME transforms theatre productions into contemporary audio dramas. Since its launch in 2016, the podcast has grown to more than three-quarters of a million downloads, with 90% of listeners from outside Canada. In 2018 PlayME was recognized by the International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences as a Webby Award honoree.

Jillian Keiley

StartUp: Digital is Everywhere

Jillian was the founder of Artistic Fraud of Newfoundland and became the Artistic Director for NAC English Theatre in 2012. Her productions there included Tempting Providence, Tartuffe, Oil and Water, Colony of Unrequited Dreams and Twelfth Night. For Stratford, she directed Alice Through the Looking-Glass, The Diary of Anne Frank, As You Like It, and Bakkhai. She is the winner of the Siminovitch Prize and holds two honorary doctorates, from York University and Memorial University of Newfoundland