The Collective Members:

Lauren Brotman
Actor, Playwright, Theatre Creator. Selected Acting: Apricots (Outstanding Performance NOW); And By The Way…Miss (Dora – Outstanding Performance); Split Screen (Nightwood Director’s Summit); Ten Green Bottles (dir. Mark Cassidy)Twelfth Night (HRSC/European Tour); Antigone (Theatre Inferno); Festival of Creation: The Complex, Women of Troy. As playwright: Jenny’s Room (development- Canadian Stage/Factory). Youth director/facilitator: Pleiades, Theatre Revolve, Canadian Stage. Other: Bound to Create Theatre, BASH! (Canadian Stage), Christopher Plummer Fellowship Award (Globe Theatre-London,UK).

Noa May Dorn
Noa May Dorn is a Toronto-based francophone actor/playwright. Since graduating from the George Brown Theatre School, she has appeared at the Banff Centre for the Arts, the Citadel Theatre, Luminato, Summerworks, Cross-Currents and Rhubarb Festivals. Her most recent play Rock Me Sweet was staged in the spring 2010 Buzz festival at Passe-Muraille. Noa May is honoured to have delved into this piece alongside such inspiring artists. Upcoming: Noa May will be appearing in The Saddest Girl in the World at Summerworks.

Jennifer Jimenez
Select Projects: Future: The Last 15 Seconds, (MT Space and Magnetic North), My Name is Rachel Corrie (Tottering Biped Theatre), Asst Light Design for Africa Trilogy (Volcano Theatre and Luminato); Recently: Season’s of Immigration to the West (The MT Space), Judith Thompson’s Body and Soul (VANOC 2010); Past: The President (Shaw Festival) and various in UK with Circus Space, Bath International Puppetry Festival, and Arcola Theatre. Asst Light Design for Le Projet Anderson and The Buskers Opera (ExMachina); Co-founder of Aiding Dramatic Change in Development (; Training: BFA Theatre Design and BEd York University, MA in Devised Theatre, Central School of Speech and Drama, UK, Chalmers Recipient 

Jack Paterson
Jack is a Canadian director, dramaturg and actor. Credits include the site specific The Women of Troy (Candian Stage: Festival of Ideas and Creation), Artist in Residence (Centaur Theatre) and F. Garcia Lorca’s The Love of Don Perlimplin for Belisa in his Garden (Shaw Festival: Neil Munro Director’s Project).  He is the co-founder of award winning MD Theatre Collective for who he directed Coriolanus, the Vancouver Premieres of Shakespeare’s R&J and Titus Andronicus, the multi award nominated Julius Caesar and Vancouver’s first female Prospero in The Tempest.  Other directing credits include The Hobbit, The Odyssey (Carousel Theatre), Banana Boys (Firehall Arts Centre), He has performed in Vancouver with The Arts Club, Chemainus Theatre and was a regular performer in Savage God’s The Shakespeare Project. He was last seen in the roles of Hitler and Walt Disney in The Blue Light (Firehall).  Jack was most recently the Dramaturg for Carl Weber’s translation of Muller’s Macbeth: nach Shakespeare (Theatre Conspiracy) and Assistant Director to Roy Surette on Don Quixote (Arts Club/ Centaur/ Axis) and Micheline Chevrier on Champ de Mars: A Story of War (Imago).

Naomi Wright
Originally from Ottawa and having spent several years in Vancouver, Naomi is now based in Toronto.  Most recent credits include Bird Brain (Carousel Theatre), Othello, The Comedy of Errors, The Tempest, Titus Andronicus, The Taming of the Shrew, Romeo and Juliet (Bard on the Beach), Thy Neighbour’s Wife (TNW), Life Savers (Ruby Slippers), Absurd Person Singular (Arts Club), The Man Who Shot Chance Delaney, Island of Bliss (WCT), Stupidity (Theatre Conspiracy), Cat and Mouse [Sheep], The Dissociates (Sea Theatre), A Room of One’s Own (Uno).  In Toronto she is artistic associate with The National Theatre of the World and has performed with The Seventh Stage, Lab Cab, and The Festival of Ideas and Creation.  She will next be seen in Theatre Smash’s production of The Ugly One.  She holds a BFA from UBC and has been nominated for four Jessie Awards for performance.

Associate Artists Involved:

Kawa Ada: Choreographer
Educated at The Boston Conservatory, he has performed on stages in Canada and the US, including being cast in Bombay Dreams on Broadway. Other credits: Troilus and Cressida (Boston Publick Theatre); The Canny Afghani, his one-person show (Boston Centre for the Arts); Comedy of Errors, It’s a Wonderful Life (Canadian Stage); Mary’s Wedding, The Wizard of Oz (The Grand); and three seasons with The Shaw Festival. Recipient: Emerging Theatre Artist Award (Canadian Actors’ Equity). Currently working in the department of Student Community and Leadership Development at York University, Kawa is also a speaker on issues of diversity, inclusion, and motivation. He was born in Kabul, Afghanistan.

Melanie Janzen: Heccuba
Melanie has been with the Shaw Festival for the past four years and was a member of the Stratford Shakespeare Festival for seven seasons. She toured with the Livent/North American production of Show Boat, directed by Hal Prince. Selected credits: Phyllis Stone (Follies – concert version), Mrs. (Sunday In The Park With George), Chelsea (On Golden Pond), May Henning (The Affections of May), Norah Case (Wrong For Each Other), Lina Lamont (Singing In The Rain), Adelaide (Guys And Dolls), Annie (42nd Street), Jane Tate (It Runs In The Family).

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