John Van Burek, Jury Chair 2014, has worked as a director, teacher and translator, in both English and French, for over forty years. He is the founder and Artistic Director of Toronto’s Pleiades Theatre, a company which produces plays from languages and cultures other than English, and he was founding Artistic Director of Théâtre français de Toronto. He has taught at the National Theatre School, Ryerson, York, Carnegie Mellon in the US and in England. He has translated over 60 plays, including major works by Michel Tremblay, Marivaux and Goldoni. Over the years, John has received a Chalmers Award, the Toronto Drama Bench Award, l’Ordre de la Pléiade de la Francophonie, a Queen’s Jubilee Medal and the Silver Ticket Award from the Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts. John sits on the Board of the Toronto Arts Council and is an Associate Member of the Michaëlle Jean Foundation. He is currently preparing his production of Suzanne Lebeau’s The Sound of Cracking Bones (English premiere)/Le bruit des os qui craquent, which will be at Theatre Passe-Muraille in Toronto in February 2015.