Bob White, Jury Chair
Bob has been a dramaturg and director in the Canadian theatre for over forty years, having played a significant role in the development of Canadian plays including the work of Paul Ledoux, George F. Walker, Brad Fraser, Eugene Stickland and Stephen Massicotte, among many others. In January of 2013, he was appointed Director of New Plays at the Stratford Festival after four seasons as a consulting director. At Stratford, Bob was dramaturg on Hannah Moscovitch’s Bunny, Olivier Kemeid’s The Aeneid, Kate Hennig’s The Last Wife, Michel Marc Bouchard’s Christina, The Girl King, John Murrell’s Taking Shakespeare and the Jillian Keiley productions of The Diary of Anne Frank and Alice Through the Looking Glass.
Bob was Artistic Director at Alberta Theatre Projects for nine years, where he headed the annual Enbridge playRites Festival of New Plays. He was Co-director at Banff Playwrights Colony (1997-2009), Artistic Director of Factory Theatre, Toronto, (1978-87) and Dramaturge, Playwrights Workshop Montreal (1975-78).
Bob has also directed more than 75 productions and has received eight nominations and three wins for Outstanding Direction at Calgary’s Betty Mitchell Awards. Other awards include membership in the Order of Canada, Honorary Doctor of Laws (LLD), University of Calgary, and The Diamond Jubilee Medal.
For over thirty-five years, Micheline has worked across Canada and abroad as a director, artistic director, dramaturge and teacher. As a director, she has worked at such theatres as The Shaw Festival, the National Arts Centre, Alberta Theatre Projects, l’UniThéâtre, Prairie Theatre Exchange, Manitoba Theatre Centre, Canadian Stage, Young People’s Theatre, Théâtre français de Toronto, the Centaur Theatre, Segal Centre, Geordie Productions, Imago Theatre, Theatre New Brunswick and BeMe Productions (Barcelona and Munich), among others.
Her directorial credits also include works by Molière, Shakespeare, Chekhov, Brecht, Caryl Churchill, Dario Fo as well as several Canadian playwrights such as Colleen Murphy, Wendy Lill, John Murrell, David French and Ann-Marie Macdonald, just to name a few. She has also directed several plays in translation by several Quebec playwrights, including Michel Tremblay, Michel Marc Bouchard, Jean–Marc Dalpé, François Archambault and Carole Fréchette.
From 1995 to 2000, Micheline was the Artistic Director of the Great Canadian Theatre Company in Ottawa, where she directed several new creations as well as several Canadian classics. She has also been Associate Artistic Director at Theatre New-Brunswick, Associate Dramaturge at Playwrights Workshop Montreal, and Associate Artist at Canadian Stage in Toronto. In July 2013, Micheline became Montreal’s Imago theatre’s Artistic and Executive Director.
Micheline presently teaches at the National Theatre School and has also directed and taught at Concordia University, McGill University, York University, Dalhousie University and University of Alberta among others.
Micheline has been nominated and received several awards for best direction including a Betty Mitchell Award (Calgary), a Capital Critics Awards (Ottawa), for Best Direction and Best Production, a Dora Mavor Moore Award (Toronto), and a METAward (Montreal).
Linda Gaboriau has translated some one hundred plays, including the works of some of Québec’s most prominent playwrights. Her translations of plays by Michel Marc Bouchard, Normand Chaurette, Daniel Danis, Evelyne de la Chenelière, Jasmine Dubé, René-Daniel Dubois, Michel Garneau, Gratien Gélinas, Jovette Marchessault, Wajdi Mouawad and Michel Tremblay have been published and widely produced across Canada and abroad. She has twice won the Governor General’s Award for Translation (in 1996, for her translation of Stone and Ashes by Daniel Danis and in 2010, for Forests by Wajdi Mouawad). Other awards for her translations of plays by Michel Marc Bouchard, Normand Chaurette and Michel Tremblay include three Chalmers Awards and two Dora Mavor Moore Awards (Toronto), the Jesse Richardson Award (Vancouver), the 1999 Masque for Translation awarded by the Académie québécoise du theatre and the 2015 LAMBDA Drama award for Tom at the Farm, her translation of Tom à la ferme by Michel Marc Bouchard. Most recently, her translations of plays by Michel Marc Bouchard have been seen at the Shaw Festival and the Stratford Shakespeare Festival. Linda has also worked as a free-lance journalist and broadcaster; she has a longstanding association with Montreal’s Centre des auteurs dramatiques (CeAD) where she directed the play development programme and coordinated numerous translation and international exchange activities. From 2002 to 2007, she was the founding director of the Banff International Literary Translation Centre. In 2015 she was named a member of the Order of Canada.
Mieko Ouchi is an actor, writer, and director working in theatre and film/TV. Her plays The Red Priest (Eight Ways To Say Goodbye), The Blue Light, The Dada Play, Nisei Blue and I Am For You have been finalists for the 4 Play Series at The Old Vic in London, the Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama, the Gwen Pharis Ringwood Award and the City of Edmonton Book Prize, winning the Carol Bolt Award. Her documentary, narrative and experimental films have played over 30 festivals and aired internationally. Mieko is a co-founder and Artistic Director of Concrete Theatre, a TYA touring company for whom she writes, directs and dramaturgs. She is currently completing a new adult play called Makepeace, which has received support from the Citadel Playwrights Forum, the Banff Centre and the Stratford Festival, starting a TYA commission for Concrete about sexual consent and co-writing a one woman play with a Syrian refugee and playwright, Amena Shehab, called Mariam. She is also starting to dig into Burning Mom, a new one woman play about her mom’s intrepid journey to Burning Man with the support of Workshop West Playwrights’ Theatre and the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre.
Sarah Garton Stanley
Sarah Garton Stanley makes new work, directs plays, and acts dramaturgically on most things, originally from Montréal she now lives between Kingston and the rest of Canada. At Canada’s National Arts Centre, she is the Associate Artistic Director, English Theatre, where she focusses on The Collaborations and The Cycle(s), and is the Interim Facilitator, Indigenous Theatre. Sarah is Artistic Director and co-creator of SpiderWebShow and is co-director for Selfconscious Theatre in Toronto with Michael Rubenfeld. She co-founded The Baby Grand, in Kingston, co-created Women Making Scenes in Montreal, and Die in Debt Theatre in Toronto. Sarah is a former AD of Buddies in Bad Times, co-helmed the Directing Program at The National Theatre School of Canada, and was Associate Artist with both The Magnetic North Theatre Festival in Ottawa and Factory Theatre in Toronto. Over a 25-year award winning career, Sarah has directed work from coast to coast, most recently Hannah Moscovitch’s Bunny at The Stratford Festival, premiering Selfconscious Theatre’s We Keep Coming Back in Krakow, Poland and the Ashkenaz Festival in Toronto. Sarah was associate director on Stan Douglas’ Helen Lawrence, a live film noir project that has played in New York, Toronto, Vancouver, Munich. Edinburgh and Antwerp. Next she will direct Brad Fraser’s Kill Me Now in a RMTC and NAC co-pro. Sarah studied at École Jacques Lecoq, the Vancouver Film School and received her BA and MA from Queens University. She is the recipient of the Elliot Hayes Award for excellence in dramaturgy, is on the 2016-17 Season Advisory Panel for York University’s Theatre Arts performance season, is on the Advisory Committee for the Dan School of Drama and Music at Queen’s, chairs the Patrick Conner Awards, and is newly appointed to the LMDA board.