Bob White, Jury Chair
Bob has been a dramaturg and director in the Canadian theatre for over 40 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 35 years, Micheline has had the good fortune of working across Canada as director, dramaturge, teacher and artistic director. She has directed at such theatres as the Shaw Festival, the National Arts Centre, the Citadel Theatre, Alberta Theatre Projects, the Globe Theatre, Prairie Theatre Exchange, Canadian Stage, Théâtre français de Toronto, Young People’s Theatre, Centaur Theatre, Geordie Productions, Imago Theatre, Theatre New Brunswick and for BeMe Theatre (Munich and Barcelona) among others. In addition, she has been, over those same years, Associate Artistic Director at Theatre New Brunswick, Associate Dramaturge at Playwrights Workshop Montreal, Associate Artist at Canadian Stage in Toronto and, from 1995 to 2000, the Artistic Director of the Great Canadian Theatre Company in Ottawa. Since 2013, Micheline has been the Artistic Director of Montreal’s Imago Theatre. She has also directed and taught at the National Theatre School, Concordia University, McGill University, York University, Dalhousie University and the University of Alberta.
Linda Gaboriau has been active in Canadian and Quebec theatre as a consultant, dramaturg and translator. She has translated some 60 plays, including the works of some of Quebec’s most prominent playwrights: Rene-Daniel Dubois, Michel Marc Bouchard, Normand Chaurette, Daniel Danis, and Michel Tremblay. Her other acclaimed translations include works by Marie-Claire Blais and Pierre Morency. She worked at Montreal’s Centre des auteurs dramatiques (CEAD), taught at the National Theatre School, was theatre critic for the Montreal Gazette, and hosted and produced radio shows for the CBC. She has twice won the Governor General’s Award for Translation, three Chalmers Awards, three Dora Mavor Moore Awards, the Jesse Richardson Award the 1999 Masque for Translation awarded by the Académie québécoise du theatre and the 2015 LAMBDA Drama Award. Linda was the founding director of the Banff International Literary Translation Centre and in 2015, 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. The co-founder and Artistic Director of Concrete Theatre, Mieko is working on a TYA play Consent,as well three adult plays: Makepeace, Mariam with Syrian refugee and playwright, Amena Shehab and Burning Mom.
Sarah Garton Stanley
Sarah is the National Arts Centre’s Associate Artistic Director of English Theatre, where she focuses on The Collaborations and The Cycle(s), and is the Interim Facilitator, Indigenous Theatre. She is Artistic Director and co-creator of SpiderWebShow.ca and is co-director for Selfconscious Theatre. 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 Artistic Director of Buddies in Bad Times, and over a 25-year award-winning career has enjoyed extended stays at the National Theatre School of Canada, Magnetic North Theatre Festival and Factory Theatre. 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, as well as the Advisory Committee for the Dan School of Drama and Music at Queen’s University, chairs the Patrick Conner Awards, and is newly appointed to the board of the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas. Sarah most recently directed Hannah Moscovitch’s Bunny at the Stratford Festival.