Playwright, theatre director and journalist. Arthur Milner enjoys a long association with Ottawa’s Great Canadian Theatre Company (GCTC), where he was resident playwright and artistic director. His published plays include Masada, Zero Hour, Learning to Live with Personal Growth, Crusader of the World and It’s Not a Country, It’s Winter. His play, Facts, opened at GCTC in 2010, toured the West Bank and Israel (in Arabic), ran in London, U.K., for a month, and was produced by the acclaimed Semaver Kumpanya in Istanbul (in Turkish). In May 2014 at GCTC, he directed the world premiere of George F. Walker’s The Burden of Self-Awareness. He is a featured columnist with Inroads, the Canadian Journal of Opinion. He shares his time between the National Capital Region, and Toronto.
Robert Bockstael is known to millions as the sociopathic Corporal Brian Fletcher from his years on CBC’s North of 60. He is also much loved for his portrayals of Jim Flett on Sullivan’s Wind at My Back and Mr. Dupree on Disney’s Famous Jett Jackson. During his 35 years in the industry, Robert has worked as an actor in theatres across Canada. He is also a director, and was Associate to the Artistic Director of GCTC in Ottawa and a founding member of the New Theatre of Ottawa. He has been a leading actor in 7 television series and dozens of films, and has provided voices for numerous animated series. Mr. Bockstael makes his home in Ottawa and is an Artistic Associate at The Acting Company. He is currently at work on his first novel.
Martin’s design credits include Sister Judy (Arts Club, Vancouver), Moss Park (Green Thumb, Vancouver), The Burden of Self Awareness (GCTC, Ottawa), Facts (at GCTC and then nine cities in Palestine and Israel), Big Mama (NAC, Ottawa, and Belfry, Victoria), Orfeo (Lithuanian State Opera), Happy Days (Neptune Theatre), and Cranked (New York City). As a theatre/lighting consultant he has designed theatres for GCTC, the Canadian Aviation Museum, Algonquin College, and Ottawa’s Arts Court redevelopment. Recent architectural lighting includes Roy Thomson and Massey Halls in Toronto and the Canadian Embassy in Paris. With RH Thomson, he co-created “Vigil 1914-1918,” seen across Canada and in England and Belgium. He lives in Ottawa, where his company MCLD (www.mcld.ca) is based.
Maureen is a dramaturge, translator and teacher. She has coordinated play development programs at the Banff Centre for the Arts, the Centre des auteurs dramatiques (CEAD) in Montreal, the National Arts Centre (Ottawa) and Playwrights Workshop Montreal. She was Literary Manager in charge of play development at The Shaw Festival for three seasons. In recent years, she has worked as guest dramaturge at the Playwrights Theatre Centre’s Winter Retreat in Vancouver and at the Saskatchewan Playwrights Centre’s Spring Festival held in Saskatoon. In October 2015, she will be guest dramaturge at Pat the Dog’s play development conference, “Creating Theatre in Northern Ontario.” Maureen has translated more than 35 Quebec plays and has taught at the National Theatre School of Canada since the mid-90s. She lives in Montreal.
Sue Fijalkowska has been designing costumes for theatre, film and television for more than 30 years. She has worked extensively for the National Arts Centre English Theatre and the Great Canadian Theatre Company, and for the New Theatre of Ottawa and the University of Ottawa; and for many of the Ottawa area’s major film producers, including Sound Venture Productions, Slalom Productions and Zed Filmworks.
Jenny Salisbury is a Toronto-based theatre director and devisor currently pursuing a Ph.D. in community-engaged theatre at the University of Toronto. Her focus is on audience impact, and how performance opens personal spaces into the large social and political problems our time. She holds an MA in Text and Performance from RADA and King’s College, London, and is a graduate of the joint acting program at Sheridan College and the University of Toronto. Past projects include directing the U.K. premier of Judith Thompson’s Enoch Arden in the Hope Shelter, producing Nostos: Encounters with the Open Program, with the Workcentre of Jerzy Grotowski and Thomas Richards at UofT, and working with Common Boots Theatre (a.k.a. Theatre Columbus) on community outreach and the Devising Lab.