Michael Rubenfeld, Co-Creator and Performer
Michael Rubenfeld is an acclaimed theatre artist originally from Winnipeg and now residing in Toronto. He is a Dora Award-nominated performer and has worked on stages across the country and in parts of the United States. He is also a playwright, and prolific theatre director, including directing his Dora-nominated play, My Fellow Creatures for Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, and the premiere of Hannah Moscovitch’s Essay at the Factory Theatre. Michael has served as Artistic Producer of the SummerWorks Performance Festival since 2008 where he launched the SummerWorks Music Series, now a cultural staple of downtown Toronto, and initiated the SummerWorks Leadership Intensive Program, a training intensive for emerging theatre-arts professionals with a focus on the business of the arts. Michael has been called “one of Toronto’s most interesting men of the theatre” by the Globe and Mail’s Paula Citron. He is a contributor to the Huffington Post Canada, and a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada.
Sarah Garton Stanley, Co-Creator and Director
Sarah is a Montreal born and raised theatre-maker and director, now living between Kingston and Ottawa, Ontario. She is a champion of new plays and new voices, and has made work right across Canada in pursuit of this passion. Sarah founded her first theatre company, The Baby Grand, in Kingston, in 1985 and went on from there to co-create Women Making Scenes, in Montreal, and Die in Debt in Toronto, a company that became synonymous with groundbreaking, large canvas site-specific work. Sarah is a co-founder of The Harold Awards and went onto become the first and only female Artistic Director of Buddies in Bad Times Theatre in Toronto. Sarah has been an Associate Director at The Factory Theatre and the inaugural Associate Artist at The Magnetic North Theatre Festival as well as Co-Director of The Directing Program at The National Theatre of Canada. Sarah has been nominated or won several awards including four Dora Mavor Moore Awards and The Siminovitch Award for Directing. Sarah is presently teaching at Concordia University and Queen’s University. She is also an MA candidate in Cultural Studies at Queen’s. Sarah was recently appointed to the positions of Associate Artistic Director of The National Arts Centre – English Theatre.
Andrew Penner, Composer
Andrew Penner has performed as an actor and musician at the Stratford Festival, Soulpepper Theatre, CanStage, The Theatre Centre, and many others. A composer and sound designer as well, Andrew’s music has been featured in such films as Small Town Murder Scenes, One Week, Cooking With Stella, This Beautiful City, the television series, Lost Girl and several others. He has also created music and sound design and scored several theatrical productions. His band, Sunparlour Players, has toured all over Canada and recorded 3 albums: Hymns For the Happy (2007), Wave North (2009), and Us Little Devils (2011). Andrew is a graduate of Ryerson Theatre School. He is currently collaborating on several other records, films and plays. Andrew is often making noise.
Evelyn Tauben, Producer
Evelyn Tauben is a producer, curator and writer based in Toronto and originally from Montreal. With an MA in Art History from the Tyler School of Art, she has worked at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, and the National Museum of American History. For nearly a decade, she has produced a range of multi-disciplinary performances and arts happenings ranging from literary events, theatre, screenings, cultural conversations, and major world music concerts featuring internationally acclaimed musicians. Having collaborated with an impressive slate of arts luminaries from around the world, Evelyn is especially committed to promoting the work of emerging artists, supporting daring art that sparks conversation and bolstering innovative culture in Canada. Evelyn also serves on the board of acclaimed Toronto contemporary dance company, Kaeja d’Dance.
Caitlin Murphy, Associate Producer
Caitlin is a Montreal-based writer, director and filmmaker. She has written numerous plays, several as commissions and others that she has self-produced. These include two successful one-woman shows that she also performed in – The ‘O’ Show and Meconium / Montreal – as well as other plays Civil, Fruits Unheard Of and Ladies Room. Her first film, Flushing Lacan, won the Jury’s Award at the Montreal ACTRA Short Film Festival in 2010, and her second, TOAST, won the same award in 2011. Caitlin has served as playwright-in-residence at the Grand Theatre, and has a Master’s Degree in English from the University of Western Ontario. She writes for a film review blog (www.fruitsunheardof.blogspot.com) and is currently directing and producing a documentary called, Good Hands: the story of Copper’s Guitar.