Directors Lab North


team

Evan
Esther
Elif
Andrea
Andrew
Heather
Allegra Fulton
Donna Marie Baratta
Shelly Meichenbaum
evan tsitsias | co-founder/artistic director

Evan has written Aftershock (Summerworks), The Murmuration of Starlings, Unstuck (Frank Theatre Company –Vancouver), and written/co-directed Strange Mary Strange (Summerworks - Oustanding Direction/Production/Ensemble -NOW Magazine). His short film Bagged, aired on the CBC, WIFT, DC Shorts and NSI. In Europe, he has co-directed/co-written I am Invisible (published - Bluespots Productions/Augsburg), Berlin Bound and We Are The Story (Sisyphos Der Flugelefant/English Theatre Berlin) and co-directed Lion in The Streets (Teatro Due) in Rome and Echo at the Apollo Theatre in Greece. He has co-created/directed the devised pieces, A Voice in the Dark and Fear Knot for Ryerson University and The Breakfast VariationsInterrupted and Grarya for WWL at Irondale Center in New York.

Other directing credits include First Dance (Albania/Impact Festival/Theatre Aquarius/Grand Theatre), A Misfortune (Next Stage Festival), I Love You, You're Perfect... Now Change (Angelwalk/Koogle; Broadwayworld Nomination - Best Director), a reading of The Pride (w. Anthony Rapp/Fundamental Theatre Project-NY), Edges (Acting Up Stage), The Real Inspector Hound and The Mousetrap (Fordham University), Wedding (Irondale- NY), The Silent City (Best of Fringe) The Mercy Seat (Alchemy), Burn This!, Don’t Tell Mama, Vampire Lesbians of Sodom (Buddies In Bad Times) Chandelierva (New York Fringe), Perfect Life (Alleyway Theatre- NY), Kiss Me Kate, Anne of Green Gables, Cabaret, Footloose, Joseph…Dreamcoat, Les Miz (School Edition) and several Summer stock productions. He’s also completed a Directing Observership for The Wild Party starring Sutton Foster for the Encores Series at the New York City Centre. He has produced Homebody/Kabul (Dora Nomination) with Mercury Theatre at Berkeley St. Theatre, Pterodactyls (Tarragon), Talk Sixty To Me (Summerworks) and an Ontario Tour of Shirley Valentine.

Evan has trained at York University, Sheridan College and has his Professional Training Certificate in Theatre of the Oppressed from London, England. He is a member of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab, Chicago Directors Lab, the Playwrights Guild of Canada and the Tarragon Playwright’s Unit. He was also a resident artist at Robert Wilson's Watermill Center in the Hamptons, where he co-created the World Wide Lab, an annual international Director's Festival based in New York. He’s been nominated for the John Hirsch Directing Prize, the Tom Hendry Award, the Herman Voaden National Playwriting Prize and was a finalist for the Charles Abbott Directing Fellowship. He is currently a resident artist at Theatre Under the Stars in Houston Texas, where he’s directed “James and the Giant Peach” at Miller Outdoor Theatre, works as an Associate in the Education Department and is on the Faculty of the Humphreys School of Music Theatre for the company. Evan just returned from Taiwan where he co-created/co-directed a piece for the 435 Artzone in Taipei. www.evantsitsias.com


esther jun | co-founder/artistic director

ESTHER JUN originally trained as an actor in NYC and completed her directing degree at Drama Centre London in 2006. Recently, she was Assistant Director on John Gabriel Borkman at the Stratford Festival, as part of the 2016 Michael Langham Workshop for Classical Direction, and was the 2015 Neil Munro Intern Director at the Shaw Festival. She is a member of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab 2010, and a founding member of Directors Lab North. Esther is also the Assistant Artistic Director at Tarragon Theatre.

Selected Credits: Director: The Last Wife (The Belfry & GCTC); Tales from Folks-Laos & Mongolia (Soulpepper); Rococo (Shaw Festival); And Now, The End (Ante Up); Bremen Rock City (Song Trolley); Cowboy Mouth (Heart In Hand); Yellow Face (Hart House), Trout Stanley (Heart in Hand) Fear & Misery of the Third Reich (DeusXM), First Hand Woman (Fire Up Productions); workshops of Theory (Queens/Soulpepper); Trident Moon (Nightwood); Calpurnia (Nightwood); Abigail’s Mirror (World Wide Lab/ Irondale Brooklyn), Intent City (Eventual Ashes). Co-director: Hiding Words (Eventual Ashes), Strange Mary Strange (Theatre on the Verge).


elif isiközlü | co-founder

Director Elif Işıközlü most recent work ETUDES: 4 Dance Shorts merges camera, choreography, and occasionally Bach. The ETUDES have screened internationally including Dance on Camera New York, Video Danza Buenos Aires, CFC Worldwide Shorts, Tiny Dance San Francisco, InShadow Lisbon and Chicago International Movies & Music, with let go nominated for a Golden Sheaf Best Experimental Short at Yorkton. Theatre directing credits include Fernando Arrabal’s Le Cimetière des voitures (Comédies des Deux Rives), Michel Ouellette’s Cercles Polaire (Magnetic North & Zones Théatrâles), assisting with Peter Hinton (Artistic Director, National Arts Centre) and David Danzon (Artistic Director, CORPUS). She is a Canada Council and Ontario Arts Council grant recipient, Vancouver 2010 Cultural Olympiad Digital Edition featured artist and member of the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab, New York. She holds an MA Dance Studies (Laban Center London, UK) and an MFA Directing, Theatre (University of Ottawa).

matthew tiffin | artistic associate

Matthew Tiffin is a multi-award winning artistic director, director, actor and published author. Originally from Ottawa, Matthew trained and worked as a young artist in New York and London. His work has been seen in Edinburgh, Montreal, Quebec City, Stratford, Toronto and Nova Scotia, with such companies as The Segal Centre, New Classical Theatre Festival, The Stratford Festival, Neptune and Thousand Islands Playhouse. He was the Artistic Director of Gravy Bath Productions in Montreal, Artistic Producer of Ship's Company Theatre in Nova Scotia, and is the new Artistic Director at the Hudson Village Theatre in Hudson, QC.

Matthew has won several awards for his work, including three Montreal English Critics' Circle Awards for Best Independent Production, one for Revelation, one for Distinction, and two for Best Director.

andrew lamb | steering committee

A graduate of Concordia University, ANDREW LAMB trained as a director with Mike Alfreds at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London, England, and is currently the Director of Education and Outreach at Tarragon Theatre. Andrew is the Artistic Director of Theatre Awakening and was part of the 2009 Director's Lab at the Lincoln Center Theater in New York.

Selected directing credits include Driving Miss Daisy (Stirling Festival Theatre), BURIED (Next Stage 2010), My Mother’s Lesbian Jewish Wiccan Wedding (Mirvish/Fringe Festival 2009), In Darfur (SummerWorks 2008), The Drawer Boy, The Tempest, A Midsummer Night's Dream (Georgian Theatre Festival), Desperate Housepets (Montreal and Toronto Fringe Festivals 2006), After Juliet (Lorraine Kimsa Theatre for Young People), Just So Stories, The Balloon Tree (KidsVenue - Toronto Fringe Festival), WASPS (Hart House Theatre / U of T) and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (Heritage Theatre).

Andrew has also worked as an arts educator for Soulpepper, the Canadian Stage Company, Words In Motion, Shakespearience, the Sears Ontario Drama Festival and over a decade at LKTYP's Drama School.

heather cant | steering committee

Heather is an accomplished theatre practitioner who has worked as an actor, director, playwright, and producer in BC for the past 18 years. She is a graduate of Gastown Actors’ Studio, and the Advanced Arts & Entertainment Management program at Capilano University. Continued training is a consistent pursuit and she has been fortunate to have attended Directors Lab North, and the inaugural years of both the Arts Club Actors’ Intensive and the Masterclass of Canada’s National Voice Intensive. Directing credits include: The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood, The Last of the Dragons (Project X); The House at Pooh Corner, The Velveteen Rabbit, Masterpiece Theatre: Redux (WCT), Penned (Burnt Candle Productions); Simple Machines (Upintheair), Associate Director: Don't Dress For Dinner (WCT/Thousand Islands Playhouse/Gateway) Assistant Director: The Comedy of Errors, Peter and the Starcatcher, Educating Rita, Christmas Story, Noises Off, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Wit (WCT), The Rocky Horror Show, Twelfth Night (Project X); Alan and the Unbearable Lightness of Quarks (Upintheair). Heather is a former Artistic Producer for Project X Theatre, and A Defiant Theatre Company. She is currently the Associate Artistic Director of Western Canada Theatre.

allegra fulton | steering committee

Allegra Fulton is an award-winning actress and one of Canada’s most celebrated artists. Her professional life began at a young age and has led to work with extraordinary people in Europe, the US and Canada, garnering numerous awards and extensive critical praise. Known to audiences for her portrayals of outsiders, iconoclasts, and dangerous women, Allegra has received glowing reviews in leading roles in major theatres across Canada and the US including the Stratford Shakespeare Festival and SoulPepper Theatre, The National Arts Centre, Canadian Stage, Tarragon Theatre, Theatre Passe Muraille, Buddies in Bad Times, Soho Rep and A Noise Within, among many others. Her solo tour-de-force and haunting portrayal of Frida Kahlo in FRIDA K. by Gloria Montero, led to a Dora Award as well as multiple award nominations and international acclaim in Mexico City, Toronto, across Canada and in New York City, where the Village Voice hailed her work as “ One of the most extraordinary performances on the New York stage.” Ms. Fulton has also been nominated for ACTRA and Gemini awards for her work on screen and won a Genie award for The Hangman’s Bride in which she stars and shares a writing credit. In 2010 Ms. Fulton was called a “National Treasure” by the NOW Magazine.

Her directing work has been in tandem with her acting career, and credits include: ALADDIN AND HIS MAGICAL LAMP for Crows theatre, OH YA and THE DOCTOR IS IN, 2 plays by Ken Garnhum at the Tarragon Spring Arts fair, PORN SHOP and BOOB SOUP, by Emma Roberts at Rhubarb Festival, Buddies in Bad Times and a third by Roberts, EXCELLENCE, ONTARIO, which was workshopped and performed for the On the Verge Festival at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. After playing leads in several of Michel Tremblay’s great works, she feels fortunate to have directed a production of his JOHNNY MANGANO AND HIS ASTONISHING DOGS which played in Toronto and then toured to St. John’s Fringe Festival. Another great honour was directing Yanna Macintosh in her very personal one woman play TRACE at the Toronto Fringe Festival which was “TOP PICK” of the Fringe Festival. Fulton recently returned from Europe, where she directed the Catalan premiere of LA LLISTA, (Jennifer Tremblay’s Governor General’s Award winning monologue that Fulton premiered in English as an actress in Toronto) at the prestigious Teatre Lliure in Barcelona, co-produced with La Brutal and starring the wonderful Spanish actress Laia Marull where it was universally acclaimed in the press and held over by popular demand.


donna marie baratta | steering committee

Donna Marie Baratta is the Founder and Artistic Director of Superior Theatre Festival in Thunder Bay, Ontario. She is a director, choreographer, producer, dramaturg, educator and performer. She is also a core artist of [elephants] collective. Donna Marie’s career has taken her across Canada, the US and to Europe working in dance, drama, musical theatre, opera, and film. She has an MFA in Directing from the University of Alberta and has been a passionate Arts educator for the last 16 years at Cardinal Carter Academy for the Arts. Selected credits include girls! girls! girls! (SummerWorks 2013), Medea (Studio Theatre), Living with Henry (Best of Fringe, Next Stage and NYMF 2012), The Murmuration of Starlings (New Works Festival), How I Learned to Drive (U of A), Death and the Maiden, Fool for Love (Playwright’s Project), Strange Mary Strange (SummerWorks 2011), Aftershock (SummerWorks 2010), Candide, Night Wings (STF 2016), A Wake for Lost Time (SummerWorks 2015) and Gone for a Dance (Samsa Films). She is a proud inaugural member of Directors Lab North, a member of Actors Equity, and a Past-President of CODE.

shelly meichenbaum | steering committee

Recently, Shelly was associate producer for Present Danger Productions' summerworks show, Girls!Girls!Girls!, and assistant director for Angelwalk Theatre’s production of I Love You You’re Perfect now Change. As a high school drama teacher, she has directed numerous plays and musicals. Her production of Eurydice received several awards as part of the Sears Ontario Drama Festival. Also her students’ work in A Midsummer Night’s Dream earned first prize at the Stratford Festival of Canada Challenge. As a graduate of Sheridan’s Music Theatre Program, she has performed in various plays and musicals in Toronto and parts of Ontario.