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 Variations, Interrupted 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 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).
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.