- Evan TsitsiasCo-Founder/Artistic Director
- Esther JunCo-Founder/Artistic Director
- Elif IşıközlüCo-Founder
- Andrew LambSteering Committee
- Heather CantSteering Committee
- Allegra FultonSteering Committee
- Donna Marie BarattaSteering Committee
- Shelly MeichenbaumSteering Committee
- Jen QuinnArtistic Associate 2019 -2020
Evan’s plays include Aftershock (Summerworks), The Murmuration of Starlings, Unstuck (Frank Theatre), and Strange Mary Strange which he also co-directed at Summerworks. His short film Bagged, aired on the CBC, WIFT, DC Shorts and NSI. As a founding member of the World Wide Lab, an international directors collective, he has spent the last decade traveling across the globe co-directing/co-writing/co-creating mostly site specific, immersive pieces at the Apollo Theatre in Greece, Irondale Center in New York, 435 Artzone in Taipei, Superior Theatre Festival in Thunder Bay and Teatro Due in Rome. In Germany he’s also co-created/directed/written I am Invisible (Bluespots Productions/Augsburg), Berlin Bound,My Berlin and We Are The Play (Sisyphos Der Flugelefant/English Theatre Berlin) for the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall at the Berlin Wall Memorial.
Selected directing credits: Strega Nona (Houston Grand Opera) First Dance (Impact/Aquarius/Grand Studio), A Misfortune (Next Stage), I Love You, You’re Perfect… Now Change (Angelwalk/Koogle), 25th Annual Putnam Spelling Bee (Koogle), staged reading of The Pride (w. Anthony Rapp/Fundamental Theatre Project-NY), Edges (Musical Stage), The Real Inspector Hound (Fordham University), The Silent City (Best of Fringe) The Mercy Seat (Alchemy), Burn This!, Don’t Tell Mama, Vampire Lesbians of Sodom (Buddies) Chandelierva (New York Fringe), Perfect Life (Alleyway Theatre- NY). He was a Directing Observer for The Wild Party starring Sutton Foster (Encores Series/NY City Centre). He has produced Homebody/Kabul (Dora Nomination) with Mercury Theatre, Pterodactyls (Tarragon), Talk Sixty To Me (Summerworks) and an Ontario Tour of Shirley Valentine.
Evan trained at York University, Sheridan College and has his Professional Training Certificate in Theatre of the Oppressed from London, England where he trained with Augusto Boal. He is a member of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab, Chicago Directors Lab, the Playwrights Guild of Canada, the Tarragon Playwright’s Unit and an Associate Member of the SDC and was a resident artist at Robert Wilson’s Watermill Center. He’s been nominated for a Dora Award, the John Hirsch Directing Prize, Tom Hendry Award, Herman Voaden National Playwriting Prize, two Broadwayworld Awards and a two time finalist for the Charles Abbott Directing Fellowship. He’s spent the last 6 years 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/Community Engagement Department, has been the Artistic Assistant for the company, and is Head of Acting for the Humphreys School of Music Theatre. He is currently the Artistic Director of Eclipse Theatre Company. Their inaugural production of Kiss of the Spider Woman garnered 6 Dora nominations and one win. His book, “The Director’s Lab” will be published in 2019 with Playwrights Canada Press. His work has been published in Germany, Canada and the USA. www.evantsitsias.com
ESTHER JUN originally trained as an actor in NYC and completed her directing degree at Drama Centre London in 2006. She was the Assistant Artistic Director at Tarragon Theatre from 2016-18. She was 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.
Selected Credits: The Promised Land (Soulpepper); The Gamblers and Pal Joey (Talk is Free Theatre); Theory (Tarragon); The Private Life Cabaret (Theatre ARTaud); Girls Like That (Tarragon); Amadeus (Talk is Free); 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). Co-director: Hiding Words (Eventual Ashes), Strange Mary Strange (Theatre on the Verge).
Elif Işıközlü directs for theatre, film and contemporary dance. Her short film series 4 ETUDES in the Key of Uncertainty merges camera, choreography, and occasionally Bach. 4 ETUDES screenings include: Dance on Camera New York, Video Danza Buenos Aires, Vo’Arte Lisbon, Dance Media Japan, FIFA Montreal, Worldwide Short Film Festival Toronto, Tiny Dance San Francisco and Golden Sheaf Best Experimental Short NomineeEtude II: LET GO featured in the Vancouver Olympics 2010 Cultural Olympiad Digital Edition. Theatre directing credits include Michel Ouellette’s Cercles Polaire (Zones Théatrâles), Arrabal’s Le Cimetière des voitures (Comédie des deux rives), pebbled multi-media installation, fFIDA Toronto and MFA Thesis production, Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas. She is a member of the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab New York, alumni of the Canadian Stage RBC Emerging Artist Director Development Residency Program, Canada Council and Ontario Arts Council grant recipient and co-founder of Directors Lab North, Toronto. Primary research interests include the nature of creativity and its manifestation at the crux of art, science and performance. http://elifisikozlu.com
Selected Work: Short film let go on the National Screen Institute website: http://www.nsi-canada.ca/2012/02/let-go/
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 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 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
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 has been a theatre educator for the past 18 years during which time she has directed and choreographed numerous plays and musicals. She is currently Assistant Curriculum Leader at Wexford Collegiate school for the Arts. Over the years, Shelly has had the honour of watching her students receive multiple honors for their participation in the Sears Ontario Drama Festival as well as earning top prize at Stratford Festival’s Shakespearean Challenge. Shelly has directed and assistant directed for Koogle Theatre Company at both the Burlington Performing Arts Centre as well as at North York Centre for the Arts. As a graduate of Sheridan College’s music theatre program, Shelly has enjoyed performing in Toronto and other parts of Ontario.
Artistic Associate 2019 -2020
Jen Quinn is a Montréal based Director, Dramaturg, Curator and Producer. Sholds a BFA in Theatre (Directing, Design and Production Management) from the University of Victoria. Hailing from the West Coast, she has done an array of work with a number of Victoria based theatre companies. While at UVic, she was given the opportunity to travel to Xalapa, Mexico where she worked as an assistant director for a play performed in Spanish. She produced, directed and designed an award winning show for the Victoria Fringe Festival. She also “did time” with William Head on Stage, a theatre company based out of a minimum security prison, where she taught a series of theatre workshops to inmates.
Since relocating to Montréal, Jen has collaborated with several local theatre companies. Her direction for Composite Theatre Co.’s I’m Not Here at SummerWorks 2016 earned her an Honourable Mention in the Canadian Stage Award for Direction. Jen had the honor of being a part of the Black Theatre Workshop’s Artist Mentorship Ensemble, through which she worked with Geordie Productions and Tableau D’Hôte Theatre. For four years, Jen was the Head Administrator of the Freestanding Room, where she founded, curated and produced the ShortStanding Festival of Short Performances. Jen joined the Imago Theatre team as Administrative & Artistic Assistant in 2016/17 and later directed The Penelopiad as a part of Imago’s Her Side of the Story : Revision to Resist; working with Imago has enriched Jen’s intersectional feminist art practice.
Jen is currently the President of the Board of Directors for MTL Clowns, the organization that produces Le Festival des Clowns de Montréal annually. Jen joined the Director’s Lab North team in 2018 as Artist Associate after having participated as a Labbie in 2015.