Jonathan Seinen is a playwright, actor and director, and co-founder of Emergency Architect Theatre. Directing credits include: Christmas Ham(let) (Swallow-a-Bicycle, Calgary), The Red Devil by Indrit Kasapi (SummerWorks 2008, Outstanding Direction – NOW Magazine), The Curative by Thom Bryce (pivotal arts theatre) and Shutter by Rob Kempson (Alumnae Theatre). He has directed university productions of The Visit and 4.48 Psychosis. As assistant director: Forever Yours, Marie-Lou with Sarah Stanley (Centaur) and The Madwoman of Chaillot with Jason Byrne (George Brown College).  Acting highlights include: Rory Boy in Maggie-Now: Part 1 (Workshop West Canoe Festival), Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing and Friar Lawrence in Romeo & Juliet (Theatre Prospero, Edmonton), Firs in The Cherry Orchard (NTS), Aristarkh in The Suicide (NTS), and Orlando in the queer re-imagining of Shakespeare’s comedy, You Like It. (Montréal Fringe and SummerWorks 2006).  Playwriting credits: Invisible Things (2009 10 Days of Madness 24HR Playwriting Competition Winner), Unknown Pleasures (Sage Theatre, Calgary 2008), Regeneration (NextFest 2004), and [ice land] (Walterdale Theatre 2003, recently published in Hot Thespian Action!). Jonathan is a graduate of the University of Alberta and the National Theatre School.

ROB SALERNO- Literary Consultant

Rob Salerno is a Toronto-born writer and theatre artist who has studied and worked his craft all over Canada. Salerno completed an MA in Drama at University of Toronto and a Joint-Hon. BA (English/Political Science) at McGill University, and has studied acting at the Lyric School for Acting, Theatresports, and the Impatient Theatre Company. His first play, Balls!, toured the Canadian Fringe Festival circuit, winning rave reviews and multiple awards, including Best New Play (Hamilton Fringe), Best Original Production (London Fringe), Patron’s Pick (Ottawa Fringe), and the Lionel Shapiro Award for Creative Writing. He recently completed a residency at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre’s Young Creators Unit, where he created the solo show Fucking Stephen Harper: How I Sexually Assaulted the 22nd Prime Minister of Canada and Where It Got Me, which debuted at the 2009 Rhubarb Festival.  Salerno is also an accomplished journalist, whose articles have appeared in several magazines across Canada.

BEKAH McNEIL- Designer/Stage Manager

Bekah McNeil graduated from Stanford University with a degree in playwriting, where she was awarded the Douglas A. Russell Award for Design for lighting.  Her original work has been staged in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she also directed, designed, and produced for various independent companies.  After working with Anna Deavere Smith in the development of two recently debuted projects in New Haven, Phoenix and New York, she worked as a designer and stage manager for numerous projects in New York, Philadelphia, Minneapolis and Los Angeles, with upcoming projects in New Orleans and Toronto.

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