Board of Directors

The range of expertise, diversity and enthusiasm for the development of Canadian theatre in our Board of Directors makes it a very supportive and effective governing body. NINE dedicated members — among them playwrights, artists and members of the community — contribute their vision and talent to making PWM an inclusive and imaginative space for discovery.
Playwrights' Workshop Montréal Board of Director_Naïma Krystel Phillips

NAÏMA KRISTEL PHILLIPS
PRESIDENT

Based in Tiohtià:ke/Montréal, Naïma is a playwright, librettist, and stage director with more than 15 years of experience in the cultural and nonprofit sectors. She is committed to finding innovative and emergent ways of fostering meaningful dialogue and portraying our shared human experience. She directed and co-created High Z, an international collaboration of artists and astrophysicists exploring the 2011 Nobel Prize-winning discovery of the accelerating universe. As a concept writer, she collaborated with scenographer Julie Vallée-Léger and GSM Project on the critically-acclaimed “Life of Sally Hemings” exhibit at Monticello. A recipient of the Mécénat Musica Prix 3 Femmes, the Gloria Mitchell-Aleong Award, and the Shubert Presidential Fellowship, her works have been presented across Canada, France, and the United States. She holds an MFA in Playwriting from Columbia University.

Portrait of Caroline Bélair in black and white

CAROLINE BÉLAIR
VICE PRESIDENT

Caroline is a lawyer whose practice focuses on litigation and dispute resolution. Prior to entering the legal profession, Caroline studied biology and worked as a project manager for a land conservation organization. Caroline enjoys supporting the arts and attending theatre performances in her spare time.

Corrina Hodgson

CORRINA HODGSON
VICE PRESIDENT

Corrina (she/her) is a Queer and disabled playwright and dramaturg with a passion for nontraditional story structure. Raised in Toronto, Corrina had the good fortune of being on writing units at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre and Nightwood Theatre before obtaining her MFA in Creative Writing at UBC. She has been playwright in residence at the University of Lethbridge and her work has been produced across Canada and in the US, as well as on CBC Radio One. She is the co-creator and Artistic Producer of The Rose Festival, Montreal’s multidisciplinary festival for Queer Creators.

NAHKA BERTRAND
SECRETARY

Nahka is the daughter of a Dene father and Québécois mother. She was raised under a midnight sky in the Northwest Territories, and near the river in Lévis, Québec. Today, she lives in Montreal, where she’s studied modern languages, theatre, English Literature, Creative Writing, and Journalism. She has been involved with the Indigenous community in Montreal through her artistic practices in writing, song, and theatre, and through her work for over fifteen years. She drums and sings with Odaya, a non-profit organization that brings awareness to the wider public and gives back to the Indigenous community in Montreal.

Playwrights' Workshop Montréal Board of Director_Tiffanie Guffroy

TIFFANIE GUFFROY
TREASURER

Having lived in more than five different countries in the past 15 years, Tiffanie has gained a wide range of academic and professional experiences in the cultural field. She is currently Partnership Manager for a non-profit social innovation organization called Exeko, whose mission is to create social transformation through culture and the arts. Tiffanie would like to contribute her bit to society by doing what she does best: project management and fundraising. Tiffanie has learned from the best at the National Theatre School of Canada, through managing and fundraising for the program Theatre Engaging Communities. Tiffanie is also a musician and a theatre lover, and has directed two plays. Although this wasn’t enough to make a living, it helped her to understand those who make theatre the heart of their lives!

Portrait of Géraldine Émile in black and white

GÉRALDINE ÉMILE
DIRECTOR

Geraldine is a lawyer currently working in the financial field with an extensive experience in Compliance and Estate law. She possesses a Bachelor’s in Law along with a Masters in Common Law and International Law from Sherbrooke University. Raised in Haiti, from a young age, Geraldine has always had a passion for the arts and has practiced various types such as learning to play the piano and various styles of dancing. One of her most recent art-related projects consisted of organizing of a photo exhibition showcasing the island of Haiti and it’s culture and beauty. On her spare times she enjoys running, boxing and attending plays, opera and ballet shows. She has also participated in interactive seminars to develop her public speaking skills

Playwrights' Workshop Montréal Board of Director_Jason Poirier Lavoie

JASON POIRIER LAVOIE
DIRECTOR

Jason is a Manager of Corporate Services at Aviation Strategies International, an international aerospace consulting firm based out of Montreal. He has formerly served in the Canadian Armed Forces as a Military Engineer. Coming from the aviation industry, Jason has worked in ground handling operations at Air Canada, and as a Technologist for the CSeries team at Bombardier Aerospace. Jason holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science with distinction from Concordia University and a degree in Aircraft Maintenance from l’École nationale d’aerotechnique, Saint Hubert Campus of Collège Édouard-Montpetit. He is a licensed private pilot, as well as the Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM), and Professional Administrator (P.Adm.).

Playwrights' Workshop Montréal Board of Director_ Elisabet Ràfols

ELISABET RÀFOLS-SAGUÉS
DIRECTOR

Elisabet Ràfols is a Catalan literary translator, and director of the Canadian theatre company Tant per Tant, devoted to creating complicities for a playwrighting exchange between Canada and Catalonia that favours women’s voices.