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.
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NAÏMA KRISTEL PHILLIPS
PRESIDENT

Naïma is a playwright, librettist, and stage director committed to finding innovative ways to portray human existence. A recipient of the Mécénat Musica Prix 3 Femmes, the Gloria Mitchell-Aleong Award, and the Shubert Presidential Fellowship, she was in the 2014-2016 Interdisciplinary Unit at Playwrights’ Workshop Montréal. She is currently directing the creation of High Z, an immersive performance exploring the 2011 Nobel Prize-winning discovery of the accelerating universe. Naïma is also writing the libretto for an opera with composer Margareta Jeric. Her playwriting credits include Birthday Triage (Horace Mann Theater), My Artichoke Heart (Dream Up Festival), and Night Spell (Nextfest). Naïma practised vocal performance and choreographic theatre at Pantheatre and the Roy Hart Centre. She holds an MFA in Playwriting from Columbia University.

Playwrights' Workshop Montréal Board of Director_Tiffanie Guffroy

TIFFANIE GUFFROY
VICE-PRESIDENT

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!

Playwrights' Workshop Montréal Board of Director_Caroline Lin

CAROLINE LIN
VICE-PRESIDENT & TREASURER

Caroline is a Chartered Professional Accountant with over 15 years of experience in finance, accounting and management. She is currently Senior Director of Financial Strategy and Partnerships at the Pierre Elliot Trudeau Foundation. Prior experience includes various management and analyst roles in financial reporting, business planning, audit and consulting at DAVIDsTEA, Novartis and Deloitte Canada and Australia. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Graduate Diploma in Chartered Accountancy from the John Molson School of Business of Concordia University, as well as a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from HEC Montreal. Caroline’s interest in theatre and the arts date from her time at FACE School, and she continues to pursue these interests today.

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AMIR SÁM NAKHJAVANI
VICE-PRESIDENT

Amir is an artist and erstwhile lawyer. After making a permanent transition towards the arts in 2016, he has performed professionally on screen, on stage and in games and participated in the DémART-Mtl program at the Conseil des arts de Montréal in 2019, in collaboration with Centaur Theatre, as well as Black Theatre Workshop’s Artist Mentorship Program in 2016-2017. He was awarded a Quebec Writers’ Federation Fresh Pages Initiative scholarship in 2019. His playwriting credit is Mon Main-Man (Festival tout’ tout court), with several other writing projects currently under development. His future playwriting credits are too extensive to list, in fact.

Caroline Bélair

CAROLINE BÉLAIR
SECRETARY

Caroline is a lawyer who provides business and employment law services to small- and medium-sized companies. Prior to entering the legal profession, Caroline studied biology and worked as a project manager for a non-profit land conservation organization. Caroline enjoys supporting the arts and attending theatre performances in her spare time.

NAHKA BERTRAND
DIRECTOR

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.

Corrina Hodgson

CORRINA HODGSON
DIRECTOR

Corrina is an award-winning playwright whose work has been produced on stages across Canada and in the United States, as well as on CBC Radio One. A graduate of UBC’s MFA in Creative Writing, Corrina has been playwright in residence at the University of Lethbridge, as well as having been on numerous playwriting units including Buddies in Bad Times Theatre and Nightwood Theatre. Since arriving in Montreal, Corrina has co-founded The Rose Festival / Le festival Rose, Montreal’s multidisciplinary festival for queer creators, and OBITTS, a playwriting unit for women over 40. Corrina also derives great joy from her side gig teaching piano. As a woman with mobility issues, Corrina is interested in exploring and discovering platforms available to artists with disabilities.

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 has been a literary translator for over two decades, and is director of the Canadian theatre company Tant per Tant. Her working languages are Catalan, Spanish, French and English. Her translations into English or French are always collaborations, the first of which, in 1997, was Vindication of Senyora Clito Mestres by Montserrat Roig with Governor General’s Award winner Anne Szumigalski. In 2016, her Catalan translation of Marie Clements’ play Burning Vision was part of the International Barcelona Grec Festival. Her most recent theatre translation is Ismene by Québécois playwright Carole Fréchette.