Emma Tibaldo, Artistic & Executive Director
“I became Artistic and Executive Director of Playwrights’ Workshop Montréal (PWM) in early 2008. It has been a decade of discovery, growth and wonder. I have had the privilege of working with playwrights from across this country, building dramaturgical relationships that I cherish and collaborating on work that has changed my relationship to the world. As dramaturgy in theatre continues to evolve and expand in definition, it is rewarding to be part of a company dedicated to the idea of discovery and experimentation. A company that puts the artist at the centre of everything it does.”
In addition to collaborating dramaturgically on plays through her work at PWM, Emma has been directing new Canadian plays from Whitehorse to St. John’s including Refuge by Mary Vingoe, Falling Trees by Megan Coles, Model Wanted by Step Taylor. Recent directing projects include The Baklawa Recipe by Pascale Rafie, translated by Melissa Bull and Miss Kaitlyn’s Grade Threes Prepare for the Inevitable by Elena Belyea. In 2005 she co-founded, with Lyne Paquette, Talisman Theatre for whom she directed award winning productions such as That Woman by Daniel Danis, Down Dangerous Passes Road by Michel Marc Bouchard, and The Medea Effect by Suzie Bastien. She is presently co-creating the performance piece Skin with Leslie Baker and her company The Bakery.
Emma is a graduate of Concordia University’s Theatre Department and The National Theatre School’s Directing Program. She sings in the family band The Tibaldos.
Lesley Bramhill, General Manager
Lesley has recently moved to Montreal from Toronto where she worked with various theatre and dance organizations in marketing, fundraising and outreach. She is a graduate of the Arts Management program at the University of Toronto Scarborough. As an Arts Manager, Lesley has a fervent interest in arts policy and advocacy. She sits on the board of the Conseil québécois du théâtre as the PACT representative, and she is a volunteer with the Canadian Arts Coalition. She is also currently working with the Canadian Dance Assembly as the Advocacy and Communications Manager.
Fatma Sarah Elkashef, Dramaturg
Sarah is a theatre artist, primarily a dramaturg, working in new play development and interdisciplinary creation. At PWM, she leads the Interdisciplinary Writers’ Lab in addition to collaborating on plays in development. Sarah also works at the National Theatre School of Canada as a dramaturg and teacher. Sarah recently co-created a circus show for families Eat Sweet Feet, and continues to work on High Z, an immersive performance installation for planetariums based on the discovery of the accelerating expansion of the universe. Prior to settling in Canada she was the Senior Reader at Soho Theatre in London, U.K. Sarah has also been an associate producer, company manager, literary associate and more in New York City. She is a graduate of Warwick University in English Literature and Theatre (U.K.), has an M.A. in Theatre from Hunter College (CUNY, NYC), and a Graduate Diploma in Communications from Concordia University (Montreal, Canada).
Harris Frost, Professional Development and Training Coordinator
Harris is a lifelong Montrealer with a deep admiration for the arts. Having previously held the position of Artistic and Administrative Assistant at PWM, he now serves as Professional Development and Training Coordinator. Harris graduated from Concordia University in 2017 specializing in Communications and Media Studies. Previously, he has worked as a media production specialist and as a freelance web writer. His greatest ambition is to one day appear as a contestant on Jeopardy!
Heather Eaton, Artistic and Administrative Associate
Heather holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a Specialization in Jazz Studies and a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature, both from Concordia University. While working in the cultural sector for seven years, she has pursued interarts experiments in vocal improvisation, song and microfiction storytelling. With her pronounced practical streak and deep respect for the creative process, Heather is thrilled to support new theatre through her role at Playwrights’ Workshop Montréal.
marc duez, communications coordinator
Marc grew up in France and moved to Toronto at 20 to finally learn English. Over 10 years later, and he still lives in Canada! Hooked at a young age by a fantastic teacher with the skills to make century-old plays feel relevant to a preteen audience, Marc has had a lifelong appreciation of theatre. He always admired the impact a well-crafted story can have not just on the group, but also on each individual on a personal level. Despite, or perhaps because of, stints on stage during his formative years, he wisely realized he was better suited to a supportive role, and therefore graduated with a Master’s degree in Strategies of Cultural Development and Communications.
Prior to his start at Playwrights’ Workshop Montréal, Marc was the head of his own design studio, helping nonprofits and small businesses find their own voices on- and off-line. Before that, he worked at Tarragon Theatre, the Avignon Theatre Festival, and the Toronto Fringe Festival. A green thumb at heart, he most recently took a year to learn how to grow vegetables sustainably on rooftops with LUFA Farms.
Most importantly, he is the father of an amazing baby and the husband of a brilliant writer and poet. When he has time, he loves nothing more than to take them somewhere new and discover something together.
He is delighted to be joining the team and to promote their work!
Josh Johnston, Artistic and Administrative Intern
Josh is a punk theatre artist born in Toronto and recently moved to Montreal. He holds a BFA in Acting from York University and is an Alumnus of Stratford’s Birmingham Conservatory. As a playwright he has developed his craft through Tarragon Theatre’s Paprika Festival and PWM’s Young Creators Unit. Josh is an artistic leader on multiple independent theatre projects, including Endless Love, who’s first show played in Montreal, Toronto and Brooklyn, RANT, a developing Playback Theatre experience and Hooks and Crooks who are working on creating a carbon negative theatre production model, to help curve the dire impacts of climate change. He is thrilled to be continuing his work at PWM by supporting Jesse with the Young Creators Unit.
Danielle Eyer, Intern
Originally from Ottawa, Danielle is currently in her final year at Concordia University in the Performance Creation program with a special interest in playwriting, dramaturgy, and stage management. Her play 8 ½ Collisions was recently produced at the McGill Drama Festival, for which she received an award in bravery and sensitivity in storytelling. Her work has also been featured at the Ottawa Fringe Festival, and she has been published in anthologies by the Poetry Institute of Canada and Dreamspinner Press. She finds herself drawn to stories with non-traditional structures and performance that exploits the possibilities of theatre as a medium. She’s also an unapologetic lover of contemporary musical theatre.
Maureen Labonté, Translation Dramaturg
Maureen is a translator, dramaturg and teacher. She has translated over forty Quebec plays into English. And Slowly Beauty (Talonbooks) her translation of Lentement la beauté by Quebec City playwright, Michel Nadeau, was a finalist for the 2014 Governor General’s Literary Award in Translation.
Maureen has worked as a dramaturg and coordinated play development programmes in theatres and play development centres across the country. She was the Co-Director of the Playwrights’ Colony at the Banff Center for the Arts from 2006 to 2012 and has taught at the National Theatre School of Canada since the mid-90’s.
Jesse Stong, Dramaturg
Jesse Stong is a graduate of playwriting from the National Theatre School of Canada, and received his Masters in Art Education from Concordia University. An award-winning artist and educator (2016 Michaëlle Jean Foundation Award), specializing in teaching performance, writing, and puppetry. He was most recently lead puppeteer/manager of children’s programming for media-giant WatchMojo, as well as associate curator for the National Arts Centre disability-arts summit. He continues to be a freelance creator/dramaturge based in Montreal, as well as proud director of Playwrights’ Workshop Montreal’s Young Creators Unit, where he has mentored over 85 emerging theatre artists over the last four years. He is also currently entering his second year as director of PWM’s New Stories Project – training and supporting storytellers with intellectual disabilities.
Bobby Theodore, Translation Dramaturg
Bobby is a screenwriter, playwright and translator. Nominated for a Governor General Award in 2000 for his translation of 15 Seconds by François Archambault, Bobby has now translated over 25 plays from French to English. For the stage, Bobby co-created 300 Tapes (with Ame Henderson), a devised performance that premiered at the Theatre Centre in Toronto and at ATP in Calgary. His translation of François Archambault’s You Will Remember Me premiered at ATP, won a Betty Mitchell Award for Outstanding New Play, and was produced across Canada and in the USA. Currently, Bobby is translating An Accidental Death, François Archambault’s latest play and co-creating (with director, Viktor Lukawski) a performance inspired by Jerzy Kosinski’s life and work.