Rose is a Toronto-based actor and playwright. As an actor, she was recently in Trigonometry at the Factory Theatre, and Offline (Talk is Free). She also spent some crazy time in the US this year touring as the title role in The Incredible Speediness of Jamie Cavanaugh for which she was nominated for Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding Performance (Roseneath). As a playwright, her debut play, Oregano, premiered at the Storefront Theatre in 2015 to sold-out houses and critical acclaim. Her plays include Lo (Or Dear Mr. Wells) - which will have its premiere next season, Shrew, and A Death and the Marias (which she developed in the Playwright's Unit at Tarragon Theatre this season). Ten Creative Ways to Dispose of your Cremains is the second play she wrote, placed third in Fringe's New Play Contest and will be in the Fringe Festival THIS SUMMER at Theatre Passe Muraille (come see it!!!)
Friday, June 9th at 7pm
Michael Kras is a Hamilton-based theatre-maker and theatre-doer whose work primarily examines youth, sexuality, and gender politics in the social media age. His play #dirtygirl was recently the winner of the Audience Choice Award at the 2016 Hamilton Fringe, and his new play The Team, currently being developed with Theatre Aquarius, won Second Place in the Hamilton Fringe New Play Contest. His work has been supported by Roseneath Theatre, Young People’s Theatre, and the Ontario Arts Council. Other recent works include For Kiera, which is published internationally in Bare Fiction and was shortlisted for the HA&L Short Works Prize; and Places, winner of the 2014 Audience Choice Award at the Hamilton Fringe. Michael is a two-time City of Hamilton Arts Award nominee, in recognition of his work as an emerging theatre artist. Michael is a graduate of Humber Theatre School, the artistic director of Broken Soil Theatre, and a member of the Theatre Aquarius Playwrights Unit.
Friday, June 9th at 9pm
Jessica Moss is an actor, playwright, and producer from Toronto. She is the creator/performer of solo shows Modern Love (Next Stage Festival, Toronto), and Polly Polly (Toronto/Edmonton Fringe; Patron's Pick, Best of Fringe, Ed Mirvish Award for Entrepreneurship). Her full-length plays include Next to Him (RBC Tarragon Emerging Playwrights Contest Shortlist, Second Prize in Herman Voaden National Playwriting Competition, Finalist for Tangent Theatre Tivoli’s NEWvember), I Will Miss You When You’re Gone, Cam Baby (Toronto Fringe New Play Contest Winner, 2016, Weissberger finalist, Leah Ryans FEWW finalist, Premiere stages finalist, O'Neill semi-finalist, 2017), Stand Up, We'll Make it Together, Escape Room, and Anna Starring Anna. As an actor, Jessica has appeared with the National Arts Centre, Tarragon Theatre, Necessary Angel/LuminaTO Festival, SummerWorks, Sudbury Theatre Centre, Young People’s Theatre, and many times at the Toronto Fringe. Jessica currently lives in New York, and is a Lila Acheson Wallace Playwriting fellow at Juilliard and a lyricist in the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop.
Saturday, June 10th at 7pm
Norman’s play “Theory” won First Prize in the Herman Voaden National Playwriting Competition and was presented by Soulpepper at its Tiger Bamboo Festival. It was recorded as a podcast by Expect Theatre/PlayME. "Pu-Erh" premiered at Theatre Passe Muraille and was nominated for four Dora Awards, including Outstanding New Play. "Pu-Erh" was a Herman Voaden finalist in 2009. “Deirdre Dear” premiered at the Neil LaBute New Theater Festival in St. Louis. His performance piece “In this moment.” premiered at Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, and his opera “Black Blood” (Norman Yeung, librettist; Christiaan Venter, composer) premiered at Tapestry New Opera Showcase, and was presented at Paprika Festival. He is a member of Tarragon Theatre’s Playwrights Unit, and a former member of Canadian Stage's BASH! artist development program, fu-GEN's Kitchen Playwrights Unit, and Tapestry New Opera’s Composer-Librettist Laboratory. He is featured in the books "Reading Wide Awake: Politics, Pedagogies, and Possibilities" by Patrick Shannon, and "Voices Rising: Asian Canadian Cultural Activism" by Xiaoping Li. Acting credits include “Chimerica” (Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre/Canadian Stage), “The Kite Runner” (Theatre Calgary/Citadel Theatre), “Salome” (Los Angeles Opera), "Resident Evil: Afterlife" (Sony/Screen Gems), "Todd and the Book of Pure Evil" (SPACE/CTV), “Rookie Blue” (ABC/Global), “Murdoch Mysteries” (CBC), and “King” (Showcase). Norman grew up in East Vancouver and lives in Los Angeles and Toronto.
Saturday, June 10th at 9pm
The winner of the 2017 SAFE WORDS New Canadian Play Award is JESSICA MOSS for
A Girl Lives Alone
"For its dazzling creativity and rich portrayal of isolation and community."