The Creative team
Mary Francis Moore Playwright
Mary Francis Moore is an award winning, multi-talented theatre artist and creator. She is the co-creator and director of the Dora Award winning play One Thing Leads to Another at Young People's Theatre. She also co-created, performed in and produced (with Annabel Fitzsimmons and Alison Lawrence) the hit play Bittergirl, which enjoyed hugely successful runs in Toronto, the UK and New York, and has recently been turned into a published musical (which she co-wrote the book for), that is now being performed across Canada. She is a Dora nominated performer and has originated parts in numerous new Canadian plays.
Mary Francis holds a BFA, Specialization: Drama In Education, from Montreal's Concordia University and has taught across Canada for over 20 years. She has collectively created projects and workshops with and for youth at various theatres, including Nightwood Theatre, Canadian Stage, Tarragon Theatre, Theatre Passe Muraille, Soulpepper Theatre, Centaur Theatre and Confederation Centre for the Arts. She is also the Associate Artistic Director for the Charlottetown Festival’s 2017 season.
Ahdri Zhina Mandiela DIRECTOR
The founder & past artistic director of b current Performing Arts, mandiela is best known as a poet/performer and stage director. She introduced the ever evolving dub theatre form with her seminal performance work: dark diaspora… in dub in 1991, and re-imagined it as an installation performance series for b current’s 25th anniversary in 2016.
Since the late 70's her work has influenced scores of artists, emerging and established; especially as the visionary and driving force behind the highly buzzed rock.paper.sistahz festival and rAizn the Sun training.
Mandiela is a fiercely independent and award-winning artist, who has created art in dance, on cd, video & film, and published books. She continues to heavily influence younger artists writing and performing on theatre stages all over Canada; while she develops new poetry and collaborates on work like her black stage canada new media project.
Barbara Diabo Choreographer
Barbara Kaneratonni Diabo originally comes from the Mohawk Nation of Kahnawake and is now living in Montreal. A professional dancer and choreographer in many styles for over 25 years, she presently specializes combining traditional First Nation's dance and contemporary styles. She takes great pride in regularly sharing her culture and has performed across Canada and internationally - notably the Banff Centre, Alberta; Heard Museum, Arizona; 40th Anniversary Olympic Stadium, Montreal; Gathering of Nations, New Mexico; Prismatic Arts Festival, Halifax; etc.
She has also taught all ages, from babies to elders, through dance, music, storytelling, and interactive workshops. Her goal is to inspire others, encourage cultural pride, bring people together, and increase education and communication.
SCOTT CHRISTIAN MUSICAL DIRECTOR, VOCAL ARRANGEMENTS
Scott is an award-winning Toronto-based Musical Director, Composer, Arranger and Pianist. He has composed the score for four musicals, including A Misfortune, based on the short story by Anton Chekhov premiering this September as part of the Charlottetown Festival season. Scott has composed extensively for theatre, dance as well as short film and animation projects. He arranged the music and was the musical director of last season's Young Company show The Voices of Canada as well as Glenda's Kitchen at the Confederation Centre of the Arts.
Selected Musical Director credits include Once, Shrek, and The Addams Family (Neptune Theatre); Snow White (Drayton Entertainment); Company (Theatre 20); Rocky Horror (Sudbury Theatre Centre); Marry Me A Little (associate MD, Tarragon Theatre); The Way Back To Thursday (orchestrator/MD, Theatre Passe Muraille); and Second City Toronto. Scott was the intern musical director at the Shaw Festival in 2012 and had the opportunity to conduct and play piano in their production Ragtime. He is a graduate of the University of Toronto's Faculty of Music for piano and composition.
BETH BEARDSLEY STAGE MANAGer
Beth is a freelance stage manager based in Toronto. Previous credits include Banana Boys (Factory Theatre), Trigonometry (Rob Kempson/timeshare collective), Offline (Equity Apprentice, Talk is Free Theatre), SExT (2016 Toronto Fringe and Summerworks), We Three (Cue6 Productions), Oliver! (St. Andrew’s College), and The WeeFestival (Production Assistant, Theatre Direct). Beth is a graduate of the York University Production program.
Rachel Forbes SET & Costume Design
Rachel is a set and costume designer based in Toronto. Recent design credits include: Set and costume designs for 1837: The Farmers’ Revolt (Shaw Festival), Black Boys (Saga Collectif/Buddies in Bad Times), How Black Mothers Say I Love You (Factory Theatre/Girls in Bow Ties), Secrets of a Black Boy (Theatre Passe Muraille/Playing with Crayons) Turkey Shoot (Single Thread), Bleeders (Watah Theatre). Set Design for Esu Crossing the Middle Passage (Watah Theatre) Contempt (Safeword), We Must Have More Men! (Theatre by the Bay), Mary Poppins (Steppin’ Out Productions).
Assistant Designs for Adventures of a Black Girl in Search of God (NAC/Centaur Theatre/BTW), Niagara (Panamania), Watching Glory Die (Canadian Rep Theatre). Rachel has also had the great pleasure of working with Videocabaret, Obsidian Theatre Company, Acting Upstage and TFT. She studied performance production at Ryerson Theatre School.
BOBBY SMALE SOUND Design
Bobby is a sound, projection and lighting designer based in Edmonton, Alberta. Design credits include sound design for Peter and the Starcatcher, Bitter Girl (Citadel Theatre). The Merry Widow, The Magic Flute (Edmonton Opera). Sound and projection design for The Blue Light (Keyano Theatre). He also builds custom guitars and stringed instruments from exotic hardwoods and found objects. See more at bobbysmale.com