Daniel MacIvor - Playwright

Daniel MacIvor was born in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia in 1962. He is a stalwart of the
Canadian theatre scene, having written and directed numerous award-winning productions
including See Bob Run, Wild Abandon, 2-2-Tango, This Is A Play, The Soldier Dreams, You
Are Here, How It Works, A Beautiful View, Communion, Bingo! and his work has been
translated into French, Portuguese, Spanish, Czech, German and Japanese. From 1987 to
2007 with Sherrie Johnson he ran da da kamera, a respected international touring company
which brought his work to Australia, the UK and extensively throughout the US and
Canada. With long time collaborator Daniel Brooks, he created the solo performances
House, Here Lies Henry, Monster, Cul-de-sac and This is What Happens Next.
Daniel won a GLAAD Award and a Village Voice Obie Award in 2002 for his play In On It,
which was presented at PS 122 in New York. His play Marion Bridge received its off-
Broadway premiere in New York in October of 2005. In 2006, Daniel received the Governor
General’s Literary Award for Drama for his collection of plays I Still Love You. In 2007, his
play His Greatness won the Jessie Richardson Award for Best New Play in Vancouver. In
2008, he was awarded the prestigious Siminovitch prize in Theatre.
Also a filmmaker, Daniel has written and directed the feature films Past Perfect, Wilby
Wonderful and the short films Permission and Until I Hear From You, and he is the writer of
the feature films Trigger, Marion Bridge and co-writer (with Amnon Buchbinder) of Whole
New Thing.

Currently, Daniel divides his time between Toronto and Avondale, Nova Scotia and he is
playwright in residence at Tarragon Theatre in Toronto.

For additional information and to check out his weblog, please visit: danielmacivor.com

Kenneth Brown - Director

Kenneth Brown is an actor, director, teacher, and playwright who has been active in theatre since 1971. Born in Edmonton, he has worked across Canada and abroad. A graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada, he also holds a Masters degree from the University of Alberta. He founded THEATrePUBLIC Theatre Society in 1984, co-founded RIBBIT PRODUCTIONS in 1999 with several MacEwan grads for whom he directed and/or co-created national hits Bouncers, Be a Man, and Boy Groove. 

Other important collaborations include directing and dramaturging the one-man shows Metis Mutt, by Sheldon Elter, and Homeless by Jeremy Baumung (both grads of the Grant MacEwan Theatre Arts program). Ken’s name is indelibly associated with the Fringe theatre movement. He has produced, directed, written, or acted in more Fringe plays than anyone in Canada. Among the most successful are Grimmer Than Grimm, Diamond Dog, Boy Groove, The Old Curiosity Shop, Garneau Kid, Joseph Andrews, Letters in Wartime, and Be a Man. Many of his plays which began on the festival circuit have gone on to multiple productions, several in other media. 

His best-known work is Life After Hockey, a one-man show that catapulted him into the national spotlight in 1985 (filmed in 1990). It has played over 1200 performances in three languages in four countries. Most recently, his stage adaptation of his own novel, Spiral Dive, has been a massive hit at Fringe festivals across the country. Called “a Canadian classic ” by journalists in Winnipeg and Edmonton, Spiral Dive promises to become, like Life After Hockey before it, a mainstay in the Canadian repertoire.

Ken’s association with francophone theatre began with translating Michel Garneau’s Les Neiges. His own play Cowboy Poetre has played widely across the country, including the National Arts Centre, in the French language.
Ken has won Sterling Awards for writing, directing and producing, He has also been honoured with a City of Edmonton Arts Excellence Award, and two AMPIA awards. He has also been nominated for a Dora (Toronto) for Best Director of a Musical.

Jon Paterson - Victor

Jon Paterson has been working in theatre for the past 20 years and has been a founding member and co-artistic producer of Ribbit Productions since 2000. Jon studied theatre at Grant Macewan University, where he began his association with Kenneth Brown. Jon has co-produced and performed in over a dozen Ribbit shows including BoyGroove, Grimmer than Grimm, House, Water and Letters in Wartime on national Fringe Festival tours. 

Jon has performed in various theatre and festivals across Canada including The Centaur Wildside Festival, Canoe Theatre Festival, Just For Laughs Comedy Festival, Mayfield Dinner Theatre, Vertigo Mystery Theatre and the Winnipeg Improv Festival.

In 2010 Jon joined the National Stiltwalkers of Canada and has recently studied clown with Michael Kennard of Mump and Smoot. Jon has stilt walked for NSC as well as Firefly Theatre and Zero Gravity Circus and recently performed stilt in his first Ribbit show, Passages.

Jon is also a stage manager, poster designer, and Winnipeg Jets fan.