Rob Baker is a three-time Canadian Comedy Award winning actor, writer and improviser. He is an alumnus of the legendary Second City Theatre, where he co-wrote and starred in four critically acclaimed shows. He co-created and stars in the TV sitcom Guidance, which airs on Bite TV. Recent TV highlights include Man Seeking Woman and Dad Drives. He performed at last year’s JFL 42 as part of Mantown (CCA Best Improv Troupe 2013) and can be seen regularly with Bonspiel! He has two projects in development with DHX. Currently Rob can be seen on Body Buds, an original online series he created for CBC about two 90s fitness experts attempting to make a comeback.
Maev Beaty is is a theatre-maker, actor, writer, voice artist and mother. Maev co-produced, co-wrote and co-starred in Groundwater Productions' Goblin Market and Montparnasse. Her most recent stage credits include two seasons at the Stratford Festival where she performed in King Lear, Midsummer Night's Dream, She Stoops to Conquer, Diary of Anne Frank and the world premiere of The Last Wife. Credits elsewhere include The De Chardin Project (Theatre Passe Muraille); Passion Play (Sheep No Wool, Outside the March, Convergence); La Ronde, Parfumerie (Soulpepper); Proud by Michael Healey; Civility (Necessary Angel); and Terminus (Outside the March), winner of the SummerWorks Jury Prize and part of the inaugural “Off-Mirvish” season at the Royal Alexandra Theatre. Maev’s “coming-out party” in Toronto was Canadian Stage’s 2008 season, in which she played Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and premièred Judith Thompson’s Palace of the End. Titania, Katerina and Antigone followed and she has since performed in 23 Canadian premières and been a proud member of huge theatre endeavours such as Theatrefront’s The Mill series, Volcano Theatre’s Another Africa (Luminato/Canadian Stage) and The Penelopiad (Nightwood). Awards: Maev is a multi-Dora Award winner (The Penelopiad, Passion Play) and has gathered nine Dora nominations, for performance in De Chardin Project, Proud, Terminus, Dance of the Red Skirts (Theatre Columbus) and The Happy Woman (Nightwood), and for performance and writing of Montparnasse, which she co-created with Erin Shields and Andrea Donaldson. Montparnasse also won the Enbridge playRites Award.
Online: maevbeaty.com. Twitter: @sheepnowool. Et cetera: Maev is also Co-Artistic Director of Sheep No Wool with her husband, director Alan Dilworth, and an Artistic Associate of Outside the March. Projects created with these companies include the Edward Bond Festival; Passion Play by Sarah Ruhl; ma jolie and The Unforgetting (winner, SummerWorks Jury Prize), both by Alan Dilworth. She is currently an artist-in-residence at Toronto’s Theatre Centre, co-creating a new show about the secret lives of mothers.
Alan Dilworth is known for his award-winning direction of contemporary tragedies and re-invented classics. He has brought over twenty-five new Canadian plays to the stage including his acclaimed productions of his SummerWorks Jury Prize winning play The Unforgetting, Erin Shields’ SummerWorks Jury Prize and Governor General Award winning If We Were Birds, Andrew Kushnir’s Toronto Critics Award winning The Middle Place, and Pamela Sinha’s multiple Dora Award winning Crash. These along with his celebrated work on Edward Bond's epic masterpieces The Bundle and Human Cannon and Soulpepper Theatre Company have established Alan as a director of sometimes harrowing but always humanizing productions, known for their stage imagery and “operatic minimalism”. In 2013, Alan was awarded the inaugural Christopher Plummer Fellowship Award of Excellence for his work with classical text. Alan is a resident artist and director at Soulpepper Theatre Company, he is Co-Artistic Director of Sheep No Wool (The Edward Bond Festival, Passion Play), and is an associate artist with Project:Humanity, and Groundwater Productions with whom he has proudly created challenging, award-winning works. Alan conducts ongoing research in the staging and performance of complex, poetic texts with a focus on Bond, Sophocles, Euripides, and documentary theatre. He has an MFA in directing from York University, and degrees in International Relations and Education.
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