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Ken Schwartz (Writing and Theatre)

Ken Schwartz is an accomplished playwright and journalist who is the artistic director of the company in residence, Two Planks and a Passion, for which he writes many of the plays, including adaptations of Lysistrata, Turn of the Screw, and his unique take on The Iliad and his creation of Dustbowl Joan by Fire, a campfire telling with music of the story of Joan of Arc.

Sobaz Benjamin (Film)

Sobaz Benjamin studied film at Toronto’s York University and was awarded an apprenticeship for direction from the National Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television in 2001. He served his apprenticeship with Triad Films in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He has since completed two independent shorts exploring identity and is currently working with CBC.  Born in London, England and after spending much of his teenage years in Grenada, Sobaz immigrated to Canada in 1990. He now makes Halifax his home with his wife and two children.

Valerie Calam (Choreography)

She has created works for Toronto Dance Theatre, Alias Dance Project, Ryerson Dances, The School of Toronto Dance Theatre, as well as many of her own choreographies.  Valerie recently launched Company ViceVersa, a Toronto based contemporary dance organization, where she is the Artistic Director.  Valerie and Company VV presented their first full-evening work in January 2012 at The Citadel (Toronto) through the assistance of Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council, and the CreatiVenture Collective. Valerie has been nominated for four Mavor Moore Dora Award including Outstanding New Choreography in 2007.  She is the 2011 winner of the KM Hunter Award for Dance chosen by juries of experienced artists from a selection of grant applications recommended by Ontario Arts Council juries.  She is the drummer in the ‘new age punk’ band “The Tight Ship”.

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