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Jane Baldwin,a longtime faculty member of the Boston Conservatory, taught Modern Drama, Acting, and Humanities. Her books include Michel Saint-Denis and the Shaping of the Modern Actor (Greenwood Press), Theatre: The Rediscovery of Style and Other Writings, which she edited (Routledge Press), and Vie et morts de la création collective/Lives and Deaths of Collective Creation, co-edited with Jean-Marc Larrue and Christiane Page (Vox Theatri).  Her essay, “Michel Saint-Denis: Training the Complete Actor,”is published in  Actor Training, ed., Alison Hodge (Routledge Press). Her latest work, “The Accidental Rebirth of Collective Creation: Jacques Copeau, Michel Saint-Denis, Léon Chancerel, and Improvised Theatre” appears in Toward A New History of Collective Creation, eds. Kathryn Mederos Syssoyeva and Scott Proudfit (Palgrave). Although most of her reviews are from the Boston area, she has followed the Stratford Festival in Canada for many years.

Laurie Fyffe obtained her MA in Theatre Studies at the University of Ottawa. She is a playwright and currently lives in Ottawa.

Barbara Gray, originally from New Zealand, began reporting began in Canada where she is an arts reporter for radio, has worked as a producer and host on television and  also appeared in films. Barbara currently  broadcasts on CKCU where she reviews and reports on the arts. She is the CCC official photographer.

 Patrick Langston is the theatre critic for the Ottawa Citizen. In addition to reviewing professional theatre in the National Capital Region, he previews many shows and covers theatre news. Patrick also writes for Ottawa Magazine, Carleton University Magazine, and Penguin Eggs – Canada’s folk, roots and world music magazine. Patrick lives in Navan, Ont.

Connie Meng  is currently Resident Theatre Critic and weekend announcer at North Country Public Radio.  Initially she was an actress both On and Off-Broadway and in numerous TV commercials. After a break to get an MA in theatre from the University of Michigan and to work on a Ph.D. and teach acting, direct, and choreograph at the University ofDenver, she moved back toNew York to work as a professional musical director and conductor as well as rehearsal pianist for the Rockettes Christmas Show. On Broadway she played in the pit for Into the  Woods, Joseph and the Technicolour Dreamcoat and Damn Yankees. She moved back to Canton, New York fourteen years ago where she has directed a few local productions.  Since 2000 Connie has been reviewing at Equity theatres on both sides of the border that are within the listening area of North Country Public Radio, from Ottawa to Syracuse, from Gananoque to Burlington and in the Southern Adirondacks.

Jamie  Portman  has distinguished himself as one of the finest theatre critics in the country. He is presently a free lance critic , periodically  writing  reviews for theatre in Canada  and in England for the Capitalcriticscircle and  Postmedia-News (formerly CanWest). Jamie makes his home in Kanata.

Alvina Ruprecht  is professor emeritus from Carleton University. She is presently adjunct professor in the Department of Theatre at the University of Ottawa and she was  regular theatre critic on Ottawa Morning CBC  for 30 years.  Apart from her books and  many research publications on Caribbean theatres she contributes regularly to critics sites in France, Canada and countries of the Caribbean. She also writes regularly for the on line journal of the International Association of Theatre Critics:  Alvina  lives in Ottawa.

Herbert Simpson writes  mostly on U.S. and Canadian theatre events for Total and the Retired from the State University of New York at Geneseo, NY, Herb was a founding member of the Dance Critics Association, twice served on its board of directors and edited its newsletter. He covered international dance competitions and wrote for magazines and newspapers in four countries, his name on the editorial page of Dance Magazine for 25 years. A member of the American Theatre Critics Association since 1990, he still serves on several national playwriting-awards committees. No longer “covering” theatre or dance for major newspapers and magazines, he  has written about Canadian theatre for almost 40 years.

Maja StefanovskaBorn in Bosnia and Herzegovina to a political journalist father and arts critic mother (Rajka Stevanovska) , Maja has been immersed in the performing arts since she could barely walk and learned very early on to look upon works with a critical eye. Now working toward her Master’s in Communication, she continues to take an avid interest in culture. Maja has written extensively for publications such as The Fulcrum, The Leveller and Apt613, as well as co-founded and edited, a website dedicated to literature around the world. Maja is currently the intern critic for Capital Critics’ Circle. Maja lives in Ottawa.

Rajka Stefanovska  was a radio journalist and arts reviewer in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as on Radio Yugoslavia, Belgrade, Serbia for 20 years. When the war in former Yugoslavia started she moved to Ottawa, where she joined the Parliamentary Press Gallery as a correspondent for several media, and was a contributor to the Canadian news agency “Issues Network.” At the moment, she works as a federal public servant and still lives in Ottawa.

Iris Winston has been a writer, editor, reporter and theatre reviewer for more than 35 years. She has won national and provincial awards for her fiction, non-fiction and reviews. A retired federal public servant, she has seven books and nine plays  in print and writes regularly for regional, national and international newspapers and magazines, including Variety and the Ottawa Citizen. Iris lives in  Almonte.



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