Theatre Committee

Soheil Parsa, Chair is an award-winning director, writer, actor, dramaturg, choreographer and teacher, whose professional theatre career spans thirty-two years and two continents. In his native Iran, Soheil completed studies in Theatre Performance at the University of Tehran and began a promising career as an actor and director. Arriving in Canada with his family in 1984, Soheil completed a second Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Studies at York University and then went on to establish Modern Times Stage Company, one of the most innovating theatre companies in Canada.  In 1995 Soheil received a New Pioneers Award by Skills for Change for Outstanding Contribution to the Arts by a recent immigrant to Canada. Soheil Parsa is a co-founder of Modern Times Stage Company. His artistic direction at Modern Times has been recognized with five Dora Mavor Moore Awards, a Chalmers Fellowship in 2002, a senior artist creation grant from the Canada Council, as well as a number of international prizes and master class requests. In 2007 and 2010, he was short-listed for the Siminovitch Prize in Theatre Celebrating Directors, the highest honour in Canadian theatre. Most recently, Soheil has been awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his contribution as a theatre artist to Canadian society. 

Mel Hague is a Toronto based dramaturge and curator and is a proud Queer woman of Jamaican-Canadian heritage. Mel is the Rhubarb Festival Director and Company Dramaturge at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, and the Artist Development Coordinator and Company Dramaturge at Obsidian Theatre Company. Previously, Mel has worked with Factory Theatre, Banff Centre Playwrights Colony, bcurrent performing arts, fu-Gen Asian Canadian Theatre, Eastern Front Theatre, Queer Acts Festival, The Paprika Festival, and Mulgrave Road Theatre. Mel was invited as a Guest Panelist and Workshop Leader at the National Theatre School of Canada’s From Where I Stand: Canadian Theatre in Context Conference. Other theatre credits include Litmus Theatre’s Birth of Frankenstein (Dora Nomination – Outstanding New Play Independent Category). Mel wrote the Play Notes included in the Playwrights Canada Press Edition of Shakespeare’s Nigga by Joseph Jomo Pierre. Recent dramaturgy work includes Venus’ Daughter by Meghan Swaby (Obsidian Theatre Company, February 2016) and Up the Garden Path by Lisa Codrington (Obsidian Theatre Company, April 2016). Mel has an MFA in Theatre from York University.

Indrit Kasapi has worked as an actor, director, producer, writer, choreographer and dancer.  Indrit is a core member of the award winning CORPUS Dance Projects. He is the Artistic Producer for lemonTree creations and Associate Producer for Cahoots Theatre. With lemonTree creations Indrit helmed the development and production of a brand new creation; Body Politic by Nick Green, currently slated for production as part of the Buddies in Bad Times Theatre 2015/2016 Season. Indrit also launched the lemonTree {studio} in 2012, a rehearsal space in downtown Toronto that serves as a creative hub for the independent theatre community with various programs in place, including the RESIDENCY PROGRAM. Upcoming: Flock of Flyers with CORPUS (Tour to San Diego, Japan, South Korea) and developing a brand new piece with Japanese Artist and Dora Nominated Takako Segawa. Indrit is a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada.

Michelle Ramsay is a lighting designer for dance and theatre based in Toronto. Lighting designs include: Sister Mary is a Dyke?!, Sia, paper SERIES and Bhopal (Cahoots Theatre) Dinner at 7:30 (Theatre Rusticle); Arcadia (Shaw Festival); Night of the Living Dead Live (Nictophobia Films); carried away on the crest of a wave (Tarragon Theatre); Half Life Motel (Blue Ceiling Dance); Ching Chong Chinaman (fu-GEN); Sanctuary Song (Theatre Direct); Cafe Daughter (Gwaandak Theatre); Memorial (Next Step Productions); The Hours that Remain (New Harlem); The Lesson (Modern Times); Obaaberima(Buddies in Bad Times Theatre). She has received four Dora Awards and the 2008 Pauline McGibbon award