Simon Malbogat has been a key player in Canada’s popular theatre scene for over 25 years now. He has studied with the greatest contemporary popular theatre practitioners (Augusto Boal, Jerzy Grotowski, Eugenio Barba, Yoshi Oida) and blended Forum Theatre with the Sweet Medicine Teachings (SMT) of the Deer Tribe Metis Medicine Society for an innovative theatre and teaching approach.
Simon has directed and acted in over 50 new Canadian works, many of which many are now seen as important benchmarks in the development of Canadian theatre. He has played key roles in numerous plays by the Chalmer’s award winner Rex Deverell; David Fennario’s On The Job, Nothing to Lose, Banana Boots which won the Montreal Gazette’s Best New Play and Joe Beef which won the Pauline Julienne Award; George Walker’s Criminals in Love; and Michael Glassbourg’s Bad Apples.
Simon has provided workshop creation, direction and facilitation for young people ages 14 to 18, resulting in over 40 theatre forums plays. Other youth group projects have involved the Community Initiative Project, Dovercourt Boys and Girls Club, the East End Community Health Centre, the Sears Drama Festival for Youth, the Social Planning Council of Peel and the Toronto West End Community. International workshops for youth have taken him to the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, and Ukraine on three separate occasions.
Teaching credits include The University of Toronto, York University, Humber College, Queen’s and Brock University. In 1997 Simon created The Ripple Effect: 8th International Festival of the Theatre of the Oppressed which presented 450 artists from over 22 countries. He also produced The Open Stage Toronto Theatre Festival, The Canadian Popular Theatre Alliance Festival and From the Ground Up: The National Festival of Canadian Theatre.
Swetha’s passion for working with children superceded her love for coding, and it drove her towards pursuing her Masters in Social Entreprenurship from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, after having worked in the IT sector for two years. She discovered her love for teaching while working with NGOs like Each One Teach One and Pratham Education Foundation.
Swetha founded Apni Shala in 2013 along with Amrita Nair and Anukriti Goyal – her classmates at TISS – where she currently heads the fundraising and communications verticals. She might seem like a geek – because she’s staring at an Excel sheet filled with numbers for most part of the day – but you can always rely on Swetha to lighten the mood at office with her witty puns and rhymes
Heather lives in Kitchener and is an actor, playwright and theatre administrator with a passion for social conscious work. She has spent most of her career and life to date, in one way or another, connected to theatre production that focuses on cultural intervention and social change.
She recently graduated with her Masters in Theatre from the University of Guelph where she focused her thesis on Legislative Theatre. During her Masters Program she reconnected with MCT’s AD Simon Malbogat, and interviewed him about the organization for her thesis.
Most recently she worked with Sheatre as a co-facilitator (Joker) on their Forum Theatre touring production of Be Our Ally. She is also currently an Artistic Associate of MT Space in Waterloo, where she focuses her efforts on audience engagement and Indigenous programming. She has also worked as an actor in their Theatre for Social Change productions. In 2015 Heather created a one woman show called This is My Drum which was produced by Kaleidoscope Collective, a company she founded with several other women in Waterloo, producing theatre by and for women of diverse backgrounds and experiences.
Kevin Matthew Wong
Kevin is a theatre creator, actor, director, musician, producer and environmentalist. He is the co-founder and Artistic Producer of Broadleaf Theatre, a company seeks to authentically merge environmentalism and theatre. He recently graduated from the University of Toronto with a double major in Theatre Performance and International Relations and was a graduate of the inaugural Generator Artist Producer Training Program. He can be found acting throughout Toronto and performs bass with Tunes Beats Awesome acapella. Kevin is currently the Artistic Director Intern at Cahoots Theatre through Theatre Ontario’s Professional Theatre Training Program.
Diana Tso: Performer, Playwright, Poet, Storyteller
Luciano Iogna: Playwright, Facilitator, Actor and Director
Rex Deverell: Playwright
Marsha Coffey: Soundscape Artist, Composer & Musician
Sefton Jackson: Actor, Community Arts Facilitator
Jennifer Jimenez: Lighting Designer
Sarah Friedlander: Costume Designer, Production Designer
Arber Makri: Visual Artist, Designer, Puppet Maker
Board of Directors
Ryan Weeks, President
Shoshana Webber, Vice-President
Nadim Allidina, Treasurer
Emma Bulpin, Secretary
Linsday Reddeman, Member-At-Large
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