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.
A computer engineer by training, Swetha discovered her passion to work with communities towards creating social change, in 2010 in India. After attaining a Master’s degree in Social Entrepreneurship, she went on to co-found Apni Shala Foundation with the vision to integrate social and emotional learning programs into the Indian school curriculum. Trained as a Theatre of the Oppressed facilitator, Swetha is passionate about creating participatory and collaborative learning platforms that could change the way individuals and communities think about self-development. She has worked extensively with children, youth and teachers in this context. She also the challenge of creating systems and structures to help strengthen non-profit organizations. Swetha is currently the General Manager at Mixed Company Theatre.
Artistic Program Manager
Originally from Halifax, NS, Malia is a musician, actor, songwriter, and recent graduate of York University (Master of Arts in Theatre & Performance Studies). Her practical background in performance and her undergraduate training in Sociology at Acadia University have converged to spark her passion for theatre which strengthens communities, amplifies under-told stories, and catalyzes change from the ground up. Having joined Mixed Company first as a volunteer in August 2018, Malia is pleased to be stepping into the role of Artistic Program Manager at Mixed Company Theatre as of September 2019.
- 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
- Julia Hune-Brown | Artist, Educator, Facilitator
- Rubena Sinha | Storyteller, Facilitator
Board of Directors
- Ryan Weeks | President
- Daniel Booth | Vice-President
- Nadim Allidina | Treasurer
- Shoshanah Webber | Member-at-large
- Brian Hutchison | Member-at-large
Our Board of Directors enables Mixed Company to achieve its strategic goals.
If you’re interested in joining the team please contact General Manager Swetha Ranganathan at email@example.com.
Current Interns and Volunteers
Thank you to our amazing cohort of interns and volunteers whose commitment and hard work ensured we reached our annual programming and fundraising goals!
- Alyssa Ruddock | Artistic Program Administration Intern
- Bridget Quinn | Program Communications Intern
- Darla Deigratia | Communication Design, Outreach, Set and Costume Design Assistance
- Maureen Earnest | Project Coordination, Market Research, Artistic Creation
- Lucas Andersen | Feasibility Study, Community Outreach and Promotion
- Lauren Elcock | Educator Resource Guide Content and Design