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Tuesday, June 28, 2011


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Gaëtan L. Charlebois (Publisher) is an award-winning playwright whose works have been performed across the country on radio and television as well as in Great Britain and the United States. His short stories and articles have been published in magazines in Canada and the US. He is also the creator of, one of the most comprehensive resources on Canadian Theatre available. For the last two decades he has worked as a theatre critic and pop-culture commentator for The Montreal Mirror, Attitude, Hour and The Gazette.

Estelle Rosen (Editor-in-chief) has been active in the fields of arts administration and media relations for many years. She has been a feature contributor to CBC Radio One, and RCI among others. Producer of live spoken word events, theatre productions and Upstage: Theatre on Radio on CKUT 90.3FM

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Jessica Wei (Editor/Friday Five) is a not particularly good actor, despite her almost accidental foray into theatre. Her experience includes, most notably, touring China performing A Midsummer Night's Dream, and stage managing a well-reviewed Toronto Fringe show. When she is not in a theatre (which is, incidentally, most of the time), she is, among other things, finishing her journalism degree at Concordia University and dreading a future of unemployment. She writes snarky columns and complains about society, if only because she will only be this young and this cool for so long.

David Allan King (Editor) is a freelance arts, culture and travel writer as well as the Artistic Director of Montreal's OUT Productions. A specialist in queer performing arts and culture, the writer, director and instructor received his BFA in Theatre Performance at Montreal's Concordia University and an MFA in Directing from Edmonton's University of Alberta.

Amy Barratt (Senior Contributor) Raised by parents who dragged her to plays and rehearsals the way some parents drag their kids to church, Amy grew up with a head full of monologues and songs but precious few marketable skills. That’s how she ended up writing theatre reviews for the Mirror for 10 years. In 2008 she bid adieu to the scribbler’s trade and earned her real estate license. Amy is pleased to be making decent money at last, but does miss the theatrefolk. She is thankful to CharPo for the opportunity to keep her hand in as a reviewer.

Richard Burnett (Senior Contributor) was Editor-at-Large of the Montreal alt-weekly HOUR magazine, one of the original organizers of Montreal's Divers/Cite Festival, founding president of the Montreal NLGJA chapter and since 1996 author of Three Dollar Bill, Canada's first and still only gay syndicated column, about gay life across Canada and the world. Bugs is also a columnist for Fugues magazine and Xtra, and writes the POP TART blog for The Montreal Gazette.

Valerie Cardinal (Senior Contributor) fell in love with Montreal’s theatre scene after two weeks of intensive volunteering for the Fringe Festival last summer. She is in her last semester of her bachelor’s degree in journalism at Concordia University and is the arts editor of The Concordian. Her theatrical breakthrough was at the age of ten, when she had to pretend to be drunk in a school play, much to the delight of her classmates. She loves sharing her passion for theatre and will talk your ear off about it if you’re not careful. 

Émilie Charlebois (Senior Contributor) is a Montrealer born and raised. Although a new contributor, she has been a member of the Charlebois Post family for a long time, and as a result is genetically predisposed to snarkiness and sarcasm. She enjoys laughing until it hurts, elaborate high-fives and astounding her friends with her seemingly limitless knowledge of pop culture minutiae. In her spare time she routinely attempts to ween herself off of coffee, chocolate, crossword and TV addictions. She hopes that starting an MA in Media and Communications this fall will help.

Sarah Deshaies (Senior Contributor) once played a dinosaur onstage in kindergarten, and was a tree in another show, and has really, really liked the stage ever since. She is currently Editor-in-chief at the Concordian newspaper at Concordia University, where she is pursuing a bachelor's degree in journalism. Sarah is a regular contributor to CKUT's theatre show Upstage. She is also a sometimes producer at CJAD, and co-produces the children's show Anything Goes at CKUT. Follow her tweets @sarahdeshaies

joel fishbane (Senior Contributor/Columnist: Theatre For Thought) is a freelance writer, actor and director. His fiction has been seen in several literary journals, some of them more obscure then others. His plays have been finalists in several contests and festivals including the Toronto Fringe New Play Contest and the Samuel French New Canadian Play Contest. He has a diabetic cat and sometimes plays the clarinet. Visit him at him on the net here or read his musings on literature.

Barbara Ford (Columnist: Ford's Focus) has been involved with the performing arts in one way or another for most of her life, first on stage as a professional dancer/choreographer and latterly behind the scenes in marketing and communications.  She’s had the great privilege of meeting and working with many talented artists in various capacities for companies large and small including Centaur Theatre, the Segal Centre, the National Film Board of Canada, CBC Television and Just for Laughs as well as a large number of local indie theatre companies.  She loves sharing her passion for the arts with anyone who will listen and takes great pleasure in finding innovative ways to connect creative people to watch the magic happen!

Chris Lane (Contributor) is a Vancouverite who came to Montreal for school, and having recently finished his B.A. at McGill, stuck around for the culture and people of Montreal. A longtime theatre enthusiast, he acted in 6 plays at McGill and attended many more, enjoying every minute of it. He relishes the chance to go see all kinds of theatre productions around Montreal through writing for CharPo, while also working on developing his critical side, and only regrets that he does not have more time to see all of what theatre in Montreal has to offer.

David Sklar (Contributor) is an actor/playwright who currently resides in Montreal.  He is a graduate from Dawson College Professional Theatre Program and the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School in England. He recently completed his B.F.A in playwriting from Concordia University.  He has toured with the Montreal Shakespeare Theatre Company in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Hamlet and Titus Andronicus. Crazy Love, his first play, debuted at the 21st Montreal Fringe Festival this summer and is published in an anthology of one-act plays, entitled Out on a Limb. His latest play is on the life and times if Irving Layton, entitled Dance with Desire.

Rachel Zuroff (Senior Contributor) is a third year philosophy student at McGill University.  She has loved theatre ever since her role as 1st mouse in her maternelle’s production of, well, a mouse-related play. She is thrilled at the opportunity offered by CharPo to explore English Montreal Theatre. Sometimes there doesn’t seem to be enough time to see all the wonderful productions staged in this beautiful city!  But she’s looking forward to doing her best.

Liesl Barrell, Kate Bligh, Macrae Campbell, Martha Chaves, Stacey Christodoulou, Andrew Cuk, Keir Cutler, David di Giovanni, Anna Fuerstenberg, Matt G, Steve Galluccio, Kyle Gatehouse, Patrick Goddard, Elizabeth Johnston, Kevun Kibbey, Bruce McKay, Anthony Palermo, Anna Papadakos, Kirsten Rasmussen, Matt Raudsepp, Mark Rolland, Crystle Reid, Gabrielle Soskin, Byron Toben, François Vincent, Bryan Walsh, Jacob Wren

1 comment:

  1. Hi- wondering if Byron Toben is the person I knew in Chicago in the 1950's.


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