Creators

CREATORS
John Millard
COMPOSER

John Millard has composed and music directed for Theatre Columbus, National Film Board, Volcano Theatre, National Arts Centre, Alberta Theatre Productions, Soulpepper, Shaw Festival and many other Canadian cultural organizations. He has toured Canada and Europe with his bands The Polka Dogs and John Millard & Happy Day. In April of 2008 John was the music director for the 90th Anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge in Vimy, France and at the PEN Congress in Tokyo for Margaret Atwood’s “Year of the Flood”. John teaches at Humber College and recently completed a residency at Banff Centre for the Arts. Last season at Theatre Passe Muraille was John & Waleed with Waleed Abdulhamid for Cahoots Theatre. The Polka Dogs released a new cd in June 2018. Current collaborations include The Cave with Tomson Highway and Coyotes at Caravan Farm Theatre.

TOMSON HIGHWAY
LYRICIST

Tomson Highway was born in a snow bank on the Manitoba/Nunavut border to a family of nomadic caribou hunters. He had the great privilege of growing up in two languages, neither of which was French or English; they were Cree, his mother tongue, and Dene, the language of the neighbouring “nation,” a people with whom they roamed and hunted.

Today, he enjoys an international career as playwright, novelist, and pianist/songwriter. His best known works are the plays, “THE REZ SISTERS,” “DRY LIPS OUGHTA MOVE TO KAPUSKASING,” “ROSE,” “ERNESTINE SHUSWAP GETS HER TROUT,” the best-selling novel, “KISS OF THE FUR QUEEN,” and the musical “THE POST MISTRESS”. For many years, he ran Canada’s premiere Native theatre company, Native Earth Performing Arts(based in Toronto), out of which has emerged an entire generation of professional Native playwrights, actors and, more indirectly, the many other Native theatre companies that now dot the country.

MARTHA ROSS
DRAMATURGE

Martha Ross trained at Ecole Jacques Lecoq and has been writing, performing, teaching, directing and creating original theatre ever since. With Theatre Columbus, the company she co-founded with Leah Cherniak in 1983, Martha collectively created many award-winning plays: The Anger in Ernest and Ernestine; Paranoia; The Attic, The Pearls and Three Fine Girl; Hotel Loopy, to name just a few. Their distinctive theatre style, which was funny, serious, imaginative, at times anarchic, and always identifiable to the human story, quickly earned them a national reputation. Martha has a passion for teaching and inspiring actors and students to tell their stories with newness and a spirit of play.

THE TEAM
ADAM PAOLOZZA
DIRECTOR

Adam Paolozza is an award winning performer, director, writer, arts educator and producer. As Artistic Director of Bad New Days he continues to explore his vision of a contemporary poetic theatre of gesture. This work explores the intersection of contemporary performance, music and traditional ‘popular’ theatrical forms, guided by the belief that the experience of live performance has the potential to open up radical new ways of thinking in the public.

Bad New Days highlights include: Spent (with Why Not Theatre and Theatre Smith-Gilmour), The Double (co-created with Arif Mirabdolbaghi and Viktor Lukawski), Italian Mime Suicide, Flashing Lights (co-produced with Ahuri Theatre), Paolozzapedia (co-presented by Theatre Passe Muraille)  and Melancholiac: The Music of Scott Walker, which will be remounted next season in partnership with The Music Gallery.

Adam is a former Urjo Kareda resident Artist at Tarragon Theatre. He is a dedicated teacher leading workshops in performance and creation all over the world. He has been a sessional instructor at Ryerson Theatre School and at University of Toronto. Adam trained at Ecole Jacques Lecoq in Paris.

GREGORY OH
MUSIC DIRECTOR

Gregory Oh is a pianist, music director and artistic programmer who always tries to lean towards the progressive and experimental. His exploits have taken him from techno mecca Berghain in Berlin to the Wordless Music Series at the Lincoln Centre in New York to the Beijing Modern Music Festival. Recent adventures include performing and recording with improvising legend Roscoe Mitchell and the Montreal-Toronto Art Orchestra, conducting the premieres of Bearing with Signal Theatre and While 100 Guitars Gently Weep with Bradyworks at the Luminato Festival, performing on piano and marimba in Steve Reich’s Music for 18 Musicians at Massey Hall and musical direction on Sean Griffin’s Cold Spring at EMPAC with members of Signal Ensemble and the JACK quartet.

 

VICTOR POKINKO
PRODUCER

Victor is a Dora Award-winning producer, actor, and theatre-creator based in Toronto who has entertained audiences on stages ranging from parks to museums, from stone amphitheatres to the National Centre for Performing Arts in Mumbai, India. As an artist, he is best known for his work with Bad Hats Theatre’s flagship Peter Pan, as part of Soulpepper’s 2017 and 2018 Family Festival, and in Pea Green Theatre’s internationally acclaimed Three Men in a Boat, which continues to tour to sold-out houses around the world since 2014.

As a producer, Victor is committed to carving out space for new, imaginative, interdisciplinary art. As an Artistic Producer of Bad Hats Theatre and Producer of Bad New Days and of the Three Men Collective, he is dedicated to the development of original work, championing the collective voices of artists to let them influence and shape the creative process.

Learn more about his upcoming projects at www.badhatstheatre.com