March 22, 2018 7PM / Huron County Museum Theatre
Join this discussion about the process behind the creation and presentation of historical fiction in Huron County guided by a panel of professional directors, authors, actors, playwrights and educators!
Paul Ciufo / Canadian Playwright
Paul Ciufo is a Canadian playwright of note. His play Reverend Jonah premiered at Blyth Festival and was a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Awards. Ciufo’s historical drama Narcisse garnered a Governor General’s History Award, and his radio drama On Convoy was produced and broadcast by CBC Radio. Currently he is writing the libretto for The Llandovery Castle, a new Canadian opera that will be performed in Toronto on June 26 and 27, 2018.
Sinead Cox / Huron County Museum – Curator of Engagement and Dialogue
After completing her undergraduate degree at the University of Western Ontario and the University of Leeds in Yorkshire, England, Sinead received a Master’s degree in Public History from Carleton University. The Huron County Museum and Historic Gaol featured heavily in her Major Research Essay, which examined depictions of the poor in rural southwestern Ontario museums. Outside of the museum she is a fan of Hindi cinema, a photographer of cows, and also co-director of Staging Our Histories: a performance event dedicated to histories ‘off the page and on the stage.’
Gil Garratt / Blyth Festival – Artistic Director
Gil Garratt is a director, playwright, dramaturge, Dora Award-winning actor, and theatre administrator who has worked across Canada and internationally. With a career that has been dedicated primarily to the development of new Canadian plays, Gil has been with the Blyth Festival since 1999.
Taylor Graham / Writer, director, producer and educator
Taylor is a writer, director, producer, and educator living in Cambridge, Ontario. She holds a BA in theatre from York University, an MFA in creative writing from the University of Guelph, and is a PhD candidate in School of English and Theatre Studies at the University of Guelph. She is also a partial load English professor at Sheridan College, a member of Pat the Dog Theatre Creation and Sonderlust‘s Playwrights’ Unit: The Women’s Room, and the artistic director of the indie theatre company Port Albert Productions.
Christopher Spaleta / Writer, actor and director for independent film, television and theatre
Christopher Spaleta is a writer, actor and director for independent film, television and theatre. He grew up in Goderich, studied English and Screenwriting in Ottawa, and lives with his wife Maria on a farm in Central Huron.