A Letter to My Younger Self
Kanika is a Toronto-based playwright and librettist. She was Obsidian Theatre Company’s OAC Playwright-in-Residence last season and is in Cahoots Theatre Company’s Hot House for the third time this season. Her work has been featured in Tapestry Opera’s Tapestry Briefs, the 39th Rhubarb Festival, Black Lives, Black Words and Rising Tides Showcase. She is a Dora Award nominee for her role in Binti’s Journey, and was part of the Dora nominated Outstanding Production, Obeah Opera. Kanika is a graduate of Ryerson Theatre School and is founder of Dominican bélé dance group, Mabouya Dance Company. She was featured as one of Cahoots Theatre Company’s 30 for 30 theatre-makers for their 30th anniversary season.
Madeleine Brown is a graduate of UTM/Sheridan College as a Loran Scholar and now a Toronto-based actor and playwright. Her latest play (of which she was also a member of the cast), Everyone Wants A T-Shirt! debuted at the 2018 Toronto Fringe Festival where it sold out its entire run, winning Outstanding Ensemble from NOW Magazine and Patron’s Pick. Elsewhere as a writer, she has written online content for the Stratford Festival, UTM Student Housing and Residence Life, Compass Group Canada, The Medium, and Intermission Magazine. She was a 2016/2017 Nightwood Theatre Young Innovator and has assisted under directors Tamara Bernier-Evans and Diana Leblanc. Since 2016 she has served as a volunteer and employee with L’Arche Toronto’s Sol Express, a performance troupe for adults with developmental disabilities. She is currently a student in Second City’s Conservatory program.
Eugenia De Jong
Eugenia De Jong is a Toronto based actor and aspiring playwright. She graduated from the University of Windsor in 2018, receiving a B.F.A in Acting. Last year she wrote and performed her first one-woman show, Sonya, based on her grandmother’s experience in 1930’s Ukraine. In the summer of 2018, she was part of Shakespeare in the Ruff ‘s Guerrilla Ruff Squad, where she performed “improvised Shakespeare” across farmers markets in Toronto. She’s currently working on a few projects including a new production with Scarborough Players. Her favourite things to do include walking around barefoot, cheering on the Raptors, and binge watching Netflix.
Milena Fera is a current student at the Ryerson School of Performance,Production program. She loves to write in her free time and create works that express and address relevant social issues. She has previously written pieces for the Paprika Festival Creators Unit. She is excited to be a part of this festival and present her piece alongside other talented writers.
SAMANTHA MEGARRY is a Toronto-based theatre artist, actor, and yoga teacher. She is also (quietly) dabbling in playwriting. Before moving to Toronto, Samantha had the joy of working at Geordie Theatre School in Montreal, where she fell in love with creating theatre with/for young people. She is currently a Resident Artist Educator at Young People’s Theatre, and an Actor-Educator at Shakespeare-in-Action. Select on-stage credits include: Julius Caesar (Repercussion), LOTUS (Hopegrown), Macbeth (Repercussion), Around Miss Julie (Hopegrown). Samantha is co-founder of Hopegrown Productions, a theatre company dedicated to creating dynamic roles for women and producing new Canadian works. Hopegrown’s latest project, “The One”, will premiere at the Montreal Fringe in June 2019.
Brittany Miranda is a Toronto based artist and graduate of the joint Theatre and Drama Studies program at the University of Toronto and Sheridan College. Brittany first started dabbling in theatre creation when she directed and co-created That Joyce Girl for the 2016 Toronto Fringe Festival. She then went on to direct a physical and devised theatre adaptation of A Wrinkle in Time where she combined the play’s narrative with personal writings from the 25 young performers. Brittany is currently singing with a group called ImaJJine, and has been in studio recording for their Lullabies and Love Songs jazz album launching this spring. She is so thrilled to be a part of the Forward March Festival, and is grateful for the opportunity to publicly share, for the first time, a piece of her own writing. Other select theatre credits include Sally Bowles in Cabaret (Lower Ossington), Director of F*ck L*ve (Alumnae), Margaret in Carrie: the Musical (Hart House), Tracey/Raju in Rukmini’s Gold (Red Betty).
Frankie Mulder is a performer, stage manager and creator. A graduate from The Canadian College of Performing Arts in Victoria, BC, Frankie moved to Toronto in the fall of 2018. She is a queer woman that enjoys live performance, poetry, music, learning & snacking. Select credits as an actor include Miss Barista in This Little Light (The Belfry Theatre); Antonio in The Tempest (GVSF), and Pilate in Jesus Christ Superstar.
Laura was born to tell stories. Whether as a dancer with Tokyo Disney, a writer for Alumnae Theatre’s Gay Play Day, a teacher at the Toronto District School Board, or as a comédienne with Just for Laughs, Laura’s unstoppable passion in life lies in telling people all sorts of eccentric stories, whether they want to hear them or not.
Rosalie Tremblay comes from a bilingual fishing family on the coast of BC. She is a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada, now residing in Toronto. She has recently performed with Infemous at Bad Dog Comedy. This is her first endeavour into writing, she wrote it in hopes that other young girls not feel alone in their thoughts regarding sex, shame, love, and loneliness. She’s very excited to be a part of the Forward March Festival.