Staff

Beatriz Pizano

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Beatriz is an accomplished director and playwright. She is also an actor with more than twenty years of experience on stage, film and television. She is the 2009 winner of the prestigious John Hirsch Prize for Direction from the Canada Council for the Arts and the recipient of numerous awards and internships including The Ken McDougall Award for Direction, The Chalmers Fellowship, The Urjo Kareda Award (Tarragon Theatre), and The Metcalf Performing Arts Internship. She has been an Associate Artistic Director for Theatre Revolve and Nightwood Theatre.

As a writer/director Beatriz has been nominated three times for Best New Play for her multi-award winning trilogy about women and war comprised of For Sale, Madre, and La Comunión. She has also created and led a number of youth programs both in Canada and Colombia. Most recently, she facilitated a theatre/photography workshop with ex-combatant children and youth victims from the armed conflict in her native Colombia.

“Colombian-born Beatriz Pizano is one of Canada’s important Latin-Canadian writer/directors.” — Paula Citron, Classical 96.5 FM

Trevor Schwellnus

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Trevor is a Toronto-based scenographer – designing sets, lighting, and video for performance with independent artists. He is Artistic Producer of Aluna Theatre, and in 2009 – 2010 was Designer-in-Residence at the Theatre Centre. He directed, designed, and dramaturged Nohayquiensepa (Nooneknows) for Aluna Theatre, and designed La Comunión, Madre, and For Sale. He is currently developing a focus on the integration of artistic disciplines and intercultural practices through a Chalmers Fellowship.

Trevor has collaborated in theatre and dance with Modern Times, Jumblies, Fixtpoint, Alameda, Cahoots, Buddies in Bad Times, Obsidian, Tarragon, Small Wooden Shoe, One Reed, Marie-Josée Chartier, Ame Henderson’s Public Recodings, Susie Burpee, Sasha Ivanochko, Meagan O’Shea, and others. He has 3 Doras (of 11 career nominations), a Harold, and a Children’s Choice Award.

Sue Balint

Sue has been working in arts management for the past decade, acting as producer for Modern Times Stage Company for several seasons and Theatrefront’s Dora award-winning play cycle, The Mill (Parts 1-4). She has also worked with visual artist/architect Philip Beesley. Sue is also a playwright and founding ensemble member of Theatrefront. She holds degrees in Theatre and Religion (Queen’s University) and Journalism (King’s College).

Sebastian Marziali

Sebastian is Aluna’s Metcalf Artistic Intern for 2014, developing his own work, assitant directing, and working behind the scenes on many facets of Production.

Rosa Laborde

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  • Playwright-in-Residence

According to the Toronto Star, Rosa is a young writer who “deserves both attention and respect” and NOW Magazine recently asked, “is there anything this multi-talented theatre artist can’t do?”

Her political drama Leo was mounted three times in Toronto before touring the rest of Canada. Leo was nominated for five Dora Mavor Moore Awards including Outstanding New Play and was also a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama.

Rosa’s other plays include The Source, Sugar, Dish, Hush and Like Wolves, and she has been produced across Canada at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, Tarragon Theatre, The Great Canadian Theatre Company, Neptune Theatre, Touchstone Firehall Theatre and The Belfry Theatre. Her comedic hit Sugarwas named an Outstanding New Play by NOW Magazine and has been adapted into a short film funded by the OAC, TAC and Bravo, directed by acclaimed Canadian filmmaker John L’Ecuyer.

Currently she is completing her new play Like Wolves for production at The Great Canadian Theatre Company, collaborating on the new musical Valhalla with composer extraordinaire Reza Jacobs, adapting the novel Far To Go for the screen with co-writer Hannah Moscovitch for House of Films and developing her own original television series Mostly Sunny with CTV (now Bell Media).  Also an actress, Rosa continues to work regularly on stage and screen and was nominated for a Gemini Award for the television comedy History Bites and a Dora Award for the play Paper Series.  She worked with Aluna, starring in Madre and La Comunion. Rosa is a founding member of Project Undertow for whom she directed Melancholy Play at SummerWorks 2009 garnering a Crow’s Theatre Award honorable mention for Outstanding Direction and Dish at LabCab at the Factory Theatre. Rosa is a graduate of The Oxford School of Drama in Oxford, England.

Board

Brian Damude

  • President

Catherine Frid

  • Vice-President

Paulie McDermid

  • Secretary

Natalie Alvarez

  • Treasurer

Rosa Delgado