ROMEO CIOLFI (Playwright) By the time Romeo reached high school, writing became an obsession with him and he began creating plays and acting in them. For the next 15 years and post university, Romeo went on to write over 40 one-act and two-act plays, and performing them throughout high school, university and theatres in the Toronto area. His play Blue (directed by double Dora nominee Jane Miller) premiered at the Village Playhouse in 2008, and his last play Animal was workshopped last summer under the direction of Mumbi Tindyebwa. Following his university days at York, Romeo began to go back to his roots of screenwriting and has gone on to write over 20 feature length screenplays. In 2013, his screenplay Play Ball won 1st Runner Up in the Kairos Prize in Screenwriting ($15,000); it has optioned by a New York based production company. You can read more about Romeo's work at studiosperanza.ca.
ERIC BENSON (Director) Before moving to Toronto from Halifax in 2013, Eric was Associate Director for DaPoPo Theatre. He participated in the directors’ mentorship program at the Stratford Festival, where he worked under Weyni Mengesha (Hosanna) and Des McAnuff (Henry V). Eric directed both Surrendering Dorothy and Brockfest in the New Ideas Festival. Other directing credits include the award-winning Eating French in the InspiraTO festival and the Toronto première of Berni Stapleton’s Offensive to Some (Toronto Fringe). In 2015, he’ll be working on two productions with Solar Stage.
MARIUXI ZAMBRANO (Set Designer) is a Toronto based multidisciplinary artist and curator. She is the Artistic Associate for ift theatre where she contributes to create culturally diverse work that is interdisciplinary or experimental in form, content and style. Mariuxi is the Storyboard Artist, Props and Costume Designer for the current work Motherland/Because I love you. She has worked with Chinedu Ukabam as Set Designer and Photographer for Afrotropolis in Wonderland, a multidisciplinary fashion and art project. Mariuxi was the Set and Costume Designer for My Name is Rachel Corrie at Hart House Theatre (Best Design Nomination by My Theatre Award/My Entertainment World), and for Tender Napalm in SummerWorks (“Outstanding Designer” by NOW magazine). She has trained at Lynda Rayno Dance Academy in Victoria, Toronto Dance Theater, and at Broadway Dance Center in New York. Mariuxi holds a B.A. (Hons.) in Fine Arts and Visual Studies from the University of Toronto and has an Associate of Arts Degree from Camosun College. Currently, Mariuxi is collaborating in a community based theatre project as the Interactive Scenographer. She is on a creative journey with Aiding Dramatic Change in Development and community members with cerebral palsy as part of the Imagining Possibilities Project.
FARNOOSH TALEBPOUR (Costume & Props Designer) was the Assistant Costume Designer for Euripides’ The Trojan Women (Toronto Fringe) and recently won a THEA for Best Costume Design for her work on Cyrano de Bergerac (Amicus Productions).
JENNIFER JIMENEZ (Lighting Designer) is a scenographer and applied theatre practitioner having designed lights for various theatre and dance companies in Canada and the UK including the Shaw Festival, The MT Space, The Circus Space, and the Arcola Theatre. Her work has been seen in Germany, Syria, Jordan and Lebanon. She has also worked as an assistant lighting designer for Robert Lepage's Ex Machina, The Shaw Festival, Canadian Stage Company and Volcano Theatre. She is a past recipient of a Chalmers Award, and has been a nominee for the OAC Pauline McGibbon Award in Design. She is an ADC member.
DAVID MESIHA (Composer & Sound Designer) is a Toronto and Vancouver based award-winning composer and sound/video designer, known for his music composition and multimedia installations alike. David's compositional styles are wide ranging and versatile, from traditional music in orchestral and Chamber settings to electro-acoustic music that is fueled by his own research and computer programming interests. David has been nominated for and won multiple awards for many shows and across multiple categories from music composition to projection and innovation. Among these shows are Project (X) (Leaky Heaven), Terminus (Pi Theatre), Streetcar Named Desire (Leaky Heaven) and The busy world is Hushed (One2 theatre). David has recently been working with director Mumbi Tindyebwa on her latest production Motherland.
DAVID CRAWFORD (Producer) is a graduate of the York University theatre program, where he studied commercial theatre production with Broadway Producer Marty Bell, and interned at Livent, Inc. working in Casting and with Musical Director Jeffrey Huard on productions of Sunset Blvd. and Ragtime. Besides his work through Newface Entertainment, David was also the Producer and Managing Director at Brookstone Performing Arts, and is currently an Associate Producer with Vanier College Productions at York University.
NEWFACE ENTERTAINMENT (Producer) was founded with a mission to delight, entertain, inspire, and impassion audiences through theatre. The company has recently been working with ift theatre on productions of Because I Love You/A Quiet Desperation, the Dora-nominated Nightmare Dream (presented by Obsidian Theatre), and Dancing to a White Boy Song (SummerWorks). Other producing credits include: Sketchy At Best, Craig Lauzon’s Ham I Am, and Tim Sims’ Santagod (Tim Sims Playhouse), the Canadian premiere of the League Against Tedium (Bathurst Street Theatre), Dave Carley’s Into (Berkeley Street Theatre), and tick, tick...BOOM! (co-produced with Angelwalk Theatre).