The Company

Meet Our Creative Team

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Jacquie Thomas – Artistic Director

In addition to her role as founder and Artistic Director of Theatre Gargantua, Jacquie has served Gargantua as an actor, director, producer, composer, choreographer, dramaturge and writer, earning 11 Dora nominations for her artistic contributions to the company.

Other selected credits include the Ossetynski Actors Lab in Los Angeles, Roy Hart Theatre in France, The National Theatre of Greece and the Gardzienice Theatre Association of Poland. Jacquie was awarded a Harold Award for contributions to Toronto’s independent theatre community, and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2013 for contributions to Canadian Culture and Community.

Michael Gordon Spence – Associate Artistic Director

Michael Spence is Associate Artistic Director and an award-winning, long-standing member of Theatre Gargantua’s creative team. He has been involved in all of TG’s productions, appearing in all major Cycles and writing or designing for many of the company’s noted works. His script for The Exit Room was nominated for a Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding New Play, and he won the award twice for Outstanding Set Designs. He has received a total of ten Dora nominations for his work with the company, winning four.

Michael is a recipient of a Harold Award, a distinguished honour for members of the Toronto independent theatre community. He is also an accomplished musician and singer-songwriter. He directed the first SideStream Cycle, Shrapnel, which represented his directorial debut with the company.

Sukaina's-Headshot-croppedSukaina Ibraheem – Producer

Sukaina is a graduate of the Devised Theatre and Concurrent Education programs at York University. In 2016, she sat on the advisory board for Paprika Festival where she facilitated Youth Workshops and programs throughout the year as well as the festival week in partnership with Native Earth Performing Arts Inc. She started working at Theatre Gargantua in the summer of 2017 as Producing Assistant for the 25th anniversary season and premiere production of Reflector. She was the Head of Press & Publicity for York University’s Devised Theatre Festival 2018. Most recently Sukaina was excited to embody her experience as an Arab artist in Makram Ayache’s The Green Line at The Rhubarb Festival (2019). As both theatre artist and certified teacher in Ontario, Sukaina is thrilled to be a part of the Gargantua team supporting professional theatre and educational programming.

image0Madison Robinson – Associate Producer

Madison is a Devised Theatre graduate of York University where she developed her love for creating art. Her most recent works include stage managing The Green Line by Makram Ayache in Buddies in Bad Times 2019 Rhubarb Festival, performing in The Vagina Monologues, as well as Production Manager/Performer in Metanoia at York University’s 2019 Devised Theatre Festival with Palimpsest Theatre. As an emerging artist residing in Toronto and with the hopes of starting her own devised theatre company, she is beyond grateful for the opportunity to create and grow with Theatre Gargantua. Madison wants to thank her friends, family, dog and most importantly roommate/sister for putting up with her and giving her the most support in the world. “Keep going. Keep growing.”

CarolineCaroline Watling – Development Officer & Assistant Producer

Caroline is a recent graduate of University of Toronto Scarborough where she was an active member of the theatre community. She began working at Theatre Gargantua in summer 2019 through a producing internship. From 2012-2016 Caroline was engaged in several cultural organizations in her hometown of Markham Ontario, providing a youth voice for the theatre and cultural festivals. She was Production-Stage manager for two seasons of Theatre on The Ridge’s summer festival (2017, 2018). In 2018 she worked with Ontario Drama and Dance Educators, and Playwright Canada Press to promote Canadian theatre. In 2019 she was a member of Theatre Ontario’s Youth Advisory Committee, supporting youth in Ontario theatre. Caroline is delighted to be part of Theatre Gargantua’s team supporting socially relevant Canadian theatre.

 

Contributing Artists

Theatre Gargantua develops each new cycle of work with an ensemble of artists through various workshops.

We would like to acknowledge the huge contributions to the founding and early establishment of TG the following artists have made: Erica Buss, Diane Niec and Joel Benson.

Over the years, the following artists have worked with the company in many different capacities including: performing, design, production, song creation, and movement development.

  • Ciara Adams
  • Heather Annis 
  • Jenny Aplin
  • Julia Aplin
  • Abraham Asto
  • Katie Binnersley
  • Bruce Barton
  • Joshua Browne
  • Valerie Buhagiar
  • Meryn Cadell
  • Marjorie Campbell
  • Daryl Cloran
  • Michael Cooper
  • Belinda Corpuz
  • Sandra Crejenica
  • Ritesh Das
  • Cait Davis
  • Cameron Davis
  • Darcy Gerhart
  • Conor Green
  • Natalie Gisele
  • John Gzowski
  • Allan Day
  • Christine Devaney
  • Andrea Donaldson
  • Madeleine Donohue
  • Susan Doyon
  • Stephan Droege
  • Terence Duraisami
  • Melissa Falcioni
  • Linn Øyen Farley
  • Carolyn Farrell
  • Yolanda Ferrato
  • Katherine Foster
  • Sarah Machin Gale
  • Adam Gaudreau
  • Michelle Girouard
  • Barbara Gordon
  • Taylor Marie Graham
  • Nadine Grant
  • John Gzowski
  • Spencer Hazel
  • Bill Hermans
  • Patrick Howarth
  • Rick Hyslop
  • Kirsten Johnson
  • Kathleen Jones
  • Martin Julien
  • Lori Nancy Kalamanski
  • Teiya Kasahara
  • George Koller
  • Alan S. A. Kushan
  • Cyrus Lane
  • Jani Lauzon
  • Richard Lee
  • Kearston Lyon
  • Brenna Maccrimmon
  • Laird Macdonald
  • Krista Macissac
  • Victor Mare
  • Ottilie Mason
  • Melanie McNeill
  • Duncan Mccallum
  • Laird Macdonald
  • Owen Milburn
  • Alexis Milligan
  • Suzie Miller
  • Erika Morey
  • Claire Nesbitt-Hawes
  • Nina Okens
  • Daniel Oulton
  • Kwaku Okyere
  • Pam Patel
  • Michelle Polak
  • Courtney Pyke
  • Thomas Ryder Payne
  • Donald Quan
  • Rick Roberts
  • Kat Sandler
  • Melissa Jane Shaw
  • Jane Siberry
  • Robert Simms
  • Sasha Singer-Wilson
  • Sandra Smirle
  • Timothy Somerville
  • Tyler Stewart
  • Sheree Tams
  • Tommy Taylor
  • Angela Thomas
  • Michael Timmins
  • Ernie Tollar
  • Peter Turk
  • Victoria Ward
  • Jason White
  • Aaron Willis
  • Louisa Zhu
  • Kavkasia: Alan Gassier,
    Stuart Gelzer, Carl Linich

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