Meet Our Creative Team
Jacquie Thomas (she/her) – 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 (he/him) – 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.
Mike Scott (he/him) – General Manager
Mike brings decades of experience managing people and projects in both the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors. He has been a producer, a performer, and a designer as well as working in software development when not in a theatre. Mike first joined the Theatre Gargantua team as Producer in 2022 before being promoted to General Manager.
Theatre Gargantua develops each new cycle of work with an ensemble of artists through various workshops.
Over the years, the following artists have worked with the company in many different capacities including: performing, design, production, song creation, and movement development.
Linn Øyen Farley
Sarah Machin Gale
Taylor Marie Graham
Lori Nancy Kalamanski
Alan S. A. Kushan
Thomas Ryder Payne
Melissa Jane Shaw
Kavkasia: Alan Gassier,
Stuart Gelzer, Carl Linich
(if your name should be on this list, please let us know!)