Ty (Tyler J.) Sloane



February 17-23 2019

Shayna Virginello



March 17-23 2019

Kristen Kirch



March 24-30 2019

Sepher Reybold



March 31- April 6 2019

Adriana Moraes & Jeysa Caridad / Con Queso Collective



May 13-18 2019

Angel Glady



150 jury: winter/spring 2019

Susan A. Lock


Susan A. Lock identifies as a Canadian Chinese South African artist who has transitioned from actor to director. She is currently directing for Shakepeare-in-Hospitals (Spur-of-the-Moment Theatre).  She has directed a reading, The Sister Op by Shelley M. Hobbs (Ergo Pink Fest 2018), Basket Day by Marcia Johnson (Hurly Burly Festival – Storefront Theatre), an excerpt of Street of Blood (Cardinal Direction Director’s Lab), Out at Sea (Divadlo Ano/Yes Theatre – Prague, Czech Republic) and The Good, the Bard and the Ugly (Hart House Festival).  Upcoming directing credit: Ergo Pink Fest 2019.  

Selected acting theatre credits: HERStory Counts: Initial Project (HERStory Counts), Eating Pomegrantes Naked (Call Me Scotty Productions – Summerworks Festival), Hiding Words (for you) (Eventual Ashes), AutoShow (Convergence Theatre). She graduated from the Theatre Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (DAMU) where she received a Czech Masters in Acting, specializing in alternative and puppet theatre.

Aaron Jan


Aaron Jan is a Hamilton-born playwright, director and dramaturg. He has worked as a creator with Factory Theatre, Fu-GEN Asian Canadian Theatre, Theatre Aquarius, Canadian Stage, Tarragon, Cahoots, Native Earth Performing Arts and has served as Dora Juror and a TAC Theatre Projects Juror. Aaron is a writer with the critically acclaimed, Silk Bath Collective, whose work, Yellow Rabbit, will have a premiere at Soulpepper in November.  Following this, he will be directing Minh Ly's hit play, Ga Ting at the 2019 Next Stage Theatre Festival.

Aaron Jan


Dilara moved to Toronto from Istanbul, Turkey one year ago to pursue her MBA at McMaster University. She is a Chemical Engineer and worked as one for two years. Her greatest passions are theatre, film and music. Being surrounded by wide variety of theatre here in Canada, she is thrilled to be spending all of her free time seeing shows. She is ecstatic and very grateful to be a part of The Assembly Theatre's jury.

Bilal Baig


Bilal Baig is a queer-genderqueer-muslim playwright, actor and devised theatre-maker. Bilal's first play, Acha Bacha, had its world premiere at Theatre Passe Muraille in association with Buddies in Bad Times Theatre and has since been translated into french. Other plays include: Khwaja Sera and blue eyes killed him without blinking which are in development at Buddies and Factory Theatre respectively, as well as a new devised work called Undecided with the Queer AF Collective. Bilal's personal essays have been featured in publications such as The Gay Heritage Project and Theatre Passe Muraille: A Collective History. Bilal co-directed the Buddies Youth Ensemble in a collectively created piece called Clamorous Concords in June 2018 and will be co-directing Eraser, an upcoming immersive physical TYA show. Acting credits in new play workshops include: The Effeminates: A Queer Tale of Bloody Vengeance (Cahoots), The Men in White (Factory), Theory (Tarragon Theatre), On (E)very (C)orner a (T)errorist (Theatre Centre), and Common (Studio 180 Theatre). Bilal also facilitates story-making workshops for predominantly newcomer youth in several different elementary schools across Toronto through an organization called Story Planet, and will be facilitating anti-Islamophobia workshops in high schools as part of the Rivers of Hope Collective. Bilal helps to create online and offline spaces for queer+trans south asians through a collective called A Colour Deep (acolourdeep.ca). 



Ty (Tyler J.) Sloane


February 17-23 2019

Zephyr who Swallowed Four Moons

Shay Virginillo


Written and Performed by: Shay Virginillo 

Direction and Sound by: Eliza Bronte 

Lighting by: Julian Iacob 

“As bewildered as me, upside down, laughing... its body like it swallowed four moons.”

Zephyr who Swallowed Four Moons is a poetic, physical, solo creation that follows a teenage girl over one night as she wrestles with her mixed race identity, unreliable sources of guidance, and problematic sexual attention.
Anime, K-pop and magical realism influences are used to create her fantastical world as she fights to hold onto her imagination, sense of self, and power.

Workshop Performance at The Assembly Theatre 

March 22/23 8pm 


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Kirsten Kirsch


In association with Cahoots Theatre

Music by: Darin C. Meilleur, Katie Berger, Kirsten Kirsch

Book by: Kirsten Kirsch

Consultant: Lauren Gargiulo

Gimpy follows the story of a young disabled musical theater performer Soren who is struggling for her place in a world she loves, but only conditionally accepts her. As we take the journey with her, we find that success doesn't always walk a straight line.

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Saffron & Caviar

Sepehr Reybod

Directed by: Bilal Baig

With participation by: Melanie Leon, Nada Abusaleh, Rouvan Silogix, and Hamed Dar

Saffron & Caviar is a new play-in-development by Sepehr Reybod that explores the identities we choose, the ones that are forced upon us, and the things we do to change them. Siblings Bahar and Nima, facing a devastating Winter that has doomed their town and turned them orphans, struggle to hold on to their beliefs while learning to cope, grieve, and coexist with each other. While Bahar turns to her pragmatism and work ethic, Nima clings to his newfound bond with Islam to survive, but their beliefs aren't as ironclad as they want the other to think. 


Con Queso Collective


Written and performed by: 

Jeysa Caridad &

Adriana Moraes Mendoza 

Vocal Direction: Fides Krucker

Movement Direction: Sharon Moore 

DiablaDivina tells the story of a young girl (Niña) and her tumultuous relationship with the Virgin Mary (Maria). Niña is confused about discovering a new part to herself - something she only knows how to describe as “dark” and it has her questioning her value and ability to be loved. She pleads to a framed painting of Maria for guidance. Niña is determined to discover the roots of her darkness as Maria helps by guiding her through memories - until the past becomes the centre of Niña’s worst fears. 

Workshop Performance at The Assembly Theatre 

Saturday, May 18th 7:30pm 


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RSVP by May 9th


Angel Glady


Directed by: Bilal Baig

She's going on a date tonight. Will she find the one? Follow a brown trans girl as she pursues love at any cost, meeting lots of interesting characters and revealing truths along the way in this new play created by Angel Glady.