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Paul Ledoux is one of Canada’s most produced creators of musical theatre. Ledoux is known for provocative explorations of the relationship between politics and popular culture as exemplified by the Dora and Chalmers Award-winning Fire, (with David Young, Still Desire You (with David Young and Melanie Doane) and The Bricklin (with Allen Cole) the story of Canada’s most infamous automobile. He has written extensively for television - documentaries, drama, family programming and animation. He was supervising producer on the TV series Pit Pony and produced and wrote Here I Am, Denny Doherty and The Mamas and Papas for Bravo Canada. He has 60 radio dramas to his credit including stints as head writer on three long-running series. In addition to his work as a dramatist he has extensive experience as a dramaturg, literary manager, journalist and artistic director and a degree in History from Dalhousie University. Ledoux is past Chairman of The Playwrights Guild of Canada.
John Roby has composed music for theatre, ballet, chorale ensembles, radio, television and feature films. He has won Dora Mavor Moore Awards for George Walker’s Theatre of the Film Noir and The Girls In The Gang (with Ray Storey). Other productions include: The Dreamland; a musical adaptation of Lulie The Iceberg from the book by the Imperial Princess of Japan, Princess Hisako Takamado; and George F. Walker’s King of Thieves for Canada’s Stratford Festival. Roby has had a long association with The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation scoring radio dramas and co-productions with the BBC and LA Theatre Projects. Highlights include The Nightingale (International Radio Festival Gold Medal) and Josef Skvorecky’s The Bass Saxophone (Armstrong Award). CD releases include; Gin Joint, An Unfashionable Love and Stride, a collaboration with Doug Riley and Tyler Yarema that won The Canadian Collectors Congress Award for Best Traditional Jazz Album.
Allen Cole is a composer, musical director, writer and lyricist with 18 produced musicals including: The Wrong Son, Mimi
(with Rick Roberts and Melody Johnson), Anything That Moves (with Ann-Marie MacDonald and Alisa Palmer), The Bricklin (with Paul Ledoux) and Alice in Wonderland (with Peter Hinton). As music director he has worked at leading Canadian theatres including Canadian Stage, the National Arts Centre, the Stratford Festival, Soulpepper and Tarragon Theatre. His work with Nova Scotia’s Two Planks and a Passion includes Merritt Award-winning productions of Rockbound, The Miracle Man (with Michael O’Brien), Frankenstein and Animal Farm (with Ken Schwartz). He has won four Dora Mavor Moore Awards, a Best Score Award from the Atlantic Film Festival and has been nominated for the Lieutenant-Governor of Nova Scotia’s Masterworks Award. In addition to his work as a creator of musicals, Allen is past Artistic Director of the Caravan Farm Theatre in Armstrong, B.C. and currently teaches singing in the School of Performance at Ryerson University.
Actor, producer and labour leader Ferne Downey is a popular public speaker and advocate for the performing arts. She is currently the President of FIA, the international actors federation representing professional performers organizations in 75 countries worldwide. She is also the Chair of AFBS, the organization that administers retirement savings and insurance benefits for Canadian screnwriters and performers. Ferne is also past-president of the Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists (ACTRA) – the first ever to serve four consecutive terms – where she achieved great strides in collective bargaining, public policy reform, and practices of equality, diversity and inclusivity in the screen-based industries. She served on the Executive of the Canadian Labour Congress and is a graduate of The Harvard University Trade Union Leadership Program. She has been honoured with a Doctor of Laws, honoris causa – L.L.D. by Dalhousie University. Ms. Downey co-founded the successful cabaret theatre company Pop Productions and has been lead producer on many successful new musicals including Judy and Dream A Little Dream, the nearly true story of The Mamas and The Papas. Acting credits include work in film (Sea of Love, The Tall Man), television and radio drama (The Mystery Project). She is currently developing the company's new podcast programming.