SARAH GARTON STANLEY, SELFCONSCIOUS CO-DIRECTOR
Sarah is a Montreal original now living between Ottawa, Kingston and beyond. She founded her first theatre company, The Baby Grand, in Kingston, in 1985 and went on from there to co-create Women Making Scenes, in Montreal and Die in Debt in Toronto, (a company that became synonymous with groundbreaking, large canvas site-specific work.) Sarah is a founder of The Harold Awards in Toronto and became the first and only female Artistic Director of Buddies in Bad Times Theatre. She was the Associate Director at The Factory Theatre and the inaugural Associate Artist at The Magnetic North Theatre Festival. Sarah has been nominated or won several awards including four Dora Mavor Moore Awards and The Siminovitch Award for Directing. Sarah (along with Chris Abraham) co-helmed the Directing Program at the National Theatre School of Canada and is an adjunct at Concordia University. Sarah is the Associate Artistic Director of English Theatre at Canada’s National Arts Centre. Since joining the company she launched The Collaborations: an approach to creation investment that implicates the NAC in several communities and in several ways. Through this work she co-created the SpiderWebShow.ca, and she is directing the premiere of Beatrice and Virgil, (Lindsay Cochrane’s adaptation of Yann Martel’s novel of the same name) and is Associate Director on Stan Douglas and Chris Haddock’s Helen Lawrence.