I am a professor, arts-based researcher and playwright in the Department of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning at the Ontario Institute of Studies in Education, University of Toronto. I am also the Founding and Artistic Director of Gailey Road Productions, an independent theatre company where theatre meets research and research meets theatre (gaileyroad.com). I graduated from the MFA Playwriting Program at Spalding University, Louisville, Kentucky, in November 2006.
My historical drama Lost Daughter won the 2005 Canadian Jewish Playwriting Contest and was produced by Gailey Road at the 2008 Toronto Fringe Festival. The play was published as one of the three plays in an anthology called Zero Tolerance and Other Plays (Sense Publishers 2013).
Harriet’s House, a contemporary drama about transnational adoption in an LGBTQ family, was produced at Hart House Theatre in July 2010, and has been published as part of my book Staging Harriet’s House: Writing and Producing Research-Informed Theatre (Peter Lang 2012).
Castor and Sylvie a play about French feminist philosopher Simone de Beauvoir and her companion Sylvie Le Bon was workshopped at the Toronto SummerWorks Festival in 2015, revised and then performed at the L Fest in Llandudno, Wales in 2018. The play was translated into French in early 2020.
My most recent play Out at School (published in my new book Our Children Are Your Students under the title This is Our Family) co-written with Jenny Salisbury and Pam Baer, is a multi-media verbatim theatre piece based on interviews with LGBTQ families about their experiences at elementary and high school. It was also performed at the L Fest in Llandudno, Wales in 2018 and then in Toronto at the Pride Festival in June 2019.
Out at School, the Audio Play was recorded on Zoom in November 2020 and is available here and on popular podcast platforms.
Harriet’s House, Castor and Sylvie and Out at School are all part of my ongoing project of putting queer families on stage.