The Token Queer Panelists

Sarah Garton Stanley

Director, dramaturg and PhD Candidate in Cultural Studies at Queen’s University, Sarah Garton Stanley is originally from Montreal, now lives here in South West Nova Scotia. During her tenure as the Associate Artistic Director of English Theatre at the National Arts Centre, she led The Cycle(s). Sarah co-founded SpiderWebShow and  FOLDA and co-invented SketchSpace. Sarah has worked across Canada and overseas. Most recent directing credits include Everybody Just C@lm the F#ck Down (Artistic Fraud) Marigold (Musical Stage), carried away on the crest of a wave (Arts Club) Fun Home (RMTC) Sexual Misconduct of the Middle Classes (Tarragon) The Big House (TOFringe) Unsafe (Canadian Stage); Out the Window (Luminato/Theatre Centre. She continues her work with Marcus Youssef and Neworld Theatre, and their co-created and co-performed piece Awkward and Embarrassing Conversations. Sarah received the 2016 Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas’ Elliot Hayes Award, the 2017 Manitoba Theatre Award for best direction for Kill Me Now and the 2018 Honorary Member Award for Canadian Association for Theatre Research. Next up: Calpurnia (RMTC and NAC).

Rooks Field-Green

Rooks Field-Green (He/They) is a white, Jewish, and trans/non-binary theatre artist settled in Kjipuktuk.  Rooks has a combined-honours degree in Psychology and Theatre Studies from the University of King’s  College/Dalhousie University. Rooks has worked behind the scenes with Zuppa Theatre Co. (City Ditties,  This is Nowhere, F.I.S.H.), 2b Theatre (The Bridge), DaPoPo Theatre in association with Shakespeare by  The Sea (Queer Theatre Ensemble: Shakesqueer) and The Fountain School of Performing Arts (Don  Juan Returns from the War). He has also performed with Zuppa Theatre (F.I.S.H., 50 Things) Villain’s  Theatre (M: The Berlin Murders, Isolate Nights, Scene of the Crime), Neptune Theatre (Boys, Girls, and  Other Mythological Creatures, Jabber) and Ship’s Company Theatre (Good Grief). Rooks produces,  writes and directs queer children’s radio plays (Frog and Toad are Together: Ice Cream, A Swim,  Cookies). Rooks was enrolled in Tarragon Theatre’s Young Playwright’s Unit Extended Cohort as he  developed his play Translating with Dramaturg Makram Ayache. Rooks is currently in a workshopping  period of his play Translating with the help of Arts Nova Scotia, Playwright’s Atlantic Resource Centre,  Eastern Front Theatre, and the Bus Stop Theatre’s Writer’s Circle. Rooks’s writing focuses on childhood  development, transgenerational trauma (with queer and jewish lens’s), and subversive depictions of  gender and queerness. Rooks is also the Chair of Eastern Front Theatre’s Board of Directors and is a  trained safe space facilitator, consultant and active listener. To find out more about Rooks please go  to rooksfield-green.com.

Jay Northcott

Jay Northcott (they/them) is a multidisciplinary artist with a focus on: directing, performance art, playwrighting, burlesque/drag, and  producing. Jay works to decolonize their art and practice through storytelling, movement, gesture and joy to create the fundamentals of their work.  They continue to grow and make it their mission to uplift projects that put BIPOC Queer artists in the  spotlight. Their goals: to make you cry and piss yourself at the same time, they want to bleed, break,  grind, make money, fuck, fight and blow some shit up. Inspired my pop culture, aesthetic, lived experience  and finding truth to develops techniques and experiences that questions: Why theatre is still relevant?

Dillan Chiblow

Dillan is an Ojibwe storyteller from Garden River First Nation. He is a Sheridan Music Theatre Performance grad, as well as having a master’s degree in Musical Theatre from The Royal Conservatoire  of Scotland. Dillan is also honored to have been awarded the Musical Stage Company’s Syd & Shirly  Banks Prize (2020-2021). Dillan is also known to dip into the education field where he taught Indigenous  Education, and currently teaching singing lessons at Sheridan in the Music Theatre program. Dillan is  passionate about re-Indigenizing/decolonizing stories and looks to further explore his artistry through this  method.  Selected credits : Murdoch Mysteries (CBC) Children Of God (Urban Ink, Citadel, Segal Center, Western  Theatre Canada, Vancouver, B.C provincial tour) Sedna (Urban Ink/ Caravan Farm) Only Drunks and  Children Tell The Truth (Magnus) Weesageechak Festival (Native Earth) Highrise (National Film Board Of  Canada)

Avery-Jean Brennan

Avery-Jean Brennan is a Transfeminine actor, director, musical  director, playwright, and producer. Over the past five years, they  have facilitated workshops on Trans Inclusive Practices in the  Arts; which they have led for theatre and film production companies across Canada. Recently, they were nominated for the  Bra d’Or Award from the Playwrights Guild of Canada for their  advocacy work. Avery-Jean received their musical direction  training through various Associate and Apprentice positions in  theatres across Canada, including a residency through Neptune  Theatre’s RBC Chrysalis Project. They have studied writing under  Leslie Arden, Christopher Weddell, and through The Musical  Stage Company’s NoteWorthy Program, where they are currently  the RBC Apprentice Artistic Director. Avery-Jean’s first original musical, THE PANSY CRAZE, was the  recipient of Queer Theatre Toronto’s inaugural LGBTQ Fringe  Award for pushing boundaries in representation for Queer & Trans  characters in musical theatre. They are currently writing the book  for multi-award-winning songwriter Gabrielle Papillon’s new musical, MIND THE LIGHT. Their most recent appearance as a  performer was for a digital semi-staged presentation of their latest  original work, NO COUNTRY FOR THEY/THEMS, produced through Eastern Front Theatre’s Stages Festival