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JUDITH THOMPSON

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

Artistic Director of RARE Theatre Company, Judith is a playwright, director, actor and professor of theatre at the University of Guelph.  She is the author of 15 published plays, many of which are performed all over the world. They include The CrackwalkerLion in the StreetsPerfect Pie, and Palace of the End. Her play Who Killed Snow White will premiere at the 4th Line Theatre in August, 2018. She has directed and co-created four plays with artists with exceptionalities including Body and SoulSickRARE, and Borne  Most recently, she wrote the play Wildfire specifically for 7 performers with Down syndrome, all of whom had appeared in Rare. She wrote two feature films, Perfect Pie and Lost and Delirious, several TV movies and many radio plays.  She has twice won the Governor General's award for playwriting, as well as the Toronto Arts Award, a Dora Award, the Susan Smith Blackburn Award, and the Amnesty International Award for Freedom of Expression. She is honoured to have the privilege of collaborating with performers with exceptionalities.

 
 
 
 
 
 

NICK HUTCHESON

FOUNDING MEMBER & EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Nick is a founding member of the RARE Theatre Company. Nick is also a Senior Producer at KBS and the host of various public programs with the Koffler Centre of the Arts. He has worked with organizations such as SummerWorks, Spur, Luminato, and the Banff Centre. His projects have been recognized in Cannes (Silver & Bronze at the International Festival of Creativity); Berlin (Grand Prix, Gold & Silver at the Epica Awards); New York (Bronze at the Clio Awards); Toronto (Ed Mirvish Award for Entrepreneurship) and with a National Magazine Award but no work makes him more proud than his work with RARE.

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Brett Haynes 

GENERAL MANAGER

Brett is a producer, director, playwright, and founder of Triangle Pi Productions. He is a graduate of the University of Waterloo and George Brown Theatre School. Brett recently worked as a Special Events Associate at TAPA and for 4 years was the Artistic Producer for d’bi.young anitafrika’s company Watah.

 
 
 

RARE Theatre's Board of Directors

Suzanne Cross (President), Gregor CampbellChristopher HorkinsMark Lipton