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Brendan Healy
Artistic Director

Originally from Montréal, Brendan began his career as an actor, appearing most notably in Peter Hinton’s production of Greg MacArthur’s Girls! Girls! Girls!, presented at the 2001 TransAmériques Festival. It was at that festival that Brendan met Richard Maxwell, whose company, the New York City Players, is considered to be one of the most influential alternative theatre companies currently operating in Manhattan. That meeting led Brendan to decide to dedicate himself entirely to directing. He left for New York to intern under Mr. Maxwell.

Brendan attended the National Theatre School’s Directing Program and trained extensively with one of the pioneers of the American avant-garde Anne Bogart and the SITI Company before relocating to Toronto. Since then, Brendan has established himself as a central figure in the city’s theatre scene and his work has been presented across the country. “An expert at fascinating and confronting audiences” according to NOW Magazine, Brendan has built a reputation for productions of contemporary texts that are visceral, thought-provoking, and visually arresting. His shows have garnered multiple Dora Mavor Moore Awards and he is a recipient of the Ken McDougall and the Pauline McGibbon awards for directing.

Between 2009-2015, Brendan was the Artistic Director of Buddies in Bad Times Theatre. During his time at Buddies, the company experienced an unprecedented period of artistic success with a string of celebrated productions including PIG, Arigato, Tokyo, Obaaberima, The Silicone Diaries, and Blasted. As critic Paula Citron wrote: “Under Artistic Director Brendan Healy, Buddies has become a major player.” During this time, the company also embarked on four highly-successful national tours that brought Buddies’ work to stages across the country including two stops at the National Arts Centre and an appearance at the Magnetic North Theatre Festival.

Brendan is a regular instructor at the National Theatre School of Canada and he has presented seminars and taught workshops at universities across the country including Concordia University, York University, Brock University, and the University of Lethbridge. He has also contributed to the Canadian Theatre Review. More recently, Brendan completed a Masters in International Arts Management, in a program jointly offered by the Southern Methodist University (Dallas, Texas), l’École des hautes études commerciales (Montréal, Québec), and the SDA Bocconi School of Management (Milan, Italy). He also worked as the Artistic Director for Performing Arts for the City of Brampton, one of Canada’s most diverse and fastest-growing cities.
Sherrie Johnson
Executive Producer

Sherrie Johnson has over 25 years of experience presenting, commissioning, producing, co-producing, and touring award-winning live performance. Prior to joining Canadian Stage in 2013, she worked as Artistic Director of the inaugural edition of Boston’s multi-arts festival Outside The Box and was Senior Curator at Vancouver’s PuSh International Performing Arts Festival from 2009 to 2012.

Sherrie was the Touring Liaison and Curator of the Magnetic North Theatre Festival (2006-2007); producer of the PuSh Assembly (2007-2012); producer of Canadian content for the 2007 International Network for Contemporary Arts (Belgium); the Canadian Producer of Celebrate Scotland; Co-Founder, Producer, Co-Artistic Director of the Six Stages Festival in Toronto, with her colleague Menno Plukker; and a Production Assistant for the du Maurier Arts World Stage Festival. As the producer of da da kamera (1993–2007), her longstanding association with Daniel MacIvor resulted in a string of acclaimed theatre productions that have toured worldwide. In addition to her producing work, Sherrie has dedicated her time to building and leading professional development workshops and seminars around the world. She has ongoing relationships as the Pitch Producer for New York’s Under the Radar Festival Symposium and of Caravan New English Performance, presented as part of the Brighton Festival.

Sherrie holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminology and Theatre, a Master of Science degree in Communications from Indiana State University and has studied at the University of Toronto’s Rotman Executive Program. Sherrie was a recipient of the John Hobday Award for outstanding achievement in arts management from the Canada Council for the Arts in the first year the award was given.
Artistic Director
Brendan Healy

Executive Director
Monica Esteves

Executive Producer and Director of International Partnerships
Sherrie Johnson

Manager, Executive Office (Maternity Leave)
Gianna Ceci

Interim Manager, Executive Office
Lisa Traini


Associate Producer
Lynanne Sparrow

Dramaturg & Artistic Associate
Birgit Schreyer Duarte

Education & Audience Development Manager
Autumn Smith


Sandra Cesario

Compensation Administrator
Janet Llewellyn

Accounts Payable Coordinator
Pathma Mahadeva

Intermediate Accountant
Kari Seppen


Associate Director of Government and Community Relations
Dawn Cattapan

Manager, Special Events
Emily Atherton

Manager, Major Gifts and City Builders
Desiree Chan

Manager, Individual Giving
Anja Zeljkovic

Development Administrator
Kate Croome

Marketing and Communications

Senior Director of Marketing and Communications
Jim Valentine

Associate Director of Audience Services
April Moon

Associate Director of Communications
Cathy Paine

Patron Systems Administrator
Amar Bajracharya

Graphic Design Manager
Ted Glaszewski

Content Marketing Manager
Nathan Kelly

Marketing Manager
Denais Peluch

Audience Services Manager
Andrew Markowiak

Assistant Audience Services Manager
Jeremy Loughton

Audience Services Supervisor
Will King

Audience Services Coordinator
Kamini Murthy-Korteweg

Audience Services Representatives
Gunes Agduk
Reilly Ballantyne-Smith
Faisal Butt
Peter Genoway
Alex Jackson
Rachel Lampreia
Lucy McPhee
Sienna Singh
Amy Swift

Sales Manager
Jackie Nguyen

Sales Representatives
Michael Crumpton
Paul Maly

Group Sales & Intern Program Coordinator
Scott Leaver

Front of House Manager, Operations & Events
Robin Gaunt

Front of House Supervisor
Adam Fraser
Amanda Clarke

Nicola Atkinson
Emily Kahle
Chinthaka Palipane
Bri Proke


Director of Production Elissa Horscroft

Production Manager
Heather Landon

Technical Director
Greg Dougherty

Assistant Technical Director
Awstin Davies

Head of Properties
Mary Spyrakis

Prop Builder
Monica Lee

Head of Wardrobe
Ming Wong

Marlee Bygate

Building Operations Manager
Peter Velocci

Senior Head Technician
Sally Roberts

Head Technician
Yunier Alvarez Peñate

Junior Head Technician
Cassandra Miller

Wardrobe Mistress
Susan Batchelor

Scenic Artists
Kim Dykstra
Ashley Marchand
Danielle Poirier

Janet Pym
Kiyomi Hidaka
Geoff Hughes
Philip Atfield

Board of Directors

Alexandra Baillie

Tony Baylis

Sara Angel
Adam Burke
Huw Evans
Councillor Paula Fletcher
Elaine Kierans
Peter Lyman
Trina McQueen
John Montesano
Joanne Niblock
Penny Partridge
Vanessa Pfaff
Sanjiv Purba
Avery Swartz
Irene Zaguskin