Maria Milisavljević, Playwright
Born in Arnsberg, Germany, Maria Milisavljević is an award-winning, Dora-nominated playwright, theatre creator, dramaturg and translator. Over the past sixteen years, Maria has worked with various theatres and companies across Germany, Canada, the U.S. and the U.K. She is the artistic director of the TheaterTruppe, which she founded in 2005 and through which she has directed, created and written most of her work. Maria’s work includes productions of classics, modern classics and her own plays Annas Fest (2008), hell/warm (2009) and Hero of the Day (2010).
Maria’s play Abyss was nominated for the Dora Mavor Moore Award in 2015 for “Outstanding New Play.” Her adaptation of Enemy of the People (with Richard Rose) for the Saint John Theatre Company went on an international tour to Theater Konstanz, Germany, in January 2017.
Maria holds a doctoral degree in English and translates her works into English herself. She is also the recipient of a three-year scholarship grant by the Bavarian Ministry for Sciences and the Arts. In 2009, she received the John McGrath Scholarship in Theatre Studies of the Scottish Universities for Hero of the Day.
Mandy E. MacLean
Mandy MacLean is originally from New Brunswick. Her recent acting work includes: hiraeth (with Varrick Grimes); Ending Silence (YPU, Tarragon Theatre); Trafalgar 24 (Driftwood Theatre); Meloncholiac: The Music of Scott Walker (Summerworks). Her directing work includes: Honesty by Jordan Tanahill for the Honest Ed’s Closing Party; Project Assistant to Ted Witzel on Yukonstyle (Canadian Stage); Assistant Director to Diana Belshaw on The Park; and Assistant Director to Varrick Grimes on Till Eulgespiegel. Her recent training includes: Suzuki and Viewpoints/Composition and Speaking (SITI Company of New York); Suzuki (Kameron Steel of SCOT and Thomas Morgan Jones). She is a graduate of Humber Theatre Performance and the University of New Brunswick. She has over a decade of experience working with children, and currently lives in Toronto where she is represented by Catalyst TCM. She is thrilled to be back in the province.
(Saint John, NB)
Caroline Bell is from Quispamsis, NB where she first starred as Tree #2 and never looked back. A recent graduate of George Brown’s Theatre Performance Program, Caroline has had the great joy of performing in many Saint John and Toronto productions including: Cecily in The Importance of Being Earnest (Ravenous Theatre); Girlie in A Girl Should Know Her Etiquette (self-created); Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Helen of Troy in The Penelopiad (George Brown Theatre School); and Improviser in [INSERT TITLE HERE] The Musical! (Improvisation Corporation). Her role as Juliet in Saint John Theatre Company’s bilingual Romeo and Juliet when she was fifteen was a huge moment and inspired her to pursue this career as well as this wonderful program! She is so happy to be back sharing with the community that made her excited about acting in the first place, and snuggling with her cat.