Meet the people who make our world go round
Thomas Hodd, Playwright
(No Man Is An Island)
Born and raised in Saint John, Thomas Hodd is an Associate Professor of English at Université de Moncton, where he teaches drama, creative writing and Canadian literature.
As an editor and cultural critic, Hodd’s essays and reviews have appeared in The Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, Canadian Art, the Literary Review of Canada, and Studies in Canadian Literature, among others. His acting credits include stints with KV Players, StFX University’s Theatre Antigonish, and the Saint John Theatre Company. He has served as theatre critic for The Telegraph Journal, as well as board member for a number of provincial arts organizations, including the Frye Festival, the City of Moncton Culture Board, the Capitol School of Performing Arts, and the Writers Federation of New Brunswick. He is co-editor of The Antigonish Review, and a member of the editorial board for the Journal of New Brunswick Studies. His edition of war stories by the Nova Scotia writer and First World War veteran, Will R. Bird, A Soldier’s Place, is forthcoming with Nimbus Publishing.
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.