Muriel Romanes (Scotland)
Muriel has over thirty years of experience in theatre both as an actor and director. She was Associate Director of the Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh and is one of the co-founders of Stellar Quines theatre company, where she has been Artistic Director since 1996. Her many directorial credits include The Clearing by Helen Edmondson, The Reel of The Hanged Man by Jeanne-Mance Delisle, Sweet Fanny Adams in Eden by Judith Adams, the critically acclaimed The Memory of Water by Shelagh Stephenson and the world premier of Three Thousand Troubled Threads by Chiew Siah Tei.
In February 2007 Muriel co-directed The Unconquered by Torben Betts, which was presented in Scotland and New York. She then went on to direct Judith Adam’s theatrical adaptation of Muriel Spark’s The Girls of Slender Means which played at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2009. Muriel won the Critics’ Awards for Theatre in Scotland Best Director award for Stellar Quines’ next production Age of Arousal by Canadian playwright Linda Griffiths, which was a co-production with the Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh.
Clare Schapiro (Québec)
Clare has been involved in the creation of theatre for most of her life. During the past thirty years, she has worked as an artistic director, producer, teacher, radio host and actor. She has continually evolved as an artist, founding and directing two very distinct, groundbreaking Montreal based theatre companies: Créations Etc., founded in 1978, a unique performing arts company for young people; and, co-founded with Marianne Ackerman, the culturally relevant Theatre 1774 (now called Infinitheatre), which addressed Montreal’s linguistic identity. Clare has been Imago Théâtre’s Artistic and General Director since January 2000, producing and developing original Canadian plays, mentoring the work of emerging directors and actors, and orchestrating various community outreach projects. She is an active member of the professional theatre community and is a consultant on several committees.