The University of Toronto Drama Festival 2015
Every February, a plethora of original ONE-ACT PLAYS (9 plays this year), compete for 5 coveted awards over the 3 nights of this annual adjudicated Festival. Numerous stars, including Donald Sutherland, William Hutt, and Don Harron, have gotten their start at U of T’s celebration of Student Theatre!
Festival Adjudicator: Banuta Rubess
Banuta Rubess is a director & writer with a string of innovative productions to her credit. Banuta cut her theatrical teeth working in collectives rebelling against traditional authorities such as an author or a director, or even a stage. This is for You, Anna, created with The Anna Project, began a long & fruitful collaboration with Nightwood Theatre. She co-wrote the award-winning teen drama Thin Ice for Theatre Direct, & directed the illustrious chamber opera Nigredo Hotel for Tapestry New Opera Works. For a heady four years, she was Associate Artist at Theatre Passe Muraille. In 1998, she moved to Riga, Latvia to participate in the country’s new democracy. There she has directed drama, opera, musicals, & site-specific productions. Most recently she staged Waiting for Godot in a cinema. One of the first dozen women to win the Rhodes Scholarship, she holds a doctorate in history from Oxford University.
Festival Coordinators : Julia Crocco and Laura Philipps