The Indie 6ix – 2016 Playwrights Unit


Scott Garland is a German born, Alberta raised, Toronto based actor, voice over artist and writer. A George Brown grad, with a BA from the University of Alberta, he’s best known for performing across the country, and occasionally overseas, as Harris in Pea Green Theatre’s award winning Three Men in a Boat. You may also hear him play various characters in the animated web series People Watching on Cracked.com. His writing experience has varied from previous absurd stageplays A Madhouse Dramedy and Half a League (Available in English and Croatian), as an episode writer for Female Therapy, as well as a co-adapter of John Bianchi’s Princess Frownsalot with Bad Hat’s Theatre.
For three years Scott was the proud curator and co-host of the monthly new works series Sing For Your Supper at The Storefront Theatre; he would very much like to thank both for supporting him and encouraging him in his pursuit of this odd little thing.


Ben Hayward (writer/actor) Ben Hayward is a Toronto-based actor and writer. He is a founding member of both Theatre By Committee and Fail Better Theatre. With those companies he has appeared in Faith, Lion In The Streets, Comme Ci Comme Ca, The Dinner Table and Andy Warhol Presents: Valerie . As an actor he has appeared in Talking Dirty (Bluewater Playhouse);The Goat, Or Who Is Sylvia (ATIC Productions); Marianne, Are You Asleep (Beck Festival), December 1917: The Halifax Explosion (Well Fought Theatre). He has directed for the Toronto and Atlantic Fringe Festivals and Assistant Directed on Brantwood (Sheridan Musical Theatre, Mitchell Cushman/Julie Tepperman). He is the author of the plays Kink, Faith, Pathetic, Sometimes and Think Tank. He is a graduate of the Theatre and Drama Studies Program at the University of Toronto.


Marcia Johnson’s plays include Courting Johanna based on Alice Munro’s ‘Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage’ (Blyth Festival); Late, (Obsidian Theatre Company); Say Ginger Ale (SummerWorks) and Perfect on Paper (Toronto Fringe). Her play Binti’s Journey, based on ‘The Heaven Shop’ by Deborah Ellis has toured on and off throughout Canada since 2008. She wrote the libretti for two operas with composer Stephen A. Taylor: My Mother’s Ring (Tapestry Opera) and an adaptation of Ursula K. Le Guin’s Paradises Lost (University of Illinois; Musical Works in Concert/SummerWorks). Acting roles include Contempt by Brandon Crone; an all-female Julius Caesar (RED Sandcastle); The Real McCoy at Factory Theatre/Great Canadian Theatre Company and the Fringe hit, The Gladstone Variations. TV appearances include American Gothic (CBS), American Gods (Starz) and Disney Channel’s The Swap. Marcia Johnson is the Vice President of Women Playwrights International. Her plays have been featured in the 2009 (Mumbai) and 2012 (Stockholm) Conferences. She led workshop Making the Factual Theatrical at the 2015 Cape Town Conference.


Gord Rand has acted on stages around the world, from San Francisco to Rwanda, including 8seasons at The Shaw Festival. Most recently, he played the title role in Oedipus Rex at Stratford and Hamlet for Necessary Angel at the Worldstage. He won a Dora Award for his portrayal of a naked Ukranian plutonium dealer in Michael Healey’s The Innocent Eye Test. He also appeared in Goodness (Volcano), The Test (The Company), The Philanderer (Shaw Festival) and Abyss (Tarragon). Recent screen appearances include: Abel in CBC’s Pure, Detective Duko in Orphan Black (CSA Nomination, ACTRA Award Nomination), Wynonna Earp, Cardinal, Durham County, Cracked, Killjoys and was RSM Kelly in the hit ABC series Combat Hospital. Gord is also an award-winning filmmaker and playwright – recently completing his first feature documentary Goodness in Rwanda as well as garnering controversy and critical praise for his play The Trouble With Mr Adams at the Tarragon Theatre. He is busy editing his next feature – based on his 2005 hit play Pond Life – which he shot in January. He’s lucky: he lives in downtown Toronto, grows his own hot peppers, has a lovely wife, two beautiful boys and a very large dog.


Harmonie Tower is excited for her playwrighting debut with Storefront Theatre. A 2011 graduate of George Brown’s Theatre Program, she has appeared as an actor, producer and director in various productions. Most recently, Harmonie has directed Fake Nerd Girl for Springworks Festival in Stratford and London Fringe Festival.  She previously appeared at Storefront Theatre as Emma in Contractions (Red One Theatre Collective). Recently graduated from Humber College’s Arts Administration and Cultural Management Program, she currently works as Duty Manager at Sony Centre for the Performing Arts and Assistant Production Coordinator at Harbourfront Centre.


Kate Werneburg is an Ottawa-born, Toronto-based, writer and actor.  She is a co-creator, performer, and producer of Elizabeth – Darcy: An Adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, a two-woman, site-specific, performance that has toured Ontario, and returned this past December to Toronto’s Campbell House museum for its eighth run. Her journalism has been featured on the blog She Does The City. Her performance work for the stage includes appearances as Tamora in Titus Andronicus, Seven Siblings Theatre, Hermione in The Winter’s Tale, Dauntless City Theatre, Queen Eleanor in King John, Shakespeare BASH’D, Counting Sheep, Lemon Bucket Orkestra/Summerworks Theatre Festival,  Frankenstein, Theatre New Brunswick, The Nearly-World Famous Dufflebag Theatre (bilingual troupe), A Company of Fools, The Great Canadian Theatre Company, Glasswater Theatre, Winterbird Arts, and the Hercinia Arts Collective.