2017 One-Act Play Festival
November 3rd and 4th 2017
Adjudicator Mimi Mekler
Mimi Mekler’s work as director, actor, dramaturge, writer and adjudicator has taken her from California to Czechoslovakia and Italy to Israel. She is a professor in the Acting Discipline at Sheridan College’s Music Theatre Department. She also teaches for the joint Theatre and Drama Studies programme at Sheridan and University of Toronto at Mississauga, and has taught in the Digital Character programme for Sheridan’s acclaimed Computer Animation Diploma.
Her theatre experience is broad and varied. She is probably best known as Maggie in the long-running children’s TV series Crazy Quilt. Other acting highlights include playing a crazed nun in Bella Donna, portraying both Portia and Calpurnia in Julius Caesar, touring children’s shows and interactive plays, dubbing films in Prague, creating segments of R. Murray Schafer’s opera-in-the wilderness And Wolf Shall Inherit the Moon, and co-creating a clown-dance piece.
Her directing has been praised for its “dramatic edge” (NOW Magazine) and was given a Thea Award for “Unique Creativity, Imagination, Inventiveness and Originality” for her production of Curate: As You Like It. Most recently, she directed a new large-scale music-drama called The Bells of Baddeck, staged for two summers at the Alexander Graham Bell National Historic site. It was hailed by Opera Canada as a “tour de force” and received the Parks Canada CEO Award of Excellence for Memorable Visitor Experience. By contrast, she also directed the one-woman musical Sweetheart – The Mary Pickford Story at Spadina House Historic Home and Gardens, and later at the Highlands Summer Festival. Other favourites include: Lope de Vega’s Capulets and Montagues (Romeo and Juliet with a happy ending); the water-soaked Metamorphoses; a new version of a fairy tale with Puppetmongers; and David Copperfield, which was named Best Play of 2007 by the Halton Arts Review. She has been dramaturge for over 60 productions, specializing in developing new plays and revitalizing classics. She was Mask and Text Consultant for The Tempest at Canadian Stage’s Dream in High Park.
Mimi has adjudicated in Manitoba, the United States, and throughout Ontario, including the One-Act Playwriting Competition for Ottawa Little Theatre. Most recently, she adjudicated Theatre Ontario’s Provincial Festival. Other creative highlights include the Canadian Opera Company, where she wrote and staged new versions of classical operas with children; the Charlottetown Festival where she co-founded a successful children’s theatre camp; directing and performing in wilderness operas; and countless workshops through the Ontario Arts Council Artists and Theatre Ontario. She holds her B.A. and M.F.A. in Theatre from York University.