Green Light Arts STAFF & BOARD
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
MATT WHITE, Co-Founder and Artistic Director
Matt is an arts professional with over fifteen years of experience working as a director, actor, dramaturg, educator and theatre producer. For five years Matt produced theatre with Necessary Angel Theatre Company, one of Canada's foremost contemporary theatre companies. Originally from Kitchener, Matt has proudly returned to his roots and shifted his focus to building a great arts organization in Waterloo Region.
Directing credits for Green Light Arts include: Touch, Will You Be My Friend; The Amish Project; Andy Warhol presents: Valerie; You Be Me; Camp Knot-a-Cult; Adam Bailey is on Fire. Other select directing credits include: There Are No Gays in Chechnya (Page1 Productions); #churchtoo (Theatre of the Beat); The Seagull and Eurydice (University of Waterloo); Adam Bailey is on Fire (Winnipeg/ Edmonton/ Victoria/ Toronto Fringe Festivals); Twelfth Night and Hamlet (KW Youth Theatre); Andy Warhol presents: Valerie (Toronto Fringe); Bone Cage (Hart House Theatre), and Eirlys and Eckhart (Cart/Horse Theatre).
As an educator, Matt spent three years as a guest instructor in the Sheridan College/University of Toronto at Mississauga theatre program teaching courses in Chekhov, coaching tutorials and preparing actors for Theatre Ontario showcases. In 2015, he joined the University of Waterloo Drama and Speech Communication faculty as a sessional instructor. Matt is passionate about youth arts education. In Toronto, through Necessary Angel, has devised and ran a successful at-risk program in the priority neighbourhood of Weston Mt. Denis. Through Green Light Arts, he piloted a summer drama camp in 2014, has taught drop-in drama classes and workshops for youth through partnerships with Kitchener Public Library, Waterloo Public Library, Kinbridge Community Association, Kingsdale Community Centre and Traynor-Vanier Community. In 2016, he launched a week-long theatre training intensive called The Sandbox with young adults. In 2017, he lead an initiative called The Neighbourhood Project exploring community exchange through building an original piece of theatre with youth in a priority Kitchener neighbourhood.
Matt spent three seasons performing with Theatre & Company in Kitchener (credits include Mourning Dove, Metamorphosis, A Christmas Carol and The Boys Own Jedi Handbook I&II) as well as directing plays, teaching classes and facilitating the Summer and March break camps and Youth @ Theatre & Company after-school programs.
Matt's dedication and passion for theatre arts, whether the programming is educational or production based, is infectious to everyone he meets. Through Green Light Arts he aims to make art that reflects the concerns of contemporary society and strengthens Waterloo Region's identity as a cultural beacon.
Matt holds a Masters in Theatre from the University of Toronto’s Graduate Centre for the Study of Drama.
CARIN LOWERISON, Co-Founder and Managing Director
Carin is an arts professional with over fifteen years of experience in the industry. She has been an executive arts administrator and theatre producer for 10 years, 5 of which were as the Producer and General Manager of fu-GEN Theatre Company in Toronto. Her producing credits prior to Green Light Arts include: Durango, Ching Chong Chinaman, sex tape project, Brown Balls, GENesis: Asian-Canadian Theatre Conference, and five seasons of Potluck Playwriting Festivals.
Carin started off as a professional actor/singer/dancer. In February 2018, she directed a sold-out benefit performance of The Vagina Monologues in Council Chambers, Kitchener City Hall, featuring 21 female-identifying community leaders from Waterloo Region. Select acting credits include: The Trial of Ebenezer Scrooge (Theatre & Company), Raging Dreams: into the visceral (Theatre Gargantua), SUDS, the Musical (Brockville Arts Centre). Select choreography credits: UpStart Festival (University of Waterloo), Will You Be My Friend (Green Light Arts), Eurydice (University of Waterloo), Ching Chong Chinaman (fu-GEN Theatre).
Her introduction to producing is courtesy of her experience as a personal assistant in the commercial entertainment industry from 2003-2010. She owes a lot to her for-profit mentors but prefers working in the not-for-profit and charitable sector. She is committed to Green Light Arts vision of promoting positive social change and creating meaningful community impact through the performing arts.
Carin is also an accomplished movement specialist in Waterloo Region. She is an Adjunct Instructor for the Theatre & Performance Program at the University of Waterloo and teaches regularly at Queen Street Yoga and Amma Yoga. Carin holds an Honours B.A. in Theatre & Drama Studies, a joint program between the University of Toronto and Sheridan College as well as an Associate Diploma in Opera Recital from Trinity College London.
INTISAR AWISSE, Playwright-in-Residence 2019-2020
Intisar is a writer and editor who divides her time between Waterloo and Toronto. She studied English and publishing and works as a freelance editor. Intisar was member of the The Women’s Room playwrights unit in 2016/17 and her first play, Blackbird, was part of the Impact Theatre Festival in 2017. Intisar is also a proud member of Obsidian Theatre Company's Playwrights Unit where she is developing Thing, a play about the failed Canadian peacekeeping mission to Somalia in 1993. A member of Nightwood Theatre’s ‘Write from the Hip’ program in 2018, she developed Painting the Sea, for the Groundswell Festival of New Works, a new play inspired by Tom Stoppard’s ‘Enter a Free Man’ that follows the experiences of a Somali-Canadian immigrant family in the early 90s.
CIARAN MYERS, Playwright-in-Residence 2018-2019
Ciarán Myers holds an MFA in Writing from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. He is an award-winning playwright, multi-published poet, champion Irish dancer, and Dad. He has been a settler here on the Haldimand Tract for most of his life. He is, gratefully, also an alumnus of the Stratford Festival Playwrights Retreat, the Tron Theatre's 100 Club, the Traverse Theatre's Directing Program, and the University of Waterloo.
While living and working in the United Kingdom, Ciarán had two full-length plays premiere in Edinburgh and Off-West-End, London, respectively: TOUCH (5/5 Stars) and The Adding (4/5 Stars). Ten-minute pieces produced in the UK include Jubilee Line (Royal Court), Silk (View From Here/Theatre 503), Egon Schiele (Central School and Almost Random Theatre/Baron's Court), Coffee Bombs (Central School/Unresolved Festival), and Cavity (Central School).
Original plays produced in Canada include an updated draft and production of TOUCH (Green Light Arts), House of Fun (Green Light Arts), Sweet Mamma and the Salty Muffins (Alumnae Theatre and D'Arcy Symposium), Hamburger (Registry Theatre and Informal Upright Theatre), and Creation Story (RainDance Productions).
The short play, Coffee Bombs, is due for publication this winter as part of the anthology Refractions: Scenes with Playwrights Canada Press. Other selected publications include InSight, a collection of poetry with Stone Garden Studios, and The Cave and Other Works with Crackjaw Publishing.
Ciarán is also the co-Artistic Director of the Informal Upright Theatre Collective. He teaches acting to youth and adults at the Star Performance Academy, Family and Child Services of the Region of Waterloo, and sometimes a the Button Factory Arts Centre. Selected acting credits include Woyzech in Büchner's Woyzech, Florina in Mad Forest, Tranio in Taming of the Shrew, and Ron in Community Target. Ciarán has also been known to produce and direct.
Early in his undergrad, Ciarán competed as one of the top male Irish dancers in Eastern Canada. As a dancer, he has toured significantly in Ontario and beyond, sharing the stage with leaders in the folk music industry, and has worked closely with Niamh and Andy Webster with an aim to represent and develop ancient Celtic performance traditions.
Ciarán is passionate about the politics of storytelling, his family, and riding his bike to get around. He wants to thank his spouse Angela and daughter Saoirse for joining him in this checkered and often-precarious adventure. www.informalupright.com | www.ciaranmyers.weebly.com
Brad E. Hutton