Fay Slift interviewed by Cameron Crookston

Photo by David Hawe


On August 14, 2018, I interviewed John Paul Kane who performs under the drag name Faye Slift (pronounced Face Lift). In this document I refer to John Paul as John Paul rather than Fay Slift, and use he/him pronouns, because much of this interview touched on his personal history and life outside of drag.  


JP Kane is a Toronto based performer, educator and story teller. Spending his days teaching Kindergarten and weekends cultivating community by creating safe and inclusive spaces for queer and gender variant kids and their families.  His alter ego, Fay Slift has been entertaining the masses for nearly 12 years, captivating audiences at a vast array of festivals and cultural institutions. Her goal is to entertain and empower all kids, no matter their age, by celebrating the things that make each one of them unique and amazing. 





Kate Story interviewed by Jenn Cole

Written by Jenn Cole
Curated by Matt Jones and edited by Sanja Vodovnik

Kate Story is a writer, performer, and choreographer originally from Newfoundland. She is the 2015 recipient of the Ontario Arts Foundation’s K.M. Hunter Artist Award in theatre, and in 2005 (as part of Peterborough’s centennial celebrations) she was named one of the region’s 100 most important performing artists. In 2017 she was Dramaturge for Public Energy’s Alternating Currents program, facilitating creative processes for 8 wildly diverse artistic projects featuring over 30 artists. She is also one of the artists participating in Neighbourhood Dance Works’ exciting New Chapter dance project, bringing together over 20 Newfoundland dance artists for an innovative 3-year process with choreographers Christopher House and Anne Troake.

Kate has created nearly 20 original performance works, and created collaborative work with diverse artists, notably: theatre and dance artist Ryan Kerr (Fleshy Thud/The Theatre on King); puppeteer Brad Brackenridge (The Nervous System); Dora-award-winning musicians Rob Fortin and Susan Newman; musician Curtis Driedger; theatre director Ker Wells and musician Bill Brennan (Performances May Be Permanent); Caroline Langill (Biology as Peepshow); Martha Cockshutt, Susan Newman, Susan Spicer (The Cure Collective); theatre artists Di Gallagher and Patti Shaughnessy (Irish Stew); and many more.

She has also performed with diverse artists and companies including: Chartier Danse, 4th Line Theatre, R. Murray Schafer, Atlas Moves Watching Dance Projects/Bill James, mysterious entity, Nightwood Theatre/Alisa Palmer, Bananafish Productions/Kelly Thornton, DNA/Hillar Liitoja, Ground Zero Productions/Don Bouzek, Caravan Stage Company, and many others. In 2005, as part of Artsweek, she co-created and co-directed Dancin’ in the Streets with Bill James, a public participation outdoor dance incorporating Peterborough’s downtown streets and involving over 75 community participants.

Kate’s third novel This Insubstantial Pageant came out with ChiZine Publications in 2017; the Toronto Star named it a top SF pick. Her first novel Blasted received the Sunburst Award for Canadian Literature of the Fantastic’s honourable mention, and was longlisted for the ReLit Awards. Her short fiction been a finalist in the CBC Literary Awards, included in World Fantasy Award and Aurora Award nominated collections, and published in Imaginarium 4: Best Canadian Speculative Writing (CZP). In 2018/19 her first YA fantasy novel comes out in two parts as Antilia: Sword and Song and Antilia: Seer and Sacrifice with ChiTeen.

Kate is a founding member of Peterborough DanceWorks, and a Board member of the Electric City Culture Council and the Peterborough Theatre Users’ Group. Kate is an active member of the Writers’ Union of Canada, and the Writers’ Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador. She presents regularly at speculative fiction literary conventions, academic settings, and public readings. She has a BA Honours (Cultural Studies) from Trent University.

Kate was co-artistic director and administrator of multidisciplinary festivals A Certain Place: The Bernie Martin Festival (2016), and Precarious: the Peterborough ArtsWORK Festival (2017), which each involved over 75 regional artists and non-arts partners including unions, mental health professionals, front-line social workers, and activists. In partnership with Electric City Culture Council and the Trent Community Research Centre, Kate helped spearhead the first-ever survey of Peterborough artists in 2017-18.

Pierre Simpson Interviewed by Matt Jones

Curated by Matt Jones and edited by Sanja Vodovnik


Dora Award-nominated actor Pierre Simpson has been delighting audiences professionally for over 15 years. Fluently bilingual, Pierre's charm shines through in both of Canada's official languages making him not only highly skilled at shooting bilingual training videos and commercials, but also a very busy stage, TV, film and new media actor across the country. 

Bien connu sur la scène franco-ontarienne, Pierre a parcouru le pays avec plusieurs productions théâtrales professionnelles dont la tournée nationale des Médecins de Molière qui lui a valu le Prix Rideau 2010 pour l'interprétation masculine. Son bilinguisme lui confère aussi la capacité de jouer tant pour les compagnies théâtrales et télévisuels francophones qu'anglophone et fait de lui un talent indispensable quand il s'agit de publicités et de vidéos de formation bilingues. 

Website: www.psimpson.workbooklive.com  

Pierre Gautreau 2016.

Pierre Simpson in “Frères d’hiver,”Zones Théâtrales, Centre National des Arts, 2011(Photo: Marianne Duva)

Pierre Simpson in “Frères d’hiver,”Zones Théâtrales, Centre National des Arts, 2011(Photo: Marianne Duva)


14:57-16:04 Personal aesthetics 

19:05-21:19 Performing for different francophone communities in Ontario 

26:20-28:31 Influences as a director 

31:13-33:58 Techniques as a director for Les Zinsipires  

34:28-37:28 Building a career in different communities at the same time, Opening the doors of the Théâtre Français to a more diverse community 

49:58-53:01 The importance of bring different people together, showing people what is available in Toronto 


Pierre Simpson in When It Rains (Photo: 2b Theatre)

Pierre Simpson in When It Rains (Photo: 2b Theatre)

Dino Goncalves interviewed by Matt Jones

Curated by Matt Jones and edited by Sanja Vodovnik


Dino Gonçalves œuvre dans le domaine du théâtre et de la télé depuis sa sortie du Département dethéâtre de l’Université d’Ottawa en 1998. Il est comédien, acrobate, scénariste, metteur en scène, formateur et producteur. Dino est bien connu pour son travail à TFO, où il a travaillé pendant 10 ans, d’abord comme animateur et scénariste et ensuite comme producteur exécutif des séries MiniTFO et Mégallô, et responsable du développement de FLIP TFO.

Parmi ses projets de théâtre les plus récents, on retrouve les mises en scène des spectacles Les Chiclettes : De Wawa à New York et d’Éros et Thanatos : Le sinistre carnaval de l’amour et de la mort. Dino est également directeur de cours pour le département d’art dramatique du Collège Universitaire Glendon où il enseigne un cours de production théâtrale.

Website: http://theatrenovo.ca | Twitter: @DinoDCG

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Greg MacArthur interviewed by Gabrielle Houle

Written by Gabrielle Houle
Curated by Matt Jones and edited by Sanja Vodovnik


Greg MacArthur is an award-winning Canadian playwright, dramaturg, director, and instructor. For over twenty-five years he has been involved in the creation and development of new work for the stage. His plays have been produced extensively across Canada, as well as in South Africa, Germany, the UK, Mexico, Romania, Hungary, and the United States. They have been translated into numerous languages. His selected work includes: My Testimonial; A City; A Man Vanishes; Horror Story; Kate Bowie; The Missionary Position; Tyland: The Toxic Bus Incident; Recovery; Get Away; Snowman; girls! girls! girls!. He was Dramaturg-In-Residence at Playwrights Workshop Montreal from 2005-2011 and was the Lee Playwright-In-Residence at The University of Alberta (2011 - 2013). He was short-listed for the 2011 Siminovitch Award for Playwriting. He studied performance at Ryerson Theatre School and recently completed an MFA in Interdisciplinary Theatre Studies at The University of Lethbridge. He continues to teach, write, and collaborate with artists across disciplines, spaces, and places.