Joel Greenberg (he/him)
A co-founder of Studio 180, Joel is a Chalmers and Dora award–winning playwright and director who has directed productions across Canada. For Studio 180 he has directed The Laramie Project, The Passion of the Chris, The Arab-Israeli Cookbook, Stuff Happens, Blackbird, The Overwhelming, Parade, Our Class, The Normal Heart, Clybourne Park, Cock, NSFW, You Will Remember Me, My Night with Reg, God of Carnage, King Charles III and Oslo. Elsewhere: Ain’t Misbevain‘, What the Butler Saw, Taking Sides, Vanities, Bells Are Ringing, Second City (Toronto and Chicago), Dames at Sea (too many times), Tonight at 8:00…8:30 in Newfoundland (all three editions), The Foreigner, Alice, Drink the Mercury and The Nuclear Power Play. Joel taught at Humber College Theatre School from 1984 to 1989 and the Drama Department at the University of Waterloo from 1991 to 2014, also serving as the Chair of each department.
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Laura Pomeroy (she/her)
Laura has held the position of General Manager at Studio 180 since 2015, and has over fifteen years experience as a theatre producer. She has an Honours Bachelor in English and Theatre and Film Studies from McMaster University, and a post-graduate certificate in Arts Administration and Cultural Management from Humber College. She has worked for Young Associates, Nightwood Theatre, the Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts, STAF, Playwrights Canada Press and Jeffrey Latimer Entertainment. Laura is passionate about supporting arts administrators early in their careers, and has worked with both Humber College and Theatre Ontario to mentor and train those looking to enter the arts admin community.
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Mark McGrinder (he/him)
Associate Artistic Director
A co-founder of Studio 180, Mark is an actor, writer, and artist educator who coordinates the Studio 180 IN DEVELOPMENT program and works as a Studio 180 IN CLASS workshop leader. Select Studio 180 performing credits include: Oslo, The Nether, You Will Remember Me, Clybourne Park and Stuff Happens. Mark adapted and directed, Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish, for PANAMANIA, directed Standing on Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays and worked as Associate Director for Blackbird (Metcalf Foundation Internship), God of Carnage and our 10th Anniversary reading of The Laramie Project. He has performed in several reviews with The Second City’s National touring company and was a member of the acting company at the Shaw Festival for five seasons. His directing credits include the issue-based comedy Power Play and a workshop production of the musical Parade at the Shaw Festival. He has been head- or co-writer on several collective creations (Single and Sexy, That Artz Show and The Berlin Show) and his play MacHamlet was presented as part of the Alumnae Theatre’s New Ideas Festival.
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Jessica Greenberg (she/her)
Director of Youth & Community Engagement
Jessica is an actor and artist educator who has worked on and off stage with Studio 180 since 2004. As an actor, she has appeared in our productions of Indecent, King Charles III, NSFW, Cock, Our Class, Parade, Blackbird, Offensive Shadows and The Passion of the Chris. As the Director of Youth and Community Engagement, Jessica creates our production study guides and lobby exhibits, runs our Studio 180 IN CLASS and Beyond The Stage programs, and contributes to Studio 180 IN DEVELOPMENT and AT HOME programming. She has acted on stages across Canada and the United States including Canadian Stage, Crow’s Theatre, Project: Humanity, Magnus Theatre, YPT, The Citadel, MTYP, Passe Muraille, Thousand Islands Playhouse, Theatre New Brunswick, Willow Cabin Theatre and Theatreworks/USA. She has appeared on The Handmaid’s Tale, Murdoch Mysteries and Being Erica as well as the animated series Fish ‘n Chips. Jessica has more than 20 years of experience as a guest artist and educator with children and youth of all ages from preschool to post-secondary, was Education Coordinator for ARCfest: Toronto’s Human Rights Arts Festival, and is the Director of Child Engagement for the Child-ish Collective. She holds an Honours BA in political science and women’s studies from McGill University and completed her classical acting training at Circle in the Square Theatre School in New York and as an apprentice at the Actors Theatre of Louisville in Kentucky.
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Byron Abalos (he/him)
Director of Development
Byron Abalos is an actor, writer, producer, fundraiser and theatre administrator from Toronto. A graduate of Ryerson University’s Acting Program, he has been nominated for multiple Dora Mavor Moore awards for acting and producing. Byron was Company Producer and Community Developer for fu-GEN Asian Canadian Theatre Company and was Carlos Bulosan Theatre’s inaugural playwright-in-residence. He has performed on stage in the US and across Canada and also acts in film and television. He co-wrote the play Through the Bamboo with his partner Andrea Mapili, which was published by Playwrights Canada Press in 2021. His play Remember Lolo won the NOW Magazine Audience Choice Award (SummerWorks 2005) and fu-GEN produced the world premiere of his play Brown Balls in 2011. He also co-created Monday Nights as part of the 6th Man Collective, which was remounted four times across Canada.
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Bryn Kennedy (she/her)
Marketing & Community Engagement Coordinator
Bryn Kennedy is an actor, director and arts administrator who loves to be a part of making theatre happen in any way that she can. She is a past member of Nightwood Theatre’s Young Innovators Program, Paprika Festival’s Directors Lab and Director’s Lab North. Her recent directing credits include Overtones, Beneath the Bed (Erindale Fringe), Reasons to be Pretty (RTBP Collective), Vitals (Theatre Born Between), A Bear Awake in Winter (Assistant Director/Assistant Producer, Next Stage Theatre Festival) and Beneath the Bed (Theatre Born Between/Toronto Fringe). As an arts administrator, she has worked with companies such as Binocular Theatre, Native Earth Performing Arts, Nightwood Theatre and Crow’s Theatre. She is the proud Co-Founder of Theatre Born Between.
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Jenna Harris (she/her)
Jenna is a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City and is a Dora-nominated actor, playwright, devised theatre creator and arts educator. Jenna is also the Artistic Producer of Discord and Din Theatre and a founding member of [elephants] collective. Jenna has been a participant of Studio 180 IN DEVELOPMENT (2015 & 2019), the Tarragon Playwrights Unit, the Thousand IslandsPlayhouse Playwright’s Unit, The Company Theatre New Play Development Program, La MaMa Umbria International Playwright Retreat (Italy, led by Lisa Kron), and a Resident Playwright at ArtHouse Jersey (Channel Islands). Jenna was also a Playwright in Residence at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre and a member of their Artist Residency program with her play MINE. In addition to her extensive work with Studio 180 IN CLASS, Jenna has taught at Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Ballet Tech and the 92nd Street Y in New York, and is currently a member of the Acting Faculty at Randolph College for the Performing Arts.
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Derrick Chua (he/him)
A co-founder of Studio 180, Derrick is an entertainment lawyer and award-winning theatre producer. Recent productions include I’m Doing This For You (Edinburgh, Amsterdam, London, Tampere, Piotrowice Nyskie, Halifax, Toronto), Counting Sheep (Edinburgh), Confessions and Adventures of a Redheaded Coffeeshop Girl (Edinburgh, Brighton), Dance Animal (Toronto Fringe), Obeah Opera (PANAMANIA), The God That Comes & When It Rains (Edinburgh Fringe), Oh My Irma (International Tour: Edinburgh Fringe, Berlin, London, Kosovo, Ulaanbaatar, Brighton, Amsterdam, Kiel, New York, Victoria), Fortune and Men’s Eyes (Dancemakers), Gruesome Playground Injuries (The Theatre Centre). Derrick is past-President of the Toronto Fringe Festival, and sits on the boards of The AFC, Theatre Museum Canada, fu-Gen Asian Canadian Theatre Company and Groundling Theatre. He is the recipient of a Dora Award, a Harold Award, a NOW Magazine Award as Toronto’s Best Indie Producer, and a Canadian Actors’ Equity Association Honorary Membership for Outstanding Contribution to the Performing Arts.
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