Writer and performer Marcus Youssef is the associate artistic producer at Vancouver's NeWorld Theatre, though he is currently teaching in the theater department at Concordia University in Montreal. A graduate of both the National Theatre School (Acting, 1992) and the University of British Columbia (M.F.A., 2002), Youssef is a regular contributor of drama, commentary, and documentary to numerous programs on the CBC network. He also writes regularly for publications such as Vancouver Magazine, Georgia Straight, Ricepaper, and This Magazine. For many years, Youssef has also dedicated himself to numerous community-based advocacy programs that aim at using writing and/or theater as a tool for procuring political and social change. He co-founded CRANK Magazine with Matt Hern and Rich Lawley as well as the Reclaiming ProjectÂ a nationally recognized, immigrant-centered oral history programÂ with Mercedes Baines.Guillermo Verdecchia is a writer of drama, fiction, and film; a director, dramaturge, actor, and translator whose work has been seen and heard on stages, screens, and radios across the country and around the globe. He is the author, or co-author, of, among other works, The Noam Chomsky Lectures and Insomnia (with Daniel Brooks); Fronteras Americanas, The Terrible but Incomplete Journals of John D., bloom, A Line in the Sand (with Marcus Youssef), and the controversial The Adventures of Ali and Ali and the aXes of Evil (with Camyar Chai and Marcus Youssef). He is a recipient of the Governor General's Award for Drama, a four-time winner of the Chalmers Canadian Play Award, a recipient of Dora and Jessie Awards, and sundry film festival awards for his film Crucero/Crossroads, based on Fronteras Americanas and made with Ramiro Puerta.Camyar Chai has worked in theater and film for more than twenty years, and is the founder of Vancouver's acclaimed NeWorld Theatre. He has worked as a freelance actor, director, and writer as well as an arts educator. In addition to writing plays, Chai has also written librettos for opera. An award-winning theater maker, he received his Master of Fine Arts in Directing from the University of British Columbia.
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