HAGS Creative Team

Aaron Jan

Playwright

Aaron Jan is a Hamilton-born director, playwright and dramaturg. Since graduating York University in
2015, he has worked as a creator with Factory Theatre, Canadian Stage, Native Earth Performing Arts, Theatre Aquarius, Cahoots, fu-GEN Asian Canadian Theatre and the Stratford Festival. Aaron is a member of the critically acclaimed, Silk Bath Collective, whose production of Yellow Rabbit enjoyed a sold-out run as a part of Soulpepper’s 2018/2019 season. Aaron is the 2019 winner of the Ken McDougall directing award and is currently in a creation residency with his collective at Theatre Passe Muraille this season.

https://aaronchihojan.wixsite.com/home.com

David Jansen

Director

David is an actor, director, and educator.
As an actor he has performed leading and supporting roles in theatres throughout Canada
and the U.K., including Canadian Stage, Tarragon, Mirvish Productions, Soulpepper, the Stratford and Shaw Festivals, and a season with The Peter Hall Company (UK). David is also proud of his work with The Wrecking Ball, a Toronto political cabaret series.
As a director he recently adapted/directed The Oresteia at Randolph College for the Performing
Arts, and staged The Witch of Edmonton, The Duchess of Malfi, and The Tamer Tamed at George
Brown Theatre School. Other directing credits include Tuesdays with Morrie at Thousand
Islands Playhouse, The Plough and the Stars and Attempts on her Life (with Jennifer Tarver) at
Ryerson, Betrayal for BeMe Theatre in Munich, and Kaspar and the Sea of Houses (with Birgit
Schreyer-Duarte) for Summerworks, winning that Festival’s award for Outstanding Production
in 2011. For the Tarragon’s 2015-2016 season, he was also Interim Literary Coordinator and Interim Assistant Artistic Director. He has designed and taught courses in acting at all of those schools.
Currently he is an assistant professor at York University where he teaches devised theatre
practice as well as graduate courses in performance studies.

David Jansen appears with the special permission of Canadian Actors’ Equity Association.

Samantha Uhl

Stage Manager

Samantha Uhl is in her 4th year at York University, currently finishing her BFA in Theatre, specializing in Devised Theatre and Playwriting. Samantha has stage managed multiple productions, including Playground Festival – She2 & He2, and The Vagina Monologues (2020). Her acting experience includes: The Vagina Monologues – Narrator (2018), Playground Festival – Superliked – Charlotte (2020), and Vanier College Productions (VCP)- My Favorite Year (2020). Along with stage managing this show, Samantha is Producing a show with V-Day@York, and is a part of Constellations Productions, one of the four theatre companies performing in York’s Devised Theatre Festival (2021). She is extremely grateful for this opportunity, and would like to thank all of the cast and crew for their continued commitment and kindness throughout the entire process.

Megi Kaca

Assistant Director

Megi Kaca is in her fourth year at York University completing her BFA in Theatre, specializing in devised theatre and playwriting. Through her years in the program she has written in The Ashley Plays (2019)and in The Red/White Project (2019, 2020) and Birth Day for PlayGround 2018. Megi has also been in three consecutive musical productions at Vanier College Productions (2018-2020) and an actor in PlayGround 2018, The Vagina Monologues, and PlayGround 2020. Megi is humbled to learn from David Jansen, how to wear the assistant director hat. She’s excited to explore the virtual universe that is 2020. 

Céleste A. LaCroix

Dramaturg

Céleste is an emerging director in her final year at York University, studying devised theatre and dramaturgy. She recently created and directed Wet for the 2020 playGround festival along with directing Doors Will Open on the Left for the same festival. Some of her recent assistant directing credits include Theatre@York’s Elizabeth Rex and Metamorphoses, as well as Eat Me for YesFest 2019 at The Theatre Centre. Céleste was a dramaturg for the 2021 playGround festival along with Theatre@York’s The Ashley Plays in 2019, and two recent productions of The Red/White Project. She is one of four co-creators of the company Thought Rot Theatre who are currently working on a show for York’s Devised Theatre Festival which will take place in the spring of 2021. Céleste is grateful for the amazing experience she has had as a dramaturg for the debut production of Aaron Jan’s HAGS and would like to congratulate everyone on their hard work. 

Sara Masciotra-Milstein

Dramaturg

Sara is currently in her final year of her BA in Theatre: Performance, Creation and Research at York University, where she is specializing in dramaturgy. In Spring 2020, Sara participated as a “dramaturgical shadow” with The Musical Stage Company in Toronto, observing their new musical development program Launch Pad under the guidance of director Tamara Bernier Evans and Associate Artistic Director Aaron Willis. She also participated in this same position in the workshops for In Real Life, a new musical written by Nick Green and Kevin Wong, directed by Ann Hodges. Credits include Jew(ish) (playwright, playGround 2021), The Ashley Plays@Home 2020 (dramaturg/publicity rep), My Favourite Year (choreographer, Vanier College Productions 2020), Legally Blonde Jr (choreographer, Tandem Studios 2020), and The Red/White Project 2020 (dramaturg). Sara is grateful to work and learn with both Tabia Lau and Aaron Jan for this innovative theatrical experience. 

David Browne

Sound designer

David Browne is a fourth-year theatre production and design student at York University. He has
worked as a sound designer for multiple shows in the playGround 2020 season, as well as for the
unstaged production of Sound & Fury at Shakespeare in Action. He also loves set design,
working with The Vector Regime for their production of AutoNomy in the 2020 Devised Theatre
Festival and is currently designing for Amy Rutherford’s Mortified. In his free time, David
enjoys song writing, skating, doing research and drag. He has enjoyed learning many new ways
to work sound in this online environment and hopes you enjoy the show.

Paula Engstrom

Designer

My name is Paula Engstrom.  I live in the Niagara Region.  I am a MFA student at York University in the Theatre Design Department.  Previously, I worked as a Scenic Artist primarily at the Shaw Festival Theatre.  I am a visual artist as well as a designer.


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