Academy Leads

Dominik Loncar, facilitator, dramaturge

Dominik Loncar is the founder of the InspiraTO Festival, which has grown to become Canada's largest ten- minute play festival (180 ten-minute plays produced to date). His first play, the Glory Café, was featured on CBC. Dominik has written over a dozen ten ¬minute plays. In 2010 his play, The Body Electric and his direction of Angie Farrow's The Tango Partner won the Peoples' Choice Award at the InspiraTO Festival. He has conducted numerous playwriting and creativity workshops and heads Theatre InspiraTO's Playwriting Academy. Dominik's force de vie is creating environments for "creatives" to explore and showcase their work.

Andreja Kovac, facilitator, director

Andreja Kovac is an award winning director with more than 15 years of professional experience. Her directing credits include large scale productions, contemporary play development, devised work and opera. She is an experienced educator holding workshops in the UK, Denmark, Finland, Italy, Austria and her native Slovenia where she is currently serving as an artistic director of an internationally recognised theatre school. Andreja graduated from the prestigious directing program at the National Theatre School of Canada in Montreal. She frequently travels to international theatre festival and is a great connoisseur of both international and Canadian theatre scene.

Lisa O'Connell, dramaturge

Lisa O'Connell is the founder and Artistic Director of Pat the Dog Playwright Centre, the only playwright centre in Ontario open to both emerging and established playwrights. In addition to their office in Kitchener Pat the Dog has an office in Sudbury to serve Northern Ontario playwrights. PTD playwrights' work has been presented at The Magnetic North Theatre Festival, SummerWorks, MT Space Theatre, Sudbury Theatre Centre, Theatre Aquarius, among others.

Catherine Frid, playwright, dramaturge

Catherine Frid is a playwright and law school graduate. Recent productions include: The Bold Canadian: Laura Secord and Her Legacy, Over the Edge, Homegrown, GuineaPigging, and Dead Cat Bounce. Short plays includeFetish, Solitary and The Tango Player, which she's been very proud to have had produced in InspiraTO Festivals over the years. Catherine has published scenes in play script compilations and is a member of the Playwrights' Guild of Canada, Playwrights' Workshop Montreal and the International Centre for Women Playwrights.

Sheldon Rosen, facilitator, playwright, dramaturge

Sheldon Rosen has been teaching and writing for the stage since 1972 and has had 17 plays produced throughout the United States and Canada. His play NED AND JACK was produced at the Stratford Festival in Ontario, Canada, in 1979/1980 and won the 1980 Canadian Author's Association Award for Drama and was directed on Broadway in 1981 by Colleen Dewhurst. He is currently an Associate Professor at the Ryerson Theatre School.

Lumir Hladik, visual direction

Lumir is the Associate Artistic Director of Theatre InspiraTO. He has a long history in fine artist, design and theatre. Lumir was one of the originators of the conceptual art movement in the Czech Republic (with a permanent collection at the National Gallery in Prague). His works have been exhibited in Canada and Europe. In 2009 he joined the InspiraTO Festival as Associate Artistic Director; providing creative leadership in the visual elements of the festival; from stage design, projection and imagery.