Solar Stage

Family Theatre


Our Team

Dahlia Katz
Artistic Director

Dahlia is a theatre director/dramaturg and professional photographer in Toronto.  She attended York University’s undergraduate and graduate programs in Theatre and Theatre Studies, specializing in movement, mask, puppetry, dramaturgy, and directing.

Her in-depth puppetry research has also taken her to the United States and the Czech Republic.  She has worked in the Toronto independent theatre community for the last 15 years as a director and dramaturg, directing a number of critically acclaimed productions for both children and adults, and has served as Artistic Director of Solar Stage with M. John since 2015, personally directing 7 plays and dramaturging 13 plays, and teaching and coaching puppetry.  

As a photographer she has worked with almost all the major theatre houses and festivals in Toronto, and her images are well-known and trusted by both publicity staff and the press.

M. John Kennedy
Artistic Producer

M. John is a Toronto-based actor, writer, and teacher of acting. M. John received his BAH from York University and his MA from the University of Toronto as well as training with Bluemouth, NaCL, The Second City, Soulpepper, Rapier Wit and the Professional Actors’ Laboratory.

As an actor, M. John has been featured in series for CBC, CTV, CW, CBS, FX, Hulu and HBO. He has toured extensively, played on most major stages in Toronto, and has received two Dora Mavor Moore Award nominations.

As Artistic Producer M. John has overseen the past three seasons at Solar Stage producing 20 original productions and over 40 co-productions.

M. John is also a Faculty Member at the Randolph School of the Arts for the past 15 years where he has worked in the kids program and has taught Acting, Improvisation, Scene Study, Shakespeare, and Theatre History in the college program.



EmmaClaire Brightlyn is an actress based in Toronto, Canada. With an MA from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, EmmaClaire has spent the last 8 years performing and making work in the UK including workshopping new writing with the Playwright’s Studio Scotland and the University of Edinburgh. Most recently EmmaClaire was seen in The Ugly Duckthing, Marty Stelnik’s adaptation of the Hans Christian Andersen classic. She has been a company member with Ipdip Theatre, creating engaging work for under 4 year olds and the big people who come with them, and actor and fight director in multiple seasons of Bard in the Botanics, Scotland’s longest running Shakespeare company.

EmmaClaire also works internationally as a Fight Director and Instructor.

Christina Clarke, Patron Services

Christina has 14 years of dance training, post-secondary education in musical theatre and a long history in customer service leadership.  She is enrolled full-time as a Bachelor of Early Childhood Leadership student, and works as a registered early childhood educator.


JEFF YOUNG, General manager






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601 Christie Street, Studio 176
 Toronto, Ontario M6G 4C7


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