“We believe in exposing audiences to diverse theatrical works which instill a sense of wonder, arouse optimism and empathy, and celebrate playing and the spirit of play.
We believe theatre available to young people should fortify community and family relationships across age groups through the shared experience of performed stories.
We believe in works of diversity in style, tradition, ethnicity, ability, gender, and age.
We work to distill the concept of the 'all-ages' experience with critical, discerning artistry.
We stand for community engagement, artistic enrichment and professional development. We want Solar Stage to be a part of the village that raises a child.”
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
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.
MATT SLAMAn DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT
Matt is the founder of Pirate Life, a site specific children’s theatre and was inspired to bring theatre to everyone as an opportunity for families with young children to play and create together.
Matt studied business at the Institute of Entrepreneurs in Ottawa, Startup Institute in Boston and completed a Masters in Management from Nova School of Business and Economics in Lisbon, Portugal.