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Raeburn is a graduate of York University’s Theatre program where she studied theatre creation and directing. Raeburn spends her time on and off stage balancing performance and creation. She has directed such Musicals as Mary Poppins, Homechild the Musical and Wedding Singer the Musical for which she received a Best Director nomination at the annual ACTCO Festival. Her Choreography credits include Grease, Jekyll and Hyde, Wedding Singer the Musical, Mary Poppins and Legally Blonde the Musical. She was also recently on stage in the Lower Ossington Theatre’s productions of Legally Blonde the Musical and Jesus Christ Superstar. When not working on a show Raeburn is a dance educator teaching children Jazz, Tap and Ballet. She was also recently the Director of Music programs at the Harbourfront Centre. Raeburn is very excited about the P.L.AY project and cannot wait to get started!
ANDREW GABOURY’s roots lie in collective creation and playwriting while, in recent years, they have spread to include community engagement in the arts and physical performance (specifically clown and contemporary dance). His work focuses on performer/audience intimacy, durational improvisation, myth and story. Andrew produces work with his company, a field of crowns, as a member of the [elephants] collective, and is one of three co-Artistic Directors of studio and self-sustaining performance incubator hub14 in Toronto. He has taught theatre arts classes out of studios, Toronto District school classrooms, York University, at artist residencies and various day camps. He is an alumni of both the Creative Ensemble (now Devised Theatre) and Playwriting streams at York University and continues his education whenever he can by studying with current industry leaders.
After graduating high school, Susan Applewhaite headed to London, England where she trained and worked in theatre and film for five years. Upon returning to Toronto, she became involved in music and recorded several albums with acclaimed producer, Jack Lenz. But the call of the stage was too strong. Susan continued her studies with teachers Sears & Switzer, Adam Lazarus and ventured back to stage and television where she has been happily playing ever since. Most recently, Susan has been finding her writing voice so she can create her own work involving her passions: story, music and movement. When not performing, Susan shares her knowledge and love of theatre with students of all ages. For the past ten years, she has taught drama, dance, musical theatre and improv, learning from her students as much as she hopes she teaches them.
Yo Mustafa graduated from Sheridan College Theatre programme and went on to complete the one-year acting master class at the HB Studio. He has directed over 30 productions and is currently Artistic Director of West End Studio Theatre in Oakville.