Risha is a playwright, director, designer and visual artist. She founded draft89 in an effort to create a safe place for development and collaboration. New work is what drives Risha and what sets draft89 apart. She is grateful for the unspeakably talented individuals that she has the fortune to collaborate with on a regualr basis.
Through the draft89 collective Risha has been able to create and workshop new pieces such as Tragic Eccentrics (2003) Brief (2006) and FOE (2007), In Short (2008) and John/Yoko Bed Piece (2009).
Risha is also currently developing programs for Canadian television.
Jane Smyth is a Toronto based actor/writer/director with a keen interest in theatre work that crosses into and combines with other media and art forms. She has just recently become a full collective member having acted in FOE (2007) and directed Brief for A Night of Brevity (2008). She was the Dramaturge and Production Manager for the May 2009 production of John/Yoko Bed Piece. Jane also designs jewelry in her spare time.
Graham is a composer, conductor, and performer currently living in Toronto. After a childhood studying Royal Conservatory and Anglican liturgical music, Graham studied composition at Simon Fraser University under Rodney Sharman. During this time he began collaborating with members of the theatre department as an actor, director and composer. His twin loves of music and drama led him to the draft89 collective in 2003. Graham's compositions for theatre include scores for The Problem (2000), Tragic Eccentrics (2003), FOE (2007) and The Demise of Ordinary Objects (2008).
In addition to stage managing with draft89, Christine also maintains a career in arts management and is currently working in Development at Soulpepper Theatre Company. Her previous positions have been with the National Ballet of Canada, Tarragon Theatre, Harbourfront Centre, T.A.P.A, Cirque du Soleil, and the Toronto International Film Festival. A graduate of York University's Honours Theatre program and Humber College's Post-Graduate Arts Administration program, Christine leads a busy life, but looks forward to taking a long vacation....sometime!
Rick Talbot is a writer and IT professional. He has acted as Producer (John/Yoko Bed Piece, May 2009), Production Manager (John/Yoko Bed Piece, Dec 2009), and has been a strong presence in the collective during previous productions.