Theatre Ontario is thrilled to welcome Mimi Mekler as adjudicator for the 2016 Theatre Ontario Festival in North Bay. Mimi most recently adjudicated the Western Ontario Drama League Festival in 2014, and last adjudicated for Theatre Ontario’s Festival in 1999 in Newmarket.
"The hard work, discoveries, accolades and camaraderie that are the backbone of the Theatre Ontario Festival make it a special event," said Mimi. "I’m looking forward to being part of the process that goes into creating the most vibrant community theatre possible."
Mimi Mekler’s work as director, actor, dramaturge, writer and adjudicator has taken her from California to Czechoslovakia and Italy to Israel. She is a professor in the Acting Discipline at Sheridan College’s Music Theatre Department. She also teaches for the joint Theatre and Drama Studies programme at Sheridan and University of Toronto at Mississauga, and for the Digital Character programme for Sheridan’s acclaimed Computer Animation. Her theatre experience is broad and varied. She is probably best known as Maggie in the long-running children’s TV series Crazy Quilt. Other acting highlights include playing a crazed nun in Bella Donna, portraying both Portia and Calpurnia in Julius Caesar, touring children’s shows and interactive plays, dubbing films in Prague, creating segments of R. Murray Schafer’s opera-in-the wilderness And Wolf Shall Inherit the Moon, and co-creating a clown-dance piece. She is a member of Theatre Ontario's Talent Bank of theatre instructors.
Theatre Ontario Festival 2016 will be held in North Bay from May 18 to 22, 2016 and is co-hosted by Theatre Ontario, Gateway Theatre Guild, and QUONTA (the northeastern Ontario community theatre association.)