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JAM cohort of 2019-20

ERIN BRAHM

Erin Brahm is a performer, devisor and clown. She has performed and devised various forms of theatre in Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom. She is currently developing her production, Poetic Nonsense, which began within Playwrights’ Workshop Montreal’s - Young Creators Unit. Poetic Nonsense is a clown and bouffon inspired theatre piece, infused with Jewish and feminist themes and characters, which playfully explores and exposes human attributes and truths in all their absurdities, with glimpses into private lives and public personas.

Erin completed her Masters degree in Ensemble Theatre: Performance and Devising, specializing in clowning, at Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance, London UK and her Bachelor’s degree in Theatre at Concordia University. Performance and devising highlights include productions with: Bread and Puppet Theater, Citizens of Nowhere: London’s International Clown Company,  Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Festival TransAmériques (OFFTA), clowning on The Last Leg (Channel 4, London UK) and most recently a collaboration between Jump Current Performance (Canada), Working Group Theater (USA) and Barracuda Carmela (Colombia). Erin received the audience choice award for best performer in a short film at the 2019 Zensa Media International Film Festival.

Erin Brahm.

YAEL SILVER
Yael Silver is an actress, singer, and producer who while living in New York City enjoyed a very successful commercial producing career. Her credits in theatre production include: Once On This Island (Tony Award), Jagged Little Pill (Broadway), A Christmas Carol (Broadway), Rock of Ages (UK Tour) as well as producing concerts for Broadway stars such as Chita Rivera, Hailey Kilgore, and Kate Rockwell.
Originally from Israel, she is a graduate of the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance with a major in classical voice.
Moving to Montreal in May of 2019 in order to be closer to her family, Yael decided it was time to refocus her artistic path and is thrilled to be part of the Jewish Arts Mentorship program at the Segal Center where she will be working as assistant Director on Oslo in the spring of 2020.
(Photo credit: Caleb McCotter) 

Yael Silver. Photo credit: Caleb McCotter

ROGER WHITE
Roger White is a musician, composer, and record producer from Montreal. He is a member of the Power Pop outfit Dead Messenger, whose music has been featured in several television and web-streaming services, as well as in the critically acclaimed French language film Chien de garde. Roger worked as co-producer and session player with Kingston Allstars, a project featuring an all-star cast of Jamaican musicians who were at the vanguard of early Rocksteady and Reggae music. The project produced two albums and a web documentary. He also composes music for dance, collaborating regularly with choreographer Helen Simard (NO FUN, IDIOT, REQUIEM POP), as well as artists such as Alias Dance Project, Marie-Pier Laforge-Bourret, and Solid State Breakdance. In a departure from his previous work, through the Jewish Arts Mentorship Roger is creating an interdisciplinary sound project based on his family’s German and Polish-Jewish roots, exploring their history in pre and post-war Europe. With this project, and through the guidance of JAM team at the Segal Center; Roger will for the first time be stepping out from behind the instruments and into the role of primary writer/director in the development of this project. He is forever grateful for the cultural and artistic guidance provided by this mentorship and for the opportunity to explore new themes and expand his artistic practice.

(Photo credit: Mathieu Desjardins) 

Roger White. Photo credit: Mathieu Desjardins


Inaugural JAM cohort of 2018-19

AMANDA GOLDBERG
Amanda Goldberg is a graduate from Dawson College’s Professional Theatre program and Concordia University's Theatre and Development program. She is the co-founder and artistic director of We Are One, a Montreal based feminist theatre company that aims to celebrate and empower womxn. In 2016, she was nominated for Outstanding Emerging Artist at the Montreal English Theatre Awards. Goldberg’s most recent directing credits include Yerma (Concordia University), City Boy (Mainline Theatre), and Smackhead (We Are One). Her latest work was assistant directing: Theatre Surreal SoReal’s production of Madame Catherine prépare sa classe de troisième à l’irrémédiable and Imago Theatre’s production of Other People’s Children. Goldberg is delighted to participate in the Segal Centre’s Jewish Arts Mentorship program, in addition to working as assistant director on Indecent this spring. She is passionate about exploring both queer and Jewish stories and can’t wait to do so alongside this inspiring and talented team. She would like to thank her parents and friends for their continuous love and support!

MICHELLE SOICHER
Michelle Soicher, originally from Toronto, moved to Montreal to explore all aspects of theatre making at Concordia University and since graduating she has been fortunate to collaborate with both established and emerging artists. Being queer and Jewish, Michelle has a unique perspective of being an invisible minority and aims to create space for stories that have been pushed to the margins. She is a recent alumni of the Black Theatre Workshop Artist Mentorship Program. Selected credits include, Director: Birthmark (Teesri Duniya, Co Dir. Liz Valdez), Quiet (Black Theatre Workshop Discovery Series), Loops (McGill Drama Festival), Stage Manager: A Perfect Picture (Centaur Theatre Wildside Festival), Richard O'Brain's The Rocky Horror Show (MainLine Theatre), and A Midsummer Night's Dream (Concordia University).

MAGGIE WINSTON
Maggie Winston is a puppeteer, clown, educator and community engaged artist. She is artistic director of Lost & Found Puppet Co., originally created in Vancouver, BC, (2007) based in Montréal, QC since 2016. Her original productions explore human relationships to objects and nature, through themes of family and cultural history. She is currently working on a new production entitled "Oyfkum" inspired by Ashkenazi Jewish folklore.

Originally from Baltimore, MD, USA, she received a BA from Sarah Lawrence College (NY, USA) and received acting training from the British American Drama Academy (London, UK). Maggie is currently ushering at the Segal Centre and teaching theatre for children at Geordie Productions and Montreal Children’s Theatre.