A two-time Governor General’s Award nominee and multiple industry award winner for promoting women’s equality in Canada’s screen industry, Carol is one of the co-creators of the Women In the Director’s Chair (WIDC) program and a founding member of Creative Women Workshops Association. Carol has helped to shape the WIDC program over the last 20 years, facilitating workshop sessions, following up with alumnae directors to help them achieve their goals, and working closely with the industry to secure resources for WIDC and for the WIDC Feature Film Award. Carol has produced over 150 short films through the WIDC program, and plays an executive producing role for the WIDC Feature Film Award which has supported the completion of four award-winning projects since 2009, with three more in the pipeline.
From 2007 to 2010 Carol produced and delivered the Montreal-based Telefilm Canada Feature It! Workshop; a Telefilm Canada Official Languages Activities program initiative designed to advance mid-career Anglophone producers and writers (male and female) and their feature film fiction projects in all genres.
Carol holds a BFA with Honours from York University’s Theatre Performance program and is a graduate of the Alliance Atlantis Banff Television Executive Program. She is a member of a variety of industry organizations, including ACTRA/UBCP, Canadian Actors Equity Association (CAEA), the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television (ACCT), and Women In Film where she is a member of the Alberta, Atlantic, Toronto chapters, and a Life Member of the Vancouver chapter.
Carol is currently completing her doctoral thesis, a case study of WIDC, through the Transformational Change program in the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia.
Mary M. Frymire is Executive Director and Development Director at La Sirena Pictures Inc. With over 30 years experience in diverse genres, she has developed, directed and produced a plethora of production projects in over 75 countries, working in 4 different languages with fluency in Spanish. Specializing in character-driven, documentary-based subjects, she draws on her cross-cultural experience when developing and directing engaging, visually evocative projects that tell compelling stories. Mary is a Film and Television graduate of Capilano University, and furthered her craft at Simon Fraser University, The Banff Centre for the Arts and the London Film and Television School, UK. She is also an alumna of the WIDC Career Advancement Module in Vancouver. She honed her filmmaking skills studying and working for several years in Europe, Latin America & Africa on both documentary and dramatic projects. For many years Mary has been lead judge for Vancouver International Film Festival Artistic Merit Award and served as board member on Amnesty Int’l Artist Network, United Nations Association Canada, WIFT-T, WIFTV, and for past 5 years, Mary has been on the board of Creative Women Workshops Association. Currently, Mary’s projects range from Director and Creative Producer on: Tribal Police Files documenting Tribal Cultural & Community Policing in a 13-part docudrama series for APTN to the development of two feature films Epiphany and Indigo, and scripted television series.
A Director member of the Directors Guild of Canada, Mary’s work has been distributed through; APTN, Smithsonian Channel, National Geographic, Bravo, Lifetime TV, Travel and Escape, CBC, OWN, City TV, Can West Global, Hallmark Channel USA, Life Network, W Network, Oxygen Network USA, Discovery Canada, Discovery USA, Discovery International, Channel 5UK, BBC, Nickelodeon, Wham, Unapix, Vision TV, OLN, Knowledge Network, CTV, VTV, Global TV, Channel 4UK, World-Wide TV UK, Yorkshire TV, Central Television UK.
Mary is represented by Anna Archer of Lucas Talent Agency 604.685.0345 firstname.lastname@example.org
E. Jane Thompson is a multi-award-winning filmmaker, television director, and educator. She has directed over fifty hours of dramatic television series, garnering two Geminis, for Best Short Drama (Letter from Francis) and Best Direction of a Dramatic Series (Madison). Her television movie, Coming Of Age won Gemini Awards for Best Supporting Actor and Actress and earned a Gemini nomination for Best TV Movie.
Her short films have been selected to screen at dozens of film festivals and sold to broadcasters around the world. Critics have called her work “beautifully realized” (Globe & Mail) and “refreshingly understated and self-possessed” (Ottawa Citizen).
Jane draws inspiration for her filmmaking and teaching from her celebrated teachers and mentors: Allan King, Maruska Stankova, Laszlo Marton, Judith Weston, Peter Harcourt, and Dorothy Gardner.
Jane’s six years as advisor to NSI’s Drama Prize program culminated in all of the 2010/11 directors’ films being invited to TIFF and to Telefilm’s “Not Short on Talent” program at the Cannes Film Festival. She has taught directing in the Advanced Television and Film Post Graduate Certificate Program at Sheridan College and recently completed her Masters in Writing for Screen & Stage at Regent’s University, London. Jane is a Director member of the Director’s Guild of Canada and an alumna of the WIDC program in Banff.
With family roots in the Ottawa Valley and on the Canadian prairies, Jane grew up in the suburbs of Montreal and Kingston. She lives in Toronto.
For a sample of her work, her short film, The Exit can be viewed here.
Kerry Stauffer is the Executive Director for Media + Production at The Banff Centre. Media + Production encompasses digital film, television, interactive media, audio, The Banff Mountain Film & Book Festival, Banff Centre Radio, Banff Centre Press and Banff Centre TV.
Under Kerry’s leadership, these areas offer multidisciplinary artist residencies and programs, creative training, and leads the Banff Centre’s content and editorial strategies, delivering contemporary story based content.
Kerry has produced national television specials and series, executive produced events bringing together international cultural and media; and was the Director of Production & Program Competition for Achilles Media where she led the respected international Rockie Award competition. Through this work, Kerry developed keen insight into the needs of television and film. Kerry has represented Canada as international juror and speaker for international film festivals including the Banff World Television Awards from 2008 – 2014.
Kerry holds an honours diploma from SAIT (Cinema, Television, Radio and Stage) and is a graduate of Alliance Atlantis Banff Television Executive Program and studied Communications at The University of Windsor. Kerry currently serves on the Creative Women Workshops Association board and is past member of CRHC National Training Advisory Council for Film and Television, Women in Film and Television Alberta and has participated as an expert advisor in Alberta’s creative industry.
Heather Allin has appeared as an actor in Small Town Murder Songs, by acclaimed Director, Ed Gass-Donnelly, and in Let Him Be as the supporting character Babs Barker. Allin is also in George Romero’s Survival Of The Dead, she’s shot episodes of Dan For Mayor, Flashpoint, The Ron James Show, and Degrassi: The Next Generation, with Charlotte Arnold and Stephen Brogren.
She says, “It’s breathing life into a paper being and building her from scratch, bringing her to life, that interests me most as a performer.”
Heather has worked with such stars as Hugh Dillon, Amy Jo Johnson, David Paetkau, Michael Cram, Charlotte Arnold, Ron James, Peter Stormare, Aaron Poole, Fred Ewanuick, Paul Bates, Marcia Gay Harden, Ray Romano, Gene Hackman, Rip Torn, Elizabeth Perkins, Scott Bakula, Athena Karkanis, Tom Selleck, Kate Levering, Elizabeth Peňa, Caroline Dhavernas, and Kathleen Munroe.
Heather’s film and TV credits also include Stone Cold, Wonderfalls, What Girls Learn, Suburban Madness, Welcome to Mooseport, Kevin Hill, Witchblade, The Fugitive Kind, and Eu·tha·na·sia.
Theatrically, Heather has performed the role of Barbara in the new Canadian play “Goodnight Amherst”, and previously helped develop the role of Stella in the new Canadian play “Asleep at the Wheel” by Jordan Hall. To date she has work-shopped six new Canadian plays to performance. Heather’s stage credits include: Lucy, Lying on the Escarpment; Clarence and Queen Elizabeth, Richard III; Amelia, Comedy of Errors, Lady Capulet, Romeo & Juliet, and Aggie Rose, Boiler Room Suite.
Born in Toronto where she continues to make the city her home, Heather has been acting professionally for over 17 years. She is a proud supporter of Canadian Artists, their creativity, generosity, and dedication to the work. She is deeply involved in the Campaign for Canadian Drama. As President of ACTRA Toronto, she oversaw an Actor’s union serving over 13,000 members; she is on the board of ACTRA National where she also chairs the National Women’s Committee, and ACTRA’s PRS/SRD, with 21,000 members. She is both board and founding member of the Creative Arts Savings and Credit Union; a member of the ROI board; the Advisory Board for the Seneca Drama program; a former board member of Green Screen Toronto; a former board member of Shakespeare in the Rough, a visual artist and an avid skier.
Brian Gromoff is former ACTRA Alberta Councillor, Past President of ACTRA Calgary, as well as Past President, and former Treasurer of ACTRA National. Brian was ACTRA’s Liaison to CWWA and the WIDC from its inception in 1996/97 to 2013/14. As the original Treasurer of Creative Women Workshops Association, Brian provided guidance on overall programming and budgeting along with participant and faculty adjudications. Brian is a respected actor based in Calgary, Alberta with numerous film and theatre roles to his credit. In 2002 he was nominated to the Order of the University of Calgary for his outstanding contribution to the university and the community at large as he successfully headed U of C’s Standardized Medical Patient Testing Program for over a decade.