In 2015, fourteen playwrights were selected to be part of an experiment, in which they would draw from a limited pool of prompts, and view it through the lens of one unifying theme to create something new. They would not know who shared their prompts, only that at the end of the process they would have something unique born out of something that was not. This was the inaugural Murmurs project.
Murmurs would not have been possible without the hard work of these many talented collaborators.
Ross Hammond - Project Director
Ross Hammond is an emerging theatre creator based in Toronto, ON, with a focus on writing, performing, and producing - “producing” being the umbrella term for “whatever needs to get done”. Murmurs is the second project with House of Rebels that Ross has taken the helm on, as well as occasionally playing the part of sound designer, recording engineer, director or performer. Ross trained in the York University Theatre Program with a specialization in Playwriting and Devised Theatre, and has been continuing his training at Second City’s Improv Training Centre. Ross self-identifies as a human, and is currently working on producing his first full-length play at the 2016 Toronto Fringe Festival.
Alanna Dunlop - Dramaturg
Alanna Dunlop is a Toronto based dramaturg, deviser and director. Co-founder of Raw Matter, a Toronto based interdisciplinary performance collective. Her most recent credits include Idle-Lessons: Cycle 1 (Raw Matter, 2015) a performance exploring recent changes to Ontario's sexual education curriculum. Alanna is a graduate of York University's Theatre Program where she specialized in Devised Theatre and Dramaturgy.
Megan Demelo - Dramaturg
Megan Demelo is a graduate of York University’s Theatre Studies program where she also minored in History. She has been writing stories since she could hold a pencil and had the chance to expand that passion into dramaturgy during her university years. She has a great interest in animation, comics, tattoos, video games and anything involving Tim Burton or Johnny Depp. Megan has also worked with The Deadman's Tale (2015), Young People’s Theatre, the Playwright’s Guild of Canada, Telling Tales Out of School (York University, 2013) and The Ashley Plays (York University, 2012). She is currently enrolled in the Intermediate/Senior Education program at York University.
Wesley McKenzie - Sound Designer
Wesley McKenzie is a sound, lighting and projections designer involved in the Toronto theatre scene. His work can be seen in the Murmurs series of podcast in both Cranberry Sauce, The Babification and Shelby. Wesley’s work can also be heard in House of Rebel’s Mysteries in Transit series.
Past sound design credits include: The Deadman’s Tale podcast series; Three women mourn the Apocalypse (Old Norman Productions); Intangible Trappings and The Misunderstanding (Lester Tripps Theatre Company); LULU v.2 // because bad things happen to bad girls (the red light district).