FOUNDERS

SOHEIL PARSA

Soheil Parsa is an award-winning director, actor, writer, dramaturg, choreographer and teacher, whose professional theatre career spans thirty-two years and two continents. In his native Iran, Soheil completed studies in Theatre Performance at the University of Tehran and began a promising career as an actor and director. Arriving in Canada with his family in 1984, Soheil completed a second Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Studies at York University and then went on to establish Modern Times Stage Company. In 1995 Soheil received a New Pioneers Award by Skills for Change for Outstanding Contribution to the Arts by a recent

immigrant to Canada. Soheil’s own work at Modern Times has been recognized with five Dora Mavor Moore Awards a Chalmers Fellowship in 2002, and a Senior Creation Grant from the Canada Council, as well as a number of international prizes and master class requests. In 2007 and 2010 he was short-listed for the Siminovitch Prize in Theatre Celebrating Directors, the highest honour in Canadian theatre. Soheil was awarded the Queen Elisabeth Diamond Jubilee Award for his contribution as a theatre artist to Canadian society.

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PETER FARBRIDGE

As an actor and founding member of Modern Times Stage Company, Co-artistic Director Peter Farbridge has appeared in the majority of the productions of Modern Times, including the title roles of Modern Times’ productions of “Hamlet“, “Macbeth” and “Hallaj“. He has also played Vladimir in ‘Waiting for Godot’ and the Old Man in ‘The Chairs’ for which he was nominated for a Dora Award as Outstanding Performance by a Male. Peter has collaborated on six translation/adaptations of Persian plays with Soheil Parsa, four of which were published in an anthology by Playwrights Canada Press. Two of these collaborations received Dora Awards. He has also worked on two

original plays, “Hallaj” (with Soheil Parsa) and “Forgiveness” (with Soheil Parsa and Barbara Simonsen). Peter makes his home in Montreal. He has worked in theatre and film both in English and French. His stage credits in the city include five productions with the Centaur Theatre, as well as several seasons at Repercussion Theatre and a French production at Le théâtre du rideau vert and most recently with Infinitheatre He continues to develop personal projects in Montreal, including writing and directing video.

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STAFF

GIA NAHMENS

Head of Administration at Modern Times, Gia has been working as a stage/production manager/administrator in Canada for the past seven years. She is graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Major in Theatre and a Minor in Spanish Literature. She Immigrated to Canada from Venezuela in 2003. Gia has worked extensively as a Stage Manager for productions like: Tony N’ Tinas Wedding (Hoarse Raven Theatre), Wild Rose (Fringe 2008/Bumpershoot 2009), The Honeymoon (Pick of the Fringe: Vancouver 2009), The Talking Stick Festival (2010&2011), and Back to You: The Life and Music of Lucille Starr (Apprentice Stage Manager: Musical Theatreworks), amongst many others.

While working as a Stage Manager she realized she could start training in administration and production and dove into working with Left Right Minds Initiatives as a production assistant. This work allowed her to understand the ‘backstage’ of a production. In Toronto she has been working with the Flamenco community; the Venezuelan community; stage managing, producing and touring Monique Mojicas “Chocolate Woman Dreams the Milky Way”; and assisting company management for “Arrabal”.

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Sound Designer

Thomas Ryder Payne is a composer and sound designer for theatre, dance and film. Selected past work includes designs for Stratford, Shaw, Mirvish, Soulpepper, CanStage, Tarragon, Factory, TPM, YPT, Crows, Modern Times, Aluna, BIBT, Nightwood, Toronto Dance Theatre, NAC, Theatre Calgary, GCTC, RMTC and many others. Thomas has received 2 Dora awards and 17 nominations.

Director

Soheil Parsa is an award-winning director, writer, actor, dramaturg, choreographer and teacher, whose professional theatre career spans thirty-two years and two continents. In his native Iran, Soheil completed studies in Theatre Performance at the University of Tehran and began a promising career as an actor and director. Arriving in Canada with his family in 1984, Soheil completed a second Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Studies at York University and then went on to establish Modern Times Stage Company, one of the most innovating theatre companies in Canada. In 1995 Soheil received a New Pioneers Award by Skills for Change for Outstanding Contribution to the Arts by a recent immigrant to Canada. Soheil’s own work at Modern Times has been recognized with five Dora Mavor Moore Awards, a Chalmers Fellowship in 2002, a senior artist creation grant from the Canada Council, as well as a number of international prizes and master class requests. In 2007 and 2010 he was short-listed for the Siminovitch Prize in Theatre Celebrating Directors, the highest honour in Canadian theatre. Most recently, Soheil has been awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his contribution as a theatre artist to Canadian society.