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John Van Burek, Artistic Director and founder of Pleiades Theatre
  Mr. Van Burek has been a professional theatre artist for over forty years. He has directed more than 100 productions, including plays, operas and special events, and he has translated over 50 plays. He was the founding Artistic Director of Théâtre français de Toronto, which he ran for close to twenty years and through his translations, many in partnership with the late Bill Glassco, he introduced the work of Michel Tremblay, one of Canada’s preeminent playwrights, to the English-speaking world. In addition, he has translated works by Gratien Gélinas, Carlo Goldoni, Suzanne Lebeau, Marivaux and Moliére. He is currently working on translations of Albert Camus’ Les Justes and two plays by Sacha Guitry, the great French playwright of the early 20th century. Mr. Van Burek has taught at the National Theatre School of Canada, York University, Ryerson Theatre School, the Nottingham School of the Performing Arts (U.K.), University of Victoria and at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. For four years, he was a member of the Canadian Artists and Producers Professional Relations Tribunal and he is a member of l’Ordre de la Pléiade (Paris). He has received many awards and distinctions, including the Toronto Drama Bench Award for Distinguished Contribution to Canadian Theatre, the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal and most recently, he was given the prestigious Silver Ticket Award by the Toronto Association of Performing Arts. Mr. Van Burek sits on the Board of the Toronto Arts Council and is an Associate Board member of the Fondation Michaëlle Jean Foundation.

Andrey Tarasiuk, Producer


Andrey Tarasiuk, a graduate of the University of Manitoba and the National Theatre School of Canada, has been associated with almost every major theatre in this country.  He was the founding Producer of The Dream in High Park, the acclaimed Toronto Free Theatre/Canadian Stage outdoor Shakespeare production, and the director of many radio dramas with CBC-Radio Canada.  He has been a guest director, instructor and lecturer at the National Theatre School of Canada, The University of Winnipeg and the National Arts Centre among others.  As Artistic Producer for Theatre Direct Canada, an award–winning Toronto-based company, he worked with such Canadian authors as Anne Chislett, Tomson Highway and Joan MacLeod in the creation of new dramas for young audiences.  At the Stratford Shakespeare Festival, where he was Associate Artistic Director and Head of New Play Development for eight seasons, Mr. Tarasiuk also directed a number of productions including James Reaney’s The Donnellys: Sticks & Stones which was also presented at the National Arts Centre,  Anne Chislett’s Quiet in the Land, and the world premiere of Anton Piatigorsky’s Eternal Hydra.  Mr. Tarasiuk has served as a board member for numerous Canadian organizations including the Stratford Arts Foundation/Stratford Summer Music, Toronto Alliance for Performing Arts and the Professional Association for Canadian Theatres.  He is a recipient of a number of awards and distinctions including both the Derek. F. Mitchell Artistic Director’s Award and the Tyrone Guthrie Award from the Stratford Festival and the co-recipient of the Kobzar Literary Award for the play Luba, Simply Luba.

Board of Directors

  • Jules Bloch, Mediator/Arbitrator
  • Laura Buchanan, Buchanan Communications
  • Luke Cole (Treasurer), Accountant, Ernst & Young
  • Mavis Himes, Psychoanalyst
  • Maryam Khoshyomn, Senior Business Analyst, RBC Dominion Securities
  • Marnie McGarry (Chair), Volunteer Fundraiser
  • Geoffrey Miller (Secretary), Partner, PAR-Med Properties Services Inc.
  • John Mountain, Senior V-P, Legal and Human Resources, NEI Investments
  • Aoife Ní Niocail, Senior Manager, Assurance and Advisory, Deloitte
  • D'Arcy Stuart, Partner, Bingo Country

Founding Board Members, retired

  • Dr. Harry Arthurs
  • Billie Bridgman
  • Jennifer Duchesne
  • Gerry Eldred
  • David Silcox (former chair)

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