GEORGE DUTCH (Associate Artistic Director, Dramaturge) – George studied Acting at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver with internationally renowned theatre director, Gunduz Kalic during the 70s; then joined Kalic’s ensemble in northern Australia for 5 years where he taught a performance class in a university theatre program during the 80s. George was Director of the Drama Ministry at Dominion-Chalmers United Church from 2000-04. He has contributed to 9th Hour’s mandate since its inception, as an actor in 8 productions, as an artistic associate, a participant in play readings, and with the business operations of the company. He thinks theatre should investigate big ideas related to the role of culture in shaping everyday practices of living.
JONATHAN HARRIS (Producing Artistic Director) – Jonathan is a versatile performing artist, director, and musician inspired by stories that elevate our thinking and stir our souls, and devoted to seeing them imaginatively brought to life through the magic and collaborative practice of ensemble theatre. Jonathan is a colleague of PACT (Professional Association of Canadian Theatres) with some recent directing credits including Halo, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, the 2018 freshly adapted Godspell, the Ottawa premiere of the Canadian play Prodigal Son (2017), The Creation of the World and Other Business by Arthur Miller (2015), and The Secret Garden (2012). They also directed 9th Hour’s 2014 “Into the Wardrobe” season including an original adaptation of The Great Divorce in repertoire with The Screwtape Letters (nominated for best director and best professional production by the Capital Critics Circle). Other theatre credits include Set Designer for Children’s Letters to God (2011) and playing C.S. Lewis in the 2013 Canadian premiere of Freud’s Last Session. In addition to a strong passion for youth work in the community, Jonathan is devoted to ongoing nuanced discussion about complex ideas and contemporary issues.
REBECCA RUSSELL (Artistic Associate) – Rebecca is a Dora award-winning multidisciplinary performing artist and communications/development professional based in Ottawa. Most recently, Rebecca worked with 9th Hour Theatre Company playing Lizzie McMullen in Halo, the role of the White Witch in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and Carol/Lisa in Prodigal Son. She also helped to create 9th Hour’s fresh interpretation of Godspell as Assistant Director. Select professional credits include: Maupin (TACTICS Workshop Series), AtG’s Messiah (Against the Grain Theatre), Fear of Flight (Artistic Fraud of Newfoundland), Helen in The Cripple of Inishmann (Theatre Newfoundland Labrador), three international tours with The Very Hungry Caterpillar & other Eric Carle Favorites (Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia) and many others. Originally from Newfoundland, Rebecca holds a BA Combined Honours in Music and Theatre (Dalhousie University). Rebecca is thrilled to be working with a company that cares for the community, and its artists, so deeply. She is interested in continuing to creatively engage audiences in ideas that spark conversation and reflection. Much love to Keith.