Company Bios

Jessica copyJessica Ruano (Creator/Director) is an Ottawa-based theatre director, producer, and writer. She has an M.A. in Theatre Theory and Dramaturgy from the University of Ottawa, and she wrote her thesis on new works of theatre that have toured the Canadian festival circuit. In 2013, she directed the London premiere of Sappho…in 9 fragments, applauded for its aerial scenography, that played to sold out houses and toured across Canada and to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. She has recently completed training as a support worker for the Sexual Assault Support Centre (SASC) of Ottawa, and is very passionate about education around sexuality and sexual violence.


AmeliaAmelia Griffin (Choreographer) is an Ottawa/Gatineau–based contemporary dance artist, active in Ottawa’s artistic community since graduating from The School of Dance in Ballet and Contemporary dance in 2006. As a dancer, Amelia is a company member with integrated dance company Propeller Dance, Franco-Ontarian dance company Tara Luz Danse, Gatineau-based dance company Dorsale Danse, and theatre company Platypus Theatre. In her own choreographic work, Amelia has presented at notable venues around the city: La Nouvelle Scène, National Arts Centre’s 4th stage, and Arts Court Theatre. As an artist, Amelia’s intention is to create art that questions our society’s norms, engages audience through movement, and provides healing and thought-provoking moments.


z1391687_239448826210943_526013176_nBenoît Brunet-Poirier (Lighting Design) est diplômé du Department de théâtre de l’Université d’Ottawa. Il a remporté le prix MECCA 2009 pour une conception sonore faite pour le théâtre In Actu et la Bourse Patrick-Leroux du Théâtre la Catapulte pour son implication au sein de nombreuses productions du Départment du théâtre.

Benoît a participé au montage ou à la supervision technique de plusieurs spectacles à La Nouvelle Scène. Il a remporté le Prix Rideau 2015 pour la scénographie-vidéo de Cinéma (Théâtre la Catapulte, Théâtre Belvédère).


martinMartin Dawagne (Sound Design) After four intense years as the composer/ guitarist for the rock band “Now, Voyager”, Martin decided to leave his native country of Belgium for a creative adventure through Canada. Since arriving, he wrote an original score for “You Didn’t Ask to be Here” as well as co-created /performed in “Mise-en-Abyme” as part of Ottawa’s Fresh Meat Festival. He created a soundscape for Judith Thompson’s Perfect Pie, produced by Cart Before the Horse for TACTICS, and he is currently working on “Yarns”, a conceptual album mixing instrumental tracks with spoken prose.


Jess Preece (Stage Manager) is an Ottawa-based stage manager and technician. She has worked with many companies across the Ottawa-Gatineau region including Sleepingdog Productions, Theatre Incognito, Horseshoes and Handgrenades, SevenThirty Productions, Plosives Productions, Odyssey Theatre, A Company of Fools and more. She also works as a resident Stage Manager at The Algonquin Commons Theatre. Her next project is Macbeth with the Great Canadian Theatre Company.


Nina Drystek (Marketing Manager) marketing@theghomeshieffect.com

Kalynn Sawyer (Outreach Coordinator) outreach@theghomeshieffect.com

Shawn Descarie (Videographer & Graphic Design)