September 1, 2005 - September 1, 2006
Director of The Zoo Story in April '06.
Ross Manson is an actor, director, and translator, and the founding Artistic Director of the internationally acclaimed experimental theater company, Volcano ("The best independent theatre company in Toronto" - NOW Magazine, go to www.volcano.ca). Ross has directed 18 shows for Volcano, which have earned 27 Dora nominations, 7 wins, 2 Governor General award nominations, the Amnesty International Freedom of Speech Award shortlist (Edinburgh Festival), the NOW People's Choice Award, and a Chalmers' National Play Award. Ross has twice been nominated for a Dora award in Directing, and is the winner of both a Harold award for community service, and a KM Hunter Award for excellence as an emerging theatre artist. Ross has also directed for CanStage, Overall Dance (in Toronto and at the Canada Dance Festival), and the Blyth Festival. As an actor, Ross has appeared in film, television, radio, and in leading roles at over 20 theaters across Canada. In 1995, Ross founded Go7 - the Arts Pass; a subscription and marketing organization for independent theater, music and dance. Ross is also the co-founder of the Wrecking Ball, a political theater initiative in Toronto designed to bring a political point-of-view more fiercely onto Toronto stages. Finally, Ross has recently joined the programming team of Toronto's ARCfest - Canada's first human rights arts festival.