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PJ is a director, actor, producer, and dramaturge. In fact, there is no position in theatre that she does not enjoy, right down to hand-sewing costumes in the basement if need be. Her love of theatre began in elementary school with Upstage One, the drama club lead by Val MacMenemy that produced original pantomimes. Upstage One toured southern Ontario, performing three times a day for school groups, and training students to work cooperatively on stage and in a production capacity.
PJ went on to graduate from George Brown College’s Theatre Performance program. With a focus on acting, PJ took on roles such as Marion in Easy Virtue (Noel Coward), Frump in Cinderella, and Peggy Spendall in The Innocent Mistress (Mary Pix).
A stage director since her debut in 1997 with the New Ideas Festival’s premiere of Phantom of Graceland by Michael Hiller, PJ directed many productions at the Alumnae Theatre Company, including Talley’s Folly by Lanford Wilson, Criminal Hearts by Jane Martin and She Stoops to Conquer by Oliver Goldsmith. She directed the Los Angeles premiere of Elaine Feinstein's Lear's Daughters for Counter Productions in 2003, and recently worked with Radioactive Lady Bird Productions to bring Crystal Skillman's Cut to Toronto.
PJ was on the board of the Alumnae Theatre Company for more than a decade, and worked tirelessly in the administration of the company. She occupied many roles in the organization, including President, Executive Producer, Treasurer and Producer. PJ also served as Technical Director for Gay Play Day 2014 to 2016.
She recently directed and dramaturged the stage version of Aloud (The Object of Her Attraction); Let’s Spend Our Lives Together, Maybe; and The Picnic, the first three stories in the saga of Laurie and Suzanne, as created by Tina McCulloch. Together, Tina and PJ are currently producing their first short film, Aloud, and look forward to bringing it to festivals around the world.