Originally from Ottawa, Iain began his career as an actor and director. He is a graduate of Canterbury High School’s prestigious drama program. During his time at Carleton University studying history and humanities, Iain became involved with Sock ‘N’ Buskin Theatre Company. He played a variety of roles including performing as Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet, as well as a Stage Manager, props and set builder, poster designer, and marketer. Iain also directed a controversial but well-received production of Kenneth Lonergan’s This Is Our Youth. It was during his fourth year at Carleton that he decided to commit his life to creating theatre. It was also while at Sock ‘N’ Buskin that he met his future wife, Marissa Caldwell.
Iain attended George Brown College’s acting program and trained extensively with some of Canada’s most renowned and avant-garde artists, such as Jeannette Lambermont-Morey (Stratford Festival, Globe Theatre) and Allyson McMackon (Theatre Rusticle). Showcase performances include Levin in Anna Karenina and Hippolito in Howard Barker’s Women Beware Women.
Upon graduation, Iain was an inaugural participant of Theatre by the Bay’s Indie Producer’s Co-Op. This six week co-op, exclusively for George Brown students and recent graduates, provides a practical education in creating one’s own work. Responsibilities included working as the Co-Production Manager of The Nine Mile Portage, developing and executing marketing campaigns, and building an accessibility performance of Nine Mile for CNIB and Alzheimer’s Society Members.
Iain would go on to produce and direct an original musical rendition of Romeo and Juliet with Dora Award winning actor, and composer, Landon Doak as well as launching his own theatre space, ‘The Playground’, before moving to Barrie as the Executive Director of Theatre by the Bay in Fall 2015.
Since then, Iain has established himself as a central figure in Simcoe County’s theatre scene. With Theatre by the Bay, he has produced eight productions and three years of the annual gala, Stars Come Out. He performed in the 2017 production, The Five Points as well as Assistant Directed the 2017 touring production, WE MUST HAVE MORE MEN! Iain currently sits on the City of Barrie’s Theatre Steering Committee which, among other things, is responsible for the organizational planning of the W.A. Fisher Auditorium and Conference Centre.
Due to his body of work as an artist, and his leadership of Theatre by the Bay, former Artistic Director Alex Dault and the board of directors selected Iain Moggach as the company’s new artistic director in October 2018. TBTB audiences will have the chance to see Iain’s directing work in 2020. Stay tuned!
Outside of TBTB, Iain continues to work as a director (and occasional actor) across Ontario. Most recently, he directed Dancing At Lughnasa at South Simcoe Theatre, an intimate production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream in his backyard, Arthur Miller’s classic drama, All My Sons, at the Orillia Opera House Studio Theatre, and Salt-Water Moon at the Old Flame Brewery in Port Perry.
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 co-operatively 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.