Artistic Director + founding member - On Sabbatical for 2019
Johnny Wideman is a playwright, short storyist, dramaturg, actor, facilitator, and the recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award for his work in Theatre from Conrad Grebel University College, University of Waterloo. Wideman received his Honours Bachelor of Arts in Drama from the University of Waterloo, ON, and the University of Sussex, UK. In June of 2011, he founded the grass-roots social justice theatre company, Theatre of the Beat, of which he is now the Artistic Director. In 2012, Wideman’s first screenplay GODART was awarded "Best Low-Budget Feature Film" at the Toronto Independent Film Festival and “Official Selection” at the Polish Independent Film Festival. Wideman’s work has been performed over 260 times throughout the U.S. and across Canada, including: This Prison or: He came Through the Floor, Gadfly: Sam Steiner Dodges the Draft, Forgiven/Forgotten, A Bicycle Built for Two, This Will Lead to Dancing, and Yellow Bellies.
Laura is a Kitchener-born, Toronto-based arts administrator and producer. She previously coordinated the inaugural Secret Theatre series at The Shaw Festival and produced two seasons of site-specific work with Theatre by Committee. Laura enjoys volunteering for the Toronto Theatre Database and learning ASL at The Canadian Hearing Society. She is a graduate of the Arts Administration & Cultural Management program at Humber College, and the Theatre and Drama Studies program at University of Toronto Mississauga/Sheridan.
Education & Outreach Manager + Founding Member
Kimberlee graduated from the University of Waterloo’s Peace and Conflict Studies program with a Drama minor, and received her Master’s of Social Work from Laurier University. Kimberlee developed TOTB's Restorative Justice Theatre Program, running out of Grande Valley Institution for Women and is passionate about using theatre as a tool for constructive social change. She lives in Kitchener, ON.
Lindsey is an actor, director, playwright and creator with a passion for empowering women and their stories. While working as an actor on the #ChurchToo tour, Lindsey found herself quickly falling in love with the work Theatre of the Beat creates and stands for. Lindsey holds a HBA Specialist from The University of Toronto and an Acting Diploma from Sheridan College. In addition to her work with Theatre of the Beat, she is the Outreach and Audition Coordinator for Hart House Theatre and a creator of HappyHer the series, Just Hysterics the IGTV show and a co-founder of Theatre By Committee.
Victoria is a Brantford-based theatre artist and arts manager. She has an Honours Bachelor of Arts in English Language & Literature from Wilfrid Laurier University, has completed Hamilton Fringe’s Artistic Leadership & Entrepreneurial Training Program, and is currently completing Humber College’s Arts Administration & Cultural Management program. Previously, she has worked with the Frost Bites Festival, City of Brantford Arts & Culture Department, and Lighthouse Festival Theatre. Currently, in addition to her work with Theatre of the Beat, Victoria is the Playwrighting Workshop Leader at Laurier Brantford and Intern to the Executive Director at The Westdale Theatre. She is also currently working on launching Grandview Theatre – Brantford’s first professional theatre company.
Board of Directors
Chair - Fred Martin, Director of Development
Vice-Chair - Dr. Andy Houston, Professor of Drama & Speech Communication
Treasurer - Justin Reesor, Accountant
Secretary - Dawn Kaufman-Frey, Barrister & Solicitor