Jen Cohen | Artistic Director
Alain Richer | Outgoing Artistic Director
Jen Cohen (Shuber) is an award winning director and choreographer,
dramaturg and writer. After an early start full time at The National
Ballet of Canada, she went on to graduate from NYU’s Tisch School of the
Arts, London’s Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (summer program) and the Lyric and Book Labs at NMI in L.A. She is an alumnus of The Johnny Mercer Foundation Writers Colony at Goodspeed Musicals, the ASCAP Stephen Schwartz Workshop and Interlochen Centre for the Arts in Michigan where she is also currently on the Board of Directors of Canadian Friends of Interlochen.
Jen has worked for most of the major theatres in Toronto including
Soulpepper, Young People’s Theatre, Theatre Passe Muraille, The Harold
Green Jewish Theatre, Tarragon Theatre, Angelwalk Theatre, Buddies in Bad Times and many more. Jen has also served as dramaturg and/or director on new musicals for Sheridan College’s Capstone Project, Louise Pitre’s one woman show “On The Rocks” and projects by Jim Betts, Colleen Dauncey and Akiva Romer-Segal, Britta and Anika Johnson and Leslie Arden to name a few. She also served as program director of Theatre 20’s “Composium”, a composer and lyricist writing unit in Toronto.
Jen has been nominated for the Siminovitch Prize in Directing and for the
Ockrent Theatre Directing Fellowship SSDC, NY. She has won a Dora for Best Production of a Musical for A Year with Frog and Toad at the Young
People’s Theatre and is a Dora nominee for Best Musical Production of
Pasek and Paul’s James and The Giant Peach.
A few fun facts are that Jen has been seen on MTV, YTV, CBC and Slice and has been in major motion pictures including working with Denzel
Washington, Ray Liotta and Kevin Conolly. She also works in talent
acquisition for the Toronto Blue Jays and has casted their live
entertainment for more than 16 seasons.
Alain Richer (he/him) is a stage and screen artist whose professional work has ranged from producing to directing and design. After studying theatre and production at Queen’s University, his early career has been spent with two educationally focused arts organizations in Toronto. Alain has dedicated the last decade to the development of Mainstage Theatre Company, including 7 seasons as Artistic Director. He is known for creating high-quality productions and for enthusiastically engaging the Mainstage community. For Mainstage, Alain has also been very active in the roles of Director (9 productions) and Designer (19 productions). He has worked in production design for Groupe Média TFO where he has spent the last years helping pioneer the development of cutting-edge, real-time virtual design and technology in its productions. Alain has also worked with Théâtre Français de Toronto (TFT) as designer and recently, has joined the Ottawa Fringe Festival as Executive Director.