Jen Cohen | Artistic Director
Murphy Diggon | Administrator
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.
Murphy Diggon is a producer, production manager and stage manager for theatre and film. Murphy holds a degree in Theatre Production and Design from York University. Since graduation, she has spent a year living and working in Japan and another travelling the US working on musical theatre tours.
Murphy is currently settled back in Canada as the Assistant Production Manager for the Canadian Opera Company, Venue Manager for Space Space Revolution, and now Administrator for Mainstage Theatre.
She started with Mainstage in 2018 as rehearsal manager for their spring production of Newsies and fell in love with the theatre's approach to training youth in musical theatre.
Selected Theatre credits include: Freaky Friday, The Musical (SM / Mainstage Theatre), Legally Blonde The Musical, SpongeBob Squarepants The Musical (PSM / Mainstage Theatre), Urinetown, The Music Man, Matilda, Newsies (Rehearsal Manager / Mainstage Theatre), Shopkins Live Tour (APM & ASM / Koba Entertainment), Pan AM Panamania (PSM / City of Toronto), Queen In Me, Fantasma, Wow Factor: A Cinderella Story (PM / COC - Canadian Opera Company Theatre), Get Better (Producer & SM / BuzzKill Productions - Selected to perform at the Toronto Rehab Awards Ceremony), Marina and the Cryptids (Producer & SM / Felt Heart Collective), Salt Water Moon (SM / Strive Theatre).