Bronwyn Steinberg is the founding Artistic Director and Series Curator for TACTICS, Ottawa’s innovative independent theatre series. She also founded her own company, Counterpoint Players, to create productions that push traditional theatrical boundaries to create a direct and embodied experience for the audience. She is the 2016-2017 Metcalf Foundation Intern in Artistic Direction with Eric Coates at GCTC (Great Canadian Theatre Company). Directing credits include In the Next Room or the Vibrator Play (Same Day Theatre – Prix Rideau Award nomination for Outstanding Direction and winner for Outstanding Production), Desdemona, Marion Bridge and Anton in Show Business (Three Sisters Theatre), the world premiere of Darrah Teitel’s Corpus (Counterpoint Players) and My Name is Asher Lev (9th Hour). As a participant in the Michael Langham Workshop for Classical Direction at the Stratford Festival, she was the assistant director for Hamlet in 2015 and Breath of Kings: Rebellion in 2016. She also assisted on the Shaw Festival / GCTC co-production of 1979.
“I am passionate about creating a theatrical space that brings people together to engage in theatrical events that provoke social examination. For me, this means theatre that challenges both artists and audiences to examine their own connection to humanity. I strive to create theatre that raises consciousness by making social issues real through stories and narratives that honestly reflect the human experience.
With my own company, as well as with the series I curate and produce, I am especially interested in creating and supporting works that make the most of being live theatre. I believe that to build and maintain an audience for live theatre, plays must engage the audience in a more direct way, creating a theatrical experience that is different than what audiences can stream online at home for free.”
For the Love of Gracie by Crystal Verge – a one-week script development workshop of a new play, supported by the Ontario Arts Council and GCTC. Counterpoint Players, September 2017 (workshop director and producer)
Mad Margaret – adapted from Shakespeare’s Henry VI parts 1, 2 & 3 and Richard III. Adaptation supported by a Theatre Creators Reserve grant recommended by GCTC and a City of Ottawa Individual Creation grant. Counterpoint Players (adaptor & director)
Robin Hood – Hampstead Stage Company, NH, October 2017 (director)
Miss Shakespeare by Tracey Power – Three Sisters Theatre Company at the Gladstone, May-June 2018 (director)
Twelfth Night – A Company of Fools Torchlight Shakespeare, summer 2018 (director)
Raising Stanley created by Karen Bailey, Kim Kilpatrick and Bronwyn Steinberg. Interdisciplinary new work; workshop and production at GCTC Studio, with the support of the Ontario Arts Council, Summer 2018 (collaborator and director)