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.
“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.”
Bronwyn interned in Artistic Direction with Eric Coates at GCTC (Great Canadian Theatre Company) in 2016-2017 thanks to support from the Metcalf Foundation, and she assisted Eric Coates on the Shaw Festival / GCTC co-production of 1979. As a participant in the Michael Langham Workshop for Classical Direction at the Stratford Festival, she was the assistant director to Antoni Cimolino for Hamlet in 2015 and to Weyni Mengesha on Breath of Kings: Rebellion (Richard II and Henry IV.1) in 2016. She holds an MFA in Theatre (Directing) from the University of Ottawa and has also trained with the SITI Company and One Yellow Rabbit. Bronwyn was happy to represent Canada at the 2017 International Theatre Institute Worldwide Congress in Segovia, Spain where she joined the steering committee for the Network of Emerging Arts Professionals of ITI. She is a proud member of the 2018 Lincoln Center Theatre Directors Lab.
Bang Bang by Kat Sandler – Great Canadian Theatre Company (GCTC), Ottawa, October-November 2019 (director)
Lost Letters by Creighton Irons and Jonathan Karpinos – Bloomington Playwrights Project, Bloomington, IN, November-December 2019 (director)
The Revolutionists by Lauren Gunderson – Three Sisters Theatre Company at the Gladstone, February 2019 (director)
The Drowning Girls by Beth Graham, Charlie Tomlinson and Daniela Vlaskalic – Great Canadian Theatre Company (GCTC), Ottawa, October-November 2018 (director)
Mad Margaret adapted by Bronwyn Steinberg from William Shakespeare’s first history cycle, 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. TACTICS Workshop Series 2018 & 2019. Directors’ Workshop Project, Michael Langham Workshop for Classical Direction, Stratford Festival, Stratford 2015. (adaptor and director)
Raising Stanley / Life With Tulia created by Karen Bailey, Kim Kilpatrick and Bronwyn Steinberg. Interdisciplinary and accessible new work; workshop and production at GCTC Studio, with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, the City of Ottawa and the Ottawa Community Foundation, summer 2018 (collaborator and director). In 2019, touring to Next Stage Theatre Festival (Toronto), Undercurrents Festival (Ottawa), UNO Festival (Victoria) and FemFest (Winnipeg).
Little Bits of Light – Hampstead Stage Company, NH, March 2019 (director)
Junie B. Jones: the musical by Marcy Heisler and Zina Goldrich, adapted from the books by Barbara Park – StoryBook Theatre, Calgary, September-October 2018 (director)
Twelfth Night – a Company of Fools Torchlight Shakespeare, summer 2018 (director)
Miss Shakespeare by Tracey Power – Three Sisters Theatre Company at the Gladstone, May-June 2018 (director)
Robin Hood – Hampstead Stage Company, NH, October 2017 (director)
For the Love of Gracie by Crystal Verge – script development workshop of a new play, supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council and GCTC. Counterpoint Players, September 2017 (workshop director and producer)
Other 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).