Creative Team

BRIAN FRANCIS | Playwright and Performer

Brian Francis is the author of three novels. His second novel, Natural Order, was selected by the Toronto Star, Kobo and Georgia Straight as a Best Book of 2011. His first novel, Fruit, was a 2009 Canada Reads finalist and is an Amazon and 49th Shelf “100 Canadian Books to Read in a Lifetime” title. He writes a monthly writing advice column, “Ask the Agony Editor,” for Quill & Quire magazine and is a regular contributor to CBC Radio's The Next Chapter. In September 2019, his YA novel debut, Break In Case of Emergency,will be published by HarperCollins Canada.

ROB KEMPSON | Director and Co-Creator

Rob Kempson is a theatre artist and educator, working primarily as a director and playwright. Selected Writer/Director: Trigonometry(timeshare/Factory); Mockingbird(Next Stage Theatre Festival); SHANNON 10:40(timeshare/Videofag); explicit (Rhubarb Festival); #legacy(Harbourfront Centre); The HV Project(Community). Director: The Snow Queen(Canadian Children’s Opera Company);Electric Messiah IV(Soundstreams), 9 to 5: The Musical(Randolph College), The Ballad of Stompin’ Tom(Sudbury Theatre Centre), Box 4901(SummerWorks); The CanadianMaggie and PierreMillion Dollar QuartetDaisy Amazed MeViolet’s the PilotRose’s Clothes(Thousand Islands Playhouse); Robert(co-directed with Briana Brown, Toronto Fringe); Songs for a New World(Claude Watson). Writer/Composer/Performer: The Way Back To Thursday(Theatre Passe Muraille/Touchstone Theatre). He was Artistic-in-Residence for the 2019 NotaBle Acts Festival, a member of the 2014 Stratford Festival Playwrights’ Retreat, and the Associate Artistic Director at the Thousand Islands Playhouse from 2014 - 2017. More info at or on twitter at @rob_kempson.


Stacey Norton is an accomplished queer independent producer with 13 years professional experience and is currently the General Manager for Theatre Smash and on the board of directors for both Obsidian Theatre Company and bluemouth inc.. She is a Human Resources and Risk Management professional, with a great deal of experience managing large budgets, contract negotiations, health and safety standards, Mental Health First Aid training, and fundraising.

MARIAH HORNER | Associate Producer

Mariah Horner is a theatre creator and producer based in Kingston, Ontario. Selected credits include: directing Hana Hashimoto: Sixth Violin(Thousand Islands Playhouse, 2019), assistant directing/livestream operating Behaviour(GCTC/SWS 2019), assistant directing Butcher(Theatre Kingston 2018), and directing girls!girls!girls!(Cart Before the Horse/TACTICS 2017). She was the director of Kingston’s Storefront Fringe Festival from 2016-18 and the inaugural winner of the Patrick Conner Theatre Ticket Award. She is an associate producer with SpiderWebShow and produces digital content for foldA (festival of live digital Art). Co-founding site-specific theatre company Cellar Door Project in 2013, Mariah has since produced fourteen new works in Ottawa and Kingston in cemeteries, record stores, bars, parks and the Diefenbunker.  Mariah played Kate Unger in George F. Walker’s HBO Canada Series Living in Your Car and recently graduated from uOttawa with an MA in Theatre Theory & Dramaturgy.

BRANDON KLEIMAN | Set and Costume Designer

Brandon is a set and costume designer based in Toronto with work appearing on stages across Canada. He was nominated for the 2017 Pauline McGibbon Award, the 2018 Virginia and Myrtle Cooper Award in Costume Design, and is a recipient of an OAC Chalmers Development Grant. He’s also a multiple Dora award nominee and two time winner. Up next Brandon will be designing the set for Chicago: The Musical with The Globe Theatre directed by Stephanie Graham and set and costumes for A Midsummer Nights Dream with Theatre Rusticle at Buddies In Bad Times directed by Allyson McMackon. For more information and a portfolio please visit

COSETTE PIN | Lighting Designer

Cosette Pin is a multi-disciplinary designer based out of London, Ontario, designing lighting, sound, projections, and sets for theatre and live performance. A graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada in Production Design and Technical Arts, she is excited to be collaborating with such an exceptional group of individuals. Recent credits include The Words We Do Not Have(National Theatre School, Sound Design), Pygmalion(Guild Festival Theatre, Lighting Design), Canada's Ballet Jörgen (Lighting Direction), The Wolves(Howland/Crows Theatre, Sound Design Asst), Grace(Nightwood, Sound Design Asst), Cannibal(Scrap Paper Theatre, Lighting/Sound Design).


Adrian Shepherd-Gawinski is a composer, sound designer and performer based in Toronto. Works featuring his designs and compositions include A Very Leila Christmas (Theatre Passe Muraille), Mary of Shanty Bay (Theatre By the Bay), In the Continuum (Black Ink Collective/Obsidian Theatre), Fake Nerd Girl (Toronto Festival of Clowns), Bushel & Peck (multiple Fringe tours), Thunderfoot (multiple Fringe tours), O Christmas Tea (James & Jamesy), The Good Doctor Holmes and His Children of God(Tanagra Collective/Theatre Passe Muraille), Love Me Forever Billy H. Tender (Videofag) and The Life of Jude (Summerworks). G-G-G-Genevieve, his original musical co-written by Jesse LaVercombe and produced by YES Theatre, will have its debut production in Summer 2020. Critics have described his work as “too loud; I can’t hear the actors”. He is a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada.

LUCY MCPHEE | Stage Manager

Lucy is a Stage Manager, and is very back to be back with the Box 4901 team. Most recently she's Stage Managed Asking For It (Thousand Islands Playhouse), A Bear Awake in Winter (Binocular Theatre, NSTF), and the Catapult Festival (Convergence Theatre) and Apprentice Stage Managed Dear Evan Hansen (Mirvish), The Abduction from the Seraglio (Canadian Opera Company), Dr. Silver: A Celebration of Life (Musical Stage Company, Outside the March) Fun Home (Musical Stage Company), Life After (Musical Stage Company, Canadian Stage, Yonge Street Theatricals), KISS (Canadian Stage), and Breath in Between (Crow’s Theatre).

Buddies in Bad Times 2020 Cast Bios

Summerworks 2018 Cast Bios

FoldA 2019 Cast Bios

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