The Company

Headstrong Collective was founded by Leslie McBay and Melanie Hrymak in 2014 to create inclusive opportunities for female-identified, LGBTQ+, and culturally diverse artists and audiences. Past productions include: the premiere of Hrymak’s Licking Knives in the Toronto Fringe Festival; the queer, contemporary adaptation Romeo and (her) Juliet, in association with Urban Bard (now Dauntless City Theatre); Boston Marriage by David Mamet, in partnership with the Campbell House Museum; and the war-time double bill of Licking Knives and Manfred Karge’s Man to Man

The company was nominated for 5 My Theatre Awards from My Entertainment World for their 2014 (inaugural) season, including Best Solo Performance (Hrymak for Licking Knives), Best Actress (McBay as Romeo) and Best Production, and was the winner of the Best Director and Best Ensemble awards, all for Romeo and (her) Juliet. In 2015, Headstrong was nominated in the esteemed company of Factory Theatre, Nightwood Theatre and more in the Medium Theatre Division at the My Theatre Awards (Outstanding Actress and Outstanding Supporting Actress nominations for Boston Marriage).

Collective Members Include:
Christina Abes, Stage Manager
Shawn Ahmed, Actor
Bonnie Anderson, Photographer and Videographer
Sarah Beaudin, Graphic and Production Designer
Sandi Becker, Stage Manager
Clare Blackwood, Actor
Krystina Bojanowski, Actor
Lisa Karen Cox, Actor
Charlotte Dennis, Actor
Deborah Drakeford, Actor
Kelli Fox, Director
Laura Gardner, Designer
Stephen Joffe, Composer
Nathan Kelly, Photographer and Videographer
Matthew Lawrence, Sound Designer
Karyn McCallum, Set/Projection Designer
Catherine McNally, Actor
Lucy McPhee, Stage Manager
Scott Emerson Moyle, Director
Sarah Niedoba, Stage Manager
Tom Perry, Sound Designer
Rebecca Picherack, Lighting Designer
Siobhan Richardson, Fight Director and Actor
Adrian Shepherd, Actor
Tessa Springate, Sound Designer
Max Tepper, Actor
Suzanne Vanstone, Publicist
Geoffrey Whynot, Actor