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JAM cohort of 2021


Brandon Adam is a playwright, librettist, and novelist from Montreal. Plays include The Twitter Wars (Doghouse Ensemble Theatre) and Super Ego. Musicals include Mrs. Dalloway (Music and Lyrics by John Coyne; adapted from the novel by Virginia Woolf). Brandon recently completed his first novel and will soon begin work on his second. He holds a BA in Acting from Pace University and is currently completing his MSt in Creative Writing at the University of Cambridge. brandon-adam.com

Brandon Adam

Raised in Mont Clare, Pennsylvania, Marissa Blair began her performance career in 2003 as an actress with the Philadelphia Irish Repertory Theatre. Settling in New York City in 2005, she earned a bachelor’s from The New School and an MA in Performance Studies from NYU. Marissa performed in many art films and live installations, while also presenting original experimental performances in theatres, galleries, and festivals across NYC. After performing internationally with Ann Liv Young Dance Company, and teaching elementary school in Manhattan, Marissa relocated to Montreal - first appearing in Daughters Of Mile End (Labyrinth Theatre Company). Shortly thereafter, she created 15 Deaths in 15 Minutes (Festival de la Bête Noire), Antonin Artaud’s Spurt of Blood (St. Ambroise Montreal Fringe Festival), Triptych (Festival de la Bête Noire), and since March 2020, has starred in and created many virtual art performances. Marissa is an administrator at Espace Freestanding Room, an organizer of Freefalling Monthly, and Artistic Director and co-founder of Mad Paradox.

Melissa Blair

Hershel Blatt is an actor and writer born and raised in Toronto. He has worked between stage and screen with acting credits that include: My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 (Universal), What Would Sal Do? (Crave), The Education of Fredrick Fitzell (Resolute Films), The Boys (Sony/Amazon), A Bear Awake in Winter (Next Stage Theatre Festival), as well as workshops of new plays at Canadian Stage and Theatre Direct. This fall, he wrote, produced, and acted in the short film Different Kinda Summer, which is currently in post-production. He is also currently developing his play Ahava Later with Winnipeg Jewish Theatre. Hershel is a graduate of Etobicoke School of the Arts and the Sheridan/UofT Theatre & Drama Studies program. He is pumped to be part of J.A.M. and hopes to continue exploring new work that investigates Queer-Jewish identity.

Herschl Blatt

Debora is a director, choreographer, and writer based in Montreal. After completing her Master’s Degree in Education and Society at McGill University, she chose to pursue a career in theatre directing and education. She is a proud alumni of Black Theatre Workshop’s Artist Mentorship Program and has expanded her theatre education through workshops with Quebec Drama federation, Imago theatre, and Mainline theatre. She recently co-founded Contact Theatre, an independent company focused on boundary pushing musical theatre. Contact’s 2020 production of Chicago, which Debora directed and choreographed, was sadly cancelled due to COVID-19. She also works at the Segal Centre for Performing Arts as a part of the communications team and as one of the Academy instructors. Her most recent projects include: Director-Choreographer for Bonnie and Clyde (Contact), Chicago (AUTS), and The Addams Family (WISTA). Debora was also honoured to work with Amy Blackmore as Assistant Director and Choreographer on Rocky (Mainline theatre). Debora is excited to explore more about her identity as a Jewish artist and writer through the Jewish Arts Mentorship program and looks forward to hopefully completing her first full show How to Be a Jewish Daughter.

Debora Friedmann

JAM cohort of 2019-20


Erin Brahm is a performer, devisor and clown. She has performed and devised various forms of theatre in Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom. She is currently developing her production, Poetic Nonsense, which began within Playwrights’ Workshop Montreal’s - Young Creators Unit. Poetic Nonsense is a clown and bouffon inspired theatre piece, infused with Jewish and feminist themes and characters, which playfully explores and exposes human attributes and truths in all their absurdities, with glimpses into private lives and public personas.

Erin completed her Masters degree in Ensemble Theatre: Performance and Devising, specializing in clowning, at Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance, London UK and her Bachelor’s degree in Theatre at Concordia University. Performance and devising highlights include productions with: Bread and Puppet Theater, Citizens of Nowhere: London’s International Clown Company,  Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Festival TransAmériques (OFFTA), clowning on The Last Leg (Channel 4, London UK) and most recently a collaboration between Jump Current Performance (Canada), Working Group Theater (USA) and Barracuda Carmela (Colombia). Erin received the audience choice award for best performer in a short film at the 2019 Zensa Media International Film Festival.

Erin Brahm.

Yael Silver is an actress, singer, and producer who while living in New York City enjoyed a very successful commercial producing career. Her credits in theatre production include: Once On This Island (Tony Award), Jagged Little Pill (Broadway), A Christmas Carol (Broadway), Rock of Ages (UK Tour) as well as producing concerts for Broadway stars such as Chita Rivera, Hailey Kilgore, and Kate Rockwell.
Originally from Israel, she is a graduate of the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance with a major in classical voice.
Moving to Montreal in May of 2019 in order to be closer to her family, Yael decided it was time to refocus her artistic path and is thrilled to be part of the Jewish Arts Mentorship program at the Segal Center where she will be working as assistant Director on Oslo in the spring of 2020.
(Photo credit: Caleb McCotter) 

Yael Silver. Photo credit: Caleb McCotter

Roger White is a musician, composer, and record producer from Montreal. He is a member of the Power Pop outfit Dead Messenger, whose music has been featured in several television and web-streaming services, as well as in the critically acclaimed French language film Chien de garde. Roger worked as co-producer and session player with Kingston Allstars, a project featuring an all-star cast of Jamaican musicians who were at the vanguard of early Rocksteady and Reggae music. The project produced two albums and a web documentary. He also composes music for dance, collaborating regularly with choreographer Helen Simard (NO FUN, IDIOT, REQUIEM POP), as well as artists such as Alias Dance Project, Marie-Pier Laforge-Bourret, and Solid State Breakdance. In a departure from his previous work, through the Jewish Arts Mentorship Roger is creating an interdisciplinary sound project based on his family’s German and Polish-Jewish roots, exploring their history in pre and post-war Europe. With this project, and through the guidance of JAM team at the Segal Center; Roger will for the first time be stepping out from behind the instruments and into the role of primary writer/director in the development of this project. He is forever grateful for the cultural and artistic guidance provided by this mentorship and for the opportunity to explore new themes and expand his artistic practice.

(Photo credit: Mathieu Desjardins) 

Roger White. Photo credit: Mathieu Desjardins

Inaugural JAM cohort of 2018-19

Amanda Goldberg is a graduate from Dawson College’s Professional Theatre program and Concordia University's Theatre and Development program. She is the co-founder and artistic director of We Are One, a Montreal based feminist theatre company that aims to celebrate and empower womxn. In 2016, she was nominated for Outstanding Emerging Artist at the Montreal English Theatre Awards. Goldberg’s most recent directing credits include Yerma (Concordia University), City Boy (Mainline Theatre), and Smackhead (We Are One). Her latest work was assistant directing: Theatre Surreal SoReal’s production of Madame Catherine prépare sa classe de troisième à l’irrémédiable and Imago Theatre’s production of Other People’s Children. Goldberg is delighted to participate in the Segal Centre’s Jewish Arts Mentorship program, in addition to working as assistant director on Indecent this spring. She is passionate about exploring both queer and Jewish stories and can’t wait to do so alongside this inspiring and talented team. She would like to thank her parents and friends for their continuous love and support!

Michelle Soicher, originally from Toronto, moved to Montreal to explore all aspects of theatre making at Concordia University and since graduating she has been fortunate to collaborate with both established and emerging artists. Being queer and Jewish, Michelle has a unique perspective of being an invisible minority and aims to create space for stories that have been pushed to the margins. She is a recent alumni of the Black Theatre Workshop Artist Mentorship Program. Selected credits include, Director: Birthmark (Teesri Duniya, Co Dir. Liz Valdez), Quiet (Black Theatre Workshop Discovery Series), Loops (McGill Drama Festival), Stage Manager: A Perfect Picture (Centaur Theatre Wildside Festival), Richard O'Brain's The Rocky Horror Show (MainLine Theatre), and A Midsummer Night's Dream (Concordia University).

Maggie Winston is a puppeteer, clown, educator and community engaged artist. She is artistic director of Lost & Found Puppet Co., originally created in Vancouver, BC, (2007) based in Montréal, QC since 2016. Her original productions explore human relationships to objects and nature, through themes of family and cultural history. She is currently working on a new production entitled "Oyfkum" inspired by Ashkenazi Jewish folklore.

Originally from Baltimore, MD, USA, she received a BA from Sarah Lawrence College (NY, USA) and received acting training from the British American Drama Academy (London, UK). Maggie is currently ushering at the Segal Centre and teaching theatre for children at Geordie Productions and Montreal Children’s Theatre.