Creative Team

Rick Miller is a Dora and Gemini award-winning writer/director/actor/musician/educator who has performed in five languages on five continents and who Entertainment Weekly called “one of the 100 most creative people alive today”. He has created and toured solo shows such as the hit sensation BOOM, MacHomer, and (w. Daniel Brooks) Bigger Than Jesus and HARDSELL. With Robert Lepage, he has collaborated on Geometry of Miracles, Zulu Time, Lipsynch, and on the film Possible Worlds. As the artistic director of WYRD Productions and co-creative director of the Kidoons Network, Rick has most recently developed BOOM and BOOM X, and (w. Craig Francis) Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea, GAME of CLONES, Jungle Book, and (w. Craig Francis and Paul Van Dyck) Frankenstein; as well as animated series that educate, enlighten, empower and entertain young people. He often teaches an interdisciplinary class at the University of Toronto called The Architecture of Creativity. Rick is from Montreal, and lives in Toronto with his wife Stephanie Baptist and their two daughters.

David Leclerc is a motion graphic designer based in Quebec city. His creativity and problem solving skills have brought him to work on world renowned theatrical productions with Robert Lepage's Ex Machina, including The Andersen Project, Lipsynch, The Blue Dragon, La Tempête, Playing Cards SPADES and HEARTS and the opera The Tempest presented at the MET. His works also include Je Pense à Yu directed by Marie Gignac, Nick Dear's Frankenstein directed by Jean Leclerc, Bernstein's Candide directed by Sam Brown and presented at L'Opéra National de Lorraine, Vania by Marie Gignac and Rick Miller's BOOM which debuted in 2015. Since 2003 he's been collaborating on the production of the prestigious Forces AVENIR galas that recognize, honour and promote student involvement at all academic levels.

Bruno Matte was born and raised in Quebec City, and graduated from Cegep Limoilou in 2005 in audiovisual design. A music enthusiast, he began his professional career as a lighting designer for concerts. He began working with local artists, then moved to international acts ranging from Richard Séguin to Charlotte Cardin to Cypress Hill to Daniel Lanois. In an effort to expand his creative research, Bruno began working on several bold theatre productions. Whether with Ex Machina or Kidoons, he found ways to seamlessly integrate lighting with video, under very rigourous technical constraints. His spatial design exploration continued in the world of dance, where he has worked with several La Rotonde choreographers on productions such as Alan Lake’s Les Caveaux. Bruno now regularly designs for the circus, which seems a natural fulfillment of his experience in music, theatre and movement. In productions ranging from Flip Fabrique or Machine de Cirque, the complexity of the work allows him to keep refining his craft.

Composition for theatre includes Theatre Aquarius’ The Pitmen Painters, The 39 Steps, Scott Thompson’s The Lowest Show On Earth, The Toronto Theatre Centre's Bully, Science Fiction (The Play), Soulpepper Theatre Co.’s The Norman Conquests, Salt Water Moon, Jitters and The Sunshine Boys, Canadian Stage’s Frost/Nixon and Harold Green Jewish Theatre Company’s Tuesdays With Morrie.

Originally from Montreal, Yannik Larivée trained at the National Theatre school of Canada and at Central Saint-Martins in London. Based in Toronto, he works extensively throughout Canada and Europe.  Selected production credits include: Salome for Edmonton Opera; Die Fledermaus at Nurenberg Staatstheater; Die Entfuhrung Aus Dem Serail for the Opera National du Rhin, France; Barbe-Bleue for Opera Zuid in the Netherlands; Watch Her, Wolf’s Court and Monument for the National Ballet of Canada; One of Three for American Ballet Theater, New York’s Lincoln Centre; Dreamland for the Royal Swedish Ballet; Castle Nowhere at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; The Flood Thereafter for Canadian Stage; Tancredi, Don Giovanni and Renard for the Canadian Opera Company; Dangerous Liaisons, The Odd Couple, Houdini, Amadeus (Critics Circle Award), I Am My Own Wife and Hedda Gabler for Montreal’s Segal Theatre; Simpl and Interiors at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa; Past Perfect, John&Beatrice and Wild Mouth for Tarragon Theatre ; Vida at the Royal Alexandra; and Teatro Nacional de Cuba in Havana.

Craig Francis is a writer, illustrator, performer, and multi-disciplinary creator, whose works are enjoyed by millions of people worldwide. A founding member of the 20K Collective, he is the co-author and co-director with Rick Miller on the productions Jungle Book and GAME of CLONES, as well as their Stage Manager. He's also the co-author and Stage Manager of the stage adaptation of Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea (directed by Miller), and a producer, designer, and Stage Manager for Miller's solo productions BOOM and BOOM X. Craig is co-creating reimagined adaptations of Frankenstein (with Rick Miller and Paul Van Dyck), Wizard of Oz, Rose Red, and an Animazia animated series. Craig illustrates the cartoon characters for the Kidoons Network videos (as well as writing and voicing them), which are on display at museums in 4 provinces, with millions of views. Craig performed TheatreSports and improv comedy internationally for 12 years; stage credits include The Refugee Hotel (Teesri Duniya/Segal Centre). He lives in Montreal, where he has illustrated several books, and been a commentator on radio and TV.

Laurel is excited to be back on BOOM. Past credits include: Sound of Music (Western Canada Theatre,) Annie, Fiddler on the Loose, (Drayton Entertainment,) BOOM (Theatre Calgary, Thousand Island Playhouse,) BOOM X (Theatre Calgary, Manitoba Theatre Centre,) over 60 Productions as Stage West Calgary, including Jersey Boys, Legally Blonde, Spamalot, Avenue Q, The Producers, Rock of  Ages, Chicago, The 39 Steps, Game Show, Buddy Holly – The Buddy Holly Story. Laurel has also taught stage management at the University of Lethbridge.  Thanks to her family, friends and JR for the unending love and support.

Ravi is an award-winning actor, director, and the Artistic Director of Toronto's Why Not Theatre, and created productions that have played in over 20 cities worldwide. Acting credits include the Dora Award-winning SPENT and A Brimful of Asha. His company was in residence at the Theatre Centre when he developed I'm So Close (winner of Spotlight Award at SummerWorks 2009). He has assisted notable directors Daniel Brooks, Richard Rose and Jennifer Tarver. Ravi directed Nicolas Billon's triptych (Greenland, Iceland and Faroe Islands) entitled Fault Lines, which was awarded The Governor General's Literary Award for Drama 2013. In 2011 Ravi was a member of the DiverseCity Fellows program, which aims to diversify leadership across sectors in Toronto. Ravi is on the programming committee for the Daniels Spectrum, the artist advisory committee for ArtReach Toronto and the Board of Directors for the Laidlaw Foundation. He was awarded the 2012 Pauline McGibbon Award, is a resident artist at Soulpepper Theatre Company and was the inaugural Artistic Director-in- Residence at the Theatre Centre.

Jeff has a lifelong passion and vision for combining art and technology to develop original works. His projects are inspired by a love of storytelling and innovation. Through Kidoons theatrical productions, WYRD theatrical productions, and digital works on the Kidoons Network, Jeff's artist collaborators help organizations to tell their stories onstage and online. He works with Not-for-Profits and corporate clients across Canada and the United States with a vision to inspire and empower all generations.