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 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. Rick recently taught an interdisciplinary class at the University of Toronto called The Architecture of Creativity and co-starred in the Canadian premiere of Venus in Fur (Canadian Stage). As the artistic director of WYRD Productions and co-creative director of the Kidoons Network, he has most recently developed the stage shows BOOM, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea, and GAME of CLONES, as well as several web series that educate, enlighten, empower and entertain young people. 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. His first goal was to work in cinema, but he quickly discovered lighting and a passion was born! He worked as a lighting designer on stage productions, an environment in which he continued to refine his skills. He has since designed lighting for music concerts (incl. Richard Séguin, Michel Rivard, Buddy Guy, Jimmy Cliff, Cypress Hill, Enrico Macias, Daniel Lanois), circus shows (with Cirque du Soleil, 7 Doigts de la Main, Flip Fabrique, Machine de Cirque, École de Cirque de Québec and many more), dance shows (with La Otra Orilla and La Rotonde), stage productions (with ExMachina and Robert Lepage’s Needles and Opium and Hamlet in Russian in Moscow, Rick Miller’s BOOM), TV shows (Belle et Bum,, Les Chefs!, and Surprise pour le Père Noël), public installations (Festival des Lumières de Québec), sporting events (Velirium) and fashion shows (Festival Québec Mode). Next up: a magic and clown project!

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, improviser and actor whose works have been enjoyed by millions of children worldwide. Co-creative director of the Kidoons Network and an accomplished cartoonist, he is the creator of animated series including Jerry Muskrat's The Greatest Lakes, Grandfather Frog's Water Wonderful World and Animated Tall Tales. He has acted in The Refugee Hotel (Teesri Duniya Theatre), and a co-producer and outreach director for the smash hit BOOM. Craig co-created Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea and the comedy GAME of CLONES with Rick Miller, and the upcoming Frankenstein, Jungle Book, and Rose Red. Craig co-founded 2 improvisation troupes in Montreal, touring nationally and performing in 5 Just For Laughs Festivals, including as its spokesman. He has illustrated books, including in the Complete Idiot's Guide series, and designed campaigns for hundreds of shows and theatres. Craig has appeared on TV and radio, and his voice is heard in animated series and video games.

Having graduated in 2009 in Stage and Technical Management, Olivier Bourque was given the opportunity to work at the heart of Ex Machina, Robert Lepage’s production company. His first years there were spent as the head stage technician in operas and large-scale touring productions. In 2012, a first occasion arose in which he could combine his passion for work and travel: he began to tour with Lepage’s acclaimed Andersen Project in the United States. Since then, his taste for ‘the road’ has only multiplied. He began working as a stage manager and technical director on smaller projects, notably with québécois companies touring youth theatre to Eastern Canada. Always on the hunt for new challenges, Olivier then joined Rick Miller’s BOOM team as the stage and production manager, no small feat given the show’s technical complexity.

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.