Artistic Executive Director
Emily is a founding member and the Artistic Executive Director of Bygone Theatre. She has been a producer on all of Bygone's shows to date, and has designed and directed the majority of their productions. She heads Bygone's marketing and outreach program, as well as taking the lead on most fundraising initiatives. Emily moved to Toronto in 2008 to earn her Honours Bachelor Degree in English, Cinema Studies & Drama from the University of Toronto. Since then, she has worked as a producer, director, stage manager and designer with numerous Toronto theatre companies. Emily has worked as Assistant Producer at Tarragon Theatre and Producer for Theatre 20, and currently works at Crow's Theatre as their AXTP Producer. Her most recent initiative is the creation of the Toronto Independent Theatre Coalition (TITC), which she currently heads as Executive Director. Emily was awarded the 2019 Broadway World Toronto award for Best Direction for her work on Bygone's production of The Rear Window (a production that received 11 nominations and 4 wins). In addition to her work in theatre, Emily is a freelance photographer, vintage lover and avid collector, and is currently enrolled in the Accelerated Paralegal Program (PLEA. See her portfolio at emilydix.com.
Since moving to Toronto from Alberta four years ago, Conor has worked consistently in film, television, and theatre production. With extensive experience with feature films, documentary, television, stage, and commercial production, Conor is a leader in arts management. The feature film, Road To The Lemon Grove, on which he was an Assistant Producer, is currently in the festival circuit and has won 3 awards. Being involved in development, production, and sales has given him a rounded view of the creative industry and he brings this extensive business experience to Bygone Theatre. Conor is currently pursuing a joint MBA/law degree at York University with a focus on Arts, Media, and Entertainment.
Mark’s theatre background goes back to the 1970s when he performed on stage in several high school productions throughout Toronto. In the 1980s he bought Toronto’s Bayview Playhouse theatre saving it from demolition. After an extensive restoration, Mark produced live theatre there until 1993.
Mark’s theatre productions outside Canada include a five-year run of The Best of Times, The Worst of Times: An Evening with Charles Dickens in London’s West End. He co-wrote the one-man show with venerable London stage actor, Robert Russell. Mark also produced Canada’s first Broadway production of a Fringe play, Caged, at New York’s Astor Place Theatre in the early 1990s. The production received rave reviews from New York’s demanding theatre critics and received a special citation from then-Prime Minister Brian Mulroney for its pioneering achievement.
Today, Mark has turned his sights on playwriting having written the dark comedy Interview with a Demon in 2015. The play premiered at Toronto’s Alumnae Theatre and opened to unanimous positive reviews. Mark is pleased to be part of the Bygone Theatre Company.
ELIZABETH ROSE MORRISS
Elizabeth Rose Morriss has degrees in Music Theatre (Acadia University) and Education (Nipissing University). A frequent performer in Bygone Theatre’s Retro Radio Hours, Elizabeth has appeared in their mainstage shows as Mrs. Thorwald in The Rear Window, Gertrude in His Girl Friday, Miss Kentley in Rope, and as a singer in their Vaudeville Revue. Other recent theatre roles include Josephine Strong (Urinetown, We Are Here Productions), Emma (Tell Me On a Sunday, Civic Light Opera Company), and Olive Redmond (Harvest Moon Rising, Women of Musical Theatre Festival). A dedicated “Fringer,” Elizabeth has appeared in seven Toronto Fringe Festival productions—most recently Back and Forth: in Concert in 2020’s online Fringe Festival. On film, Elizabeth played the Mother in A Single Bound (2018 Toronto Short Film Festival) and appears in the webseries Here’s Ginger. In the world of audio fiction podcasts, she plays a raccoon in The Familiar (Episode 2: Tailless), appears in The Heap: Mount Oblivion (Episode 1), and performs in episode 4 of Streams & Variations.
Vinay Sagar has been moonlighting as an improviser for over 3 years and recently graduated from the Second City Conservatory Program (Guardians of the Fallacy). He regularly performs improv with his troupes, Napoleon Ice Cream and Hot Doggies and has performed in various shows like the $15 Beer Beer show, Bedpost and Rapp Battlez. He also performed at the Baltimore Improv Festival and the Palm Beach Improv Festival with Hot Doggies. During the day, Vinay works as a marketing analyst and also has a degree in engineering from the University of Waterloo (Nanotechnology Engineering).
Matt McGrath is a Writer and Actor from Toronto. He has appeared in Bygone Theatre and Hart House Theatre productions and performed in the Toronto Fringe Festival on two occasions. He has written short comics for anthology publications, such as Strange Romance, A Soul Divided/Caged in Flesh, and Called into Being: A Celebration of Frankenstein. He lives in Toronto with his girlfriend, his son and their dog and two cats.