Founded in 2004, The Bridge Theatre Company is a New York City-based organization that produces, workshops and champions new Canadian work. Dedicated to cross-border development between Canada and the US, the company examines the relationship between these two contemporary theatrical cultures through the work of emerging playwrights, actors and directors. Through a growing network of artists on both sides of the border and partnership with like-minded Canadian organizations, the Bridge hopes to discover and develop new plays that may examine everything from the bridges between two nations to the bridges between two people.

Esther Barlow & Dustin Olson (Artistic Producers): As founding members and co-Artistic Producers of the Bridge since 2005, Dustin and Esther have produced and developed 10 productions, 15 workshops and countless readings of new work by Canadian playwrights, including Ken Cameron, David Carley, Trevor Ferguson, Kate Hewlett, Marcia Johnson, David West Read, T.J Dawe, Oonagh Duncan, Michael Rubenfeld, Jennifer Lane, Daniel Karasik, Nicolas Billon and Matthew MacKenzie.

Esther was born and raised in Toronto and has been working in theatre for 15 years. A graduate of Queen’s University in Canada and the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York, her Canadian credits include Claudia Dey’s Tricycle, Craig Walker’s adaptation of James Joyce’s Finnegans Wake, Wimbs, Shaieb & Lord’s Go-Go Beach: The Musical, and Tom Robertson’s Napoleon vs. The Turk. US credits include touring productions of Athol Fugard’s My Children! My Africa! (A Mixed Co.), Mary Zimmerman’s Metamorphoses (Weston Playhouse) and two New York runs as Helena in Mac Rogers’ Universal Robots at Manhattan Theatre Source (New York Innovative Theatre Awards nominee, Best Ensemble). Esther has appeared on Law & Order: SVU, and will remain a die-hard Blue Jays fan until the next back-to-back World Series Championships. esther@thebridgetheatrecompany.com

Dustin was born and raised on the Canadian Prairies, and has been actively performing and producing throughout Canada and the US since 1999. In addition to his work with the Bridge, Dustin is an active member of the Drama Desk Award-winning Godlight Theatre Company – also based in New York City – performing lead roles in their recent adaptations of George Orwell’s 1984 and Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse Five. His film-work has been featured at both the Tribeca and AFI Dallas film festivals, among others. His television work includes featured roles on Boardwalk Empire (HBO), Louie (FX), Law & Order: C.I. (NBC), and Hometown Heroes (Comedy Central). Dustin is a graduate of The Neighborhood Playhouse. dustin@thebridgetheatrecompany.com