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Artistic Director

Bryna Wasserman

In 1999-2000, three years after arriving back to Montreal, Bryna Wasserman was awarded the Montreal English Critics Circle Award (MECCA) of Distinction for her contribution to the development of the Montreal theatre scene. Under her guidance, the Theatre of the SBC has won three back–to-back Masque Awards for Best English Production in Quebec- in addition to a long string of MECCA Awards for Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Production and Best Ensemble.

Bryna Wasserman was appointed Artistic Director of the Theatre of the Saidye Bronfman Centre for the Arts in June '98. She is the first person in the 36-year history of the Saidye Bronfman Centre for the Arts to have a joint appointment as Artistic Director of the English Theatre and The Yiddish Theatre. Born in Vienna, she grew up in the theatrical milieu of her mother, Dora Wasserman C.M., C.Q., the Founding Artistic Director of The Yiddish Theatre. Bryna graduated with Bachelor and Masters degrees in theatre direction from The Tisch School of Fine Arts, New York University. Her career in the performing arts is extensive and includes work at the American Place Theatre, The Vivian Beaumont Theatre at Lincoln Centre, the Mercer Street Theatre, the Vancouver Opera Company and four seasons at the Folksbiene Playhouse. Among her New York credits are: Arrabal's The Architect And The Emperor of Assyria, Wojzeck, The House of Bernardo Alba and Bernstein On Broadway.

Under Bryna’s direction the Yiddish Theatre of the Saidye Bronfman Centre for the Arts has won the Montreal English Critics Circle Awards for The Great Houdini and The Threepenny Opera. Other Yiddish musicals she has directed are Double Identity, The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz, On Second Avenue, The Golden Land and Fiddler On The Roof and the Yiddish dramas, Mirele Efros, Old Wicked Songs, and The Dybbuk.

To carry the joy and meaning of Yiddish theatre far and wide, Bryna has organized touring productions to Florida and Toronto (1999) and Vienna (1998, 2001, 2004) and created a smaller touring troupe called Wandering Stars that travels to smaller venues and festivals. Always supportive of developing artistic talent in the young, Bryna directs YAYA (Young Actors for Young Audiences), and includes emerging theatre professionals in all her productions.

Bryna also originated a Second Stage called The Saidye “B” for young companies and cutting edge new works.