Ruth Alexander. Co-Artistic Director.
Since graduating from Rose Bruford college of Speech and Drama in 1994 she has worked as an actor, musician, and theatre-maker across the UK, Europe and Canada.
Acting credits include A Christmas Carol, Once, the Musical ( Citadel Theatre ) A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Freewill Shakespeare Festival) The Children (Wildside Productions) The Birthday Party, TWO (Edmonton Fringe), Les Miserables (UK Tour), Richard III (Northern Broadsides), Sweeney Todd (Bolton Octagon) Rasputin ( Hamburg)
Credits as Musical Director include Uptown Girls (Citadel Theatre) The Invisible, Vigilante (concert performance and cast recording) & Nevermore (Catalyst Theatre), Little Women, Romance, Romance (Opera Nuova) Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris (London Revival) A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Vienna’s English Theatre).
Ruth was Lisa Dalton in Coronation Street and appeared in countless plays for BBC radio drama. She also works as an educator in some of the world’s leading institutions including The Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts, The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, Mountview Theatre School, The Institute of the Arts, Barcelona. Since 2006 she has worked alongside Max Rubin at Lodestar Theatre company where she has co-produced, composed, performed in and musically directed shows including Macbeth, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, The house that dripped Horror, Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet & The Master and Margarita.
Max Rubin: Co-Artistic Director.
Max is a director. He studied Drama at Manchester University and Acting at The London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art.
From 1999 – 2008 Max was an actor with roles at Lyric Hammersmith, Liverpool Everyman, Harrogate Theatre, The Dukes Lancaster, Liverpool Royal Court, Theatr Clwyd, Oldham Coliseum and others.
In 2006 Max co-founded Lodestar Theatre Company Ltd which produced a wide range of work including The Liverpool Shakespeare Festival from 2007 – 2013. Lodestar worked in cathedrals, quarries, nightclubs, cemeteries, parks, crypts and theatres, winning several awards and partnering with organizations such as Shakespeare’s Globe, The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts and Unity Theatre. Highlights include Macbeth at Liverpool Cathedral, Hedwig and the Angry Inch at The Kazimier Nightclub and Romeo & Juliet at Liverpool City Hall. Before moving to Canada, Max directed as a freelancer at various UK theatres, in Norway and Spain. He also taught and directed at numerous training institutions.
Credits include A Midsummer Night's Dream (Liverpool Royal Court) James (National Tour) Sweet 16 (Chester Gateway) Lear, Coram Boy, The Country Wife, A Clockwork Orange (LIPA), Spring Awakening (Oslo), Silence (Institute of Arts Barcelona).
Canadian credits include Two – Varscona Theatre, A Midsummer Night’s Dream / The Proposal – Lodestar Garden Theatre season, Dead In The Water - Theatre Yes.
Monica Gate. Producer.
Monica is a neurodivergent, LGBTQ+, actor, producer, playwright, and performing arts instructor based in amiskwaciwâskahikan (Treaty 6, Edmonton). She's worked with theatres across Canada such as Workshop West, Theatre By The Bay, Grindstone Theatre, Talk Is Free Theatre, and Thou Art Here Theatre. As a multidisciplinary artist, Monica is forever grateful that she gets to have her fingers in all the pies, and is a firm believer that everything you do informs the rest of your work. She feels luckier every day that she gets to make a living being silly on stage, writing silly roles for other silly people, or teaching less silly people to be super silly people. Monica advocates for making theatre accessible to every individual, and for creating meaningful art that fosters lasting connections across communities. You can find Monica on Instagram @monicaagate to follow along on her projects, or collaborate on a new crazy piece!!