CHRIS ABRAHAM / Artistic Director
Chris Abraham has been the Artistic Director of Crow’s Theatre since 2007. At Crow’s, he has directed numerous productions including Eternal Hydra, I,Claudia, Boxhead, The Country, and Instructions to any future socialist government wishing to abolish christmas.
Chris is a multi-award winning theatre and film director, dramaturg and teacher who has worked with Canada’s foremost artists and theatres, including the Stratford Shakespeare Festival, Canadian Stage Company, Tarragon Theatre, Segal Centre, Centaur Theatre, Globe Theatre, Theatre Junction, among many others. In 2000, he co-founded and was the Co-Artistic Director of Bill Glassco’s Montreal Young Company. In 2003, Chris directed the film adaptation of Kristen Thomson’s award winning hit I,Claudia for which he won a Gemini award. The film was also names one of 2004’s top ten Canadian films by the Toronto International Film Festival.
A graduate of the National Theatre School’s directing program, Chris later served as Co-Director of the school’s renowned directing program (2006-2010). Chris was the recipient of the John Hirsch and Ken MacDougall awards and the Siminovitch award for Directing in 2013, as well as the Siminovitch protege award in the award’s inaugural year. Chris has directed the highly lauded Stratford Shakespeare Festival productions of For The Pleasure of Seeing Her Again, The Little Years, The Matchmaker, Othello, A Midsummer Night’s Dream in 2014 and returns in 2015 for The Taming of the Shrew.
Chris lives in the Danforth area with his wife, actor Liisa Repo-Martell, their daughter Hazel and son Leo.
MONICA ESTEVES / Managing Director
As Managing Director of Crow’s Theatre since 2010, Monica oversees strategy, business development, and finance. Prior to 2010, Monica was the Producer and General Manager for Nightwood Theatre where during her tenure Nightwood’s annual revenues increased by over 40%, most notably in box office and private sector contributions. From 2003-2005, she was the Artistic Producer and co-founder of The Company Theatre (A Whistle in the Dark, 2 Dora Mavor Moore nominations), Producer for BirdLand Theatre’s The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Winner of 5 Dora Awards) and Company Manager and Assistant to the Artistic Producer at the Canadian Stage Company. Monica’s career began in stage management, working with Canadian Stage Company, Stratford Shakespeare Festival, Tarragon Theatre, Theatre Passe Muraille, Videocabaret, Theatrefront, Nightwood Theatre, The Saidye Bronfman Centre, Resurgence Theatre, Mirvish Productions, and various independent productions. Monica was the Production Manager for the inaugural season of The Montreal Young Company. She has served on Boards and committees at various associations including the Professional Association of Canadian Theatres, Canada Council for the Arts, and Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts.
Monica lives in Leslieville.