Theatre Insomnia Team
Ashley is an emerging playwright and director, with her BA in Theatre and Communications from York University. Originally from Windsor, ON, Ashley has travelled internationally as a theatre artist. After settling in Toronto, her playwrighting career took off with her first production, All of Me, which was a part of the Toronto Fringe 2018 Festival. Before writing and directing All of Me, her other directing credits include: A Memory, a Monologue, A Rant, and a Prayer (V-day Orlando) and assistant director for The Concept (Edinburgh Fringe 2016) and The Stage Manager's Guide to Dating Assholes (Toronto Fringe 2016). Ashley has additional experience in stage management, technical production, and publicity/marketing. Her dream is to take her broad experience in theatre and use it to power her own indie theatre company, Theatre Insomnia, where she is currently the Artistic Director. Inspired by other Toronto companies that focus on disadvantaged groups in our society, Ashley intends to follow in their footsteps by creating a safe, creatively-free environment for artists in the Greater Toronto area.
Lauren Bates (MSW, RSW)
Mental Health & Wellness Specialist
Lauren is a Registered Social Worker and mental health advocate living in the GTA. Lauren holds both a Masters of Social Work and a Bachelor of Social Work Degree from The University of Waterloo - Renison University College as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Wilfrid Laurier University, minoring in Psychology and Religion and Culture. Lauren has experience supporting diverse populations including children, youth, families, and adults. As a new MSW graduate, Lauren hopes to continue her work in supporting both the recovery and relapse prevention of mental illness, through further exercising her lifelong passion for walking alongside people, especially those who face challenges and adversity in their lives. Lauren works from a strengths-based practice, with a focus on creating a safe space for all to share their story, alongside highlighting the importance of self-care.
Wendel is an emerging producer, production manager, and costumer based in Toronto. Coming from a multidisciplinary background in the arts, Wendel takes pride in fine tuning a variety of skills in order to better understand his craft. After starting his career as a costume technician, Wendel went on to make his costume design debut in January 2017 for The Gut Girls (Alumnae Theatre,) which he also co-produced. Recent costuming credits include Macbeth’s Head (Malfi Productions, 2017,) and Exiles (Sad Ibsen Theatre, 2016). Producing credits include: The Gut Girls (Alumnae Theatre, 2017,) All of Me (Theatre Insomnia, 2018,) and A Christmas Carol (Soup Can Theatre & The Three Ships Collective, 2018.) Wendel recently worked as a Production Assistant for Stavox Entertainment on their production of David Ross Bowie's Four Chords and A Gun, and as Production Manager/Co-Producer for Soup Can Theatre and The Three Ship Collective's critically acclaimed remount of A Christmas Carol.
Although she's no longer a full-time member of the Theatre Insomnia team, Alexandra has done it all, and is always on hand to offer her insight when we need it!
Alexandra Augustine is an actor, writer and creator residing in Toronto. Graduated from York University's Acting Conservatory in 2013, Alexandra has since been involved with theatre, film, television, voice over and video games. (Assassin's Creed: Odyssea, Pretty Little Things etc) She also is a content creator on YouTube, with her channel Alexandra The Great, as well as appearing on various larger channels for collaboration videos (Dating Beyond Borders, Bahador Alast, Parabolica). She is currently in the process of developing two screenplays for television and has released The To Do List (Isolation Short Film Festival Honourable Mention) as her debut short for her production company Barthlomew and Gustav.