Our founder, Hunter Gates is a director, actor, stuntman, theatre-maker, and educator. She specializes in movement as well as devised theatre performance. Hunter has more than 30 years of experience in professional and community theatre, film, and television. She trained in physical theatre at the School of Physical Theatre in Toronto. She holds a Ph.D. in theatre philosophy, a Pedagogical certificate in Physical Theatre, and a certificate in Stunt Performance and teaching. Hunter also has extensive experience in stage combat.
Her performance and teaching experience abroad includes work in Egypt, Greece, South Africa, and the Caribbean. She has also performed and taught across Canada. She launched her post-university theatre career in Montreal at the Just for Laughs Festival. She was the founding artistic director (1996 to 2016) of The Hunter Gates Academy of Physical Theatre, a school specializing in training, new-play creation, and international collaborations. Dr. Gates provides artistic innovation and dedication to the voice and spirit of the community.
Hunter specializes in the creation of programs for seniors, adults, and at-risk youth.