The Company

B2C Theatre aims to provoke and charge the soul by creating intense, highly theatrical, and visceral productions that explore dark themes, rich texts, and have a modern and social relevance to the world today.

B2C Theatre was formed in 2004 by theatre artists Lauren Brotman and Jack Grinhaus. We are keenly interested in the beauty, boldness, and truth that arise out of the darkness of the human spirit and aim to explore how the struggles of humanity can bring out the greatest light. Our work encompasses various art forms and styles of theatre and film that is both familiar and unfamiliar. We strive for a full theatrical experience that can speak in all the languages of the theatre and can also find its social relevance to its community and abroad.

Since its inception, B2C has produced nearly a dozen productions, introducing audiences to new works, premieres of plays that include World Premieres (Isitwendam, Tabula Rasa, The Complex), the North American Premiere of debbie tucker green and her poetic masterpiece dirty butterfly, reimagining’s of classics (Phaedra’s Lust, Saved, Shakespeare Unfolded, Hedda Noir). B2C has garnered strong critical and audience response, and has been nominated for numerous local and national awards. In development: The film Elle’s Valley and the plays her room, Painting the Streets and Wallflower. B2C is a member of TAPA and works under the CTA and ADC.

Lauren Brotman

Co-Artistic Director

Lauren Brotman is an award-winning actor, theatre creator and artist educator. 

As Associate Artist for Theatre NorthWest for five seasons, she performed in Hedda Noir (Artist of the Year), Half Life,The Drowning Girls, Girl in a Goldfish Bowl and The Secret Mask and created Painting the Streets and Shakespeare Unfolded. She is a recipient of a Dora Award for Outstanding Performance (Theatre Direct) and was nominated for The Grace Project: SICK! which she created with Judith Thompson. Lauren received the Christopher Plummer Fellowship Award through which she trained and performed at Shakespeare’s Globe in London, U.K. She has mentored, taught, adjudicated over 3000 young people across the country and received the Jessica Fraser Award for Outstanding Contributions to Theatre for Young Audiences. As Co-Artistic Director of B2C, she has she created/performed in Phaedra’s Lust (LabCab and Tapestry New Opera) Jenny’s Room (workshops at Canadian Stage, The Grand and Factory Theatre), has performed in/produced dirty butterfly presented by Obsidian Theatre and was Artistic Collaborator/Producer for Isitwendam presented by Native Earth Performing Arts which received 4 Dora nominations and recently finished a tour to B.C.’s Talking Stick Festival and Theatre Northwest. Lauren has trained with some the world’s most celebrated theatres and directors including Mark Rylance, the SITI Company, Yael Farber, Graham McLaren and Robin Phillips and has performed across the country. Upcoming: B2C just completed filming for Elle’s Valley co-written by Lauren and Adam Kenneth Wilson and she is currently in development for her new play her room, which recently received an OAC Recommender's grant from Studio 180. 

Jack Grinhaus

Co-Artistic Director

Jack Grinhaus is an award winning and nominated theatre artist. Primarily a director, Jack has also worked in various streams of theatre as producer, designer, playwright, and actor with numerous theatre, TV, and film credits. He was the Artistic Director for the Canadian regional theatre Theatre NorthWest (2014-2019), was part of the 2010 Canadian Stage BASH Directors Residency as well as the inaugural Director’s Lab North at Tarragon Theatre, was a contributor to the World Theatre Encyclopedia and holds an MFA and BA Honours in Theatre from York University’s Theatre program, an Associate Degree in Acting from The American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City, and has studied intensely with internationally renowned artists Uta Hagen, Anne Bogart the SITI Company, and Graham McLaren.

Jack writing includes Rougher Trade, The Complex: A Toronto Tale, Toronto Without Words I, and created an original adaptation of Ibsen's Hedda Gabler called Hedda Noir, which won him Artist of the Year 2018 from the PG Citizen.He has also translated Yael Ronen's Nutcase as part of Plaeides Theatre's Translators Unit. He is also the current co-creator of Isitwendam and created the concept for the up coming film, Elle's Valley

Recent Directing Credits Include: Isitwendam (Native Earth Performing Arts/B2C/Talking Stick/Four Dora Mavor Moore Nominations),  ART  (Persephone Theatre/Nomination Outstanding Direction/SAT Awards)), Hedda Noir , Million Dollar Quartet, It's a Wonderful Life: The Radio Play, Alice in Wonderland, Half Life, TheSecretMask(TheatreNorthWest), Last Christmas(Lunchbox/Workshop Series), dirty butterfly(B2C/Obsidian Theatre), Phaedra's Lust (Tapestry New Opera/B2C), Release the Stars (Toronto Next Stage Festival), Taming of the Shrew (Grand Theatre HSP), Macbeth (Classical Theatre Project), Saved (Toronto Fringe Festival/Patron's Pick/Best of Venue), The Complex: A Toronto Tale (Festival of Creation/Canadian Stage/2010 Toronto Fringe), Carmen (Opera Lirica Italiana), Ghosts (AD/Morris Panych/Soulpepper), Playing Cards Part 1: Spades (Observer/AD/Robert Lepage/Ex-Machina) . He also recently directed the B2C Film Elle's Valley.

Meegwun Fairbrother

Associate Artist

Playwright/Performer - Meegwun Fairbrother is of Ojibway and Scottish origin, from Grassy Narrows First Nation and Toronto, Ontario. He is a traditional singer and a Northern traditional dancer. Recent theatre credits include: Incident at Vichy, Soulpepper; Caught, Theatre Passé Murialle; Dreary and Izzy, Magnus Theatre; King Lear, National Arts Centre. Recent Film credits include a leading role on APTN's Mohawk Girls; two leading roles (twins) in the Syfy series Helix; Murdoch Mysteries and Burden of Truth for CBC. He continues to teach arts based workshops to indigenous youth across North America. Meegwun has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting from York University and is a personal trainer.

Sarah Koehn

Associate Artist

After completing her BFA in acting at Memorial University, she joined the Soulpepper Academy training program. Her theatre credits include: The Royal Comedians (Soulpepper); The Crucible (Soulpepper); Death of a Salesman (Soulpepper); The Great Mountain (RedSky Performance); and A Doll’s House (Soulpepper). Film credits include: Sweet Dreams (Short film); Reign (CW Network/CBS); Handsome Devils (Discovery/OWN); Abby’s Lullaby (Short film); Out There with Melissa DiMarco (City). As a co-founder of Manitou Motions production company, Sarah has spent the last four years developing and facilitating a digital media program for youth as well as co-creating two feature length documentaries, Okichitaw - Refeathering the Warrior and Dreaming the Salmon. Both projects will debut in 2019. Sarah is proud to be working with B2C Theatre and Native Earth Performing Arts to present Isitwendam (an understanding) in March 2019. Look for her next in web series D dot H.

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