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Robin Patterson, Artistic Director
Terry Judd, Co-Artistic Director
Harro Maskow, Co-Artistic Director Emeritus
Katharine Dubois, Head of Young Company



Robin Patterson, Artistic Director


Robin graduated from Simon Fraser U, Vancouver, BC and Ecole Jacques Lecoq, Paris, France.  She then toured internationally for 4 years with the Canadian Mime Theatre as its first female soloist, writer and director.

Robin is a founding member of Theatre Beyond Words.  She conceived the Potato People series; wrote, directed and performed in many of the plays.  More recently she choreographed the Canadian/Argentinean co-production Imaginarius, adapted and directed the Galician play Silly Old Men Ought Not to Fall in Love; and continues to perform in Journey Behind the Mask.

Elsewhere she wrote 5 episodes of the children's TV series Polka Dot  Shorts, choreographed the mask play The Raven for Odyssey Theatre and the puppet play George and Martha for Carousel Players; directed a gritty version of Godspell for Niagara University and was Co-Director of NU's production of TBW's mask fantasy Night Train to Foggy Bottom.

Specializing in mask, clown and commedia techniques Robin teaches physical theatre part time at Brock U, ON and Niagara U, Niagara Falls, NY.  She has given lecture/demos for community groups, advocating for physical theatre and visual literacy.  In May 2007 Robin received the Women of Distinction Award in the field of Arts and Culture from the Niagara Region YWCA.

In 2009 Robin directed the première of Gifts from the Heart for TBW.  Her adaptation of Oscar Wilde's short story The Canterville Ghost is in development with the Shaw Festival in the 2010 and 2011 seasons.

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Terry Judd, Co-Artistic Director


A graduate of Wilfred Laurier U. in Waterloo, ON, Terry is a founding member of Theatre Beyond Words and has performed, written and directed for the company from its inception to the present.  He teaches physical theatre credit courses part time at Brock U, St. Catharines, ON and Niagara U, NF, NY.

Other theatre credits include the Stratford Festival where he won the Chalmers Apprentice Award; the Manitoba Theatre Centre; Neptune

Theatre; the National Arts Centre; and the Shaw Festival.  He was also one of the original members of the Gryphon Theatre Company in Barrie.  Terry has performed with Carousel Players in productions of The Lion,the Witch and the Wardrobe, Patty's Cake and George and Martha; and with Odyssey Theatre, Ottawa in the commedia dell'arte productions of The Wedding and Bungsu and the Big Snake.

Most recently for TBW, he performed in Silly Old Men Ought Not to Fall in Love (2003-2005); was part of the creative team and performed in the Canadian tour of the Argentinean co-production Imaginarius (2004-2007); and continues to perform in the 30th anniversary lecture-demonstration Journey Behind the Mask.  He was Co-Director for the Niagara University production of Night Train to Foggy Bottom (2008).  In 2009 he performed in the TBW première of Gifts from the Heart and played Sir Simon de Canterville in the Shaw Festival/TBW workshop of The Canterville Ghost.

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Harro Maskow, Artistic Director Emeritus


Hailed as "one of Canada's most brilliant comic actors", Harro studied visual art and photography at the Academy of Fine Arts in Hamburg, Germany and physical theatre at Ecole Jacques Lecoq in Paris, France. He then toured Europe with the renowned Comedie de Bourges.

After emigrating to Canada in 1966, he performed in Montreal at Expo '67 and taught at the National Theatre School. He was Associate Director of the Canadian Mime Theatre for eight years and received the Queen's Jubilee Silver Medal for achievement in theatre in 1977.

A founding member of Theatre Beyond Words, Harro has toured with the company for 30 years performing his unique style of gibberish pantomime, solo mime sketches and hilarious masked and unmasked characters. He was Artistic Director from the company's inception to 2006 and remains Artistic Director Emeritus as well as an active member of the Artistic Committee.

He gives workshops on masks and improvisation; makes, repairs and occasionally designs the company's larval masks. He was part of the design team for Imaginarius (2004-2007); was featured in Silly Old Men Ought Not to Fall in Love (2003-2005); and performed in Journey Behind the Mask (2005-2007).

Harro recently developed a new artistic passion and the attendant skills for video editing Theatre Beyond Words’ archival material. 

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Katharine Dubois, Head of Young Company


Katharine is a graduate of the Dramatic Arts Honours and Teacher Education Program at Brock University.  Her performance credits with Theatre Beyond Words include the premier production of Silly Old Men Ought Not to Fall in Love (2003), and the lecture-demo tour Journey Behind the Mask (2006-2007). She helped develop the vignette show Potato Chips for TBW’s young company and performed in the show from 2006 to 2009.

Other recent production credits include A Junky's Cabaret with Suitcase In Point at the Toronto SummerWorks Theatre Festival, Robot from Orion with the Hamilton Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra in association with Carousel Players and What the Butler Saw with Stray Theatre Company. Katharine is a founding member of Stray Theatre Company, a St. Catharines based collective.

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