Stephanie Morgenstern – Guest of Honour

Although fans may recognize her as the original voice of Sailor Venus in Sailor Moon, Stephanie Morgenstern’s award-winning career spans many disciplines. Beginning as an actor, she branched out into filmmaking, screenwriting, directing, and showrunning.

Most recently, Morgenstern was co-creator, writer, executive producer and showrunner, alongside her partner Mark Ellis, of CBC’s WWII espionage drama X Company. It received a Canadian Screen Award nomination for Best Television Drama in its premiere year and, in the fall of 2017, wrapped its third and final season in Budapest. Morgenstern directed the two-part series finale. X Company is currently airing on Ovation in the US, and streaming on Netflix (Canada) and Hulu (US).

Prior to that, Ellis and Morgenstern were co-creators, writers, and executive producers on the SWAT cop drama Flashpoint (CBS/CTV/Ion), for which they were designated Showrunners of the Year by the Writers’ Guild of Canada. The show received the Academy Board of Directors Tribute for Outstanding and Enduring Contribution to Canadian Television in 2013, and two awards for Best Dramatic Series (Gemini and Canadian Screen Awards).

Fluent in English and French, Morgenstern was an actor for over 20 years. Her work spanned film (Maelström, Denis Villeneuve; The Sweet Hereafter, Atom Egoyan; Revoir Julie, Jeanne Crepeau), TV (This is Wonderland, At the Hotel, CBC), and theatre across Canada (A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Stratford Festival; Romeo and Juliet, Globe Theatre; Goodnight Desdemona, Good Morning Juliet, Grand Theatre).

Stephanie was raised in Montreal where she began her acting career at the age of 15. She got her BA in English from McGill University, and studied drama at the Banff Centre School of Fine Arts. She then moved to Toronto to pursue her MA at York University’s Graduate Programme in Social and Political Thought. Stephanie is also an alumna of the Women in the Director’s Chair Master Class, and a graduate of the Berlinale Talent Campus.

For more about Stephanie, be sure to check out her website. You can also follow her on Twitter, Instagram, and Vimeo.