Venue:  Oddfellows Temple
Time: Friday 9pm, Saturday 2pm
Category:  Theatre + Comedy
City of Origin:  St. Catharines, ON
Price:  $10 or Festival Pass


A new play inspired by the change of the Canadian law regarding Prostitution in 2014.


In its first draft of development, John School by Stephanie Jones tackles the Niagara Sex trade industry and the gender dynamics within it. This provocative tale follows the lives of sex trade workers and johns as they intersect with the bureaucratic world of today’s Canada, where prostitution is legal, and paying for sex – is a crime.


Stephanie Jones (Playwright, Actor) is the founding Artistic Director of The Essential Collective Theatre (ECT): a Niagara based theater company committed to the creation and production of new Canadian work here in St. Catharines. Stephanie is an Artistic Director, an actor, a playwright, and an acting teacher. Awarded an OAC Chalmers Professional Development (2011) grant to study the Meisner Technique at The Neighborhood Playhouse, she is currently the first female acting instructor at the Manhattan School. Ms. Jones established the Niagara Region’s first Meisner training program (ECT), and also presently teaches at the Canadian Film Centre in Toronto. In 2010 she was presented with the YWCA’s Women of Distinction award and received the St. Catharines Established Artist Award. (2014) She would like to thank Rebecca and Genevieve, In the Soil, Suitcase in Point Theatre Company and Bocamotion Theatre for helping to bring her play, and this regional issue into the light.

Rebecca Cann (Director, Dramaturg) has worked in the arts for thirty years, in the local and Toronto theatre scenes as director, dramaturg, producer and manager, as consultant, and as a municipal cultural worker. Her directing work has been seen locally in The Vagina Monologues (2017, 2004, 2003 — fundraiser for Gillians Place) and at Shakespeare in the Vineyard (Merchant of Venice, As You like It). She has directed more than twenty productions of new plays at The Theatre Centre, Theatre Passe Muraille, Factory Theatre and Tarrgon Theatre, and co-founded Jewel Productions, touring across Northern Ontario and across Canada.

Genevieve Jones (Actor, Producer) is a Niagara based Theatre Creator. She’s recently started BocaMotion Theatre, a local company focusing on text-driven work, new play development, and mentorship to young artists. Genevieve graduated with Honours of Theatre Studies from Dalhousie University in Halifax in 2014. She also lived in Italy where she performed in Children’s plays on a Theatre in Education Tour with the company Lingue Senza Frontiere. She has been largely involved in the Halifax theatre as an Actor and Director with such companies as Lions Den Theatre, Taboo Theatre and The Villains Theatre. She also studied under the mentor-ship of Catherine Banks (Bone Cage) while in Halifax and it was with Catherines guidance that she completed her first full length written play “”A Murder in Maine””. Her roots are in Niagara however, and always will be. When Genevieve was 19 she starred in her mother’s play “”She’s Mine””, a well received “iconic Niagara” production. She is excited to be back at it with her Mother, as well as Rebecca and Darren.

Darren Keay (Actor) is delighted to be involved in “John School” and participating with the In the Soil Arts Festival. Darren is originally from Nova Scotia and now makes his home in the Niagara region. He studied theatre at Acadia University and trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art in the UK.
Locally he has enjoyed his time working with Carousel Players (more than a few years ago) and more recently with Essential Collective Theatre in “The Fighting Days” and “The Welland Canal Play” as well as The Foster Festival in “Screwball Comedy” and “Halfway There”. He has worked in many theatres across Canada including Tarragon, CanStage, MTC and Neptune Theatre to name a few.
Keep an open mind and never stop learning. Never. Cheers!

Darren Keay (Actor)


Mature Language and content.