About Us

Annie Dugan, Executive Producer

Annie is the co-founder and Artistic Director of Alberta’s award-winning Firefly Theatre & Circus, a company dedicated to merging the spectacle of circus arts with an accessible theatrical narrative. Since 2000, Ms. Dugan has been involved with all of Firefly Theatre’s productions in various capacities, including directing, producing, creating and performing. Firefly’s shows have been performed in theatres, on walls and rooftops, in the middle of the street, and even in fountains. Annie has received the Mayor’s Award for Innovative Artistic Direction, a Canada 150 Award, and was featured as a Global TV’s Woman of Vision.

Stephanie Gruson, Producer

Stephanie has been a company member and performer of Firefly Theatre & Circus since 2013 and a student since 2009. She was so excited to join the Firefly team as Director of Operations and Special Events in 2021. She has a true passion for Aerial and Circus Arts. She has performed in many productions put on by Firefly such as KOLABO and PANACHE. She has been involved in many corporate and charitable events including the Canada 150 celebration at Roger’s Place, performing along with Canadian artist Sarah McLachlan. Stephanie is a Franco-Albertan. She is fluent in English and French both spoken and written. She is excited to be the festival’s French representative and producer.

Erin Dewar, Producer

Erin joined Firefly Theatre & Circus in 2008 as a student. She trained recreationally for 10 years before joining the teaching staff in 2018. Erin graduated from Grant MacEwan College’s Graphic Design and Digital Communication program in 2007. Graphic design and aerial arts have gone hand-in-hand for Erin for many years. In 2013 she started doing the design work for Firefly Theatre & Circus, merging her two favourite things. As one of the producers of the Alberta Circus Arts Festival Erin is excited to flex her creative muscles and establish something both unique and beautiful that will really showcase the Alberta circus community.