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Michael R. Caplan

“Renaissance Man of the House”

Below is my complete résumé, and all my own House projects can be found here.

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Concordia University (Montreal) / Bachelor of Fine Arts, Contemporary Dance (1984–87)

York University (Toronto) / Fine Arts Studies (1982–84)


Theatre with instructors such as Philippe Gaulier & Monica Pagneaux of École Jacques Lecoq (Paris), Dean Gilmour, Thom Sokoloski & Mike Petersen (Toronto) – including improvisation, mask, clown, ensemble work, scene study, puppetry

Multi-media & performance art with Toby MacLennan (Toronto), Tom Graff (Vancouver) and Rina Fratecelli (Montreal)

Dance composition, technique & improvisation with Contraband (San Francisco), T.I.D.E., Denise Fujiwara, Dawne Carleton (Toronto), Elizabeth Langley, Lisa McLellan, Marie Chouinard, Andrew Harwood, Michael Montanaro (Montreal)

Singing with Micah Barnes (Toronto)

Other training in arts management, sales, Adobe InDesign, etc.

Publishing / Design, Layout


Bill Coleman, dancer/choreographer (Toronto, 2000–date)

Writing, editing, and design of promotional materials, grant applications, press kits, and occasional materials, both during and after his work Coleman-Lemieux & Compagnie (2000–2015).

Ansible Marketing (Toronto, 2016–2020)

Research, copywriting and copyediting of two monthly newsletters for the real estate industry, The Essential Apps Report and The Wealthy Homeowner.

A Handbook for Ecstatic Survival by David Earle (House of ShAkE, Toronto, 2017)

Design, editing, layout and typesetting for the inaugural publication of Michael Caplan's House of ShAkE, in hardcover and paperback.

Dancetheatre David Earle (Guelph, Toronto, 2008-2020)

Editing and design of posters, programs, press kits, and occasional materials. 

ISPDI (International Society for Psychology as the Discipline of Interiority; 2014–2018)

Editing and design of programs for annual conferences and workshops, including Berlin, Toronto, Dublin, and Malibu.

Dance Collection Danse Press/Presses (Toronto, 2004–2018)

Design, layout and editorial assistance on 27 issues of the DCD Magazine, between the passing of one of the organization’s co-founders and editors, Laurence Adams, and the retirement of the other, Miriam Adams. Other projects included catalogues for this Canadian dance history archive and publisher, as well as the book David Earle: A Choreographic Biography.

Study for "A Handbook for Ecstatic Survival” by David Earle (House of ShAkE, Toronto, 2016)

Design, editing, layout and typesetting of this prototype publication, a limited-run hardcover sold to raise funds toward the Handbook for Ecstatic Survival.

Coleman Lemieux & Compagnie (Toronto, 2000-2015)

Writing, editing, design and layout of promotional materials and documents for this dance and community-based performance company, including press kit, postcards, business cards, newsletter, news releases, event invitations, grants, etc.

CMAS (Childminding Monitoring Advisory & Support; Toronto, 1998-2012)

Copywriting, copyediting, design and layout for this independent consulting firm contracted to the LINC childminding program (see below), managed by Citizenship & Immigration Canada. Projects included branding, manuals, booklets, policy documents, newsletters, resources and checklists, reports, forms, posters and website development.

LINC (Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada; Toronto, 2002-2012)

Copywriting, copyediting, branding, design, layout and liaison with printers on projects including manuals, policy documents, and calendars. Through Citizenship & Immigration Canada, LINC offers childcare and resources for families of adults attending English classes.

Spring Journal & Books (New Orleans, 2008–2010)

Design, typesetting and copyediting for Spring Journal and Books, including

  • C.G. Jung and the Sioux Traditions by renowned Dakota Sioux author Vine Deloria, Jr.,

  • The Call to Create by bestselling Jungian author Linda Schierse Leonard,

  • the play Mary of Magdala by the distinguished Portuguese writer, Armando Nascimento Rosa,

  • C.G. Jung in the Humanities by Susan Rowland, and

  • Psyche & the City: A Soul’s Guide to the Modern Metropolis, edited by Thomas Singer. See the feature at

The International Trade Club of Toronto (Toronto, 1992-2009)

Writing and design of invitational flyers for monthly luncheons of this non-profit association of public- and private-sector trade officers.

The “Tempest” Trailer (The Citadel, Toronto; 2008)

Writing and design of all promotional materials this for self-produced adaptation of the play.

Nurturing New Roots: Supporting the Newcomer Family (2006-2008)

Branding, design, editing and layout of all materials and documents for the 5th, 6th and 7th Ontario Professional Development Conferences for LINC Childminders, including calls for presentations, postcards, registration and other forms, and conference programs. Michael’s contributions were acknowledged in 2008 when he was made a member of the Steering Committee.


Steelpan Country (Toronto; 2006)

Packaging design for the CD Michael recorded with steel drum player Gabriel Chartrand.

David Earle: A Choreographic Biography (Toronto, 2006)

Design, layout and typesetting of book by Michele Green documenting the life and works of David Earle. Described by Leland Windreich in Ballet-Dance Magazine as a “magnificent new volume” and by Michael Crabb in Dance International as “elegantly designed”, the book was selected by Susan Walker of The Toronto Star – who praised its “beautiful production”– as part of “The Complete Dance Library”, 2006.

Carol Priest Entertainment (Toronto, 1997-2002)

Writing, editing and design of promotional and occasional materials for special event company working with corporate clients.

Rent-A-Wife Home Services Inc. (Toronto, 1997-2002)

Writing, editing, design, and layout of brochures, posters, press releases and website for this cleaning, home renovations and property staging company.

Innovations Plus, Inc. (Montreal, 1990-91)

Writing and design of catalogues and occasional materials for special events company working with corporate, non-profit and private clients.

Clients with smaller, occasional projects have also included the Toronto District School Board, I Furiosi Baroque Ensemble, the Yoga House, Sweet Comforts Desserts, and other organizations and artists.

Performance / Theatre, Dance