Jim Garrard was born in Northern Ontario in 1939. He was founding Artistic Director of Theatre Passe Muraille and President of Rochdale College. He has taught theatre at Simon Fraser University and the University of Toronto and has written extensively for film and television. His play, Cold Comfort, was released as a feature film film by Northstar Entertainment. He is currently the Artistic Director of Salon Theatre Productions and Director of the Kingston Summer Festival.