Jasimina has been around the block a few times. She is the driving force behind Ledgerow Publishing, and was the first to see that David might have book in him. Wealthy, stylish and imposing, she has very little patience for inefficiency, and while she takes her work very seriously, one has the sense that she would rather kick off her three inch heels, take that bottle of Scotch out of her desk drawer, and have a booze-up with the girls.
When Sammy confesses that she had sex with David, Jasmina couldn't care less. The implication is that she has had a few inter-office flings herself and considers it a perk of the job. What she won't tolerate is sex threatening a deadline. She tolerates David, perhaps even likes him, and when he experiences a major setback she is truly, if briefly, sad. As she puts it, "I'm sorry David, and if I wasn't so busy I would be even sorrier."
Martha Burns is one of Canada's most distinguished stage and television actresses. She has performed leading roles at the Stratford and Shaw Festivals and at theatres across the country. Winner of the 2005 Barbara Hamilton Award for "excellence and professionalism in the performing arts", she has also received two Dora Mavor Moore Awards for her work in Trafford Tanzi and The Miracle Worker and been nominated for three more.
Burns is the recipient of two supporting actress Genie Awards for Long Day's Journey Into Night and Love and Savagery and a double Gemini winner for Best Actress for her leading role as the Shakespearean diva Ellen Fanshaw in three seasons of Slings and Arrows.
Burns and Susan Coyne wrote and directed the short film How Are You? which was an official selection for TIFF 2008. She co-produced all of and directed one of ten short films that form the anthology Little Films About Big Moments for Movie Central and TMN. This spring, she will be seen in the feature film French Immersion directed by Kevin Tierney.
A founding member of Toronto's Soulpepper Theater Company (where she appeared to great acclaim as Winnie in Samuel Beckett's Happy Days), Burns created numerous groundbreaking educational programs for youth at Soulpepper, including the Youth Mentorship Programane Soulpepper in the Schools, where artists introduce Shakespeare to children in grades 3 to 6.
A new arts education project she is developing with writer Paula Wing creates bridges between students and artists in Toronto and Nunavut.