Within Our Walls – Resident Playwrights, EmCee & Companies
TPM is a national institution that is a voice of and for Canadian culture. We are home to a repertoire of work that is inclusive, eclectic and representative of our city. We are creating a home for an audience that is open, heterogeneous, and drawn to risk. We do work that we devise and work that we collaborate on. We are as interested in developing audiences, artists, and companies as we are in developing plays. We are an active part of our community. This is how TPM supports our artists:
With the dramaturgical support of Andy McKim, TPM Artistic Director
Bilal Baig (ACHA BACHA)
Tijiki Morris*** (ROOTLESS)
Anusree Roy (FIRE IS THE WITNESS)
Augusto Bitter (CHICO)**
* With support from the Canada Council for the Arts
**DIASPORA DIALOGUES playwright in Residence
PASSE MURAILLE’S EMCEE IN RESIDENCE
Donna-Michelle St. Bernard aka Belladonna the Blest
PASSE MURAILLE’S RESIDENT COMPANIES
With the artistic collaboration and dramaturgical support of Andy McKim, TPM Artistic Director plus the administrative collaboration and support of Régine Cadet, TPM General Manager.
Bilal is a playwright-actor-creator interested in devised theatre. He is a Playwright-in-Residence at Theatre Passe Muraille developing his play, Acha Bacha. His original work has been featured at the Paprika Festival for the past three years, where recently he directed a show called Project Original. At Humber, he has been a part of workshops and full productions including: The Park, To Me in 10 Years (TYA school tour), Candida, Fuente Ovejuna, and The Tin Drum. Bilal is also part of a collective that has created a new online space for queer South Asian youth called acolourdeep.ca.
Tijiki Morris is a theatre creator who was raised in Pakistan and came to Canada after secondary school. She co-wrote and directed the collaborative creation process of We Walk Among You and Cirqular (Artichoke Heart). She has been an Artist-in-Residence at Mermaid Theatre and Cahoots Playwrights’ Hot House 2012/2013. Recently she assistant directed fu-GEN Theatre’s Sex Tape Project, and directed Hope Blitz! (Theatre Passe Muraille: Beyond the Walls). Other creation pursuits include puppetry coaching and building for Shakespeare in High Park/Canstage, Pandemic Theatre and Humber College Theatre. Tijiki also performs, teaches and is a community engaged artist. She is a graduate of Humber College’s Theatre Performance program.
Anusree Roy is a Governor General’s Award nominated writer and actor whose work has toured nationally. Her plays include: Sultans of the Street, Brothel # 9, Roshni, Letters to my Grandma and Pyaasa. Her Opera librettos include: The Golden Boy and Noor over Afghan and Phoolan Devi. She can been seen on television as “Nurse Patel” on Global TV’s medical drama REMEDY; she was also the Executive Story Editor for the show in Season One.
She holds a B.A from York University and an M.A from the University to Toronto. She is the Co-Artistic Director of Theatre Jones Roy and has been published by the Playwright’s Canada Press. Her plays and performances have won her four Dora Mavor Moore Awards along with multiple nominations. She is the recipient of the K.M.Hunter Award, RBC Emerging Artist Award, The Carol Bolt Award and The Siminovitch Protégé Prize. Anusree’s playwright-in-residence include: Nightwood Theatre, Factory Theatre, The Blyth Festival, Theatre Passe Muraille and Canadian Stage Company.
Donna-Michelle St. Bernard
Donna-Michelle St. Bernard, aka Belladonna the Blest, is TPM’s Emcee in Residence, working on Sound of the Beast.
Independently released recordings include All Riot on the Western Front (with the Red Menace), off my chest and the bridge/is over. DM has performed at such events as the Impact Festival (Kitchener), Western Canadian Music Awards (Moosejaw), Bayimba International Festival (Kampala, Uganda), Summerworks Theatre Festival (Toronto), Arcane Freestyle Competition (New Jersey), Vancouver Folk Festival and Scream in High Park Literary Festival.
Theatrical works include They Say He Fell, A Man A Fish, Cake, The House You Build, Salome’s Clothes, Gas Girls and interdisciplinary co-creation 501: Toronto in Transit with Bob Nasmith and Justin Manyfingers. Her work has been recognized with a SATA nomination, Herman Voaden Playwriting Award, Enbridge PlayRites Award, Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding New Play, and a nomination for Governor General’s Literary Award.
DM is the former general manager of Native Earth Performing Arts, artistic director of New Harlem Productions and a vocalist with folk/funk/hip hop trioergo sum.
Litmus Theatre re-imagines classic stories for found spaces.
Known for Matchbox Macbeth (Now Magazine, 2010 Top Ten Play) and Birth of Frankenstein (four Dora Nominations, winner of Best Indie Director), Litmus creates intimate and surprising site-specific shows. Having produced plays in ramshackle sheds off back-alleys and Ladies’ Parlours in gothic churches, Litmus has developed a unique methodology for building a show around an unexpected space – clashing classic stories against forgotten spaces in this beautiful city.
As Theatre Passe Muraille’s Resident Company, Litmus Theatre developed a new adaptation of Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World.
Paprika is a youth-led professional performing arts organization. We run year round professional training and mentorship programs that culminate in a performing arts festival of new work by young artists.
—We generate opportunities for young artists to lead their own creative process with the support of their peers and professional mentors.
—We set the stage for young artists to have their voices heard in a setting that is supportive and also dependent on critical response.
—We ensure that young artists are well equipped to find employment in diverse cultural industries and to become our successors.
Founded in 2009, Pandemic Theatre is a Toronto-based theatre company mandated to create, develop, and produce work from critical and underrepresented perspectives that engage social and political themes.
They strive to create spaces where political discourse is not only possible, but also encouraged.
Their work is to challenge audiences, artists, and communities to engage and question the role of aesthetics in ideology. To do so ethically, critically, and in the spirit of solidarity.
They strive to build and foster relationships with like-minded organizations working in the field of social-justice and political engagement.
Another world is possible.
Founded in 2014, Broadleaf Theatre creates original theatrical works based on local, national and global environmental issues. We seek to make little-known environmental issues immediate, accessible and engaging. Broadleaf has worked with over 50 emerging, diverse, and socially conscious artists.
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