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:

 

 

 

PASSE MURAILLE’S RESIDENT PLAYWRIGHTS

With the dramaturgical support of Andy McKim, TPM Artistic Director

 

Bilal Baig (ACHA BACHA)

Jordi Mand* 

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.    

 

Litmus Theatre

Paprika Festival

lemonTree Creations

Pandemic Theatre

Broadleaf Theatre

 

 

About:

 

 

Bilal Baig Humber HeadshotBilal Baig

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.

 

 

 

jordimandJordi Mand

Jordi Mand is a Canada-based playwright. Her second full-length play, Caught, will premiere as part of Theatre Passe Muraille’s 2015.2016 season in Toronto. Her first full-length play, Between the Sheets, has been produced both nationally and internationally. Other work includes: The Speedy (World Stage Festival/UnSpun Theatre), Right of Passage (Theatre Yes), The Knot (Tonic Theatre). Jordi is a Playwright-in-Residence with Theatre Passe Muraille and Carousel Players. She is a past member of the Tarragon Theatre’s Playwrights Unit and the Stratford Festival’s Playwriting Retreat. Jordi is a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada.

 


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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.

 

1.Anusree Roy

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.

 

Belladonna at Bayimba

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. 

 

RESIDENT COMPANIES

 

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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.

 

www.litmustheatre.com

Twitter: @LitmusTheatre

 

 

 

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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.

.

www.paprikafestival.com

Twitter: @PaprikaFestival

 

 

 

 

lemonTree creations is a Toronto-based theatre company with core artistic team Indrit Kasapi, Cole Alvis and Jonathan Seinen. Established in 2007, lemonTree creations has developed, workshopped and presented several critically acclaimed projects. Some highlights includeDeathwatch by Jean Genet (Official Pride Toronto Event) inside the claustrophobic basement of an art gallery on Queen West, Dutchmanby Amiri Baraka (SummerWorks Theatre Festival) inside a vintage TTC bus parked on Queen and Ossington, the 6 time BroadwayWorld Nominated MSM (men seeking men) conceived and directed by Indrit Kasapi (Fringe Theatre Festival, WorldPride! Festival Official Event) and the critically acclaimed Unknown Soldier by Jonathan Seinen (SummerWorks). 
Currently, the company will be presenting in co-production with Buddies In Bad Times Theatre the World Premiere of BODY POLITIC by Nick Green, during the 2015/2016 season. This is a play about the groundbreaking gay liberation paper of the ‘70s and ‘80s, The Body Politic, which redefined the censorship laws in Canada and was instrumental in the growth of Canada’s LGBTQ community.
In 2012 lemonTree creations opened the doors to a rehearsal studio in the heart of downtown Toronto that serves as a hub for Toronto’s booming artistic voices. The studio has offered a Residency Program for 11 young and exciting artists and an Energy Exchange Program for artists who cannot otherwise afford to have access to rehearsal space.
Throughout their residency at Theatre Passe Muraille, lemonTree creations will be developing a brand new project currently entitled The Blood Cycle.

 

Twitter: @LTcreations

 

 

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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. 

 

http://www.pandemictheatre.ca/

Twitter: @PandemicTheatre

 

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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.

 

 

http://www.broadleaftheatre.com/

Twitter: @broadleafto

 

 

 

 

 

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Within Our Walls – Resident Playwrights, EmCee & Companies

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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:

 

 

 

PASSE MURAILLE’S RESIDENT PLAYWRIGHTS

With the dramaturgical support of Andy McKim, TPM Artistic Director

 

Bilal Baig (ACHA BACHA)

Jordi Mand* 

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.    

 

Litmus Theatre

Paprika Festival

lemonTree Creations

Pandemic Theatre

Broadleaf Theatre

 

 

About:

 

 

Bilal Baig Humber HeadshotBilal Baig

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.

 

 

 

jordimandJordi Mand

Jordi Mand is a Canada-based playwright. Her second full-length play, Caught, will premiere as part of Theatre Passe Muraille’s 2015.2016 season in Toronto. Her first full-length play, Between the Sheets, has been produced both nationally and internationally. Other work includes: The Speedy (World Stage Festival/UnSpun Theatre), Right of Passage (Theatre Yes), The Knot (Tonic Theatre). Jordi is a Playwright-in-Residence with Theatre Passe Muraille and Carousel Players. She is a past member of the Tarragon Theatre’s Playwrights Unit and the Stratford Festival’s Playwriting Retreat. Jordi is a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada.

 


Tij's HD shots  14 (1)Tijiki Morris 


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.

 

1.Anusree Roy

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.

 

Belladonna at Bayimba

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. 

 

RESIDENT COMPANIES

 

Litmus logo grey

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.

 

www.litmustheatre.com

Twitter: @LitmusTheatre

 

 

 

paprika-festival-logo

 

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.

.

www.paprikafestival.com

Twitter: @PaprikaFestival

 

 

 

 

lemonTree creations is a Toronto-based theatre company with core artistic team Indrit Kasapi, Cole Alvis and Jonathan Seinen. Established in 2007, lemonTree creations has developed, workshopped and presented several critically acclaimed projects. Some highlights includeDeathwatch by Jean Genet (Official Pride Toronto Event) inside the claustrophobic basement of an art gallery on Queen West, Dutchmanby Amiri Baraka (SummerWorks Theatre Festival) inside a vintage TTC bus parked on Queen and Ossington, the 6 time BroadwayWorld Nominated MSM (men seeking men) conceived and directed by Indrit Kasapi (Fringe Theatre Festival, WorldPride! Festival Official Event) and the critically acclaimed Unknown Soldier by Jonathan Seinen (SummerWorks). 
Currently, the company will be presenting in co-production with Buddies In Bad Times Theatre the World Premiere of BODY POLITIC by Nick Green, during the 2015/2016 season. This is a play about the groundbreaking gay liberation paper of the ‘70s and ‘80s, The Body Politic, which redefined the censorship laws in Canada and was instrumental in the growth of Canada’s LGBTQ community.
In 2012 lemonTree creations opened the doors to a rehearsal studio in the heart of downtown Toronto that serves as a hub for Toronto’s booming artistic voices. The studio has offered a Residency Program for 11 young and exciting artists and an Energy Exchange Program for artists who cannot otherwise afford to have access to rehearsal space.
Throughout their residency at Theatre Passe Muraille, lemonTree creations will be developing a brand new project currently entitled The Blood Cycle.

 

lemontreecreations.ca

Twitter: @LTcreations

 

 

13432328_10153882553788621_1577292146413536168_n

 

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. 

 

http://www.pandemictheatre.ca/

Twitter: @PandemicTheatre

 

static1.squarespace.com
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.

 

 

http://www.broadleaftheatre.com/

Twitter: @broadleafto