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
Maja Ardal (ELSA Part III)
Bilal Baig (ACHA BACHA)
Erin Fleck (HANLON’S POINT)
Kate Hennig* (VIRGIN WARD)
Tijiki Morris*** (ROOTLESS)
evalyn parry* (TO LIVE IN THE AGE OF MELTING)
Anusree Roy (FIRE IS THE WITNESS)
* With support from the Canada Council for the Arts
** With support from the Ontario Arts Council
***DIASPORA DIALOGUES playwright in Residence
PASSE MURAILLE’S EMCEE IN RESIDENCE
Donna-Michelle St. Bernard aka Belladonna the Blest (SOUND OF THE BEAST)**
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* (Brave New World)
(*This company is also among Generator’s Inaugural Annual Resident Companies)
Maja is this season’s Playwright in Residence at 4th Line Theatre, Millbrook and Theatre Passe Muraille, Toronto. You Fancy Yourself received the 2009 Dora Award for Outstanding performance. The sequel, The Cure for Everything received a Dora nomination for Outstanding New Play. It was last performed in Los Angeles 2011 for the California International Theatre Festival. You Fancy Yourself toured to Edinburgh Festival in 2009, followed by a tour of England. Playwrights Canada Press publishes both plays, as well as her first play Midnight Sun, co-produced by The National Arts Centre and Tarragon Theatre.
Maja adapted and directed the play, Prisoner of Tehran produced by Contrary Company in association with Theatre Passe Muraille. She was the artistic director of Young People’s Theatre 1990-98, and was a regular for 7 seasons in The Road to Avonlea, playing Mrs. Potts. She is at present developing HER2 a play for 10 women, to be produced in 2014.
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.
Erin is a playwright, puppeteer and performer based in Toronto.
Erin’s Dora Award Nominated one-woman show Those Who Can’t Do… premiered at Theatre Passe Muraille, and has since toured to Victoria B.C. and New York City.
She has also written and performed original work with Mixed Company Theatre, at Theatre Passe Muraille’s BUZZ Festival, Buddies in Bad Times Theatre’s HYSTERIA Festival, the Toronto FRINGE! Festival, and Tarragon’s Spring Arts Fair.
She is the Artistic Director of Caterwaul Theatre (alongside Artistic Producer Sarah Fairlie), which produces innovative and immersive storytelling in puppetry. Erin wrote and performed in Caterwaul’s inaugural production of Unintentionally Depressing Children’s Tales, which premiered at the 2014 SummerWorks Theatre Festival to much acclaim, and winning the NTS Design Award.
As a playwright, Erin is an alumna of the Stratford Playwright’s Retreat, Factory Theatre’s Natural Resources, Theatre Passe Muraille’s Upstarts, TheatreKairos’ Writer’s Circle and Nightwood Theatre’s Write from the Hip program.
As a performer, Erin frequently collaborates with the Steady State Theatre Project (Double Double: Outstanding Production/Ensemble/NOW Magazine Critic’s Pick Toronto Fringe Festival 2010, I Will Not Hatch: Outstanding Ensemble Toronto Fringe Festival 2009, Edmonton Fringe 2012) and is a company member of Dutch Uncle Puppetry, which has been featured at After Hours@TPM (Gregori’s Phantastik Big Time Show) Canzine 2010, Theatre Passe Muraille’s BUZZ Festival, the SummerWorks Festival Fiasco Playhouse performance gallery and Factory Theatre’s LabCab Festival.
Erin will be heading to Dawson City, Yukon in February 2015 as an Artist in Residence with KIAC (Klondike Institute of Art and Culture) to continue work on the next installment of Caterwaul’s Unintentionally Depressing series.
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.
Kate has played the Stratford Festival, the Shaw Festival, Broadway, the RSC, the NAC, Nightwood, Nightswimming, Summerworks, Canadian Stage, and many more wonderful theatres across this country and beyond. She has played Shakespeare, Shaw, Wilde, Moliere, Brecht, Feydeau, Sondheim, Racine, Stoppard, Brel, Mamet, Atwood, Ouchi, McDonagh, Mills, and the work many more dedicated playwrights, composers, and lyricists. Kate has received two Dora Awards, three Betty Mitchell awards, a Toronto Theatre Critics’Award, and a Genie nomination, among other generous accolades for her work. Kate is an accomplished writer and teacher. She lives each day in gratitude. www.katehennig.com
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.
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.
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