Resident Companies BIOS
THE AMY PROJECT
The AMY Project is a free performing arts mentorship and theatre creation program serving young women and non-binary youth. AMY breaks down barriers to participation by providing meals and transportation; accessible, queer and trans inclusive and anti-racist environments; and more. With the mentorship of professional artists, AMY participants learn to tell their stories with honesty, integrity, and artistic rigour. AMY was the 2017 recipient of the Toronto Arts Foundation's Arts For Youth Award. www.theamyproject.com
HOUSE + BODY
HOUSE + BODY creates a myriad of work based on the principles of collaboration and multidisciplinary exploration. Formed to encompass theatre, performance and installation art, House + Body explores unconventional methods of storytelling that invigorate the playing space where the work is housed and challenges the ways in which bodies move through it. The company places a focus on contemporary Canadian deconstructions of classic sources, new play development, and creating unique audience experiences. Founded by Artistic Director, Christopher Manousos, and Artistically Produced & Managed by Emma Westray. Instagram/ Twitter/ Facebook: houseandbody www.houseandbody.org
Common Boots (formerly Theatre Columbus) is known for sidesplitting, whip smart physical theatre that explores social and personal issues relevant to our time and place. For over 30 years the artists of Common Boots have been collectively creating original works for the stage. They have produced unique and enduring plays such as The Anger in Ernest and Ernestine, The Attic, The Pearls and Three Fine Girls and most recently the hit show The Public Servant. The company brought its unique performance style to the outdoor stage presenting annual outdoor winter theatre productions at the historic Evergreen BrickWorks earning the company nine Dora nominations over the past five years. www.commonbootstheatre.ca
SHAKESPEARE IN THE RUFF
RESIDENT COMPANY / COMPANY COLLABORATOR
Shakespeare In The Ruff is a Toronto-based theatre company dedicated to establishing an outdoor theatre tradition in the diverse neighbourhoods of the East End. Through original Canadian adaptations of Shakespeare’s plays, they create accessible performances in Withrow Park. These performances form the foundation for their community work - they play an active role through( in the East End Community by...) offering youth mentorship, fostering local partnerships, and providing a launch pad for artists in the beginning of their careers. Shakespeare in the Ruff believes that the depth of human understanding in Shakespeare’s work and the long standing presence of his plays in our culture and education system provide a perfect platform to bring together first-time theatre goers, more experienced audiences, and a whole range of artists to build a unique and collective community experience. http://shakespeareintheruff.com/
OUTSIDE THE MARCH
RESIDENT COMPANY / COMPANY COLLABORATOR
Outside the March is igniting a new generation of audiences by offering unforgettable experiences in unconventional spaces—redefining where, how and for whom theatre takes place.
We are dedicated to creating work that is:
IMMERSIVE: intimate and immediate theatrical encounters that endure
ITE-ENGAGING: transforming found spaces into playgrounds of performance
NEW: urgent stories that grapple with our here and now
WIDE-REACHING: inviting and exciting audiences who don’t normally find themselves at the theatre
COMMUNAL: forging resonant collaborations between artists of all levels of experience
Over the past eight years, we have become one of Canada’s leading immersive theatre companies, inviting our audiences to play with us in kindergarten classrooms, parade with Queen Elizabeth along the Danforth, tinker in garages, congregate in churches, venture out on a 911 paramedic call, weather the apocalypse in an abandoned adult movie theatre, infuse an old funeral home with love, and join us up onstage at the Royal Alexandra Theatre.
Outside the March was founded in 2009 by Co-Artistic Directors, Mitchell Cushman and Simon Bloom, and core artists, Amy Keating, Sebastien Heins, Katherine Cullen and Ishai Buchbinder. Katherine Devlin Rosenfeld joined the company in 2013 as the company’s first Managing Producer. outsidethemarch.ca
Fixt Point is a professional theatre and media company. They create and produce original work through devised collaboration, with a focus on audio recordings of real stories that frame their work. Their mandate is to inspire audiences to imagine change, and their mission is to promote local culture and preserve local heritage through the telling of tales across multiple platforms. They endeavour to be leaders in public engagement, embedding training and outreach into the process of creation and dissemination. They bring together emerging and established theatre, radio, and new media artists, with a focus on offering opportunities for growth, skills development and collaboration of artists across disciplines. Fixt Point is a Toronto based company with a national reach, most known for their oral history and theatre initiative, The Tale of a Town, which has now toured to over 170 communities in Canada, with projects in every province and territory. In 2017, FIXT POINT released a 10-part television series commissioned by TVOntario that takes the rich media content gathered through interviews across the country to viewers from coast to coast.
FIXT POINT is led by a Managing Director, Charles Ketchabaw and Artistic Director, Lisa Marie DiLiberto, and powered by a dedicated team of artists and producers. FIXT POINT. Dream BIG, start small… www.fixtpoint.com
THE SPIDER WEB SHOW
SpiderWebShow.ca is the first and only nationally-driven performing arts website of its kind in Canada. It is a practice-based network where cultural change is captured and examined.
SpiderWebShow began as a dramaturgical inquiry. The question that led the charge was straight up and complex:
What defines Canadian Theatre now?