Resident Companies BIOS
manidoons collective is a circle of artists creating Indigenous performance. The artistic leadership includes Yolanda Bonnell (Ojibwe-South Asian) and Cole Alvis (Métis) both based in Tkarón:to. Their latest production bug, performed and created by Yolanda Bonnell, was developed on unceded Coast Salish territories presented by rEvolver Festival and UNO Fest before premiering at Luminato. www.manidoons.com
During their residency, Generator will be supporting manidoons with the touring of bug and research and development on future projects.
PARADIGM productions is a Toronto based collaborative theatre company headed by artistic producer, Susanna Fournier. We create large-scale, design driven productions that crash mytho-poetic worlds into the here and now. We want to challenge, entertain, seduce, confound, and wrestle with you. Core artists include producer/directors: Alison Wong, Leora Morris, and ted witzel. We prioritize bringing emerging artists into our work in order to empower artists through learning by doing. Our work is feminist, anti-imperial, queer, rowdy, and sometimes impossible. www.empiretrilogy.com
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
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/
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?