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
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/
The Toronto Dance Community Love-in
The Toronto Dance Community Love-In is home to the love revolution taking place in Canadian dance making. We are a not for profit organization established in 2009. Dedicated to the radical and rampant cultivation of tomorrow’s leaders and lovers, we promote democratic pedagogy, anti-competition and wild creative abandon through our programming and our presence in the Toronto dance community. By connecting, supporting and welcoming artists locally and across the planet, the Love-In is making Toronto a destination for revolutionary independent dance activity. We are building better making; we are radicalizing movers; we are building a dance house of Love.
Selected credits include Miranda & Dave Begin Again (winner of the 2016 Playwrights Guild of Canada RBC Emerging Playwright Award); Wasp (commissioned by Nightswimming as a part of their 5x25 initiative); The Kissing Game (commissioned by Youtheatre and Young People's Theatre as part of the 2018 Leaps and Bounds program, developed as a part of the 2018 Banff Playwrights Lab, produced by Youtheatre as a part of their 50th anniversary season); Tragic Queens (commissioned and devised with CABAL Theatre, nominated for 7 Montreal English Theatre Awards, presented at the 2018 Wildside Festival); La Somnambule (an immersive, site-specific adaptation of Djuna Barnes’ Nightwood, commissioned and produced by Cabal Theatre, co-written with Joseph Shragge), The Revolutions (commissioned and produced by Spiderwebshow), and There are No Rats in Alberta (created as a part of the 2017-18 Buddies in Bad Times Emerging Creators Unit, presented at the 2018 Rhubarb Festival). Most recently, Rhiannon was a guest artist at the LungA festival in Seyðisfjörður, Iceland.
Rhiannon is a settler in Toronto, on the traditional territories of the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation, the Huron-Wendat and the Haudenosaunee peoples, and in Montreal, on the traditional, un-ceded territory of the Kanien’kehá:ka people.
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?