19/20 Season

Studio 180 AT HOME

Do you miss theatre? Do you miss talking about plays that explore social and political issues?
So do we.

That’s why we’re launching the Studio 180 AT HOME Series

Direct to your home, Studio 180 will bring you unique online experiences where you’ll be able to interact with some of our artists, learn about the creative process and delve into conversations about theatre and theatre making.

This is a free program. Read about our sessions below and register for one, several or all of them.
We look forward to seeing you there.

Don’t forget to update your Zoom account! Starting in June, users will only be able to access meetings and webinars if they have Zoom 5.0 or higher.


Designing For Theatre
Tuesday, June 9, 2:00PM

How does a designer come up with ideas for set design? How does a designer tell a story with light and shadow? How do designers work with each other and the director to bring a play’s vision to life?

Set and lighting are two critical elements of live theatre that audiences rarely get to learn about in depth. 

Join prolific, award-winning designers Kimberly Purtell and Ken MacKenzie, as they talk about their inspirations, creative process, favourite Studio 180 projects and more. Meet the designers and ask them questions during our Q&A session. Moderated by Artistic Director, Joel Greenberg.


Kimberly Purtell is a Toronto based lighting designer for theatre, opera and dance.  Her designs have been critically acclaimed across Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Prague, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Moscow and Mongolia.  She has designed for the Stratford Festival, Shaw Festival, Canadian Stage Company, Soulpepper Theatre, Mirvish Productions, and the National Arts Centre among many others.  She has also designed productions for the Pan Am Games and the Vancouver and Beijing Cultural Olympiads. Kimberly has been nominated for numerous awards and has received three Dora Mavor Moore Awards, the Pauline McGibbon Award, a Sterling Award, and a Montreal English Theatre Award.

Ken MacKenzie is a set and costume designer, actor, and director. For Soulpepper⎯Costume Designer: Bed and Breakfast; Lighting Designer: Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Peter Pan (with Bad Hats), The Anger in Ernest and Ernestine; Performer & Production Designer: (re)Birth: E.E. Cummings in Song; Set & Lighting Designer: Spoon River, The Just, Cowboy Versus Samurai, The Heidi Chronicles; Co-Creator: Alligator Pie; Set & Costume Designer: Animal Farm, Kim’s Convenience, A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Set Designer: The 39 Steps, Bedroom Farce, The Norman Conquests, Oh What a Lovely War. Other theatre: Angels in America (Arts Club), Sweat (Studio 180 Theatre/Canadian Stage), Oslo (Studio 180 Theatre/Mirvish).

Show Report: Backstage with Stage Managers
Wednesday, June 17, 4:00PM

Who’s that person at the back of the theatre with a headset and microphone calling all the shots? What actually is a stage manager and what do they do? 

Stage Managers are used to being behind the scenes but we’re giving them centre stage to shed light on the critical role they play in theatre productions.

Join experienced Stage Managers, and frequent Studio 180 company members, Laura Baxter and Marcie Januska, as they demystify the art of stage management. Got questions for them? Ask away during our Q&A. Moderated by Director of Youth & Community Engagement,
Jessica Greenberg.


Laura Baxter – For Studio 180 Theatre: OsloMy Name is Asher Lev, My Night With Reg, You Will Remember Me, NSFW, God of Carnage, Clybourne Park. Laura has also worked with Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, Obsidian Theatre, Harold Green Jewish Theatre Company, Common Boots Theatre, Factory Theatre, Theatre Passe Muraille, Cahoots Theatre, Paper Canoe Projects, Native Earth Performing Arts, CanadianStage, Tarragon Theatre, Blyth Festival, The Company Theatre, and Caravan Farm Theatre. Laura is a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada, 2005.  Thank you to my amazing wife Shawn for all your love and support.

Marcie Januska has been working as an arts administrator and stage manager for over 25 years. She is the co-founder and Producer at reWork Productions (reWorkproductions.com), Co-Producer at Spontaneous Theatre/Northan Industries and Structural Engineer at The Coal Mine Theatre. As a stage manager, she has worked on over 150 shows, including over 45 new plays, with companies including Studio 180 Theatre, Necessary Angel, Nightwood Theatre, Modern Times Stage, Tarragon Theatre, Canadian Stage, Red Sky, and Crow’s Theatre. She has worked as a mentor to emerging stage managers throughout her career, most recently at the National Theatre School of Canada, her alma mater.


Directing 101 with Joel Greenberg
Sunday, May 10, 2:00PM

Are you curious about how a director translates their vision from page to stage? What work happens before rehearsals begin? How do things shift in the rehearsal hall? How does a director collaborate with designers to bring their vision to life?

Join us on the day that Studio 180 Theatre’s production of Indecent,  presented by David Mirvish, was set to open as Rebecca Gibian, one of Studio 180’s RBC Emerging Directors, interviews Joel Greenberg, the director of Studio 180 Theatre’s production of Indecent (and many Studio 180 hits) to talk about the craft of directing for theatre. This session will end with an audience Q&A.

Write Like A Playwright
Friday, May 15, 1:30PM

Join playwright Jenna Harris and Studio 180’s Director of New Play Development, Mark McGrinder, for a practical look at the writing process. Part conversation and part workshop, Mark will interview Jenna about her writing process. You will be invited to join Jenna, writing in real time, inspired by prompts provided during the session. If you wish, you’ll have the option to submit your writing to be shared anonymously (or not) with the other participants so you can see the different approaches and styles.

Jenna Harris is a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts Theatre Conservatory Program in New York City. She is an actor, arts educator, dancer, writer/creator and is the Founder and Artistic Producer of Discord and Din Theatre. Her play Mine was set to premiere at Buddies in Bad Times in Toronto before the COVID-19 pandemic hit.

Study Group: A Deep Dive into Indecent and God of Vengeance
Wednesday, May 20, 4:00PM

Do you love discussing theatre and social issues? Do you consider yourself a theatre nerd? If so, join this conversation and share your point of view.

Using an article entitled “But is ‘God of Vengeance’ good for the Jews?” as a springboard to discussion, Studio 180’s Director of Youth and Community Engagement, Jessica Greenberg, facilitates an informal discussion about the merits and dangers of vulnerable people sharing their stories within the dominant culture. Special guest artists to join the discussion will be announced soon!

“How do we as artists question our sins in front of a greater audience? How do we as Jews show ourselves as flawed and complex human beings?” – Sholem Asch, Indecent

OSLO Extra Features (with Director’s Commentary!)
Thursday, May 28, 8:00PM

“My friends, do not look at where we are; look behind you. See how far we have come!”
– Terje Rod-Larsen,

Join director Joel Greenberg and lead actor Blair Williams as they discuss and dissect select scenes from Studio 180’s 2019 production of the hit play Oslo by J.T. Rogers.

In this session, we’ll play some scenes from the play and Joel and Blair will talk through the process, challenges and discoveries in bringing those scenes to life – just like the extra features from a DVD. The conversation will be moderated by Studio 180’s RBC Emerging Director Rebecca Gibian.

NEW! All participants will receive a link two days before the event to watch the archival footage of Studio 180 Theatre’s production of Oslo, presented by David Mirvish.

If you have any questions about Studio 180 AT HOME please email byron@studio180theatre.com