Celebrating 15 years

Studio 180 IN DEVELOPMENT

2017/18 RBC Emerging playwright Cynthia Hicks leads a talkback with high school students following a reading of her play APPLE (October 2018).
2017/18 RBC Emerging playwright Cynthia Hicks leads a talkback with high school students following a reading of her play APPLE (October 2018).

In our 2018/19 season, teachers will have two opportunities to book workshops during Studio 180 IN DEVELOPMENT in November and April. Students will have the rare opportunity to go behind the scenes and experience a work-in-progress by a Canadian playwright. With Studio 180 IN CLASS, in addition to participating in three immersive workshop sessions, students will glimpse the development process, meet the artists and provide feedback. Admission to school readings is free when you book a workshop for your group.

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This fall, we offered two opportunities for students to experience Apple by Cynthia Jimenez-Hicks. Spring readings of The Right, The Election and A Public Display of Affection are listed below.


Alison Lawrence

THE RIGHT

BY ALISON LAWRENCE

Tuesday, May 7, 2019 at 10:30am & 1:30pm
Tarragon Theatre Work Space
30 Bridgeman Ave, Toronto ON M5R 1X3

Alison Lawrence continues to develop her play The Right, exploring the legally and morally murky world of Medical Assistance in Dying.

The Right was part of our 2017/2018 IN DEVELOPMENT and Alison was also one of the recipients of a Recommender Grant for Theatre Creators from Studio 180 Theatre.

Alison is a writer, actor and independent theatre producer. She co-wrote the play bittergirl, the book Bittergirl: Getting Over Getting Dumped (published by Penguin Canada, Plume U.S. and in Brazil) and Bittergirl – the musical all with her creative collaborators Annabel Fitzsimmons and Mary Francis Moore. Bittergirl – the Musical premiered at the Charlottetown Festival in 2015 and has since been produced across Canada at the Citadel Theatre, RMTC, the Arts Club in Vancouver and on tour, the Globe Theatre, and by popular demand again this summer in Charlottetown.

Alison’s other recent work includes Piece by Piece, which was produced as part of the Next Stage Festival in Toronto and in the New American Voices series in London, England.  Her play The Thing Between Us was shortlisted for PGC’s Carol Bolt Award, and she is currently workshopping a new romantic comedy for the Lighthouse Festival. Other plays include The Catering Queen, which she also starred in, and And All For Love, which was developed by and premiered at the NAC’s English Theatre in Ottawa. As an actor she has worked at theatres across the country, including in the Studio 180 productions of The Laramie Project.


THE ELECTION

BY YOLANDA BONNELL AND NATASHA GREENBLATT

Monday, May 13, 2019 at 10:30am
Robert Gill Theatre
214 College Street, Toronto ON M5T 2Z9

Yolanda Bonnell and Natasha Greenblatt were two of five theatre creators asked to campaign in the 2015 election for the Liberal, NDP and Conservative parties and document their experiences

Yolanda and Natasha both received Reccomender Grants for Theatre Creators from Studio 180 Theatre in 2018.

Yolanda Bonnell is a Bisexual/Pansexual/Queer emerging performer and playwright of Anishinaabe/Ojibwe and South Asian descent, hailing from the Fort William First Nation Indian Reserve in Thunder Bay, ON.

She is a graduate of Humber College’s Theatre Performance program where she was the recipient of the Board of Governor’s Achievement Award.  Her one woman physical theatre show bug*, directed by Cole Alvis, premiered at Native Earth’s Weesageechak Begins to Dance in 2015 and at the 37th annual Rhubarb Festival in 2016 at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre.  It also appeared as a one off in Summerworks 2016 as part of a workshop residency and is set for a Toronto premier at the Luminato Festival in 2018 followed by a tour.Yolanda was also a part of The Foundry, a creator’s unit at Factory Theatre as part of Factory Wired, where her first full length play, Scanner** was workshopped. Yolanda was also a part of the Animikiig Creator’s Unit at Native Earth Performing Arts where her new play, White Girls in Moccasins*** was being developed with dramaturgy by Clare Preuss.

 

Natasha Greenblatt is a Jewish Canadian theatre maker, performer, and the Co-Artistic director of Two Birds Theatre. She won a Dora award for her performance in Get Yourself Home Skyler James by Jordan Tannahill (Roseneath Theatre). Her play The Peace Maker premiered at the Next Stage Festival and was recently published by Playwrights Canada Press as part of the anthology Double Exposure: Plays of the Jewish and Palestinian Diaspora. Natasha’s collaboration with Rimah Jabr, Two Birds One Stone, will tour Canada in 2019/20. Natasha is currently developing a new piece with her mother, Kate Lushington, which will be presented at the 40th Rhubarb Festival. She is an Associate Artist with Common Boots Theatre and is excited and grateful to be able to continue her collaboration with Yolanda Bonnell and the entire company on The Election. 


A PUBLIC DISPLAY OF AFFECTION

BY JONATHAN WILSON

Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at 10:30am
Tarragon Theatre Work Space
30 Bridgeman Ave, Toronto ON M5R 1X3

After a very successful Fall 2018 IN DEVELOPMENT reading, Jonathan Wilson is back with another reading of his further developed play, A Public Display of Affection.

Focusing on queer history and identity in Toronto, this piece is part history lesson, part stand-up comedy and ultimately, as is all theatre, a public display of affection.

An award winning playwright and actor, Jonathan’s plays include My Own Private Oshawa (Dora, Chalmer’s and Governors General’s Award Nominee), Kilt (Dora and Drama Desk nominee) and Well. My Own Private Oshawa was also filmed as a CTV Comedy Special (Gemini Nominee). Jonathan was also playwright in residence at the Tarragon Theatre and worked as actor/writer/ improviser/ with The Second City Toronto for seven productions. Other stage appearances include The Normal Heart (Studio 180), My Night With Reg (Studio 180), The Lion King(Mirvish/Disney-Dora Award Winner), Comedy Of Errors (Neptune) and The Clockmaker (1000 Islands Playhouse). Jonathan is also part of the long form improvisation group Not To Be Repeated that has performed theatrical runs at the Tarragon Theatre and was the basis for a comedy series on The Comedy Network.