2020/21 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 launched 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.
 

UPCOMING EVENTS


All AT HOME events for our 2020/21 Season have now passed. Please check back after the 2021/22 Season announcement for more information on upcoming AT HOME events. We look forward to continuing conversations with you then!

PAST EVENTS


Landed: A Conversation on Theatre-Making and Immigrating

Wednesday, April 14 at 4:30 PM

In anticipation of Palestineman IN DEVELOPMENT, prolific theatre artists John Ng and Anusree Roy will join sam Khalilieh in a conversation about immigrating to Canada and establishing a life in the theatre. Studio 180’s Byron Abalos moderates this intimate discussion, inviting your questions; delving into the complexities of identity; and celebrating the rich experiences and talent of our communities. 

Meet the Panelists

sam Khaliliehsam Khalilieh is an award-winning performer who is now a writer. His first play, Palestineman, was originally developed as an unacknowledged, self-loathing simmering just sitting in him — quiet or loud, it didn’t matter — it was there, anyhow. The play was then workshopped at the Toronto Fringe Festival where sam said; “I liked doing that”. It was because of the experience at the Fringe (and the OAC Recommender Grants for Theatre Creators program) that sam began working with Studio 180 in 2019 and he is excited to continue that work this season.

 

 

 

John NgJohn Ng is a first generation, Hong Kong-born Chinese-Canadian actor/playwright of Taishanese ancestry. He received his theatrical training at the University of Ottawa, in the city where he first landed and still resides. As a performer, he has worked with various companies across the country, including the NAC, GCTC, Factory, Tarragon, Passe Muraille, Modern Times, fu-Gen, Native Earth, YPT, Cahoots, Electric Company, Nightwood, Royal MTC, Vertigo, Gateway, and VACT. John can also be spotted in a recurring role as Mr. Chin in the CBC TV series Kim’s Convenience. Studio 180 audiences will remember John from our 180 READS presentation of The Chinese Lady by Lloyd Suh.

 

 

Annusree RoyAnusree Roy is a Governor General’s Award-nominated writer and actor whose work has premiered internationally. Her plays include: SistersTrident MoonLittle Pretty and The ExceptionalSultans of the StreetBrothel # 9RoshniLetters to my Grandma, and Pyaasa. Her opera libretto pieces include: The Golden Boy and Noor over Afghan. Her works have won her four Dora Mavor Moore Awards along with multiple nominations. She is the recipient of the K.M. Hunter Award, RBC Emerging Artist Award, The Carol Bolt Award and The Siminovitch Protégé Prize. She was the 2018 finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize (The oldest and largest prize in the world, awarded to women playwrights writing in the English language). For television: Anusree has worked on RemedyKilljoysNurses S1 & S2 along with being the current Consulting Producer and writer on Transplant S2. Anusree is currently developing a feature film inspired by Sisters.


Rebels With Causes: Many Ways To Change The World
AT HOME: Rebels With Causes
Wednesday, March 17 at 4:30 PM

How do we become the change we want to see in the world? This virtual Studio 180 AT HOME panel brings together inspiring local activists, shining a light on some of our communities’ most pressing needs and showcasing the many different ways we can enact change. Panelists include Toronto-St. Paul’s MPP Dr. Jill Andrew, Indigenous Health Promoter Les Harper and artist, activist and scholar Syrus Marcus Ware. Bring your questions to this intimate conversation about the advocacy and activism at work in our own city, moderated by Studio 180’s Jessica Greenberg. 

Meet the Panelists

Dr. Jill AndrewDr. Jill Andrew, PhD a child and youth worker and educator, is the Member of Provincial Parliament for Toronto-St.Paul’s. She is the first queer Black MPP to sit in the Ontario Legislature and reportedly in any Canadian legislature. Andrew serves as the Women’s Issues, Culture & Heritage Critic for the Ontario NDP Official Opposition and is a founding member of the Ontario NDP Black Caucus. Andrew’s Bill 61 passed in December 2020 making the 1st week in February annually recognized as Eating Disorders Awareness Week (EDAW) in Ontario, and she has tabled other pieces of legislation including calls for the Ontario government to recognize comedy and fashion as art as well as a call for the Ontario government to develop an Intersectional Gender Equity Strategy. Andrew is also the co-founder of Body Confidence Canada, a community co-owner of GLAD Day Bookshop – the world’s oldest LGBTQ bookshop, and is obsessed with cats (her cats’ names are Josephine Baker & Dorothy Dandridge). Follow Jill on Twitter & IG @JillsLastWord

Les HarperLes Harper is an artist, Indigenous health and harm reduction advocate and community organizer living and working in Toronto. The son of Elders Vern Harper and Pauline Shirt, originally from Saddle Lake Cree Nation, Les has been committed to advocacy and service work since the age of 17. Les currently works as an Indigenous Health Promoter through South Riverdale Community Health Centre and with Anishnawbe Health Toronto, providing COVID testing and vaccinations. During the COVID-19 crisis, he has been a leader in advocating for the rights of encampment residents and those facing housing insecurity. Les practices and promotes harm reduction not only to save lives, but to build community and provide hope for people who use drugs. He is a celebrated painter and muralist who combines his love of art and his service work by bringing people together to create murals, ten across Toronto so far, to foster dialogue and build community.

Syrus Marcus Ware

Syrus Marcus Ware is a Vanier Scholar, a visual artist, community activist, researcher, youth-advocate and educator. For 12 years, he was the Coordinator of the Art Gallery of Ontario Youth Program. Syrus is currently a facilitator/designer for the Cultural Leaders Lab (Toronto Arts Council & The Banff Centre). He is the inaugural artist-in-residence for Daniels Spectrum (2016/2017). Syrus is also a core-team member of Black Lives Matter Toronto. For 17 years, Syrus has worked with Blackness Yes! to produce Blockorama (the black queer and trans stage at Pride), and other related events throughout the year. Syrus is also a founding member of the Prison Justice Action Committee of Toronto. For 17 years, Syrus hosted the weekly radio segment, “Resistance on the Sound Dial” on CIUT 89.5FM. He is a founding member of the Transparent-cy Working Group at The 519 Community Centre. He helped to initiate the Trans-Fathers 2B course- the first course for trans men considering parenting in North America. Syrus is also a member of the Gay/Bi Trans Men’s HIV Prevention Working Group for the Ontario AIDS Bureau. Syrus holds degrees in Art History, Visual Studies and a Masters in Sociology and Equity Studies, University of Toronto. Syrus is a PhD candidate in the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University.


Tell It Like It Is: A Community Conversation on Playwriting
Studio 180 AT HOME: Tell It Like It Is
Wednesday, February 17 at 7:30 PM

Prior to the first public reading of 6×10 IN DEVELOPMENT, get a glimpse into the writing process and join RBC Emerging Playwright Rachel Mutombo alongside fellow writers Andrea Scott and Djanet Sears in an intimate dialogue about identity, representation and community. Kimberley Rampersad (Associate Artistic Director of The Shaw Festival) moderates a discussion that connects audiences with some of Canada’s most provocative theatrical voices.

The session will be 75 minutes and an opportunity for audience questions will be provided.

Meet the Panelists

Kimberley RampersadKimberley Rampersad As an actor Kimberley has appeared in various theatres across Canada including Mirvish, RMTC, Stratford and Shaw Festivals. Her work as a choreographer has been recognized with two Dora nominations for Passing Strange (Musical Stage/Obsidian) and Seussical – the Musical (YPT), respectively and an Evie Award for Matilda – The Musical (Royal MTC/ Citadel/ Arts Club). As a director, Kimberley was featured in the New York Times for directing a full- length production of Man and Superman at the Shaw Festival. Other directing credits include How Black Mothers Say I Love You (GCTC) (2018 Prix Rideau Award – Outstanding Production) and The Color Purple (Neptune and Citadel/ Royal MTC) which received Sterling and Merritt Awards for Outstanding Direction and Productions amongst others. In the community she contributes to the work of the Philp Akin – Black Shoulders Legacy Award, Gina’s Prize, and sits on the board of AFC. Kimberley is currently the Associate Artistic Director of the Shaw Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario.

Rachel MutomboRachel Mutombo is a Dora award-winning actor and writer. She is an acting graduate
of John Abbott College’s Professional Theatre program as well as the National Theatre School of Canada. Some recent theatre performance credits include Antigone (Young People’s Theatre), School Girls; Or the African Mean Girls Play (Obsidian Theatre/Nightwood Theatre) and Selfie (YPT). Rachel is a member of the current Emerging Playwrights’ Unit at Factory Theatre, where she is actively developing a piece called Vierge. She is simultaneously developing another piece, called Better, through Nightwood Theatre’s Write From the Hip program. She is incredibly grateful to Studio 180, and all the theatre companies, who have supported her thus far in this new journey into playwriting.

 

 

Andrea ScottAndrea Scott is writer and producer from London, Ontario originally. Her first play, Eating Pomegranates Naked, won the RBC Arts Professional Award, and was named Outstanding Ensemble and Outstanding Production at the 2013 SummerWorks Festival. Better Angels: A Parable won the SummerWorks Award for Production in August 2015 and was recognized as Outstanding New Play, Outstanding Ensemble, Outstanding Direction and Outstanding Production by NOW Magazine. It had its US debut at the Athena Festival in Chicago, was adapted for CBC’s PlayMe podcast series, and was published in 2018 (along with Eating Pomegranates Naked) by Scirocco Press. Don’t Talk to Me Like I’m Your Wife, won the Cayle Chernin Award for theatre and was followed by a successful run at SummerWorks (Outstanding Performance, NOW Magazine). Her last two productions have been Controlled Damage, about Viola Desmond, and Every Day She Rose, co-written with Nick Green and produced by Nightwood Theatre for Buddies in Bad Times in 2019. Recipient of the Magee Diverse Screenwriters Award (2019), Andrea wrote 13 episodes of My Paranormal Nightmare for Sharon Lewis at Our House Media in 2019. She was the Story Editor for the CBC/BET production The Porter debuting in late 2021. She is also the 2020/2021 Canada Council Playwright in Residence at Tarragon Theatre.

Djanet SearsDjanet Sears is an award-winning playwright and director and has several acting nominations to her credit for both stage and screen. She is the recipient of the Stratford Festival’s 2004 Timothy Findley Award, as well as Canada’s highest literary honour for dramatic writing: the 1998 Governor General’s Literary Award. She is the playwright and director of the multiple Dora Award winning production of Harlem Duet (Scirocco Drama, 1997), which was workshopped at the Joseph Papp Public Theatre in NYC, where Djanet was the international artist-in-residence in 1996. Her other honours include: the 1998 Floyd S. Chalmers Canadian Play Award, the Martin Luther King Jr. Achievement Award, the Harry Jerome Award for Excellence in the Cultural Industries, and a Phenomenal Woman of the Arts Award. Her most recent work for the stage, The Adventures Of A Black Girl In Search Of God, (Playwrights Canada Press, 2003), shortlisted for a 2004 Trillium Book Award and enjoyed a six month run in the fall/winter of 2003/2004, as part of the Mirvish Productions Season. Her other plays include Afrika Solo, Who Killed Katie Ross and Double Trouble. Djanet is the driving force behind the AfriCanadian Playwrights’ Festival, and a founding member of the Obsidian Theatre Company. She is also the editor of Testifyin’: Contemporary African Canadian Drama, Vols. I & II, the first anthologies of plays by playwrights of African descent in Canada (Playwrights Canada Press, 2000 & 2003). She is currently an adjunct professor at the University of Toronto.


Dragon Ladies, China Dolls & Beyond: Transforming Representations of the Asian Female
Dragon Ladies, China Dolls & Beyond
Wednesday, January 20 at 7:30 PM

Join award-winning theatre artists Marjorie Chan, Jasmine Chen and Jean Yoon for a panel discussion about their experiences as Asian women working in theatre and the changing representations of female Asian characters in theatre, film and television. Studio 180’s Byron Abalos moderates this intergenerational conversation, inviting your questions and insights in preparation for our 180 READS presentation of The Chinese Lady by Lloyd Suh (in partnership with fu-GEN Theatre).

Meet the Panelists

Marjorie ChanMarjorie Chan is an award-winning interdisciplinary artist, based in Toronto, and currently the artistic director of Theatre Passe Muraille. Most recently, she directed a remount of her debut play China Doll at the Gateway Theatre, in Richmond, BC. Other directing credits include: John & Waleed and Ultrasound (Cahoots/TPM), The Enchanted Loom (Cahoots/Factory), Late (Obsidian Theatre), I Call Myself Princess (Paper Canoe/Cahoots/Native Earth), Frankenstein’s Boy (Eldritch Theatre), Knives In Hens and A Doll’s House (Theatre du Pif, Hong Kong). She also assistant directed Maria Stuarda (Pacific Opera Victoria), A Synonym for Love (Volcano Theatre) and Pirate Widow Cheng (Puppetmongers).

 

 

Jasmine ChenJasmine Chen is a second-generation Chinese immigrant artist based in T’karonto (Dish with One Spoon Territory) and the unceded Coast Salish Territories (colonially known as Vancouver). Her work has engaged with communities across Turtle Island, including The Stratford Festival, Shaw Festival, Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, The Arts Club, Prairie Theatre Exchange, fu-GEN Asian Canadian Theatre, Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre, 4th Line Theatre, Cahoots Theatre, and Canadian Stage. At the core of her work is her dedication to community building, storytelling, and interdisciplinary collaboration. Her interest in multilingual creation, audience interactivity, social justice, and diasporic narratives often drive her artistic practice. Jasmine is a performer, director, arts educator, producer, writer, and creator. She is a recipient of the Gina Wilkinson Award, Stratford Festival Jean Gascon Award, the Toronto Harold Award, and is a Dora Award nominee. Jasmine is the Artistic and Community Producer at Gateway Theatre in Richmond, BC.

Jean YoonJean Yoon is a playwright, actor, advocate and Mom. Jean began her theatre career in the early 1980s in Toronto performing with now long gone companies Upstage Theatre, Toronto Free Theatre and Canasian Artists Group. In the 1990s, Jean was active as a cultural equity advocate and new play producer.  She was Cross Cultural Coordinator for Theatre Ontario 1991/92, and then Co-Artistic Director of Cahoots Theatre Projects 1992 to early 1994, founding Lift Off! and cementing Cahoots’ role as a leader in new play development for playwrights of diverse cultures. 

Jean’s playwriting credits include the Dora-nominated stage play, The Yoko Ono Project, a multimedia performance art comedy, produced by Loud Mouth Asian Babes and Theatre Passe Muraille in Toronto, January 2000.  Her comedic adaptation of a classic Korean folktale Hongbu & Nolbu: The Tale of the Magic Pumpkins premiered at Young Peoples Theatre in 2005 and was published in Seven Contemporary Plays from the Korean Diaspora in the Americas, edited by Esther Kim Lee, Duke University Press in 2012. Other playwriting credits include Sliding for HomeSpite, and Yes Yoko Solo.

Jean’s stage credits include Necessary Angel, Young Peoples Theatre, Factory, Tarragon, Cahoots Theatre Projects, Crows, Civilized Theatre and Die in Debt. Jean originated the role “Umma” in the Toronto Fringe production of Kim’s Convenience in 2011 and performed the show at Soulpepper Theatre, The Grand Theatre London, National Arts Centre, Theatre Calgary, Theatre Aquarius, the Capitol Theatre in Port Hope, and the Pershing Square Signature Centre in New York . 

Jean is best known for her work on the CBC television adaptation of Kim’s Convenience, for which she has received the ACTRA Award for Outstanding Performance Female 2017, and three CSA nominations. Other notable screen credits include Orphan BlackDragon BoysThe Expanse, Save Me and voicing Connie in the Emmy Award winning PBS show Peg + Cat.  

Jean was honoured with the Birks Diamond Tribute for Women in Film and Television in Septmber 2019, and the ACTRA Toronto Award of Excellence in February 2020. 


Be A Man: A Panel Discussion on Reinventing Masculinity

Wednesday, December 16, 4:00PM

Get ready for Studio 180 RBC Emerging Artist Ali Joy Richardson’s reading of Dad IN DEVELOPMENT!

The Wednesday before the reading, join Ali in conversation with expert panelists sexual health and violence prevention educator Tuval Dinner Nafshi, Jeff Perera from Higher Unlearning and Jake Stika from Next Gen Men discussing why men are essential contributors to the fight for gender equality and how we can transform notions of masculinity and what it means to be a man.  


Cultivating Care: A Panel Discussion on Transforming Rehearsal Spaces

Wednesday, November 18, 4:00PM

How can we identify and disrupt harmful modes of theatre-making and build a creative practice centring compassion and wellbeing? The pandemic has demanded that, as artists, we pause, reflect and innovate. How can we seize this opportunity to dismantle conventional models and transform our rehearsal halls into more equitable, liberating and caring spaces?

A panel of visionary theatre artists, Studio 180 RBC Emerging Playwright Yolanda Bonnell, Donna-Michelle St. Bernard and Michaela Washburn, share their insight and experience in anticipation of Friday evening’s presentation of My Sister’s Rage IN DEVELOPMENT.


Meet the Team: Contractions by Mike BartlettMeet the Team
Wednesday, October 21, 4:00PM

Can’t wait for the first 180 READS event of 2020/21?
Join us AT HOME with Contractions director Sabryn Rock in conversation with Kerry Ann Doherty. Both accomplished actors and recent Studio 180 RBC Emerging Directors, Sabryn and Kerry Ann will chat about career transitions, women in leadership and how to direct a play via Zoom.


Highly Recommended: An RGTC Writer’s Panel
Wednesday, September 23, 4:00PM

Movers and shakers, risk-takers, mold-breakers. This past year, Studio 180 was able to award Recommender Grants to seven inspiring theatre creators through the Ontario Arts Council and now you have the chance to meet them! In this panel discussion with Lauren Brotman, Amanda Lin 林美珠, Rachel Mutombo, Sarena Parmar and Ali Joy Richardson, moderated by Associate Artistic Director, Mark McGrinder, you’ll hear about their RGTC-supported projects, writing during a pandemic and the process of applying for RGTC funding. If you’re interested in different perspectives on the creative process or thinking about applying for our 2020/21 Recommender Grants For Theatre Creators Program, this is the event for you.

Learn more about our 2020 recipients here.
Apply for our 2020/21 Recommender Grants for Theatre Creators here.


Solidarity & Action Workshop
Wednesday, September 2, 2:00PM-4:00PM

Join Studio 180 Theatre’s staff and board members for an online discussion focused on privilege, solidarity and how to take individual and collective action against systemic racism. Facilitated by anti-oppression consultant and liberation educator, Rania El Mugammar, this session will create a brave space for participants to ask difficult questions, confront their own privilege and work through discomfort. The session also aims to share knowledge and empower participants by providing tangible steps to enact solidarity and take anti-racist actions in their daily lives.

What to Expect: This session will be conducted via Zoom. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and voluntarily participate in group discussions. This session will be best suited to people who are already engaged in learning about racism and privilege and are looking for an in-depth conversation about how to take anti-racist action.

In lieu of a ticket, we encourage participants to donate to Obsidian Theatre Companyb currentNative Earth Theatre Performing Arts, or another organization fighting anti-Black or anti-Indigenous racism or violence in your community.


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.


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.


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,
Oslo

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.


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.

“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


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.


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.


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