2020/21 Season

Studio 180 IN DEVELOPMENT 2016/17

Studio 180 IN DEVELOPMENT November 2016 photo by Dahlia Katz
Studio 180 IN DEVELOPMENT November 2016 photo by Dahlia Katz


Studio 180 IN DEVELOPMENT gives Canadian theatre creators a helping hand as they develop new works exploring provocative social and political issues. We provide creators the time, space and support required to bring burgeoning ideas to the stage.

Our 2016/17 participants were

Marie Beath Badian • Kate CayleyPaul Dunn • Jason Sherman




April 2017 • This Great City by Paul Dunn (public & student readings)
April 2017The United Nathans by Jason Sherman (public & student readings)
April 2017Student by Kate Cayley (public reading)
April 2017 • Common by Marie Beath Badian (student reading)

November 2017 • Common by Marie Beath Badian
November 2017 • The United Nathans by Jason Sherman


Studio 180 IN DEVELOPMENT Partner

J.P. Bickell Foundation


TD Bank Group


2016/17 projects

Common: Part I and Part IIMarie Beath Badian

by Marie Beath Badian

FEATURING Bilal Baig, Maddie Bautista, Ngabo Nabea & Lisa Truong

Marie Beath is a playwright, performer, director and arts educator. Her plays include Prairie Nurse (Blyth Festival), The Making of St. Jerome (Next Stage Theatre Festival, nominated for three Dora Mavor Moore Awards), Mind Over Matter (part of AutoShow, Convergence Theatre) and Novena (UnoFestival Victoria, Toronto Fringe Festival). Her radio work includes Yellow Rubber Boots (CBC Outfront) and an adaption of Novena (CBC Radio – The Drama of Immigration). She was Playwright-in-Residence for fu-Gen Asian-Canadian Theatre Company (2008-2009) and Project:Humanity (2010-2011). She was a member of the 2010 HotHouse Playwright Unit at Cahoots Theatre Company, 2011 and 2013 Tarragon Playwright Units, 2015 Soulpepper Playwrights’ Circle and the 2016 Factory Theatre’s Natural Resources mid-career creators unit. Marie Beath spent two seasons as Director of the Blyth Festival Young Company, two seasons as Co-Director of Youth Programs at Nightwood Theatre, two seasons as Associate Artistic Director/Associate Artist at Theatre Direct Canada, and five seasons as the Program Director for the Play Creation Unit at Carlos Bulosan Theatre. Directing and dramaturgy credits include Reverend Jonah (Blyth Festival – nominated for 2008 Governor General’s Award) and Future Folk (Sulong Collective/Theatre Passe Muraille). Upcoming: The Making of St. Jerome will be published by Playwrights Canada Press in Spring 2017.

About the project:

“We didn’t plan to be here. Did you ever dream or wish that you’d be in a place like this? You and me, we hooked up because we’re here. Don’t wanna be here. But we’re here.”

Originally commissioned and developed with Project:Humanity, Common: Part I and Common: Part II are inspired by kids killing time in the common room at Toronto’s largest youth homeless shelter.

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by Kate Cayley

FEATURING Jessica Greenberg

Kate Cayley is a playwright, poet and fiction writer. She has been a playwright-in-residence at Tarragon Theatre since 2009, and has written two plays for Tarragon, After Akhmatova and The Bakelite Masterpiece. She is the co-founder and artistic director of devised theatre company Stranger Theatre, and her work with Stranger has been performed in Toronto, Halifax, Montreal, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Chicago, New York City and Istanbul, Turkey. She was the co-founder and co-artistic director of The Cooking Fire Theatre Festival from 2004 to 2012. Kate’s 2013 debut collection of poetry, When This World Comes to an End, was named one of the season’s best collections by The Globe and Mail, and was a finalist for the ReLit Award. Her young adult novel, The Hangman in the Mirror, won the 2012 Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction, and her first collection of short fiction, How You Were Born, won the 2015 Trillium Book Award.

About the project:

Student is a solo piece in which a young teacher ‘confesses’ to the audience her obsession with a damaged and violent young girl in her classroom, and the disastrous consequences for her own life and her fragile marriage. I am fascinated by the solo figure as a rambling, iconoclastic and frustrating everyman, and I am also fascinated by how often this ‘universal’ figure is male. I want to write a play in which the storyteller is a woman who also embodies ‘universal’ themes – love, guilt, isolation, the ambiguity and humiliation of a physical body, desire and fear. Student is about a wildly inappropriate connection between a teacher and a student, and the unraveling of a marriage, while also unpicking some of the mythologies we cling to about our own institutions.”

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This Great CityPaul Dunn

by Paul Dunn

FEATURING Jessica Greenberg, Sam Kalilieh & Lisa Norton

Paul is a playwright, actor and instructor. In 2007 & 2008, Studio 180 produced his play Offensive Shadows (NOW Magazine Audience Choice Award winner, SummerWorks 2007).  His other plays include Outside (Dora Award nomination for Outstanding New Play – TYA), The Gay Heritage Project (co-author, Dora Award nomination for Outstanding New Play), Memorial (Herman Voaden Honourable Mention), Dalton and Company and BOYS.  His play High-Gravel-Blind was the first play produced at the Stratford Festival’s Studio Theatre when it opened in 2002. As an actor, Paul has spent seven seasons at the Stratford Festival, and worked with Buddies in Bad Times, the Thousand Islands Playhouse, Driftwood, The Grand, Tarragon, Canadian Stage, YPT, NAC, MTC, the Citadel and TNB, as well as in television, radio and film. He has been a guest instructor at the National Theatre School in the Acting Program, and he is a graduate of the Theatre Arts Program at Grant MacEwan College and the Acting Program at the National Theatre School.

About the project:

This Great City examines the intersection of the personal and the political, set in Toronto, during the years of the Ford mayoralty. The play has morphed significantly from its initial Studio 180 IN DEVELOPMENT outing, moving from an exploration of a city at large to an intimate portrait of the divisive power of politics in a familial setting. Lydia and Jonathan are grown siblings, both adopted and raised by the same set of left-leaning foster parents, in Toronto’s Annex. Jonathan has built a life for himself, while Lydia has made a bit of a mess of hers along the way. Her child has been living with Jonathan and his wife Jackie as Lydia tries to clean her life up. As the political tension in the city builds, it enters the home, and the characters’ ideological differences threaten to tear the whole family apart.

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The United Nathans (formerly Ariel’s Wall)Jason Sherman

by Jason Sherman

FEATURING Jonas Chernick, Murray Furrow, Jessica Greenberg, Sam Kalilieh, Robert Persichini, Michael Rubenfeld & Shaina Silver-Baird

Jason Sherman is a multi-award-winning screenwriter and playwright. He developed, wrote and executive produced the 8-hour miniseries Bloodletting & Miraculous Cures, and has also written episodes of Z.O.S., ReGenesis and The Murdoch Mysteries. He wrote the television docudramas Jonestown: Paradise Lost and We Were Children, both of which were nominated for Canadian Screenwriting Awards. Jonestown received the Best Canadian Program award at the Banff Television Festival. His plays have been seen across the country and throughout the world, and include Reading Hebron, The League of Nathans, Patience and Three in the Back, Two in the Head, which won the Governor General’s Award for Drama and was recently produced in Beijing. He has received several other GG nominations, as well as three Canadian Screenwriting Awards. Jason is currently Studio 180’s Playwright in Residence.

About the project:

The United Nathans is a welcome return not only to the story of “the Nathans” – which has captivated audiences worldwide in The League of Nathans and Reading Hebron – but also to a provocative voice that has been absent from local stages for far too long. While Jason’s play functions in some ways as a final instalment in a decades-spanning trilogy, it also manages to stand on its own, for those unfamiliar with his previous works. Thematically, it explores the intractability of the conflict in the Middle East and the fragility of Western idealism when confronted with the realities of a seemingly endless history of cultural, religious and political animosity. Sprawling in its conception, Jason will use the Studio 180 IN DEVELOPMENT process to solve the innate theatrical challenges of a piece that uses doubling, multiple languages and a broad physical landscape.

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BY Marie Beath Badian

FEATURING Bilal Baig, Maddie Bautista, Darrel Gamotin & Cynthia Hicks

United Nathans (formerly Ariel’s Wall)
BY Jason Sherman

FEATURING Jonas Chernick, Leah Doz, Victor Ertmanis, Murray Furrow, Jessica Greenberg, Qasim Khan, Michael Rubenfeld & Richard Waugh