Studio 180 IN DEVELOPMENT
launched in 2015
Join us in the writer’s room to experience the intimate reading of a play in process.
We invite you to learn about the writer’s concept, explore a social or political issue through theatre and share your experience of the work with the writer.
For playwrights, Studio 180 IN DEVELOPMENT gives you a helping hand as you develop new work exploring provocative social and political issues. We provide you with the time, space, and resources required to bring your insightful ideas to the stage, culminating in a public reading in our Studio Series.
Taylor Trowbridge, Yolanda Bonnell, Marcel Stewart
Tool For Rebellion
Written by Taylor Trowbridge
April 21, 2022
When the Toronto van attack occurred in April of 2018 it brought countless urgent questions to the fore. Born out of a gnawing and personal need, Tool for Rebellion is a verbatim theatre piece that asks how we can possibly disrupt the societal cycles that foster incel culture. A quest that explores the limits of empathy, this piece seeks to generate a vital discussion on how to tenderly move forward and heal.
Fact Over Fiction
April 19, 2022
Taylor Trowbridge (she/her) is an actor, educator, and emerging playwright. As an actor, she has performed in productions for theatre companies such as Canadian Stage, Shaw Festival Theatre, Nightwood Theatre, Bard on the Beach, Thousand Islands Playhouse and SummerWorks Festival. She holds an MFA in Acting from York University and her thesis work explored mining greater artistic and personal freedom through a practice of playful discipline. As a playwright, Taylor’s work examines near-impossible reconciliation, societal oversight and collective healing.
Heather Johnson is currently a workshop facilitator for Bad Subject which is a non-profit committed to teaching youth about consent, healthy relationships, and sexual health. As well as giving workshops she has also written a number of them around themes of media literacy, healthy relationships, and the ways that learning about consent can be made more accessible. In the past she has been interested by and studied things like sexual diversity, history, and film. Today she is a committed film nerd and spends a lot of time with her plants.
My Sister’s Rage
Written & Directed by Yolanda Bonnell
Featuring Cherish Violet Blood, Shandra Spears Bombay, Samantha Brown, Theresa Cutknife, Ange Loft, Monique Mojica, Allyson Pratt & Tyler J Sloane
March 24, 2022
With their Matriarch on her way to the spirit world, a family comes together on their reservation and in the hospital to be with her. A story about grief, love, laughter, rage and the brilliant strength of Indigenous women and their families, fighting to be seen and fumbling towards their healing.
March 27, 2022
Yolanda Bonnell (She/They) is a Queer 2 Spirit Anishinaabe-Ojibwe, South Asian & Scottish performer, playwright and multidisciplinary creator/educator. Originally from Fort William First Nation in Thunder Bay, Ontario (Superior Robinson Treaty territory), her arts practice is now based in Tkarón:to. She is Co-artistic leader of manidoons collective, that she runs with Michif (Métis) artist, Cole Alvis. In February 2020, Yolanda’s four-time Dora nominated solo show bug was remounted at Theatre Passe Muraille while the published version was shortlisted for a Governor General Literary Award. She is also a part of Factory Theatre’s The Bedrock Creator’s Initiative where her play, Scanner continues to be developed towards production. Yolanda has performed on stages at the Stratford Festival, the NAC, Persephone Theatre and was nominated for a Dora award for her performance in Two Odysseys: Pimooteewin/ Gállábártnit. She was also the Indigenous artist recipient of the Jayu Arts for Human Rights Award for her work and has taught at schools like York University and Sheridan College. Yolanda proudly bases her practice in land-based creation, drawing on energy and inspiration from the earth and her ancestors.
Gone To See A Man About A Dog
Written RBC Emerging Playwright by Marcel Stewart
Directed by Natasha Mumba
Featuring Marcel Stewart
Sound Designed by Andrew Lloyd Johnson
Spoken Word Consultation by Britta B.
February 17, 2022
Admission by Donation
In this epic tale, a young Jamaican boy named Bwoi Son is left in the care of his grandfather after his parents leave for England. When a storm kills his grandfather, Bwoi Son and his younger siblings are forced to join their parents. Not wanting to leave, Bwoi Son embarks on a quest to find the River Mumma and her Golden Table to make a sacrifice in order to stay in Jamaica forever.
Work(s) In Progress
February 15, 2022
Marcel is an actor, writer, arts educator, and organizer with Jamaican heritage, born in the UK and raised in Canada. He often returns to the questions: Who am I? How am I? How did I get here? Who have I lost? What is my purpose? Marcel was a member of the Soulpepper Academy, and has completed the Theatre Enhancement Program (Directing Foreman) through Factory Theatre, and was a member of b current’s Playwrights Incubator. As an actor, for Studio 180: King Charles III. Other theatre credits include: The Brothers Size, Father Comes Home From the Wars and Incident at Vichy (Soulpepper); The Drawer Boy (Festival Payers); Wilberforce Hotel (Blyth Festival); We Are Proud to Present (Theatre Centre); Up the Garden Path (Obsidian); Toronto the Good (Factory Theatre). Marcel is a 3-time Dora nominated actor and has performed in numerous Dora Award-Winning productions. Marcel works for Suitcase in Point as their Outreach Director.