“Perf(ucked)” written and performed by Somerville Black

Perf(ucked), a new piece conceived and performed by Somerville Black, premiered at the University of Windsor. A true display of vulnerability, both physically and emotionally, Perf(ucked) explores the evening of a model/waitress as she discusses her life with the artists sketching her. I was astounded at the level of openness Black infused into this piece, as…

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Resident Artist Blog: Courtney Ch’ng Lancaster

A beautiful piece about the conversations we need to be having as artists and members of the theatre community. Courtney is a consummate professional and I’m so thankful to have met her.

Today, a bunch of theatre makers sat in a room together and rehearsed a play—but we didn’t recite our lines, or work on the staging.

We’re in our second week of rehearsal on Idomeneus, a script by Roland Schimmelpfennig, and directed by Alan Dilworth. Alan never expected, when he started planning to direct this show, that he would also be carrying the weighty responsibility of Acting Artistic Director during such a challenging time at Soulpepper. Despite the many pressures on him right now, what I see him doing, with such commitment, is holding space for the admin and staff and artists in this building to express their anxieties and hopes in this time of change.

So back to how we rehearsed today. We started the day with conversation, first about a scene in our show with sexual content and how we felt about presenting that content. Soon, we were talking…

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Post Productions’ “Doubt”

Post Productions is starting off their 2018 season with a bang! With a new theatre and a great line up of shows, Post Productions is no doubt going to be a name you'll be hearing frequently. Their first offering this year is Doubt: A Parable by John Patrick Stanley. An engaging play featuring only four…

Groundling Theatre Company’s “Lear”

Groundling Theatre Company has outdone itself with its latest production. Lear, directed by company founder Graham Abbey, is a breathtaking, beautiful exploration of what Shakespeare's King Lear has to offer. At the helm of this exploration is the adoption of a female Lear. Seana McKenna portrays a powerful, maternal, and pitiable Queen Lear.Watching her exchanges with her…

University Player’s Production of “Jane Eyre”

The University Players at the University of Windsor opened their 2017/2018 season with Polly Teale's adaptation of Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre. The riveting story of a downtrodden young lady who grows up to fall in love with her employer, the story transferred well to the stage and made for an engaging night of theatre. I…

Shen Development Series: Office Hours

I had the pleasure of being selected to attend the Shen Development Series: Office Hours conference at Soulpepper Theatre Company in Toronto. The Shen Leadership Fund is meant to "support the development of Asian-Canadian arts leaders, and provide funding for the new creative initiatives by artists of the Asian Diaspora...The Shen Leadership Fund also supports…