inFORMING CONTENT announces all star cast of project leaders
inFORMING CONTENT: A workshop exploring immersive theatre and its relationship to ethics. Led by Deborah Pearson, co-director of award-winning Edinburgh venue Forest Fringe.
This weekend aspiring and emerging theatre artists from across Toronto will descend on the George Ignatieff Theatre to engage in a two-day workshop on ethical play creation. After listening to a number of lectures provided by University of Toronto’s Centre for Ethics, participants will be broken into five groups to create original theatrical responses to the issues raised. Each group will be led by one of the five boundary-pushing contemporary theatre artists listed below:
FREE EVENT June 19: 10am – 1pm
A series of brief “ethics talks” on a range of topics from post-graduate ethicists from the University of Toronto. current . urgent . compelling.
FREE EVENT June 20: 7pm – 9pm
Workshop participants will respond to the “ethics talks” by creating site-specific theatre. immediate . experimental . intimate.
Michael Rubenfeld is the Artistic Producer of the SummerWorks Theatre Festival. From 2001 – 2009, he was Co-Artistic Director of Absit Omen theatre company where his work included: Present Tense (writer), Spain (writer, director), Essay (director), My Fellow Creatures (writer, director, Dora nomination for Outstanding New Play) and The Book of Judith (writer, co-creator with Sarah Stanley). Michael graduated from National Theatre School in 2001.
Claire Calnan is a Toronto-based theatre artist and a graduate of Studio 58 in Vancouver. A performer and theatre-maker, she was voted one of the Top Ten Theatre Artists of 2009 by NOW Magazine. With the help of a Chalmers Professional Development Grant she will be studying traditional forms of theatre in Japan this summer.
Susanna Hood is a choreographer, performer, director and teacher working at the intersection of dance and sound. She is the recipient of various awards including the 1998 K.M. Hunter Emerging Artists Award in Dance, the 2006 Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding Performance in Dance for her solo show She’s gone away and, most recently, the 2008 Victor Martyn Lynch-Staunton Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dance.
Ravi Jain is Artistic Director of Why Not Theatre and an actor, director and producer in Toronto and internationally. Most recently co-created I’m So Close… and SPENT (3 Dora nominations). Ravi was the recipient of the Ken MacDougall award for Emerging Director and is currently assisting Jennifer Tarver on George F. Walker’s King of Thieves at Stratford.
Mumbi Tindyebwa Otu was assistant director of Shine Your Eye, the first play in The Africa Trilogy. Other theatres include: African Theatre Ensemble (Softown); Obsidian Theatre (Toast, Mussorgsky Project); SummerWorks (Keen); Alumnae Theatre (27 Weeks, New Ideas Festival); Hart House Theatre (For Coloured Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf, Stephen and Mr. Wilde). Apprentice Director for Obsidian Theatre’s 2008‐09 season, and graduate of York University’s theatre program.