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Tuesday, 23 April 2013

our ARTists - The Team Behind inFORMING CONTENT

In just over a week, we're opening the doors to inFORMING CONTENT - and some pretty amazing artists are waiting on the other side to make it happen.

inFORMING CONTENT is led by Volcano Associate Artist, and international award-winner, Deborah Pearson, supported by a team of facilitators with a track record of cutting edge work in Canadian theatre or dance: Audrey Dwyer, Jiv Parasram, Amy Nostbakken, Jacob Wren, and David Yee.

Let's get acquainted!


SUSIE BURPEE: Susie is a Dora award-winning choreographer and performer, and teaches classes for professional dancers and students across the country. She has been a company dancer for Dancemakers, Le Groupe Dance Lab, TRIP dance company, and Ruth Cansfield Dance, and now performs her own pieces, working closing with choreographers like Serge Bennathan and Lesandra Dodson. Recent Toronto credits include the movement material for Crows Theatre's Someone Else and Road Trip with Linnea Swan.

AUDREY DWYER: Audrey has over a decade of theatre performance experience behind her in Canada and throughout the United States. A graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada, some of Audrey's most recent performances include thirsty (National Arts Centre), Clybourne Park (Studio 180/Mirvish Productions), Black Medea (Obsidian Theatre), and Breath in Between (Breath Collective with Crows Theatre). She was Nightwood's Associate Artistic Director from 2008-2009, is a Dora-Nominated director for The Apology, and was recently Assistant Director for Nightwood's tremendous production of The Penelopiad. She is writing her first full-length play, Calpurnia, with Obsidian Theatre's Development series.

"Audrey Dwyer...exudes intoxicating power...she presents a strong and determined figure, willing to fight for what she needs." Megan Mooney on Black Medea

JIV PARASRAM: Jiv Parasram practices and studies performative resistance, and is part of the performance studies (canada) project. His past artistic work has explored themes of human security, migrant populations, and international law. His current research examines suicide bombing, race, and disidentification. He is a founding member of Pandemic Theatre, a Toronto-based theatre collective that produces exclusively socio-political work. Jiv's recent work with Pandemic includes The Lost Sagas of Tjorvi the Flaccid (writer).

AMY NOSTBAKKEN: Amy is a co-Artistic Director of Theatre Ad Infinitum, a multi-award-winning international ensemble based in London (UK) and Toronto that develops new and original theatre for multi-cultural audiences. Amy trained at Ecole Internationale de Theatre Jacques Lecoq in Paris and Concordia University in Montreal. Amy co-wrote, composed and performed The Big Smoke, first at the 2010 Ediburgh Festival, followed by a three month UK-tour and a North American premiere at Factory Theatre.

Read Amy's interview with Summerworks before the Toronto premiere of The Big Smoke: "[In Toronto] I discovered there were so many people concerned with creating spaces that were very unique, spaces that are always becoming and feel so alive. There is this feeling of constant movement." (click here)

JACOB WREN: Jacob is a writer and maker of eccentric performances. His books include Unrehearsed Beauty, Families Are Formed Through Copulation, and Revenge Fantasies of the Politically Dispossessed. He is co-artistic director of Montreal-based the interdisciplinary group PME-ART and travels internationally with alarming frequency. Jacob was in Toronto to present THE DJ WHO GAVE TOO MUCH INFORMATION with FADO Performance Arts Centre:

DAVID YEE: David is the Artistic Director of fu-GEN Theatre Company and a Dora-Nominated actor and playwright who has been produced in Canada and internationally. His play, lady in the red dress, was nominated for the 2010 Governor General's Literary Award. David is a playwright-in-residence at Tarragon Theatre where his latest, carried away on the crest of a wave, is now playing.

Read David's interview about carried away on the crest of a wave at Theatromania: "I have been consistently surprised by what research and interviews uncovered. I've heard things that made me believe in people again, in the humanity of us. Things that gave me hope." (click here

ABOUT DEBORAH PEARSON: a live artist, playwright, and producer, Debbie is the founder and co-director of the multi-award winning Forest Fringe, and artist-led network committed to fostering a safe space to show work at various stages of development at the Edinburgh Festival. Her creative practice spans playwrighting, solo performance, devising, dramaturgy, and community and public art projects. In 2010, Stage Magazine named her one of the 100 most influential people in UK theatre.

Last summer, Debbie created The Queen West Project for Theatre Passe Muraille: part audio tour, part immersive dance experience that explored the area's relationship to homelessness, mental health, and regeneration. A clip of the audio, by sound designer Thomas Ryder Payne:

Debbie also teamed up with Volcano last August on A Synonym for Love, our site-specific opera at The Gladstone Hotel:

Like what you see here?

ARTISTS: register to participate at inFORMING CONTENT at
AUDIENCES: RSVP to attend the lectures and performances at (space is limited)

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