In partnership with the National Theatre School of Canada, Crow’s Theatre will host The Directors’ Showcase & Exchange in Toronto May 15-17. All events are free, but seating is limited. Register today to reserve your seat.
THE NATIONAL THEATRE SCHOOL SHOWCASE
A unique initiative launched by Crow’s Theatre Artistic Director and Co-Director of the NTS Directing Program, Chris Abraham and Program Co-Director Sarah Stanley, The National Theatre School Directors’ Showcase will feature a slate of innovative contemporary work, helmed by a trio of exceptional young directors: Philip McKee, Vahid Rahbani and Anita Rochon.
A stellar ensemble of actors from across the country – including Clare Coulter, Waneta Storms, Steve Cumyn and Brian Dooley – perform in works by some of the world’s most startling contemporary dramatists. The projects were originally mentored by award-winning director Jennifer Tarver, choreographer Deborah Dunn, and Dora Award-winning designer Julie Fox.
This rare celebration shines a spotlight on some of the country’s hottest young directing talent:
- Anita Rochon directs In the Solitude of Cotton Fields by French bad boy Bernard-Marie Koltès – a dazzling psychological drama, immediately hailed as a contemporary classic at its 1987 premiere. It plays in the parking lot at 90 Lisgar Street.
- Philip McKee directs UK innovator and legend Caryl Churchill’s Far Away – a howl of anguish at the increasingly accepted levels of inhumanity in a world perpetually involved in conflict – in the TPM Backspace.
- Rounding off the program at the Theatre Centre, Vahid Rahbani works with acclaimed performers Waneta Storms and Brian Dooley, directing them in a daring and incendiary work, and Anita Rochon directs and performs in her original piece Now he belongs to the ages (angels) for an intimate audience of 16.
As a part of the showcase, Crow’s Theatre will present staged readings of Caryl Churchill’s latest play Seven Jewish Children: A Play for Gaza, directed by NTS alumnus Rose Plotek. Ann-Marie MacDonald, Philip Riccio, Rosemary Dunsmore and R.H. Thomson highlight an incredible cast that will perform in Churchill’s 10-minute drama about a group of adults trying to explain pivotal moments in Jewish history to an unseen child.
THE DIRECTORS’ EXCHANGE
Curated by 2b Theatre’s Christian Barry, The Directors’ Exchange invites some of the country’s top artistic leaders to reflect on ideas of director training, cultural leadership and their own path from emerging artist to Artistic Director.
Crow’s Theatre will present the Directors’ Exchange on Saturday May 16th at the Theatre Centre. Register today to reserve your seat.
PETER HINTON – National Arts Centre
MATTHEW JOCELYN – Canadian Stage
JACKIE MAXWELL – Shaw Festival
JILLIAN KEILEY – Artistic Fraud of Newfoundland
YVETTE NOLAN – Native Earth
DANIEL BROOKS – Necessary Angel
RICHARD ROSE – Tarragon Theatre
LISE ANN JOHNSON – Great Canadian Theatre Company
The discussion will be moderated by Die in Debt Co-Artistic Director Sarah Stanley.