Photography Jeremy Mimagh

Who We Are

Founded by Anna Chatterton, Karin Randjoa and Evalyn Parry, The Independent Aunties are a Toronto-based company dedicated to creating original theatrical work by and about women, delving into women’s societal roles, constraints and obsessions, both historically and contemporarily.  We are wordsmiths, with a penchant for satire and outrageous humour. Mixing the personal and the political with the poetic and the imagistic, we strive to create surprising, entertaining theatre with equal interplay between text and movement, heightened language, physical and imaginative style.  We have written plays entirely in rhyme, turned metaphors into a literal reality on stage and are always looking at the underbelly, the flip-side and the large possibilities inherent in the suspension of disbelief in the theatre. 

Over the last decade, The Aunties have created six highly acclaimed, original plays: Clean Irene & Dirty Maxine, Frances, Mathilda and Tea, The Mysterious Shorts, Robbers’ Daughters,  Breakfast and Gertrude and Alice.  The Aunties have been commissioned and produced by some of Toronto's most venerable and alternative theatres, have collaborated with acclaimed Canadian theatre artists, and performed across the country at many festivals that highlight comedy, experimental and women's work.  

Associate Aunties on previous / current projects  include:  Brendan Healy, Soraya Peerbaye, Sherri Hay, Trevor Schwellnus, Julie Fox, Suzanne Robertson, Richard Windyer, Laird MacDonald, Helen Yung