Anna Chatterton is a playwright, librettist and performer. Her play Within the Glass was recently produced at Tarragon Theatre where she is a playwright in residence. Anna recently performed her solo show Quiver at Theatre Aquarius as part of their TA2 Studio series. Quiver was also made into a podcast with Expect Theatre (www.playmepodcast.com).
As a librettist her work includes Swoon (Canadian Opera Company), Voice Box (World Stage/Harbourfront Centre(/Urbanvessel ), Crush (Canadian Opera Company/The Banff Centre for the Arts), See Saw (Tapestry Opera), and Stitch (Theatre Centre/Urbanvessel-Dora nomination for Best New Opera).
Upcoming productions include opera Rocking Horse Winner (Tapestry Opera), performing and co-creating Yellow Wallpaper (TA2 Series Theatre Aquarius), acting in Princess, (hammertheatre), opera Sweat (Centre for Contemporary Opera, NYC) and opera The Man Who Married Himself (Toronto Masque Theatre).
Anna is the Playwright-in-Residence at Nightwood Theatre this season and was recently invited to be a playwright in residence at the National Theatre School of Canada. Anna has her MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Guelph and BFA in Theatre Performance from Concordia University.
Evalyn Parry is an award-winning theatre-maker and musician whose multi-disciplinary work is inspired by intersections of social activism, history and auto/biography. She is the new artistic director of Buddies in Bad Times Theatre.
Evalyn's acclaimed production SPIN has had over 200 performances around North America, and this spring will be presented by the Lincoln Center in New York. Her directing credits include multi-Dora Award-winning Buddies production Obaaberima by Tawiah M’Carthy (Outstanding Production 2013), Graceful Rebellions by Shaista Latif (National Arts Centre Ontario Scene, SummerWorks), Fishbowl by Mark Shyzer (Buddies in Bad Times), as well as Fringe hits OH GOD THE DRUMS by Brad Hart and The Emergency Monologues by Morgan Jones Phillips. She is the recipient of the 2013 KM Hunter Award for Theatre and the 2009 Ken McDougall Award for Directing. Prior to this season, she served as the director of the Buddies Young Creators Unit where she mentored more than 40 young queer artists through the process of creating their first solo show.
As a musician and spoken word artist, she has released 5 albums; she has been nominated for a Canadian Folk Music Award, as well as winning the Colleen Peterson Songwriting Award from the Ontario Arts Council. Her first short film, To Live in the Age of Melting: Northwest Passage, created with Elysha Poirier was released in 2015; the live multi-media performance project The Age of Melting - inspired by Evalyn’s travels in the Arctic- will premiere in 2017. www.evalynparry.com
Karin Randoja is a director, actor, teacher and singer/composer. She was a founding member of Primus Theatre and is now a member of the Independent Aunties. She has directed numerous original, devised award-winning performances that have toured across Canada and the United States. She has acted extensively with Cleveland Public Theatre, the Caravan Farm Theatre, Wishounds, The National Arts Centre, Artistic Fraud among other companies, and was nominated for Dora Awards for her work in Red Red Rose's production of Joan and Independent Auntie’s production of Breakfast as well as for The Capital Circle Critic’s Award as best actress in the musical Amelia. She has performed, directed and/or taught in Denmark, Italy, France, England, Japan, and Mozambique. As a singer, Karin has recorded numerous CDs and has toured to folk festivals across Canada with John Millard and Happy Day, and with Kavli. She has composed/musical directed for the Caravan Farm Theatre, The National Arts Centre and Canadian Stage. As a teacher/director, she is on faculty at Humber College, has been a regular guest instructor at The National Theatre School of Canada, and has taught at numerous universities and theatres. Karin received a Fox Fellowship to study voice and singing at the Roy Hart in France and is an acting graduate of The National Theatre School of Canada. Recent highlights include directing Huff, winner of The Innovation and Risk Award, SummerWorks Festival, 2012, and creating a show for babies in collaboration with Theatre Direct.
CURRENT AUNTIES ASSOCIATE ARTISTS
Helen Yung - Production Designer (Gertrude and Alice)
Interdisciplinary artist Helen Yung combines design, storytelling, relational aesthetics, technology and sound to make installations, interactions and interventions for a wide range of contexts. Helen is a regular collaborator with Dreamwalker Dance Company and artistic associate with Theatre Direct for 2013-2014. Her expansive practice has been presented and supported internationally and at home, from Montreal and Toronto to New York, France, Australia, and Argentina. Past presenters include: Harbourfront Centre, Oboro, Festival Accès Asie, Gladstone Hotel, Dasein Dance, Critical Path Choreographic Research Centre, and Puppetmongers Theatre. Upcoming scenography projects with The Independent Aunties, Arsmusica, and Shakespeare At Play. Helen is a member of the Culture of Cities Centre at the Centre for Social Innovation, the advisory council of the Ontario Nonprofit Network and the board of Hub14 arts incubator.
Soraya Peerbaye - Producer, Dramaturge (Gertrude and Alice)
Soraya Peerbaye is the author of Poems for the Advisory Committee on Antarctic Names (Goose Lane Editions, 2009), nominated for the Gerald Lampert Award for first poetry collection. She graduated with a BA in Theatre from York University and also holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Guelph, and has extensive experience in creative facilitation in theatre and more recently in dance. As Associate Artist for Nightwood Theatre, she coordinated the Groundswell play development program; she also served as an advisor for the Write from the Hip play development program for young women. She is the producer of the Body Percussion Festival, which features dance, voice and movement forms that celebrate all the ways the body makes rhythm and music, in professional and amateur practices. She currently teaches creative writing at Seneca College.