Audiences are vital. As an integral part of live performance, and the creative process itself, cultivating an audience requires time, attention and listening. A lot of listening.
In 2010, the World Stage Embassy began bringing local, national and international artists together to engage with their audiences outside of the theatre. It seemed like there were rigorous questions, pivotal discussions and a wealth of insights that needed to be shared. And this was true. There were.
Now entering its fourth year, Embassy 4.0 will continue the tradition of making these connections, but go further by bringing artists and viewers even closer together.
How close? Come and see.
World Stage 2013 Embassy Members
Kanika Ambrose is a theatre artist and playwright. She has performed in work produced by Theatre Direct/YPT, bcurrent/Theatre Archipelago, Alumnae Theatre, and Guild Festival Theatre. Her short plays have been presented by Paprika Festival, rock.paper sistahz!, and New Voices Festival. She holds a BFA from Ryerson University.
Suzanne Carte is a curator and art critic. Her exhibitions have appeared across Canada and Australia, and her work has been published in Magenta Magazine, Art Writ, and Huffington Post. After working for Blackwood Gallery and Art Gallery of Mississauga, she now serves as Assistant Curator at the Art Gallery of York University and sits on the Board of Directors for IMAGES Festival. She holds an MA in Contemporary Art from Sotheby’s Art Institute and a BFA from the University of Windsor.
Jasmine Chen is a multidisciplinary artist and producer. She has performed in work presented by Canadian Stage, Volcano Theatre, and Toronto Symphony Orchestra. She recently received the RBS Arts Professional Award for her work as an Associate Producer on Aneemah’s Spot at the SummerWorks Performance Festival. Presently, Jasmine works as Video Producer for fu-GEN Asian Canadian Theatre. She hold a BFA from Ryerson University.
Henry Fletcher is a musician and theatre artist. His pop-rock band, Henri Fabergé and the Adorables, have performed alongside the Hidden Cameras, Owen Pallett, and Arcade Fire, in addition to appearing on CBC and MTV Live. Henry served as the Musical Artist in Residence at the University of Toronto’s Hart House from 2010-2011.
Indrit Kasapi is a dance and theatre artist. He is a company member of CORPUS, and has performed across Europe, North America, and Asia, in addition to performing in work presented by Mutual Friends Co-op/Young Centre for Performing Arts, SummerWorks, Buddies in Bad Times, and lemonTree creations, where he also serves as Artistic Producer. Indrit sits on the Advisory Board for GYM at Canadian Stage and is an alum of the National Theatre School of Canada.
Anne-Marie Krytiuk is an emerging theatre artist. She has volunteered extensively with the Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts, and holds a BA from York University.
Meg Moran is a director and performer. Her work has been presented at Prague Quadrennial Scenofest and the Royal Ontario Museum. She is a former Artistic Director of playGround Festival and holds a BA from York University.
Chelsea Omel is a cultural administrator and artist. She is the former Coordinator for the Institute of Contemporary Culture and now serves as the Administrative Projects Manager for the Royal Ontario Museum. Chelsea is an alum of Carleton University.
Renna Reddie is an independent theatre producer. Former credits include serving as Artistic Producer for Carlos Bulosan Theatre; General Manager for Sulong Theatre Company; Festival Associate for the Theatre Centre’s Free Fall Festival, and Assistant Associate Producer for the Luminato Festival. She is the inaugural TD Bank Young Producer for the Toronto Fringe Festival and Development Coordinator at Tarragon Theatre. Renna holds a BA from York University.
Cara Spooner is a performance artist and choreographer. Her work has been presented by SummerWorks, XPACE Cultural Centre, Harbourfront Centre, Pleasure Dome, Art Gallery of Mississauga, Festival of New Dance, and stromereien11. She holds a BFA from York University.
Jenna Turk is a theatre artist and writer. She has performed in works presented by New Ideas Festival, Glasswater Theatre, and Paprika Festival. She has also worked on the creative and technical teams of Ravi Jain’s A Brimful of Asha at Tarragon Theatre and Nicolas Billon’s ICELAND at SummerWorks. She holds a BFA from the University of Windsor and is currently pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing at the University of Guelph.