RBC Emerging Artists
20.21 RBC Emerging Artists: Maziar Ghaderi, Derek Kwan, Star Nahwegahbo, Banafsheh Taherian.

RBC Emerging Artists Residency

With the generous support of the RBC Foundation, Canadian Stage offers development support, mentorship, networking opportunities, and professional resources to our city's emerging arts creators. Canadian Stage supports artists, collectives, and companies who are creating contemporary performance works in theatre, dance, and hybrid forms. The RBC Emerging Artist Program encourages emerging artists to deeply engage with their own creative processes in a supportive and rigorous environment.  

The focus for the 20.21 program is on collaborative creation processes. In this time of social distancing, how can artists foster healthy creative collaborations and challenge themselves to create dynamic and rigorous artistic projects? This year’s program allows participants to explore the dynamics, issues, and opportunities that emerge within creative processes that involve collective collaboration. 

20.21 RBC EMERGING ARTISTS: Live Cinema Collective 

Canadian Stage is thrilled to welcome the artists from Live Cinema Collective as residents this year. They have described their research project as follows: “In our present day, we have become alarmingly dependent on ubiquitous corporate communication technologies to live, work and connect with our friends and families. Because of this techno-cultural shift, Live Cinema Collective is interested to decolonize practices that monitor our behaviours without consent by conducting experimental research with live streaming softwares, remote multi-cam setups and real-time audience interaction with the end goal of producing a live performance – essentially, a film that is performed and viewed simultaneously.”

Artist Biographies 

Maziar Ghaderi is a Toronto-based multimedia artist, sci-fi filmmaker and theatre innovator that strives to articulate his social commentary through metaphors, epiphanies and critiques. With a breadth of experience creating live shows for SummerWorks (x2), the International Symposium of Electronic Art (x2), Luminato (x2), Nuit Blanche (x3) and The Harbour Front Centre, his artistic practice aims to situate emerging technologies as vehicles to convey a performer's inner monologue. Ghaderi's works have gained recognition from MIT Media Lab, Globe & Mail (x2), VICE (x2), The Washington Times, and Newsweek and is looking forward to merging the spontaneity of theatre and the auteur-driven editing of film to build a resilient, COVID-proof approach to performance art. 
Twitter: @maziart 
Instagram: @maziart  
Derek Kwan is an actor, singer, and theatre creator working at the intersection of theatre, music and movement in various forms including opera, clown, and puppetry. His performing career has taken him across Canada and the globe, from London, England, to performances in Czech Republic, Mexico, Japan, Thailand, Taiwan, and China. Derek was nominated for 4 Dora Mavor Moore Awards for his work in theatre and received the Toronto Theatre Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Musical for his role in Mr. Shi and His Lover
Performance highlights include: The Tempest (Citadel Theatre); The Cave (LUMINATO); Blood Weddings (Modern Times/Aluna); I, Claudia (Theatre Ignite, Taipei); Tails From the City (Common Boots Theatre); The Ward Cabaret (DB Productions); The Curious Voyage (Talk is Free Theatre/London, England). 

Star Nahwegahbo is Anishinaabe from Aundeck Omni Kaning First Nation, Ontario, currently living Tkaronto. Star is a mother, interdisciplinary artists, former Social Service Worker of 12 years, grassroots community organizer and has recently attended the Indigenous Visual Culture Program at OCAD University. Star has explored a wide range of mediums and conceptual themes such as the impact of colonial violence on motherhood and the land. Star strives to advocate and give voice to the transformational work that goes into re-building self, family and community. She has a background and is experienced in designing and facilitating community art workshops with strong focus on land, wellness, self-expression and community/relationship building. “Creating and co-creating art which is compassionate, empowering and transformative is the heart of what I do.” 

Banafsheh Taherian is a writer and bilingual (Farsi, English) actress who has recently been cast with a reoccurring role on the "#16 Hudson" series on TVO Kids. She has become well-known in the Iranian community garnering more than 100,000 views for her works, with a highlight being her self-produced audio production of "Simurgh" showcased at the 2018 CIFT Festival at TIFF. In 2019, she published her podcast “Chai With Banafsheh” that recounts ancient Iranian tales from significant literary figures and clinched the lead role in “Swim Team” directed by Aida Keykhaii at SummerWorks 2018 festival which was listed in Now Magazine as Best of the Festival. Banafsheh is also an expert moderator and MC for a number of high profiles Iranian-Canadian events including the world famous Tirgan festival since 2013. 

Podcast Links: https://pod.link/1512483201 

Past RBC Program Artists & Companies

Augusto Bitter, PJ Prudat, Syreeta Hector, Alyssa Martin, Tawiah Ben M'carthy, Nikki Shaffeeullah, Ali Joy Richardson, nisha ahuja, d’bi.young anitafrika, Gideon Arthurs, Liza Balkan, Laura Bolton, David Brock, Lauren Brotman, Claire Calnan, Anna Chatterton, Lisa Codrington, Ashlie Corcoran, David S. Craig, Ryan Cunningham, Melissa D’Agostino, Mikaela Davies, Spy Dénommé-Welch, Alan Dilworth, Chris Dupuis, André du Toit, Waawaate Fobister, Gil Garratt, Karen Gilodo, Jack Grinhaus, Brendan Healy, Elif Is közlü, Joel Ivany, Reza Jacobs, Ravi Jain, Marcia Johnson, Njo Kong Kie, Moynan King, Scott Lale, Adam Lazarus, Mitchell Marcus, Philip McKee, Alistair Newton, Lisa Pijuan-Nomura, Adam Paolozza, John Jack Paterson, Anusree Roy, Katherine Sanders, Rosanna Saracino, Adam Seelig, Jonathan Seinen, Erin Shields, Rebecca Singh, Kwame Stephens, Kelly Straughan, Jordan Tannahill, Mumbi Tindyebwa Otu, Lindsay C. Walker, Gein Wong, Norman Lup-Man Yeung, Jacob Zimmer, Nowadays Theatre Company, Bad New Days, Pandemic Theatre, The Templeton Philharmonic, Single Thread Theatre Company, Theatre Caravel, Nobody's Business Theatre, lemonTree theatre creations, I'd Rather Dance, Suburban Beast, Theatre Kairos, The Howland Company, The Original Norwegian

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