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May 23, 2023
Daniel Brooks (1958-2023)

Canadian Stage sends its love to the family and friends of Daniel Brooks who passed away peacefully on Monday. A beloved artist at Canadian Stage, Daniel was most recently on stage in 2022 with Other People, a play that he wrote and performed in. Our Artistic Director, Brendan Healy, shares some thoughts on his experience of working with Daniel on that show and on the generous gift of mentorship that Daniel offered him and others over two decades. Daniel will be greatly missed.

May 19, 2023
The Allure of Performing with AI Technology

Canadian Stage interviews Sébastien Heins and David Rokeby

In advance of the premiere of No Save Points, “a play you can play,” in this edition of CS Grid, we catch up with artist Sébastien Heins and his mentor David Rokeby, BMO Lab Associate Director. We’re fascinated to learn more about the inner artistic workings behind this innovative new theatre production and how the Canadian Stage residency allowed Sébastien to expand on his artistic endeavours. 

Apr 26, 2023
In Conversation with Brad Cook and Tawiah M’Carthy

Blue Bird Theatre Collective with Brad Cook and Tawiah M'Carthy

We're back with Tawiah M'Carthy and Brad Cook for a second round of Maanomaa, My Brother!

In this edition of CS Grid, Paul Smith—the Education & Outreach Coordinator of Blue Bird Theatre Collective—gathers some unique insight from the co-creators about the life lessons we can learn through the characters, Anne-Marie Donovan's contribution to the play, and more.

Apr 6, 2023
Rediscovering the Brotherhood in Maanomaa, My Brother

Canadian Stage interviews Tawiah M'Carthy and Brad Cook

We're thrilled to finally unveil the world premiere of Maanomaa, My Brother this month in co-production with Blue Bird Theatre Collective. Maanomaa is a heartwarming story about friendships, adventure and truth-seeking.

In this edition of CS Grid, we're delighted to interview Tawiah M'Carthy and Brad Cook, the co-creators and performers of Maanomaa to learn about the making of this play, how the characters grow from children to men and the touching story of aspiration, healing, and imagination.

Jan 26, 2023
In Conversation with Margaret Atwood and Ann-Marie MacDonald

Canadian Stage

We're delighted to have welcomed Margaret Atwood and Ann-Marie MacDonald for the "In Conversation" chat hosted by Roland Gulliver (Director of the Toronto International Festival of Authors) in the Berkeley Street Theatre as part of the Fall On Your Knees ancillary events. Continue reading for some memorable moments from the evening.

Jan 24, 2023
Adapting Fall On Your Knees for the stage with Alisa Palmer

Canadian Stage interviews Alisa Palmer

We’re thrilled to present the epic, two-part stage adaption of Ann-Marie MacDonald’s internationally best-selling novel, Fall On Your Knees! In this edition of CS Grid, we’re delighted to interview Alisa on what compelled her to direct the stage adaptation, why the story resonates with us today, what fans and new audiences can expect, and so much more! 

Jan 21, 2023
Support for Fall On Your Knees

Canadian Stage

Transforming an inspired idea into a large-scale creation for the stage is only possible with major financial and artistic support. Thank you to all the generous support from funders, underwriters, and donors from across the country who fuelled this project.

Jan 3, 2023
The Journey of Miigis: Underwater Panther with Sandra Laronde

Canadian Stage Interviews Sandra Laronde 

In this edition of CS Grid, we interview Sandra Laronde to learn more about the creation of Miigis: Underwater Panther the importance of presenting this production, what audiences can expect, and the future of Red Sky.

Nov 10, 2022
In Conversation with Mike Payette, Director of Choir Boy

Canadian Stage interviews Mike Payette

Choir Boy is in the house, and we're excited to have Mike Payette bring his vision and leadership to this breathtaking production. In this edition of CS Grid, we hear about his love and passion for reviving this play for the stage, introduce the wonderful characters, what he loves about the show, what he wishes audiences can take away from this production and more!

Oct 28, 2022
Spotlight on Tarell Alvin McCraney, playwright of Choir Boy

Written by Glodeane Brown

In this edition of CS Grid, we look at the remarkable career of Academy Award-winning playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney. Known for co-writing the film, Moonlight, guest writer Glodeane Brown takes us back to his creative milestones that eventually weaved into Choir Boy, that will be live on stage at the Bluma Appel Theatre this fall.

Oct 13, 2022
Backstage with the Performers of Human Measure

Canadian Stage interviews Jas Lin and B Gosse

In this edition of CS Grid, we take you behind the stage to hear from dancers, Jas Lin and B Gosse. We learn what makes this production unique to them, working with Cassils and the team and what they hope audiences will take away from this performance.

Oct 7, 2022
Backstage with Human Measure Composer, Kadet Kuhne

Canadian Stage interviews Kadet Kuhne

In this edition of CS Grid, we take you backstage to hear from composer Kadet Kuhne. In this exclusive interview, we learn about Kadet's creative journey exploring the material, what makes this production unique, and what Kadet hopes audiences will take away from this performance.

Oct 6, 2022
Backstage with Human Measure Choreographer, Jasmine Albequerque

Canadian Stage interviews Jasmine Albequerque

In this edition of CS Grid, we take you backstage to hear from renowned US choreographer Jasmine Albuquerque and her creative journey exploring the material, what makes this production unique to her and what she hopes audiences will take away from this performance.

 

Sep 29, 2022
Overlapping Conversations

by Jordan Laffrenier

In this edition of CS Grid, Jordan Laffrenier interviews Bobby Theodore to learn more about his process when translating and adapting Public Enemy.

Sep 15, 2022
See the Audience, Focus

By Jordan Laffrenier

What's the role of audiences in the play? In this edition of CS Grid, we are delighted to hear from Olivier Choinière, playwright of Public Enemy on his creative process and perspective on the play interviewed by Jordan Laffrenier.

Sep 8, 2022
Introducing Heather McMartin, Canadian Stage's new Director of Development & Campaigns

Canadian Stage interviews Heather McMartin

Join us in welcoming Heather McMartin to the Canadian Stage team as our new Director of Development and Campaigns! In this edition of CS Grid, we interviewed Heather to learn more about what makes this role exciting and why supporting the arts in Toronto means so much to her.

Aug 25, 2022
Introducing Jordan Laffrenier, Canadian Stage's new Associate Artistic Director!

Canadian Stage interviews Jordan Laffrenier

We are thrilled to introduce, Jordan Laffrenier (he/they) is our new Associate Artistic Director! As a theatre advocate, he has supported numerous on and off stage theatre works and we can’t wait to learn more about his forward-thinking artistic vision, and his dramaturgical eye in action.

Jul 28, 2022
The Incredible Cast of As You Like It

Canadian Stage interviews Anand Rajaram

In the second part of our interview with Anand Rajaram, the Director of As You Like It, we find out more about why Shakespeare’s plays are so enduring, what makes this production so special, and get an introduction to the fabulous cast that will bring the fantastic characters to life!