Resident Artist: Erin Fleck

Erin is a graduate of York University’s Theatre program as a member of the Creative Ensemble, with a focus in collective creation, performance and playwriting.

Erin has written and performed her original work with Theatre Passe Muraille (Those  Who Can’t Do…), Mixed Company Theatre (Plastico: The Green Show), at the Orlando and Victoria FRINGE Festivals (Reckless Daughters), Theatre Passe Muraille’s BUZZ Festival, Buddies in Bad Times Theatre’s HYSTERIA Festival (Those Who Can’t Do…), Toronto FRINGE! Festival (How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Abortion), Tarragon Spring Arts Fair (Connect Four) and York University’s playGround Festival (don’t forget your umbrella).

As a playwright, Erin is an alumnae of Factory Theatre’s Natural Resources, Theatre Passe Muraille’s Upstarts, TheatreKairos’ Writer’s Circle and Nightwood Theatre’s Write from the Hip program.

As a performer, Erin has worked with Steady State Theatre Project (Double Double, Outstanding Production/Ensemble/NOW Magazine Critic’s Pick Toronto Fringe Festival 2010, I Will Not Hatch, Outstanding Ensemble Toronto Fringe Festival 2009), draft89 (John Yoko Bed Piece), V-Day Toronto (The Vagina Monologues), Atomic Vaudeville (Toronto Cabaret), Magnetic Laboratorium (Nuit Blanche 2008), Shrimp Magnet Theatre (Man in the Moon), and Clay and Paper Theatre (The Space Between).

As a puppeteer, Erin is a company member of Dutch Uncle Puppetry, whose work has been seen at Canzine 2010, Theatre Passe Muraille’s BUZZ Festival, the Summerworks Festival Fiasco Playhouse performance gallery and Factory Theatre’s LabCab Festival.  They will also be premiering their new “Big Time Show” puppet cabaret as part of After Hours@TPM this season.

Erin also facilitates CRAPSHOOT! a late night, rapid fire Cabaret of new, emerging work by Toronto artists.

Resident Artist: Maja Ardal

Maja, an Icelandic Canadian, has been working in theatre for 40 years as an actor, director, playwright, and theatre instructor.  She wrote and performs the hit shows, You Fancy Yourself (Dora Award for performance) and The Cure for Everything (nominated for Dora Award for outstanding play).  She has toured with You Fancy Yourself to the Edinburgh festival Fringe 2009, followed by a tour of England, and across Canada. Playwrights Canada Press publishes both plays. PCP also published her first play. Midnight Sun, (premiered at Tarragon Theatre, directed by Andy McKim and Patricia Vanstone) which was translated to Icelandic and produced in her home town of Akureyri, Iceland. The Cure for Everythng (produced by Theatre Passe Muraille, directed by Mary Francis Moore) recently toured to Prince Edward Island and Los Angeles for the California International Theatre Festival.

Maja adapted and directed the play, Prisoner of Tehran from the best-selling memoir by Marina Nemat. Prisoner of Tehran will be mounted in April of 2012, produced by Contrary Company in association with Theatre Passe Muraille.

Maja was the artistic director of Young People’s Theatre Toronto,  1990-98, interim Artistic Director of Nightwood Theatre 2007-8, performed as a regular for 7 seasons in The Road to Avonlea, playing Mrs. Potts. Maja trains actors at Humber College and Fanshawe College, and gives workshops in theatre vocal and physical techniques in communities across Canada. Maja was the recipient of the 2002 George Luscombe Award for Mentorship in the Theatre.

This summer she will perform Marie Dressler in the world premier of Queen Marie at 4th Line Theatre.

Resident Artist: Mitchell Cushman 

Mitchell Cushman is a director, playwright, producer and theatre educator based in Toronto. Currently, he is a Resident Artist at Theatre Passe Muraille, and works as Director of Artistic Programs for the Paprika Festival. He is also founding Artistic Director of Outside the March, a Toronto-based theatre company dedicated to exploring unique forms of storytelling through theatre. Most recently, he directed the company’s production of Mr. Marmalade at the SummerWorks Festival, a site-specific show set in a kindergarten classroom; for his work on the show, he was co-recipient of the 2011 Theatre Passe Muraille Emerging Artist Award. Other recent directing credits include The Cripple of Inishmaan (Studio Theatre Edmonton), Oh My Irma (Edmonton Fringe) and Oh the Humanity and Other Good Intentions (Outside the March, Toronto). Cushman has also worked as an assistant director for Soulpepper, Theatre Passe Muraille and Luminato, and is currently working as assistant director with Chris Abraham and Crow’s Theatre on Seeds, a documentary theatre piece about genetically-modified foods. In the spring, Cushman will serve as the touring director for the production’s appearance at the Festival TransAmériques in Montreal. Cushman is a graduate of the University of Alberta’s MFA Directing Program.



Resident Artist: Jordi Mand

Jordi Mand is a writer, actor and administrator. Her plays have been read/workshopped at the Canadian Stage Company, Theatre Passe Muraille, Nightwood Theatre, SummerWorks Theatre Festival and the Ignite! Festival in Calgary. Her first full length play, Between the Sheets, received a workshop production as part of Nightwood’s 2011 Groundswell Festival this past November. She is an alumni of Nightwood’s Write From the Hip program. Jordi is the Program Director and Co-creator of the SummerWorks Leadership Intensive Program, an Associate Artist with Dutch Uncle Puppetry and sits on the Advisory Board for the Canadian Stage Company’s Gym Program. She is currently a Resident Artist of Theatre Passe Muraille. Her voice has been featured on the animated TV seriesRescue HeroesBoystuff GirstuffJacob’s Dream and can currently be heard on the show Rob the Robot which plays daily on TVO. Jordi is a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada.