Founded in 2006, Convergence Theatre is a Toronto-based, artist-driven, Dora-nominated, “indie” theatre company. With each new project we challenge ourselves to find innovative ways to push the boundaries of intimacy between performer and audience. We create plays in site-specific or non-traditional venues, as well as
re-imagine traditional theatre spaces. We invite the audience to be an integral part of their theatre-going experience by fully immersing them in the world of the play.
We believe that the creation of art is an integral element of tikkun olam – the Jewish concept of ‘repairing the world’. Theatre asks us to engage more fully with our society and the world around us. When we create our work, we invite artists and audiences to converge and build an event with the potential to transform us for the better, and hopefully a small piece of the broken world is mended.
Convergence Theatre was voted the ‘Best Site Specific Theatre Company in Toronto’ by NOW Magazine (2008) and Aaron & Julie were listed as Toronto’s “most respected Theatre duo” by NOW Magazine (2009). They are currently a Resident Company at Theatre Passe Muraille, in Toronto.
JULIE TEPPERMAN (actor-playwright-educator)
AARON WILLIS (actor-director-educator)
Formed in 2008 by Jonathan Seinen and Georgina Beaty, Architect Theatre is propelled by stories untold, by rocks unturned, by relationships unexposed. We refuse pre-fabricated housing. We build theatre pieces that respond to the dynamic lives they express and constantly seek to subvert and re-invent our methodology so that we, and our audiences, honestly hear each story we tell.
Our first production, Highway 63: The Fort Mac Show, was created in 2009. Using a combination of impersonation, documentary/verbatim theatre, improvisation, and fiction, Highway 63 uncovers the story of the residents of Fort McMurray, Alberta, at the front lines of the world’s largest energy project – the Athabasca Oil Sands. Created by Georgina Beaty, Greg Gale, Charlotte Corbeil Coleman, Layne Coleman, and Jonathan Seinen, Highway 63 examines our relationship with the earth, with each other and with the place we choose to live. After productions in Fort McMurray, Edmonton, Calgary, and Vancouver, Highway 63 continues to tour across the country, visiting Ottawa and Newfoundland in the winter of 2012. Highway 63 was produced by Theatre Passe Muraille during the 2010/2011 season.
Architect Theatre is currently developing a new collective creation piece, The CN Tower Show (Working Title) for Theatre Passe Muraille which will debut in fall 2012 as part of Theatre Beyond Walls. The company includes: Georgina Beaty, Layne Coleman, Charlotte Corbeil Coleman, Greg Gale, Christine Khalifah, Thomas Olajide, and Jonathan Seinen.
Architect Theatre is a Resident Company of Theatre Passe Muraille.
Dutch Uncle Puppetry was formed in 2009, when Marcus Jamin and Daniel Briere came together to explore new and innovative ways to approach puppet theatre. Drawing from techniques developed and employed by puppeteers such as Hansjürgen Fettig and Sergei Obraztsov, they created their first short production, Morsel, which received fantastic reception at the 2009 Lab Cab Festival in Toronto and at the 2010 Les Trois Jours de Casteliers in Montreal. Morsel was a collaboration with a 5 piece orchestra who performed the soundscape live in sync with the actors/puppets.
“The discovery of the [Lab Cab] festival was Morsel. Beautifully designed and performed, Morsel attracted lots of attention from theatre folk who attended Lab Cab…. Let’s hope Morsel is further developed and reaches a larger audience. It’s really a satisfying theatrical meal, not just a snack.”
- Jon Kaplan, NOW Magazine, 2009
The success of Morsel inspired the company to begin the creation of a larger one-act puppet play, with focus on puppetry, video and light projection. Attacking a more dramatically fertile setting, Everyboy explores the volatile and often violent breakdown of childhood friendships as three preteen boys face a changing social landscape. Dutch Uncle Puppetry received assistance from the Ontario Arts Council through the Theatre Creators Reserve to develop Everyboy, which saw workshop productions at Theatre Passe Murraille’s Buzz Festival and the Summerworks Theatre Festival’s Performance Bar in 2010. Dutch Uncle Puppetry has also been involved with several puppet performances including the Poor Pilgrim Island Show, Canzine and the Fresh Ideas Festival.
Currently, Dutch Uncle Puppetry is a Resident Company of Theatre Pass Muraille. Featured as part of After Hours at TPM, Dutch Uncle has had the chance to present a semi-annual puppet cabaret, Gregori’s Pfantastik Big Time Show!! – with the next showing on April 20, 2012.
Dutch Uncle company members include Daniel Briere, Erin Fleck and Marcus Jamin.