Whether we’re engaged in pure improvisation, or highly structured and scripted works, we are always hitting a minimum of one of these targets.

 

Our work is currently taking the form of structured narratives that feature an Audience Member in a lead role. This allows us to deliver a repeatable, entertaining framework, while leaving lots of room for the risk, and daring, of the unknown variable of a member of the public. No two performances are exactly alike, but what they have in common is a thrilling narrative that results in repeat ticket buyers!

One audience member contributes his or her real-life love story for the penning of Shakespeare’s “lost play.” True romance is spontaneously transformed by a highly-skilled cast into a five-act structure. In iambic pentameter. In front of your very eyes. For real.

 

In development with the Stratford Festival of Canada, August 2016

REBECCA NORTHAN

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR, PRODUCER

 

Rebecca Northan is an actor, improviser, writer, director…and Artistic Producer of Spontaneous Theatre. As an actor, she recently appeared in the world premier of Morris Panych’s ‘Sextet’ at the Tarragon Theatre in Toronto. She is a Gemini nominated TV actor and has guested on Being Erica (CBC), This Hour Has 22 Minutes (CBC), and starred in The Foundation (Showcase) and Alice, I Think (CTV). Rebecca is a two-time Canadian Comedy Award winner. Her one-woman show, Blind Date, was her first foray into the emerging genre of spontaneous theatre, and it has toured across Canada, the US, played off-Broadway and in London’s West End. Blind Date continues to tour, now with five other women trained in the lead role. Blind Date is also receiving a queer make-over and will be opening the 2016/17 season at Buddies in Bad Times in Toronto.

 

Rebecca continues to explore and develop spontaneous theatre projects with companies across Canada: An Undiscovered Shakespeare (Stratford Festival), and Undercover (Vertigo Theatre/ Tarragon Theatre). Currently, she is writing a Panto for Alberta Theatre Project’s Holiday Family Show. Rebecca also teaches at the Canadian Film Centre, and offers workshops in improvisation for both Artists and corporate clients.

CHRISTOPHER OLDFIELD

ASSOCIATE PRODUCER, AGENT

 

Christopher Oldfield grew up in southern Ontario and Europe. After graduating from the University of Toronto, he made this magnificent city his home. A 20 veteran of Toronto’s media scene. Chris opened Oldfield Management in 2010 with his partners Maggie Dunlop & Patrick Yang. Oldfield is a boutique talent management company representing and working with a select and varied roster of Toronto’s top performing Artists.

 

MARCIE JANUSKA

ASSOCIATE PRODUCER, PRODUCTION LOGISTICS

 

Marcie Januska has been working as an arts administrator and stage manager in Canadian theatre for over 20 years. . She is the co-founder and producer at reWork Productions (reWorkproductions.com), and has also worked in a producer/associate role position for Theatre Direct, Eldritch Theatre, Appledore Productions, and fu-GEN Theatre. She has held administrative positions at The Banff Centre’s opera training program and the Calgary International Children’s Festival. As a stage manager, she has worked on over 150 shows, including over 45 new plays, with companies including Studio 180 Theatre, Necessary Angel, Nightwood Theatre, Modern Times Stage, Canadian Stage, Red Sky Performance, Signal Theatre, Small Wooden Shoe, Alberta Theatre Projects, Vertigo Theatre, Theatre Calgary, Sage Theatre, and Lunchbox Theatre.

BRUCE HORAK

ARTISTIC ASSOCIATE

 

Bruce Horak is a legally blind visual artist, story-teller, improviser and performer/creator. His works for the stage have won numerous awards across the country, including the Just For Laughs Frankie Award for Best Comedy (The Canada Show), a TWISI award for Contribution to Arts in Canada (this is CANCER), 2 Betty Mitchell Awards for Outstanding Performance, (This is CANCER, Evil Dead: The Musical) and “Best of Fest” awards across Canada with Vancouver’s Monster Theatre (The Canada Show, The Big Rock Show, Freud VS His Ego, No Tweed Too Tight).


Since 2011, Bruce has created over 700 paintings which attempt to capture his unique vision. His works have been installed in the Kelowna Art Gallery, The Harbourfront Centre in Toronto, the Pacific Theatre in Vancouver, the Caravan Farm in Armstrong, B.C., and the Firehall Arts Centre in Vancouver. His one-man show, “Assassinating Thomson” will be presented at the 1000 Island Playhouse in Gananoque, Ontario at the Festival Players of Prince Edward county in July of 2016.

 

JAMIE NORTHAN

ARTISTIC ASSOCIATE

 

Jamie Northan likes to do plays without scripts. His most recent professional endeavours include runs in New York, all across North America and a run in London’s West End, in a variety of roles (creation, performance and producing) in Legend Has It, Blind Date, KILL HARD, NE: The Show, Truth or Dare, Micetro Impro, Super Scene, Gorilla Theatre, Die Nasty, and some other roles he’s forgotten to mention.

 

His formative theatre experiences include messing around with The Loose Moose Theatre Company for the last 25 years, student loan debts from the (no longer with us) Theatre Arts program at Mount Royal University, and decades of general misbehaviour and unruliness.

2016

 

August 31st - September 2nd

An Undiscovered Shakespeare, Stratford Festival (Stratford, ON)

 

September 20th - October 9th

Blind Date (Queer Edition, WORLD PREMIERE),Buddies in Bad Times Theatre (Toronto, ON)

http://buddiesinbadtimes.com/2016-17-season/

 

September 21st - Oct. 8th

Blind Date, Theatre Aquarius (Hamilton, ON)

http://theatreaquarius.org/onstage/

 

October 19th - November 2nd

Blind Date, Persephone Theatre (Saskatoon, SK)

http://persephonetheatre.org/events/blind-date

 

2017

 

January - April

Dark Night, in theatres across Toronto, ON—stay tuned for schedule and details

 

dates TBA

Undercover, Vertigo Theatre (Calgary, AB)—stay tuned for details

 

2018

 

dates TBA

Undercover, Tarragon Theatre (Toronto, ON)—stay tuned for details