A multidisciplinary artist whose career spans theatre, dance, storytelling, and stand-up comedy, Alan Shain blends comedy with a strong flavour of honesty and truth while drawing from the lived experience of disability.
Rag & Bone Puppet Theatre has toured across Canada and the U.S. since 1978 with over 100 performances a year in schools, libraries, children’s festivals, and theatres.
Editor’s note: This is part of a series of posts Apartment613 is hosting on behalf of MASC, showcasing the artists they work with and their programming in our community. Singer-songwriter, poet, writer, actor, radio columnist: Mehdi Cayenne is a free spirit from the Francophonie, a quick-witted chameleon who writes over, under, and outside the box. Charismatic, […]
Interview: Ottawa playwright Vishesh Abeyratne on Divide & Rule, a Sri Lankan-Canadian play about systemic racism in a big box store
Some playwrights are ahead of their time. Among them is Vishesh Abeyratne, the Ottawa-based playwright who began tackling complex intersections of systemic racism, class, and gender… in a play.
An Ottawa theatre company is embarking on a “window tour” of long term care facilities, using FM radio to broadcast the sound to indoor spectators.
Members of the Ottawa theatre community have come together to produce a socially distanced virtual play called Behind the Beyond, available now for free on YouTube.
Eleanor Crowder is an award-winning actor, playwright, and director. She is a member of several artist collectives, including Bear & Co., Calalou, The Skin Songs Collective, and The AWAY Collective. With MASC, Eleanor works in classrooms to explore text and dramatic creation.
Amanda Lewis: “I wanted the children to know that they could continue learning and having fun, but most importantly I wanted them to feel seen and heard and valued. I wanted to give them a small sense of normalcy by continuing their relationship with a trusted and familiar instructor.”
Skeleton Key Theatre produces original Canadian work that creates an immersive theatrical experience outside of traditional theatre spaces. Artistic Director Kate Smith shares her love of imaginary worlds and the “limitless” potential for creative collaboration during COVID-19.
For the last 35 years Odyssey Theatre has been performing open-air Commedia dell’arte plays in Strathcona Park. In order to keep going, the company has announced an ambitious Virtual Odyssey that rolls out over the rest of the year.
Jamaal Jackson Rogers (AKA Just Jamaal the Poet) is well-known as a driving force for good in Ottawa’s spoken-word and literary scene, as well as a member of the MASC community. He talks about working with youth, being inspired by his family, and how he’s managing to stay creative in our COVID-19 world.
The live reading takes place on Thursday, April 23 at 1pm. The stream will run 30 minutes including a live Q&A.
Well-known playwright and comedian Pierre Brault is live streaming his solo show on Friday, April 17th at 8pm.
The Ottawa Arts Council announced its annual Arts Awards winners this week via social media.
The news of the Ottawa Fringe Festival cancellation still came as a shock, since it was the first major summer festival in Ottawa to be cancelled.