Her Side of the Story Blog

Engaging youth in politics because Apathy is Boring

  As a part of our Revision to Resist Blog Series, we asked Apathy is Boring Programs Manager Stephanie Jeremie’s opinion on women and youth’s involvement in politics. More about Stephanie: During her undergraduate studies at Concordia University,... read more

Polari: tracking societal changes through language

A separate “in-group” language can be vital to marginalized individuals’ survival. TALK, in Suzan-Lori Parks’ Fucking A, and Nüshu are both forms of communication used by women as a way to communicate with one another in a society that excludes or oppresses them.... read more

Revisioning the city: perspectives from an urban planner

In our continuing series about revisioning, I asked urban planner Jessica Chen (陳婉瑜), founder of Wabi Sabi Planning Laboratories to answer a few questions about revisioning a city from a feminist perspective. How conscious are you of gendered spaces in your work as an... read more

Revisioning Turtle Island

I thought I had a relatively good education growing up, going to “academic schools” and yet I was shocked at the amount of Indigenous history I was never taught. I’m deeply ashamed to admit that I didn’t even learn about residential schools... read more

Revisioning the criminal justice system

With men making up the majority of law-makers and judges in both Canada and the US (some stats here, here and here), the criminal justice system is a structure that is ripe for a feminist revisioning. Mairi Springate is a feminist and a defence... read more

Revisioning the Wild West and women’s choice

Jill Connell is a playwright, director and producer based in Toronto. She wrote and directed The Supine Cobbler, which shows a woman going through an abortion procedure on stage. It’s also, as Jill describes it, “a western for girls”. I spoke to Jill on the phone this... read more

Revisioning Value

Our Artistic Director on why she is revisioning the value=money equation I pay. I go. I have an experience but I’m consuming. I think that’s what it feels like. It feels like consumption. Am I having a dialogue in those moments? Am I having a connection? I find those... read more

Dramaturgy with Micheline Chevrier and Emma Tibaldo

On an unseasonably hot Sunday two weeks ago participants gathered around a very large table to learn about the big D word – Dramturgy – and how to approach a text with Micheline Chevrier, Artististic Director of Imago Theatre and Emma Tibaldo, Artististic... read more

Pure Movement with Rebecca Harper

As the National Theatre School’s Head of Movement, Rebecca Harper is instrumental in training the next generation of Canada’s theatre community. She shares her knowledge in her Pure Movement workshop for Atelier. We asked Rebecca a few quick questions... read more

Talking voice with Lucinda Davis and Pauline Little

Lucinda and Pauline’s video had us all giggling in the office! It looks like their workshop will be so much fun and give aspiring voice artists some solid skills. Pauline and Lucinda took some time to answer five questions about their work. Here’s... read more

A few minutes with Erin Shields

Governor General award-winning playwright Erin Shields is a busy lady: she’s working on a new piece about Shakespeare’s women for Repercussion Theatre and has an adaptation of Paradise Lost coming up at the Stratford Festival in 2018. We’re happy... read more

Things I think about

Hello my name is Sophie Gee and I’m the new Artistic and Administrative Assistant at Imago Theatre. I am a director of mostly new creations which I present under the company name/pseudonym Nervous Hunter. My interest is in reimaginings of classic texts (one... read more

Female Drag Queens Disrupting Tradition

Since it’s conception, drag performance has been essential to the queer community. In the underground clubs of major cities and small towns, drag allowed for a sense of community and subcultural solidarity to transpire. Drag usurped the dominant, heteronormative... read more

InTalksWith: Corrina Hodgson

“Art that gets labelled as political is art that refuses to participate in further marginalizing… its creator” What’s your story? I am a fat, queer, disabled woman. This informs my daily life and my daily practice. It influences how I tell stories,... read more

the journey to a play’s creation is in itself, a gift

I have just completed my first semester of an American Sign Language/English Interpretation Program. This may not sound like anything significant but for me, it is. Throughout my life people have asked me if I would ever consider becoming an interpreter. The idea... read more

Canadian Women in Theatre You Should Know

To mark International Women’s Day, Imago Theatre wanted to celebrate some of the incredible Canadian women in theatre. And so, we asked the incoming Artistic and Executive Director of the Centaur Theatre, Eda Holmes, to talk about theatre artists who inspire her, whom... read more

WHY ARTISTA INSPIRES ME

    I participated in an ARTISTA dinner and workshop last night and the experience was so collaborative, creative and inspiring.The women in that room have such incredible insight, sensitivity and intellect. I was struck by the encouraging atmosphere in the room.... read more

thoughts after anna

thoughts after Anna a poem reflecting on the consequences of censorship by Katie Gorrie In the ever-flowing shifting history of wrongs, the word, working slowly. When to speak, so the words can fly while they fall, without being snatched from the air. What does... read more

Dispatches from Intractable Woman Rehearsals

Week three, tipping into week four of rehearsals for Intractable Woman: This is the much anticipated transition from rehearsal hall to the theatre. Details of the actors’ navigation on the stage will be inhabited in their appropriate space. Practical adjustments... read more

Dispatches from Intractable Woman Rehearsals

In the second week of rehearsals for “Intractable Woman”, Micheline and the acting ensemble have been delving into further exploration and investigation, creating beautiful, inspiring, incredible work. Micheline’s innovative direction and the brilliant, captivating... read more

Dispatches from Intractable Woman Rehearsals

Week one of rehearsals for “Intractable Woman” has been incredible. It is an honour and a joy to be in the rehearsal room, assistant directing for Micheline Chevrier, witnessing and sharing in the magnificent artistry this generous, brilliant, fantastic ensemble... read more

Fuck misogyny and long live Artista

This post is part of a series of reflections about Imago Theatre’s Youth Mentorship Program, ARTISTA, by program mentors and mentees.  Here Julie Tamiko Manning (ARTISTA Mentor) reflects on the value of the program. I am angry a lot of the time.  Not the kind of anger... read more

ARTISTA Made a Career in the Arts Seem Tangible

This post is part of a series of reflections about Imago Theatre’s Youth Mentorship Program, ARTISTA, by program mentors and mentees.  Here Katherine Chou (Artista 2014 Participant) reflects on her experience. For me, ARTISTA was part of an artistic growth spurt that... read more

A Fire that Started Inside Me Which Only Continued to Grow

This post is part of a series of reflections about Imago Theatre’s Youth Mentorship Program, ARTISTA, by program mentors and mentees.  Here Amanda Coochey (ARTISTA 2015 Participant) reflects on her experience. When I first submitted myself for a spot in ARTISTA, I was... read more

Intergenerational Spaces Rock and Community is Everything

This post is part of a series of reflections about Imago Theatre’s Youth Mentorship Program, ARTISTA, by program mentors and mentees.  Here Joy Ross-Jones (ARTISTA Program Director) reflects on creating the program. I feel very privileged to have the title of Program... read more

It’s all in the team

Photo by Jon Faulknor EMBARKING ON AN ARTISTIC JOURNEY As I begin my first week as Artistic and Administrative Associate at Imago Theatre on a sunny late summer day, I find myself reflecting on the journey that I embarked on last fall.  I am an emerging independent... read more

New Chapter

In May, I attended the PACT (Professional Association of Canadian Theatres) conference in Calgary. Over the course of one of our lunch breaks, we were invited to an information session presented by the Canada Council (Theatre Section) on a new program called New... read more

Masculinity and Beyond

I recently wrote a blog post about the limited definition of “femininity” and how it reinforces the gendered stereotypes of submissive women and dominant men. It was a useful exercise, but I realized that there was a huge gap in the conversation – how does... read more

Her Side of the Story | Jillian Keiley

This post is part of a series for our Her Side of the Story encounter, May 13-14 2016 located at the National Theatre School of Canada. We invited theatre artists from across Canada to reflect on how their work in theatre is influenced by their perspective as women.... read more

Her Side of the Story | Sally Clark

This post is part of a series for our Her Side of the Story encounter, May 13-14 2016 located at the National Theatre School of Canada. We invited theatre artists from across Canada to reflect on how their work in theatre is influenced by their perspective as women.... read more

Her Side of the Story | Reneltta Arluk

This post is part of a series for our Her Side of the Story encounter, May 13-14 2016 located at the National Theatre School of Canada. We invited theatre artists from across Canada to reflect on how their work in theatre is influenced by their perspective as women.... read more

Her Side of the Story | Melissa Bull

This post is part of a series for our Her Side of the Story encounter, May 13-14 2016 located at the National Theatre School of Canada. We invited theatre artists from across Canada to reflect on how their work in theatre is influenced by their perspective as women.... read more

Her Side of the Story | Judith Bowden

This post is part of a series for our Her Side of the Story encounter, May 13-14 2016 located at the National Theatre School of Canada. We invited theatre artists from across Canada to reflect on how their work in theatre is influenced by their perspective as women.... read more

Her Side of the Story | Renee Iaci

This post is part of a series for our Her Side of the Story encounter, May 13-14 2016 located at the National Theatre School of Canada. We invited theatre artists from across Canada to reflect on how their work in theatre is influenced by their perspective as women.... read more

Her Side of the Story | Anita Majumdar

This post is part of a series for our Her Side of the Story encounter, May 13-14 2016 located at the National Theatre School of Canada. We invited theatre artists from across Canada to reflect on how their work in theatre is influenced by their perspective as women.... read more

Her Side of the Story | Ruth Smilie

This post is part of a series for our Her Side of the Story encounter, May 13-14 2016 located at the National Theatre School of Canada. We invited theatre artists from across Canada to reflect on how their work in theatre is influenced by their perspective as women.... read more

Her Side of the Story | Judith Thompson

This post is part of a series for our Her Side of the Story encounter, May 13-14 2016 located at the National Theatre School of Canada. We invited theatre artists from across Canada to reflect on how their work in theatre is influenced by their perspective as women.... read more

Her Side of the Story | Michelle Ramsay

This post is part of a series for our Her Side of the Story encounter, May 13-14 2016 located at the National Theatre School of Canada. We invited theatre artists from across Canada to reflect on how their work in theatre is influenced by their perspective as women.... read more

Her Side of the Story | Kate Newby

This post is part of a series for our Her Side of the Story encounter, May 13-14 2016 located at the National Theatre School of Canada. We invited theatre artists from across Canada to reflect on how their work in theatre is influenced by their perspective as women.... read more

Her Side of the Story | Eda Holmes

This post is part of a series for our Her Side of the Story encounter, May 13-14 2016 located at the National Theatre School of Canada. We invited theatre artists from across Canada to reflect on how their work in theatre is influenced by their perspective as women.... read more

Her Side of the Story | Heather Inglis

This post is part of a series for our Her Side of the Story encounter, May 13-14 2016 located at the National Theatre School of Canada. We invited theatre artists from across Canada to reflect on how their work in theatre is influenced by their perspective as women.... read more

Her Side of the Story | Catherine Banks

This post is part of a series for our Her Side of the Story encounter, May 13-14 2016 located at the National Theatre School of Canada. We invited theatre artists from across Canada to reflect on how their work in theatre is influenced by their perspective as women.... read more

Her Side of the Story | Rena Cohen

This post is part of a series for our Her Side of the Story encounter, May 13-14 2016 located at the National Theatre School of Canada. We invited theatre artists from across Canada to reflect on how their work in theatre is influenced by their perspective as women.... read more

Her Side of the Story | Carmen Aguirre

This post is part of a series for our Her Side of the Story encounter, May 13-14 2016 located at the National Theatre School of Canada. We invited theatre artists from across Canada to reflect on how their work in theatre is influenced by their perspective as women.... read more

Her Side of the Story | Lois Brown

This post is part of a series for our Her Side of the Story encounter, May 13-14 2016 located at the National Theatre School of Canada. We invited theatre artists from across Canada to reflect on how their work in theatre is influenced by their perspective as women.... read more

Her Side of the Story | Donna-Michelle St. Bernard

This post is part of a series for our Her Side of the Story encounter, May 13-14 2016 located at the National Theatre School of Canada. We invited theatre artists from across Canada to reflect on how their work in theatre is influenced by their perspective as women.... read more

Her Side of the Story | Hope McIntyre

This post is part of a series for our Her Side of the Story encounter, May 13-14 2016 located at the National Theatre School of Canada. We invited theatre artists from across Canada to reflect on how their work in theatre is influenced by their perspective as women.... read more

Her Side of the Story | Leah Cherniak

This post is part of a series for our Her Side of the Story encounter, May 13-14 2016 located at the National Theatre School of Canada. We invited theatre artists from across Canada to reflect on how their work in theatre is influenced by their perspective as women.... read more

Her Side of the Story – Martha Ross

This post is part of a series for our Her Side of the Story encounter, May 13-14 2016 located at the National Theatre School of Canada. We invited theatre artists from across Canada to reflect on how their work in theatre is influenced by their perspective as women.... read more

Her Side of the Story – Jennifer Brewin

This post is part of a series for our Her Side of the Story encounter, May 13-14 2016 located at the National Theatre School of Canada. We invited theatre artists from across Canada to reflect on how their work in theatre is influenced by their perspective as women.... read more

Her Side of the Story – Nina Lee Aquino

This post is part of a series for our Her Side of the Story encounter, May 13-14 2016 located at the National Theatre School of Canada. We invited theatre artists from across Canada to reflect on how their work in theatre is influenced by their perspective as women.... read more

Her Side of the Story – Emma Tibaldo

This post is part of a series for our Her Side of the Story encounter, May 13-14 2016 located at the National Theatre School of Canada. We invited theatre artists from across Canada to reflect on how their work in theatre is influenced by their perspective as women.... read more

Her Side of the Story – Sharon Pollock

This post is part of a series for our Her Side of the Story encounter, May 13-14 2016 located at the National Theatre School of Canada. We invited theatre artists from across Canada to reflect on how their work in theatre is influenced by their perspective as women.... read more

Her Side of the story – Yvette Nolan

This post is part of a series for our Her Side of the Story encounter, May 13-14 2016 located at the National Theatre School of Canada. We invited theatre artists from across Canada to reflect on how their work in theatre is influenced by their perspective as women.... read more

Her Side of the Story – Wendy Lill

This post is part of a series for our Her Side of the Story encounter, May 13-14 2016 located at the National Theatre School of Canada. We invited theatre artists from across Canada to reflect on how their work in theatre is influenced by their perspective as women.... read more

Her Side of the Story – Kelli Fox

This post is part of a series for our Her Side of the Story encounter, May 13-14 2016 located at the National Theatre School of Canada. We invited theatre artists from across Canada to reflect on how their work in theatre is influenced by their perspective as women.... read more

Her Side of the Story – Colleen Murphy

This post is part of a series for our Her Side of the Story encounter, May 13-14 2016 located at the National Theatre School of Canada. We invited theatre artists from across Canada to reflect on how their work in theatre is influenced by their perspective as women.... read more

Her Side of the Story – Wayne Burns

This post is part of a series for our Her Side of the Story encounter, May 13-14 2016 located at the National Theatre School of Canada. We invited theatre artists from across Canada to reflect on how their work in theatre is influenced by their perspective as women.... read more

Her Side of the Story – Urban Curvz Theatre

As part of Her Side of the Story, a conversation about the female perspective on stage on May 13-14, Imago Theatre will be profiling Canadian theatre artists and companies that are promoting the female perspective and diverse voices in theatre. Event details  URBAN... read more

Her Side of the Story – Nightwood Theatre

As part of Her Side of the Story, a conversation about the female perspective on stage on May 13-14, Imago Theatre will be profiling Canadian theatre artists and companies that are promoting the female perspective and diverse voices in theatre. Event details ... read more

Her Side of the Story – Carmen Aguirre

  As part of Her Side of the Story, a conversation about the female perspective on stage on May 13-14, Imago Theatre will be profiling Canadian theatre artists and companies that are promoting the female perspective and diverse voices in theatre. Event details ... read more

Her Side of the Story – Micheline Chevrier

Micheline Chevrier, Artistic Director of Imago Theatre, introduces Her Side of the Story. Conversation has always been at the heart of why I do theatre. I constantly seek an exchange with others who, like me, love the art of storytelling, appreciate its importance,... read more

World Theatre Day

What do you celebrate on World Theatre Day? World Theatre Day was created by the International Theatre Institute (ITI) in 1962. It was announced as part of the ‘Theatre of Nations” season in Paris, and has been celebrated by the international theatre community each... read more

Words | what we think we mean

Imago produces thought-provoking works, which reflect women’s voices and stories of our times. I was first attracted to Imago’s mandate three years ago and it has glued me to the company ever since. It is vital to crank up the volume on under-represented voices and I... read more

Tectonic Woman |Berta Isabel Cáceres Flores

This Women’s Day, Imago Theatre would like to honour the life and contributions of Berta Isabel Cáceres Flores. She was a Honduran environmental, indigenous leader, and activist who was assassinated in her home last week by armed intruders. It is suspected that Berta... read more

Trigger Warning: (Read more for details)

This article is written in response to the following post from Imago’s Facebook page earlier this month. ¹   Within a few hours we received several messages requesting clarification about the apparently mocking use of the emojii and trivialization of the trigger... read more

FAFIA Press Release – National Inquiry

(Le français suit) Symposium releases 22 Recommendations for National Inquiry Into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women The Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC), the Canadian Feminist Alliance for International Action (FAFIA), and the Canadian Journal of Women... read more

A Response: Leonie Couture

(The following is a prepared address by PIG GIRL guest speaker at the Feb 4 performance,  Leonie Couture, who is the founder of La rue des femmes)   Bonsoir, Ce soir, dans cette pièce bouleversante de Colleen Murphy que nous venons de voir, Il y a cette réplique... read more

A Response: Edith Hughes – Jan 29

The following is a collection of e-mails in response to the PIG GIRL performance of Jan 29, and the talk-back afterwards with Mohawk actress, Heather White. The conversation has be shared with the permission of the author.   We thank her for sharing her response, and... read more

A Response: Heather White

The following is a letter written to the director of PIG GIRL, Micheline Chevrier, posted with the permission of Heather White.   Short Bio: A self-proclaimed ‘hybrid’, Heather was born to a Mohawk mother and Stoney father. At 12 she joined Kahnawake’s Turtle... read more

Keith Barker – A Response

Guest Article by Keith Barker Keith Barker is a Métis playwright & actor from Northwestern Ontario. He works at the Canada Council of the Arts for the Aboriginal Arts, and was the former Artistic Associate at Native Earth Performing Arts. He is a former member of... read more

Montreal Gazette – The Conversation

To first read the Montreal Gazette article click the link below: Montreal Gazette – Pig Girl Article   The following e-mails were exchanged by Micheline Chevrier, Artistic Director of Imago & Director of PIG GIRL, and Jim Burke, writer at the Montreal... read more

Day School Survivors: A Story Nearly Forgotten

Guest post by Laura Robinson “I know the abuse that went on in the Residential School system and the Day School system as it was the same people who ran the school and the residence.” -Martin Heavyhead, survivor of St. Mary’s Residential School, Cardston, AB... read more

The First Phase

“No inquiry, as we know, can undo what has happened, nor can it restore what we have lost. But it can help us find ways forward, because we know, as a country, that we can and must do better.” Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould spoke about the recent release of the... read more

A Beginning

So here I am.  Trying this out, exploring ideas, concepts, standards of and for women.  Nobody picked me to do this, I offered.  I am a somewhat unqualified young person named Margaret Rose, privileged in many ways, cultured within the bubble of my own life and... read more

Impressions by a Diverse Practitioner

From Nov. 12th  to Nov. 14th, the Conseil du Théâtre Québécois presented their 13th Congress. The theme was Cultural Diversity in Quebec Theatre. I curated the theatre interventions’ portion of the congress, five live excerpts from pieces that echoed or propelled... read more

The Tashme Project: The Living Archives

An un-missable piece of theatre opens tonight at the MAI. The Tashme Project: The Living Archives, co-created by Julie Tamiko Manning and Matt Miwa, directed by Mieko Ouchi, delves into a largely  undiscussed part of Canada’s history; the internment of... read more

Tectonic Woman | Sabeen Mahmud

One week ago today, Sabeen Mahmud, Karachi peace activist and founder of a vibrant community space, The Second Floor, was assassinated. It is assumed she was targeted for speaking out against the oppressive tactits used by the government to silence discussion... read more

The Subject of ‘Mother’

The subject of the ‘mother’ has inspired many artists over the millennia, it is therefore all the more exciting to discover a work that treats this familiar subject in an inventive and fresh new way. Such is the case with Lise Vaillancourt’s play The Crow. In this... read more

Thinking of YU (FR)

  Imago Théâtre présente pour la première fois en langue anglaise au Québec Au Théâtre Centaur Du 24 avril au 5 mai, 2013 Écrit par Carole Fréchette Traduction de John Murrell Mise en scène de Micheline Chevrier Synopsis Thinking of Yu raconte l’histoire d’une... read more

World Theatre Day 2015, by Julie Tamiko Manning

Today Friday March 27 2015 we are celebrating World Theatre Day! Imago Theatre asked Julie Tamiko Manning to write a bit on what theatre means to her. Q. Why theatre? J.T.M. Actually, I get asked why I don’t do more on-screen stuff.   By people who are not in theatre... read more

Witnessing the final moments of Otto Vass

The story of Liza Balkan behind the Out the Window project starts when the life of Otto Vass ends. I came home from the opening night of a show that I was working on, and by the time I grabbed a cup of tea, and changed my clothes, I heard some yelling outside my... read more

Uncomfortable stories: Theatre vs Apathy

Uncomfortable stories: Theatre against Apathy Do we really have the time to care about others’ tragic events? We certainly have time to lounge on a sofa to watch gruesome acts of violence on the news. Or indulge in a good novel about human atrocities, as we sit... read more

ABOUT…Lucinda Davis

The concept is simple: 12 questions sent to one of Montreal’s amazing female artists. They answer, you read, you find out some random but facinating things about them, and you get a sneak peak into their upcoming projects. Sounds pretty good, eh? Follow the... read more

Social Media: from second to first fiddle

Usually Imago’s blog focuses on the female voice, women who are using their art to build and better their communities. This edition is a bit of an exception. We focus on a man who creates amazing art, but beyond that, has brought together a large, loyal online... read more

Tectonic Woman #8: Isabella Rossellini

ISABELLA ROSSELLINI So, this lady is on a proper roll. What might first come to mind with the mention of Isabella Rossellini’s name is perhaps her 14 year modelling contract with Lancôme and the famous lawsuit that followed, or her amazingly eccentric film career... read more

Emmanuel Jal: An amazing inspiration!

On Saturday October 18th the PHI Center was offering a free screening of Philippe Falardeau’s (Monsieur Lahzar) new film The Good Lie. Starring Reese Witherspoon, The Good Lie is based on a true story of The Lost Boys which was a term given to the 3600 child... read more

My time at FemFest 2014 in Winnipeg by Michaela Di Cesare

It was a cold and windy evening this past September when my stage manager and I stepped out of the Winnipeg airport. Two young women + seven shoe boxes +13 shoes + one enormous picture frame = showtime for 8 Ways my Mother was Conceived. We had a full itinerary ahead... read more

ABOUT: Felicia Shulman

The concept is simple: 12 questions sent to ARTISTA’s artist mentors and guests. They answer, you read, you find out some random but facinating things about them, and you get a sneak peak into their upcoming projects. Sounds pretty good, eh? Follow the links within... read more

ABOUT: Leni Parker

The concept is simple: 12 questions sent to ARTISTA’s artist mentors and guests. They answer, you read, you find out some random but facinating things about them, and you get a sneak peak into their upcoming projects. Sounds pretty good, eh? Follow the links within... read more

ABOUT: Amanda Kellock

The concept is simple: 12 questions sent to ARTISTA’s artist mentors and guests. They answer, you read, you find out some random but facinating things about them, and you get a sneak peak into their upcoming projects. Sounds pretty good, eh? Follow the links within... read more

ABOUT: Jennifer Roberts

The concept is simple: 12 questions sent to ARTISTA’s artist mentors and guests. They answer, you read, you find out some random but facinating things about them, and you get a sneak peak into their upcoming projects. Sounds pretty good, eh? Follow the links within... read more

ABOUT: Stefanie Buxton

The concept is simple: 12 questions sent to ARTISTA’s artist mentors and guests. They answer, you read, you find out some random but facinating things about them, and you get a sneak peak into their upcoming projects. Sounds pretty good, eh? Follow the links... read more

SPEAK IT! Michaela Di Cesare on the Elliot Roger shootings

What men call the “Friend Zone” is very often the Danger Zone for women I was asked by the Imago gals to respond to the Elliot Roger shooting that occurred in Santa Barbara in May. Not long ago an attempted “copycat” massacre was prevented at the University of... read more

Tectonic Woman #7: Maya Angelou

MAYA ANGELOU Maya Angelou has passed away. Strangely enough, earlier that week, Angelou kept popping up in conversation. A friend had mentioned using one of her quotes in a project and I introduced some other friends to How to Make an American Quilt (1995). Now this... read more

Tectonic Woman #6: Sarah Polley

SARAH POLLEY Honestly I was never a huge fan of Road to Avonlea. I was very young and hugely faithful to Anne of Green Gables and could not fathom liking, what I saw as, a remake of it. Of course I still used to watch it sometimes despite my stance on the issue. Many... read more

Sex and Ethnicity: Self-Flagellation

Here is the trailer I sat on for  whole week before releasing it: “I sat on it with my big fat butt,” a voice at the back of my head chimes in. Excuse me while I tell her to shut up. Okay, I’m back. I was so excited to see this trailer. It is the culmination of an... read more

This is not a review, it’s a visceral – Top Girls

  Top Girls at The Segal Center April 27th till May 18th, 2014 Written by Caryl Churchill, Top Girls was first performed in 1982 during Margaret Thatcher’s Conservative government’s reign in the UK. Over thirty years after its first performance at The Royal Court... read more

Tectonic Woman #5 : Cindy Sherman

  ‘Some people use the camera just straight on to document exactly what they see but I think it`s more interesting to show what perhaps you may never see’ Perhaps many of you are already acquainted with Cindy Sherman’s work but my only recent discovery of this... read more

ABOUT: Deena Aziz

The concept is simple: 12 questions sent to Montreal-based female artists. They answer, you read, you find out some random but facinating things about them, and you get a sneak peak into their upcoming projects. Sounds pretty good, eh? Follow the links within the post... read more

Interview with the Director

INTERVIEW FOR GEORDIE PRODUCTIONS’ THE ILIAD WITH DIRECTOR MICHELINE CHEVRIER Q: How old were you when you first read The Iliad? MC: I was either twelve or thirteen? Read it in high school, either secondaire un ou secondaire deux or something like that. Q: First... read more

Sex and Ethnicity Sex and Ethnicity

Sex & Ethnicity is a new webseries premiering in 2014: A Montreal ethnic girl’s answer to all those damn shows about what girls are “really” like. Anna tries to juggle her boisterous Italian family, her life outside of theatre school, her new job... read more

World Theatre Day

Micheline Chevrier, Artistic and Executive Director In developing a new work, or in analyzing a play, I often do the following exercise : if I remove this scene or this character, what is lost? This often helps me discover the function, or the importance, of that... read more

About: Julie Tamiko Manning

The concept is simple: 12 questions sent to Montreal-based female artists. They answer, you read, you find out some random but facinating things about them, and you get a sneak peak into their upcoming projects. Sounds pretty good, eh? Follow the links within the post... read more

Happy International Women’s Day!

In honour of International Women’s Day, the women of Imago share some words about the women who inspire them… Artistic and Administrative Associate: Joy Ross-Jones My Choice: Footnotes Collective Members Heather Caplap and Erin Hill I set the rules myself: Pick... read more

TectonicWoman #4: Rebecca Belmore

TectonicWoman Number 4: Rebecca Belmore Rebecca is an Anishinabe (First Nations from the Great Lakes region) performance, sculpture, installation and video artists based in B.C. who examines history, place, trauma and memory in her work. Her art aims to provide a... read more

TectonicWoman #3: Angel Haze

Our #TectonicWoman number 3 is Angel Haze, amazing hip hop performer and awesome human being. I came across Angel Haze’s work during If We Were Birds when I was looking for artists who treated sexual violence in their work. I found Raykeea Angel Wilson (AKA, Angel... read more

TectonicWoman #2: Laverne Cox

#TectonicWoman number two is Laverne Cox, actress, producer, and advocate for transgender rights. Laverne uses her role as Sophie Burset, a transgender prison inmate on the Netflix series, Orange is the New Black as a platform to discuss trans identity. As a... read more

TectonicWoman #1: Ommulbanin Shamsia Hassani

In honour of International Women’s Day, we will be posting a Tectonic Woman every day this week. Send us your suggestions! What female artists working for social change inspire you? What projects have they done/are they doing? Today we’re featuring Ommulbanin Shamsia... read more

Bringing Myself Back Into It

I have spent the majority of the first part of this process absolutely denying my own existence. Meaning I was trying so very hard not to write another autobiographical piece (this being something I felt I had to prove for a reason I cannot articulate), that I denied... read more

A Post-Peace Maker Post

It was nearly 4:00 pm on Thursday the 13th of February, only three hours before the public reading of The Peace Maker was due to start, we had lost our venue. ‘Joy, you need to go,’ I heard as I dashed out of the rehearsal hall and fled back to the office to contact... read more

Inspirations

We have now finished day 2 of the workshop of The Peace Maker. Natasha, our gifted young playwright, continues to make changes based on our conversations, our comments, our discoveries. Her text is rich, and therefore inspiring. It inspires us to ask questions, to go... read more

– It’s comical how much time I spend writing these posts. Especially when dealing with war, which here at Imago, it often does. My process usually involves hours spent consolidating centuries of history, in this case the history of the Israeli-Palestinian... read more

I’d like to be an Island

I’m not quite drowning in an overload of information, but I’m not exactly swimming either. I see myself more as treading water in a turbulent ocean. I’m pushing against the current, moving constantly to stay afloat. I’m suspicious of the life raft being offered to me... read more

Peace Making Thoughts

Imago’s next project, the workshop and public reading of The Peace Maker by Natasha Greenblatt, is right around the corner and the momentum towards the presentation has started building. The process of exploring a script is exciting and I’m thrilled to be working for... read more

Nothing to see here, move it along.

I was an extremely committed Pirandello groupie in my early post-secondary education. The first scene I performed in Cegep was from Six Characters in Search of an Author. I played the Stepdaughter and I was absolutely exhilarated by her. She so familiarly embodied the... read more

Imagine a World Without Art

Now that If We Were Birds has closed, I have turned my attention to the rest of my life as a professional theatre artist in this community. And, happily, I am busy working and volunteering alongside my colleagues, both Francophone and Anglophone. One of my volunteer... read more

The Art of Asking

I have recently come across Amanda Palmer’s talk on Ted Talks. I find it very moving. Inspirational. Affirming. Have you seen it? If you have not, below is the link. The title of the talk is The Art of Asking. Asking implies that there is a need. I need something so I... read more

Into the Cage – Day 28

“Philomela and the Chorus dwell in a timeless purgatory of nature.” That is the first stage direction in Erin Shields’ If We Were Birds. No easy task for a director. What exactly is a “timeless purgatory of nature” and how the hell do you create it... read more

Speak It

This is the home stretch of an intellectual and emotional marathon. The challenge has been one of endurance – to enter into the suppressed and silenced atrocities committed during five wartime conflicts – Berlin, Rwanda, Nanking, Bosnia-Herzegovina and today,... read more

Body Language: How to become fluent in Bird – Day 16

It’s the beginning of the third week of rehearsals for the Montreal production of If We Were Birds. We are now knee deep in refining and sculpting the rough blocking and physical vocabulary that we’ve built. The language has been crafted, but it’s clumsy and sticks to... read more

And Still We Fly: Day 1

The first day of rehearsal has come to an end and I feel full of ideas, of words, of images and of our nine fine actor’s voices ringing in my ears. But before I continue to wax poetic, let me introduce myself. My name is Natasha Greenblatt and I’m the assistant... read more

Ethnic Cleansing in Bosnia-Herzegovina 1992-1995

These blog posts have required significant mental energy. Pouring through horrific research and photography covering these gruesome conflicts has been exhausting. However, to be part of the movement that gives a voice to the women who have been silenced throughout... read more

Nanking 1937

In December of 1937, while international attention was focussed on Adolf Hitler as he re-armed Germany and expanded the borders of the Nazi Reich, the former Chinese capital, Nanking (now Nanjing) was being brutally attacked in the massacre that would come to be known... read more

A Bit of Balance

After reading and writing about sexual violence in Berlin and Rwanda (see previous two posts), it’s easy to come to think as the whole human race as hateful and ravenous. However, I have been reading other stories that thankfully assure me that this is not the case.... read more

Dying of SadnessDying of Sadness

Many women begged to be killed during the genocide. They were refused and told, ‘you will die of sadness.’ (Crehan et al.) ______________________________________________________________________ “Genocide: the intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national,... read more

Why did I have to be a Girl? Why did I have to be a Girl?

I plunged into 1945 Berlin today, and no amount of deep breathing or half-sun salutations have since been able to untie the lump that knots my stomach. April 16th, 1945 was the beginning of the Battle of Berlin, where 6,300 tanks and 8,500 Soviet (Red Army) planes... read more

The Seduction of War

War is always about this betrayal. It is about the betrayal of the young by the old, idealists by cynics and finally soldiers by politicians…

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C’est parti pour YU!Swift beginnings to YU!

Les répétitions ont débuté la semaine dernière au Playwrights’ Workshop Montreal, et toute l’équipe de Thinking of YU était présente le 4 avril pour une lecture et table ronde (voici l’album photo de ce jour), incluant l’auteure de la pièce,... read more

Thinking of YU

the Quebec English-language premiere at the Centaur Theatre April 24 to May 5, 2013 Written by Carole Fréchette Translated by John Murrell Directed by Micheline Chevrier Synopsis Thinking of YU is a play about one woman’s fixation with Yu Dongyue, a young Chinese... read more

Changement à la Direction ArtistiqueTransition time

Durant son mandat, Clare Schapiro a mené le processus de reconstruction, de restructuration et de revitalisation d’Imago. Alors qu’elle était presque contrainte à fermer ses portes il y a 13 ans, Imago est maintenant solidement ancrée au rang des meilleures compagnies anglophones de Montréal. Sous sa direction, Imago a mis en scène des œuvres d’auteurs contemporains audacieux avec le concours des meilleurs comédiens, metteurs en scène et concepteurs de Montréal.During her tenure, Schapiro has led the process of rebuilding, restructuring and reinvigorating the company. Imago Theatre has gone from almost having to close its doors 13 years ago, to now being firmly rooted as one of Montreal’s top Anglophone theatre companies. Under her leadership, Imago Theatre has showcased the work of daring contemporary playwrights, and worked with Montreal’s finest actors, directors and designers.

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