Who we are
Founding Director: Jacob Zimmer
“The ideal might be a standing community of collaborators who work on projects together for months or years and also, if needed, create a play in twenty minutes to be performed that night. The rigour of the long projects would inform the knee jerks, and the energy of knee jerks would inform the deep questions.”
– Jacob Zimmer, All Statements are Incomplete Statements, Canadian Theatre Review 2004.
People and Shows, Alphabetically:
Aimée Dawn Robinson, Dedicated to the Revolutions. Aimée Dawn Robinson is an improvising dancer, musician, landscape gardener, writer and visual artist/video maker. She currently lives in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory. Find out more.
Ame Henderson, Dedicated to the Revolutions, Perhaps in a Hundred Years. Ame Henderson grew up on Vancouver Island and now lives in Toronto where she is an Associate Artist with Public Recordings, a collaborative operation that conjoins artistic research, performance creation, learning, and publication. Find out more
Written by Evan Webber
In Tokyo 2014: Directed by Jacob Zimmer with Frank Cox-O'Connell | Co-director: Jun Tsutsui | Performers: Banri Kitano , Hiroki Yuki Murayama, Frank Cox-O’Connell, Yo Yoshida, Natsumi Kamada, Hiroyuki Kosaka, Evan Webber, Keiko Yamaguchi | Sound: Christopher Willes | Design: Trevor Schwellnus | Management: Ame Henderson, Sachiko Uchiyama | Stage manager: So Ozaki | Translation: Manami Hara, Tomoyuki Arai | Surtitles: Tomoyuki Arai
Voices / Toronto 2012: Directed by Jacob Zimmer with Leora Morris Performed by Maev Beaty, Philip Shepherd, Sean Dixon, Frank Cox-O’Connell, Liz Peterson, Antonio Cayonne, Sky Gilbert, Lindsey Clark Design by Christopher Willis, Trevor Schwellnus and Vanessa Fischer. Music direction by Scott Maynard.
Antonio Cayonne, Antigone Dead People Antonio Cayonne is an actor living in Toronto. Find out more.
Board of Directors: Naomi Campbell, Molly Sauter, Carl Wilson
Brendan Gall, The Fun Palace Radio Variety Show (2013–15) , I Keep Dropping Sht, Dedicated to the Revolutions* (workshop), Life of Galileo, OAC Playwright in Residence 2013. Brendan Gall is a playwright, actor and screenwriter. He currently lives in LA. Twitter
Camila Diaz-Varela, The Fun Palace Radio Variety Show (2015–16) Camila Diaz-Varela is a theatre maker, musician, and arts administrator from Halifax, Nova Scotia + Toronto, Ontario + el DF, México. She is passionate about combining music, live performance, and cultural consciousness in innovative ways. Twitter
Chris Earle, The Fun Palace Radio Variety Show (2013–15). Chris Earle is Toronto playwright, actor, director, teacher. Find out more / Twitter
Created by Frank Cox-Connell, Chad Dembski, Ame Henderson, Erika Hennebury, Erin Shields, Trevor Schwellnus, Aimée Dawn Robinson, Evan Webber, Jacob Zimmer. Developed 2006-2009 with the additional collaboration of: Daniel Arcé, Brendan Gall, Gillian Lewis, Misha Glouberman, Harbourfront Centre, Dustin Harvey, Brendan Healy, Sasha Kovacs, Gillian Lewis, Tim Maly, Laura Nanni, Kilby Smith-McGregor, Evalyn Parry, Theatre Passe Muraille and Jacob Wren.
Difficult Plays and Simple Songs
Curated by Leora Morris
READERS: Largo Desolato by Vaclav Havel: Bruce Beaton, David Christo, Eric Goulem, Christine Brubacker, Hannah Cheesman, Eleanor Hewlings, James Cade , Rylan Wilkie, Marc Tellez, Evan Webber Prince of Homburg by Kleist: Stewart Arnott, Christine Brubaker , Frank Cox-O'Connell, Miranda Caldero, Sean Dixon, John Gilbert, Erin Brubacher, Erin Shields, Amiel Gladstone, Mike MacFadzean; A Dream Play by August Strindberg, translated by Caryl Churchill Ginette Mohr, Nicola Correia-Damude, Bea Pizano, Carlos Gonzalez-Vio, Alex Fallis, Michael McManus, Alexandra Napier, Andrea Davis, Sebastian Marziali, Martin Julien; Divine Words by Ramón María del Valle-Inclán, translated by Maria Delgado: Gideon Arthurs, Sochi Fried, Cara Gee, Kaleb Alexander, Marcia Johnson, Brendan Gall, Christine Brubaker, Leora Morris, Hume Baugh, Susanna Fournier , Adrian Proszowksi; Caucasian Chalk Circle: Rick Campbell, Evan Webber, Christopher Stanton, Laura Barrett, Emma Hillier Mackenzie, Julia Tepperman, Kelli Fox
Erika Hennebury, Dedicated to the Revolutions
Erika Hennebury is a producer, advocate and planner. She is current a grants officer at the Toronto Arts Council.
Erin Shields, Dedicated to the Revolutions. Erin Shields is a Governor General Award winning playwright and actor currently living in Montreal. Find out more
Evan Webber, The Fun Palace Radio Variety Show, Antigone Dead People, Dedicated to the Revolutions, OAC Playwright in Residence 2012. Evan Webber is a writer and theatre maker who lives in Toronto. Find out more
Frank Cox-O’Connell, Antigone Dead People, Dedicated to the Revolutions. Frank Cox-O’Connell is a theatre creator and musician living in Toronto. Find out more
Fun Palace 3penny
Holiday Variety Show
Fun Palace Players: Melissa D'Agostino, Sedina Fiati, Chris Stanton, Matthew Reid, Camila Diaz-Varela and Richard Feren. Produced with Alison Wong.
Fun Palace Players: Melissa D'Agostino, Sedina Fiati, Chris Stanton, Liz Peterson, Norah Sadava, Matthew Reid, Philip Nozuka, Tess Degenstein, Kayla Lorette, Rick Campbell, Brendan Gall, Camila Diaz-Varela, Susanna Fournier, Becky Johnson, Chris Earle, Jacob Zimmer,Wesley J. Colford, Nicola Correia-Damude, Hannah Cheesman, Scott Maynard, Jonathan Adjemian and Richard Feren. Produced with Alison Wong, Tijana Spasich, Rashida Shaw, Amy C. Lam.
GUESTS INCLUDE: Evan Webber, Alex St Kitts, Maija Martin, Anand Rajaram, Adam Paolozza, Laura Hanson, Ryan Kamstra, Derrick Chua, Jeremy Bailey, Molly Sautor, Paul Banwatt, Stephen Jackman Torkoff, Laura Barrett, Lara Tessaro, Syrus Marcus Ware, Olivia Fetherstonhaugh, Daniela Gesundheit, Paul Banwatt, Alex Leitch, Ryan Kamstra, Dan Goldman, Fiver, Marty Topps, Sasha Chapin, Sufferettes, Isla Craig, Dr. David Hulchanski, Michael Louis Johnson, ANAMAI, Susanna Fournier, Thom Gill, Andrew Penner, Jessica Moss, Felicity Williams & Justin Haynes, Brendan Gall, Tasseomancy, Henry Adam Svec, Stewart Legere, Colin Fisher, Emily Keeler, Malcom Sutten, Vivek Shreya, Katie Ewald, Chad Dembski, Stewart Legere, Rob Baker, Maggie MacDonald, Alistair Forbes, Mel Hague, Pete O'Neill.
Jonathan Adjemian, The Fun Palace Radio Variety Show (2013–15) Jonathan Adjemian is a Toronto-based artist, primarily a musician, though also a translator and scholar. Find out more
Leora Morris, Antigone Dead People, Difficult Plays and Simple Songs, Life of Galileo. Leora Morris is a director, dramaturg, and choreographer. She currently lives in Atlanta. Find out more
Lindsey Clark, Antigone Dead People
Lindsey Clark is an actor and event organizer living in Toronto.
Norah Sadava, The Fun Palace Radio Variety Show. Norah Sadava is a Toronto based performer and creator. Find out more
Conceived by Jacob Zimmer and created and performed by Chad Dembski, Ame Henderson and Jacob Zimmer in collaboration with Kilby Smith-McGregor.
Philip Nozuka, The Fun Palace Radio Variety Show. Philip Nozuka is an actor and film maker who is barely on the internet.
Philip Shepherd, Antigone Dead People. Philip Shepherd is an actor, teacher and writer. Find out more
Richard Alan Campbell, Life of Galileo, The Fun Palace Radio Variety Show. Rick Campbell is an actor living in Toronto. Find out more
Scott Maynard, Are We Not Horses, The Fun Palace Radio Variety Show (2013), 3penny Christmas Concert, Antigone Dead People. Scott Maynard is a composer, producer, teacher, improviser, song-writer and multi-instrumentalist, currently based in Whitehorse. Find out more
Sochi Fried, Summer Spectacular. Sochi Fried is a Toronto based actor. Find out more
Created and performed by Jacob Zimmer, Christopher Stanton, Sochi Fried and Georgina Beaty and Rashida Shaw. Puppets were designed and built by Michaud Garneau.
Jacob Zimmer and Tim Maly with Peg Lahn, Sasha Plotnikova