Jivesh Parasram is an award-winning multi-disciplinary artist and facilitator of Indo-Caribbean descent. His work has toured nationally and internationally. Jiv is the founding Artistic Producer of Pandemic Theatre. He became the Artistic Director of Rumble Theatre in the fall of 2018, following three years as the Associate Artistic Producer at Theatre Passe Muraille. He was a member of the Cultural Leader Lab with the Banff Centre and Toronto Arts Council. His public service work has included collaborations with the Ad Hoc Assembly, The Canadian Commission for UNESCO and acting as an artistic advisor to the National Arts Centre. Jiv has received numerous recognitions for his contributions to the sector, including the Toronto Arts Council Emerging Artist Award, two Harold Awards and a Herald Angel from the Edinburgh Festival as part of the CanadaHub programming in 2018. His current cultural practice centres decolonization through aesthetics.
Tom Arthur Davis is a T’karonto-based theatre worker and the founding artistic director of Pandemic Theatre. His work has toured across Turtle Island as well as overseas. Since 2018, Tom has acted as a producer for Why Not Theatre where he manages the RISER Project, a collaborative producing model designed to address the challenges of producing independent theatre. He was also the inaugural director of TENT, the Toronto Fringe’s educational program that teaches entrepreneurial skills to emerging theatre artists. Pandemic Theatre credits include Mahmoud (co-writer/director/producer), The Only Good Indian (co-creator/producer), Daughter (producer) and Situational Anarchy (director/producer).
Graham Isador is a writer and photographer based out of Toronto. He is a contributing editor at VICE and a contributing writer for GQ. Isador is the artistic director of Pressgang Theatre and a former associate producer at Theatre Passe Muraille. He is the author of several plays including Situational Anarchy (Summerworks Performance Festival 2016) and …And You’ll Never Believe What Happened Next (Summerworks 2018). His latest show, White Heat, premiered at the Summerworks Performance Festival in 2019 where it won the Contra Guys Award for New Performance Text. White Heat is set to tour Germany later this year.
Anahita Dehbonehie is an Iranian stage designer, production designer and installation artist, currently based in Toronto. Her practice is founded on the principle that works of art return us to truths more powerfully through their relationship to evocative sensory experiences. She is particularly interested in the creative tension that exists between innovation and creative expression on one side, and tradition and structure on the other, in any medium. Her design work has been featured across Canada, and internationally at venues such as the Prague Quadrennial, the Vilnius Capital of Culture and the Moscow Museum of Modern Art. Since making Toronto her home in 2012, Anahita has been recognized with a variety of nominations and awards in design, including two Dora Mavor Moore Awards and six nominations. She was a finalist for the Virginia and Myrtle Cooper Award in Costume Design 2016, 2017, 2018, and was named one of NOW Magazine’s top theatre artists in 2015.
Rebecca Vandevelde is an arts worker focused on design, production, installation, curation and management. Rebecca builds and curates spaces, events and experiments such as Flip the Table and Blanket Fort with Art is Hard; and works as a freelance lighting designer and production manager. Most recently, lighting for Shove It Down My Throat (Pandemic Theatre/Buddies in Bad Times Theatre), lighting/touring for Sound of the Beast (New Harlem Productions/Theatre Passe Muraille), Production Manager/Producer for Theatre Centre Residency Project, Here Are The Fragments, Production Manager for Two Odysseys (Soundstreams/Signal Theatre). Upcoming: lighting for Aluna Theatre’s Solitudes and lighting for Why Not Theatre’s RISER 2020 (with André du Toit).
Heather has worked in stage management for 70+ shows throughout Canada as well as overseas, ranging from small-scale Fringe productions and pieces in festivals such as World Pride and Panamania, to large-scale shows at the Stratford Festival and Mirvish. She has even stage managed a private performance for royalty.
Christie Watson graduated from theatre school in 2001 and has played many roles within the cultural arena. In 2003, he received a professional development grant from Theatre Ontario and has since been involved in an organizational capacity with the Great Canadian Theatre Company, the National Arts Centre, The Chop Theatre, Radix Theatre, Alley Theatre and Caravan Farm Theatre. Christie was the producer for TBD: Liberation Through Hearing (Radix), Sonic Elder (The Chop), Children of God (Urban Ink Productions), Sal Capone (Boldskool Productions), Motherload (Motherload Collective) and the Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards 2016–2019. In 2018, he officially took on the role of Managing Director for Rumble Theatre.
Founded in 2009, Pandemic Theatre is a performing arts collective based out of T’karonto (Toronto). Run under the joint leadership of Jivesh Parasram (Artistic Producer) and Tom Arthur Davis (Artistic Director), Pandemic is mandated to create, develop and produce work from critical and underrepresented perspectives which engage social and political themes. The name “Pandemic” was adopted to speak to the company’s aim at creating work that is simultaneously dangerous – from the contemporary widespread bio-hazard connotations of the word – and also, in essence, work that responds to issues that effect and affect the larger common public. Another World Is Possible.