Chris Abraham is a multi-award winning theatre and film director, dramaturg and teacher, and has been the Artistic Director of Crow’s Theatre in Toronto since 2007. At Crow’s, he has directed numerous award-winning plays including, The Watershed, The Seagull, Winners & Losers, Someone Else, Eternal Hydra, I, Claudia, Boxhead and The Country. In 2003, Chris directed the film adaptation of Kristen Thomson’s award winning hit I, Claudia for which he won a Gemini Award. A graduate of the National Theatre School’s directing program, Chris later served as Co-Director of the school’s renowned directing program (2006-2010). In 2013, Chris was awarded the Siminovitch Prize.
Alex Ivanovici is a bilingual actor, writer and director in theatre, TV, film and video games and has been working in Montreal since 1992. Having co-founded Porte Parole Productions with Annabel Soutar in 2000, Alex is thrilled to have an opportunity to explore contemporary issues through the arts. Alex would like to thank all those who support Porte Parole and make it possible to lead a life driven by questions.
Annabel Soutar is a Montreal-based playwright and theatre producer. In 2000, she co-founded, with Alex Ivanovici, Porte Parole Productions whose mission is to produce entertaining documentary plays which create a transformational sense of civic engagement in its audiences. Annabel studied Theatre at Princeton University. Since 1998, she has written eight plays including Seeds, Sexy béton, The Watershed and Fredy. In 2015, The Globe and Mail named Soutar on its list of Artists of the Year. The Assembly, her recent collaboration with co-writers Alex Ivanovici and Brett Watson, will tour in the U.S., Europe and South America in 2020–23.Read full NAC bio ›
A professional actor for over 25 years, Brett Watson has worked extensively in theatre, film, television and voice. He is also the co-author of The Assembly and the co-creator of The Assembly series. Other stage credits include Glengarry Glen Ross and Amadeus (Segal Centre); Triplex Nervosa, Paradise by the River, Cheech and Romeo and Juliet (Centaur Theatre); Sexy béton (Porte Parole); The Bacchae (Scapegoat Carnivale); Elizabeth Rex (Tableau D’Hôte) and The Dream Project (Yonder Window). Brett is a graduate of Ryerson Theatre School.
Since graduating from York University’s BFA Theatre program in 2009, Akosua Amo-Adem has appeared in plays around the city of Toronto, including A Streetcar Named Desire; For Colored Girls; Father Comes Home From The Wars I II III; Tartuffe (Soulpepper); and School Girls; Or, the African Mean Girls Play (Obsidian Theatre /Nightwood Theatre). Akosua was named one of Toronto’s top 10 theatre artists of 2019 by NOW Magazine and appears on seasons three and four of Kim’s Convenience.
Jimmy Blais is a member of the Muskeg Lake Cree Nation, of Plains Cree and French settler heritage. He graduated from Concordia’s Theatre Performance Program and has worked as an actor for companies like the Stratford Festival, Centaur Theatre, Geordie Productions and La Licorne among others. Jimmy’s most notable TV role was playing Watio for five seasons in APTN’s hit series Mohawk Girls. He recently successfully completed the Indigenous Artist Residency at the National Theatre School of Canada, where he spent 18 months focusing on creation, direction and playwriting. His play Sonny’s Way is set for a full production in 2022.
Born and raised in Montreal, Sean Colby is an actor, director and producer who currently resides in Toronto. Select TV and film credits include Hudson and Rex (City TV); Hardy Boys (Hulu); Midway (Lionsgate); On the Basis of Sex (Focus Features) and eHERO (levelFilm). Sean is president of Playback Productions, a video production company with a focus on helping brands reach new audiences through story-driven content. He is very excited to work with Porte Parole to bring this thought-provoking play back to the stage once again.
Tanja Jacobs directed Bernard Shaw’s Getting Married and acted in Cyrano de Bergerac and Man and Superman at the Shaw Festival. For Porte Parole, Tanja appeared in Seeds and The Watershed. She directed A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Twelfth Night (Canadian Stage in High Park), The Model Apartment (Harold Green Jewish Theatre), La Bête (Soulpepper) and co-directed Caryl Churchill’s Love and Information (Canadian Stage). Tanja has 11 Dora Mavor Moore Award nominations and three awards. She is the 2018 winner of the Gina Wilkinson Prize for a female director. In 2017, Tanja completed an MFA in Stage Direction.
Twenty years after performing in Porte Parole’s inaugural production, Novembre, Marcel is happy to be invited to join his old friends again. He has performed in theatres across Canada, the U.S. and France, and is a past member of both the Stratford Festival and National Arts Centre acting companies. Film and television credits include Taking Lives, Wicker Park and 300, as well as voicing numerous cartoons and video games. Recently he was seen as God in the Centaur Theatre/Stratford Festival production of Paradise Lost, and will return to the Segal Centre in April for Oslo.
Antoine Bédard is a composer and musician from Montréal. Also known for his electro-pop solo music project called Montag, he has released several albums and has toured internationally. He started working as a sound designer for theatre and dance in 2005 while living in Vancouver. Since moving back to Montreal in 2008, he has scored over 20 theatre and dance productions presented throughout Canada, and has collaborated with many notorious directors including Robert Lepage and Chris Abraham. Antoine is delighted to be working with Porte Parole and believes in the company’s mission to create theatre that sheds a different kind of light on current social issues.
Marie is an award-winning director and theatre maker, and the founder and the Co-Artistic Director of Babelle Theatre in Vancouver. Recent work includes Ghost Quartet (Crow’s Theatre); The Boy in the Moon (Crow’s, Associate Director); The Huns (One Four One Collective); Surveil (Hip. Bang!); All My Friends Are Animals; This, Here; Movements 1&2; Rivulets (Babelle Theatre); The 4th Graders Present An Unnamed Love-Suicide (Rumble Theatre). Marie was the Associate Artistic Director at Crow’s Theatre (2018–19). She was also an Assistant Director at the Stratford Festival, Bard on the Beach, and the ArtsClub, and the recipient of the 2019 Ray Michal Award for Outstanding Body of Work by an Emerging Director.Read full NAC bio ›
Captivated by the relationships between motion, electricity, the digital and the living, Guillaume Arseneault’s research-creation combines technologies to create interactive instruments. Through the mastery of materials, he engages in experimental processes to hijack or transform existing mechanisms to provoke reactions and dialogues toward sustainability in the digital era. Recalling underground cinema methods, he develops digital environments that enable both kinetic and sound synesthesia through variations in electric current. From immersive installations to architectural projections, lighting, sound and technological designs, the breadth of his interests is his creative fuel.
Dominique Coughlin is a Montreal based scenographer whose experience spans from traditional theatrical design, corporate event design to unconventional environmental performance and circus arts. Recent collaborations include work with the 7 Fingers | Collective Creations, Repercussion Theatre, Théatre du Nouveau Monde, Radio-Canada, Lex Studio, 45Degrees, Le Grand Costumier, Acte 2, Jamie Adkins Collective and The Radiant amongst many more. Concurrently, she acts as Head of the Properties Shop for Concordia University’s Design for the Theatre program.
Since 1974, Luc Prairie has been lighting up stages for theatres and operas across the country. He worked for the Centaur Theatre, Mirvish Production, Soul Pepper Theatre, Compagnie Jean Duceppe, Segal Center, Canadian Stage, Théâtre de Quat’Sous, Théâtre d’Aujourd’hui, Théâtre du Nouveau Monde, Théâtre Rideau Vert, Théâtre de l’Opsis, Montreal Yong Company, Grant Theatre, Calgary Opera, Opéra de Montréal, Pacific Opera Victoria, Belfry Theatre, Theatre New Brunswick, Manitoba Theatre Center, NAC, Opera McGill, Opera Lyra, Edmonton Opera, Canadian Opera Company, Théâtre le Clou, Théâtre Bouches Décousues, Dynamo Théâtre and Théâtre Tout à Trac. He is teaching at the National Theatre School of Canada (French and English section).
Recent work includes Zoé (Théâtre Denise Pelletier); Le Ravissement (Théâtre de Quat’sous); La Traviata (Icelandic Opera); Les Hardings (Centre du théâtre d’Aujourd’hui); L’Avare (Théâtre Denise Pelletier); Peep Show (Espace Go). With Marie Brassard, Simon created set designs for Jimmy, The Darkness, Peepshow, The Invisible and Trieste. With Cirque du Soleil, he designed the sets for Rebel, Joyeux Calvaire – Homage aux Cowboys Fringuants, Juste une p’tite nuite – Hommage aux Colocs, Bazzar et Stone – Hommage à Luc Plamondon. In dance, he collaborated with Line Nault for Super-Super and Dana Gingras for Somewhere Between Maybe. In dance, he collaborated with Line Nault for Super-Super and Dana Gingras for Somewhere Between Maybe.
Amelia Scott is a video designer, projection technologist, and new media artist creating for theatre, opera, dance, and beyond. Based out of Montreal and working across Canada, she works in the intersection of animation, video, film, and live performance. She is also an instructor of Video Technology and Design at The National Theatre School of Canada. Recent credits include Stars, Towards Youth (Crow’s Theatre); Epilogos (Radical System Art); A Love Letter to Emily C (Handsome Alice Theatre); Crossing the Ocean (Youtheatre); The In-Between (Geordie Theatre); Speculation (Leslie Ting); THE MAGIC FLUTE (Opera Nuova); To the Light, Cockroach (Alberta Theatre Projects).
Isabel Quintero Faia is a graduate of the 2014–15 Black Theatre Workshop Artist Mentorship Program and John Abbott College’s Professional Theatre Production Program. Recent stage management credits include The Tashme Project: The Living Archives (Tashme Productions); Mythic (Segal Centre); The Tropic of X (Imago Theatre) and Fences (upcoming) (Black Theatre Workshop/Centaur Theatre). Initially involved during the workshop phase, Isabel is excited to return for the remount.
Porte Parole creates and produces original documentary plays about Quebec and Canadian contemporary life that inspire diverse audiences to think critically together about current social issues. Based in Montreal, Porte Parole was founded in 2000 by playwright Annabel Soutar and actor Alex Ivanovici. The Company has produced French and English documentary plays (The Assembly, L’Assemblée, Fredy, J’aime Hydro, The Watershed/Le Partage des eaux, Seeds/Grains, Sexy Béton, Montréal la blanche, Import/Export, 2000 Questions, Santé! and Novembre) that find creative ways to animate complex documentary material so that it becomes engaging and entertaining.
Porte Parole aims to make theatre an innovative hub of democratic dialogue – a space that promotes curiosity, creativity, critical thinking and live contact between diverse people. Porte Parole is currently taking its first steps towards producing its content for digital arenas by audio live streaming a selection of its plays, adapting its plays into episodic podcasts and creating video content. Porte Parole is also in the midst of developing its dramaturgy mentorship program and educational outreach activities.
Porte Parole would like to thank its board of directors: Matthieu Sauvé, François Prénovost, Sébastien Mondou, Anne Emanueli, Alex Ivanovici, Annabel Soutar, Mathieu Johnson, François Le Moine and Vyara Ndejuru. Porte Parole would like to also thank the four brave people – Valerie, Shayne, Hope and ‘James’ whose participation in the Company’s first Assembly gave birth to the language in this play.