Behind the Curtain: Joseph Shragge of Oedipus Part One: Assembly

By Caleigh Crow   “We don’t think of the Greeks as musical theatre,” says Joseph Shragge, “even though the choruses were sung and danced to.” Joseph sits across from me at the ubiquitous wooden table that dominates the Quebec Drama Federation’s main meeting space. It’s a large table, long, darker in color; the varnish on … Continue reading Behind the Curtain: Joseph Shragge of Oedipus Part One: Assembly

Behind the Curtain: Cultivating Confidence with Gabriel Maharjan, director of Gruesome Playground Injuries

By: Caleigh Crow For Playground Productions, new swingers on the Montreal independent theatre monkey bars, there’s only the future ahead, laid cleanly before them like white-painted hopscotch squares, still un-scuffed by sneakers and loose pebbles. Their first kick at the can (last playground joke), Gruesome Playground Injuries, offers the story of two characters brought together … Continue reading Behind the Curtain: Cultivating Confidence with Gabriel Maharjan, director of Gruesome Playground Injuries

Behind the Curtain: CABAL’s Anthony Kennedy and the Tragic Queens

By Caleigh Crow “We're not trying to be rebellious or provocative for the sake of it,” Anthony Kennedy says, “this is just what makes sense to us.” Anthony Kennedy is the director and one of six founders of CABAL Theatre, one of Montreal’s newest independent theatre companies, whose upcoming production, Tragic Queens, is a collectively … Continue reading Behind the Curtain: CABAL’s Anthony Kennedy and the Tragic Queens

Behind the Curtain: Warona Setshwaelo of Black Theatre Workshop’s Artist Mentorship Program

by Caleigh Crow So, you’ve decided to go for it. You want to be a theatre practitioner. Maybe you discover you’re compelled to perform; to tell stories. Or maybe you’ve got a discerning eye for design and you’re great at building models. Maybe directing is your soul-food. You may have attended a post-secondary theatre training … Continue reading Behind the Curtain: Warona Setshwaelo of Black Theatre Workshop’s Artist Mentorship Program

Behind the Curtain: In Front of the Lights with Itai Erdal and His ‘How to Disappear Completely’

By Max Mehran The Segal Centre for Performing Arts presents The Chop Theatre’s award-winning production of How to Disappear Completely from April 30th to May 21st at the Segal Studio. QDF had the pleasure to meet with the co-writer and performer in the show, internationally-known lighting designer Itai Erdal. In this emotionally charged interview, Itai … Continue reading Behind the Curtain: In Front of the Lights with Itai Erdal and His ‘How to Disappear Completely’

Behind the Curtain: Dwellings

By Caleigh Crow “I feel like I’m wrangling a carriage of ten horses and they’re all going in different speeds and directions!” Ulla Neuerburg-Denzer says affectionately. She is Associate Professor at the Department of Theatre at Concordia University. She’s referring to Dwellings, the multi-department, multi-disciplinary, multi-venue, multi-everything performance piece Concordia is presenting this weekend. “The … Continue reading Behind the Curtain: Dwellings