curated by Ellen Chorley


Thursday, June 4, 2020
written and directed by Yousuf Liepert

sam stands at the base of the mountain. the mountain is immutable, but sam isn’t. but the mountain isn’t, but sam is. sam is many. much of the same, but different. very different, but somehow familiar. sam is an in between space – a space of meeting between the mind and the body, the other and the self, intellect and emotion, trust and hesitance. meet sam.

featuring Chelsea Du Toit, Stella Ferra, Ava Novak, Barbara Lopez, Aideen Reynolds, Ramsey Shindell, Daniela Urdaneta, Giuliana Mancini, Dana Prather, Max Mooney, Neeta Lachmandas, Francisco Morandi, Storm Hartley, Daniel Holzman, Montserrat Videla, Karen Stewart, Jess Kantorowitz, and Marianna Hoitt-Lange



Friday, June 5, 2020
book by Jacquelin Walters and Logan Stefura
music by Michael Watt
lyrics by Jacquelin Walters
directed by Logan Stefura

In The Nancy Drewsical, we meet the legendary teen detective nearing the end of her High School career. The cocky young crime-solver is burning the candle at both ends and is about to be faced with her spookiest case yet. This satirical, energetic adaptation is a story about learning to ask for help, growing up, and, most importantly, about people turning into birds.

featuring Arden Phillips, Emi Gusdal, Cassie Hyman, and Morgan Thomas


Night Owl Theatre presents


Friday, June 5, 2020
written and performed by Dylan Thomas-Bouchier

Living in this world is hard, confusing, and traumatic. Finding Spirit is a one-person show about different people all trying to live their lives while outside and inward forces make them question what they are living for. As the world keeps going, people can lose their spirits along the way and each person we meet is on their own path to finding what spirit is.

This project is early in development.


Persistent Myth Productions presents


Saturday, June 6, 2020
written and performed by Hayley Moorhouse
directed by Isabel Bergquist

I’ve written you a letter. This letter is about birds. Birds and signs. Birds and signs, and obsession. And hope. And fear. And a desperate search for meaning in the mundane. But like, there’s woodpeckers and stuff.

Bird Signs premiered as a solo theatre performance in a Nextfest 2019 workshop. This year, it transforms into a multi-disciplinary digital experiment.



Tuesday, June 9, 2020
created by Connor Yuzwenko-Martin

Inspired by the acclaimed book The Glass Bead Game by Hermann Hesse, Connor embarks on a journey of symbology and introspection. Viewers are invited to watch segments of his life story being portrayed on an unconventional game board, and to consider how their own stories might be part of this strange playground. An online archive of the various objects from Connor’s life will be available to help unlock some of the mysteries of the game.

Between now and Nextfest 2021, the archive will accept contributions with the goal of creating an even larger game that can be explored and manipulated in person. Together, we will engage in The Invisible Practice.

This is a multidisciplinary project.



Wednesday, June 10, 2020
written and performed by Jaseena Elvin

This show has a dog, cats (kind of), alcohol, headbanging and pop music, a nemesis, a cat-loving friend, and a love interest (because it’s a must). Combine all those ideas into a play written and starring Jaseena Elvin, with a re-telling of comedic events that have happened in her life, in a fairytale-like story with a happy ending?


The LC Performance Lab presents


Friday, June 12, 2020
created and performed by Lebogang Diselle

The Space in Between is a solo performance that fuses movement and poetry to reflect on what it means to be Black, African, and a woman in Canada in the post-TRC moment. It is a meditation on how we take up space in the world, how those of us who inhabit marginalized bodies advocate for our rights and live up to our responsibilities ethically, in relation to others who are like us but not quite.


Problem Child & Co. presents


Saturday, June 13, 2020
created by Eric Pinkerton
directed by Tia Kushniruk

Fruit Snack is an absurd, candy-coloured journey following six kids as they search for their very own paradise, while they grapple with the idea of what that really means. As time passes, they are forced to confront what is holding them back, and question if paradise even exists at all. This film is a snapshot of a dance piece of the same name.

featuring Shammy Belmore, Ora Burns, Hannah Chyz, Sarah Emslie, Elya Hunt, and Eric Pinkerton