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Date: 2009 June

June 30, 2009, by

6 Shows Only:

Thu July, 2 6:15 PM 
 Sat July, 4 2:30 PM 
 Sun July, 5 7:45 PM 

Wed July, 8 6:00 PM 
 Fri July, 10 4:15 PM 
 Sun July, 12 2:30 PM


Click here for map to the theatre and fringe advance box office (Same convenient location)

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June 30, 2009, by


Outstanding New Play or New Musical
Anton Piatigorsky Eternal Hydra

Outstanding Production
Eternal Hydra Crow’s Theatre

Outstanding Direction
Chris Abraham Eternal Hydra

Outstanding Performance by a Male
David Ferry Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me

Outstanding Performance by a Female
Maja Ardal You Fancy Yourself

Outstanding Set Design
Gillian Gallow Appetite

Outstanding Costume Design
Gillian Gallow Appetite

Outstanding Lighting Design
John Thompson Eternal Hydra

Outstanding Sound Design/Composition
Waylen Miki An Inconvenient Musical

June 29, 2009, by
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“Seen in profile, the human brain looks something like a boxing glove. The temporal lobes are where the thumbs would be…”




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BRENDAN GALL is one of three writers whose work comprises The Room's inaugural production, "RED MACHINE: PART ONE," running July 1st to 12th, 7 pm nightly at The Lower Ossington Theatre as part of the Toronto Fringe Festival.

Photo by Kristy Kennedy

BRENDAN GALL is one of three writers whose work comprises The Room’s inaugural production, “RED MACHINE: PART ONE,” running July 1st to 12th, 7 pm nightly at The Lower Ossington Theatre as part of the Toronto Fringe Festival. (to find out more, click here)

To learn more about Praxis Theatre’s Variations on Theatre, click here.

June 25, 2009, by

Glo workshop video

Video by Deanna Downes

Josette Bushell-Mingo, Artistic Director of Tyst Theater in Sweden, speaks about the Spring 09 workshop of Glo by Christina Anderson. Glo is one of three plays being produced as part of The Africa Trilogy by Volcano Theatre for the Luminato Festival in Toronto in 2010.

Click here for an overview of the project and process.

June 23, 2009, by
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Tim Buck 2 Cast

Photo by Meredith Whitten

The cast of Praxis Theatre’s upcoming production of  Tim Buck 2 at the Toronto Fringe Festival reacts to a suggestion by Praxis GM and performer Margaret Evans that the show could be something less than totally awesome. 

Want to know more?  You can read the media release here.

June 22, 2009, by


Unconferencers get their dialogue on at the all-day event hosted by The Festival of Ideas and Creation and Small Wooden Shoe.  Photo by Amanda Lynne Ballard

by Michael Wheeler

When I looked out my bedroom window at torrential downpour at  8am on a Saturday morning, the first thing that occurred to me was, “Damn, I’m going to be one of five people at the Unconference.”

I was a little astonished to arrive at a lobby teaming with artists eating danishes and doubling down on coffee, ready to meet people and set their own agendas.  The hell with traditional models and top-down thinking – these folks were all here looking for dialogue and the tools to create action-based solutions! Judith Thompson and Daniel Brooks were participants too. It was pretty cool frankly.

Here’s my highlight list:

  • Getting the names and emails of 11 people that want to help me fix the back room of a gallery into a rehearsal/performance space. (Coming late summer/fall.) 
  • Misha Glouberman facilitating while sitting on the stage in a suit. (An appealing mix of off-hand professionalism.)
  • An indepth conversation about how to get a new theatre company off the ground.  (Artistic vs. administrative goals.)
  • Feedback from several people about this new re-vamped website. (Range from great to overwhelming amount of information.)
  • Several different and interesting conversations about how to not be overwhelmed by the administrative and logistical nightmares of being an Artistic Director. (With other ADs and people who don’t want to be because they don’t want the responsibility.) 
  • Some good non-theatre related stories over beers at the pub afterwards. (The biggest clue to the success of these things is enthusiasm to keep talking when the event is officially over.)
June 19, 2009, by

What is the deal with this so called “Unconference?”

It is a one day meeting of Toronto’s groundbreaking professional artists, arts workers and arts leaders to talk about the future(s) of performance practice and our city’s stages. Facilitated by Trampoline Hall’s Misha Glouberman using techniques drawing from open-space technology and world cafes (the “Un-” denotes a conference with no panels, guest-speakers or pre-determined outcomes), the agenda is crafted by participants and the issues on the table are the ones you want to talk about. All who have stake in the evolution of performance are encouraged to attend to strategize, explore and identify what we can do right now to address our most challenging and exciting opportunities.


Misha Glouberman will unfacilitate.

Click here to register. 

Click here for more information.


Saturday, June 20, 2009, 10 a.m.- 6 p.m., $10 including lunch – Reception to Follow


June 17, 2009, by

by Simon Rice

Franco Boni is an organizer.

Or at least that’s the term The Theatre Centre’s current Artistic Director seemed to prefer when I asked him about producing. I met with Boni in his attic office high above the historical Great Hall Building at Dovercourt and Queen.  The office is sparse but stylish, echoing Boni’s appearance. There is a picture of Barack Obama pinned to his bulletin board. The neighborhood surrounding The Theatre Centre known for its hipster haunts and booming nightlife can sometimes feel dauntingly pretentious. But Boni, as soon as we sit down by the window is disarming, at times passionate, and at other times displaying a self-deprecating sense of humour. “ Well initially, you know, everybody wants to be an actor, but I found out really really quickly that I couldn’t act,” Boni laughs heartily, “so that was over.”

Boni studied at York University, majoring in theatre and minoring in religious studies. And early on in his words he, “ just started running things.” Boni organized PlayGround, a juried fringe festival for York University now in its 17th year. “I was just trying to find a way for our voices to be heard.” And he continues that quest today. Since taking the reigns of the theatre Centre in 2003, he has started an artists residency program, “a two year structured creation unit offering artists the resources of space, dramaturgy, design input, financial and administrative support.”

Just after finishing university Boni volunteered at the Playwrights Union of Canada and undertook a complete reorganization of their collection. “ I got to know Canadian theatre through the playwrights.” It would be one of those playwrights who would give Boni his biggest break. After seeing Boni’s direction in a dress rehearsal for the Rhubarb Festival, Sky Gilbert decided to take him on as an Assistant Director, for his 1994 production More Divine, which would open the new space at Buddies and Bad Times.

Boni’s work at Buddies would continue as part of its Youth Outreach Program to, “ make young queer youth aware of their history.” The program, for which Boni ran the Theatre Division, connected local Queer thinkers and historians with young people. “ It’s hard being young and queer. I think it really made an impact on these young people.”

From there Boni would go on to run The Rhubarb Festival for three years and then Summerworks for five years, before inheriting the The Theatre Centre job from David Duclose in 2003. The Theatre Centre celebrated its 30th birthday and Boni is proud of its history, but before he hands the reins over to anyone else he would ultimately like to find it a permanent home. The Theatre Centre leases from the Great Hall building, a beautiful Victorian construction, with an interesting history of it’s own. Boni enlightens me that not only was it formerly the headquarters of the West End YMCA, (the actual theatre centre playing space was the basketball court) but famous Canadian runner Tom Longboat used its track to train.

History is important to Boni, but so is social justice, his early theatrical hero was Vaclav Havel, “I really keyed in to these people who were citizens first, but also happened to be artists with artists tools.” And The Theatre Centre is more than a building. It is an idea. With that in mind Boni looks to the future with his eye on a new space for the company better suited to its needs.

We have an extraordinary opportunity to relocate to a magnificent heritage building one block from our current home. This building is a former Carnegie Library located at 1115 Queen Street West.  It is owned by the City of Toronto and is currently used as offices for the City’s Public Health Department. The building is located in the heart of the West Queen West neighbourhood where intense redevelopment is disturbing the traditional artists’ habitat. Concerns raised by the City and the public about the plans for this community resulted in landmark settlements being reached between the City and two developers whereby one developer will provide new office space for Public Health and the other will contribute 1 million in cash towards the renovation of the Carnegie Library as a creative hub.”

When I try to get Boni to talk about what he thinks is wrong with the Toronto theatre scene he doesn’t quite jump at the opportunity. “ Theatre is quite a conservative form, and maybe there is too much cautiousness out there. But I don’t like to focus on what other people are doing wrong. It’s better to focus getting right what you are doing. And just keep doing things.”

June 15, 2009, by
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Hello Gentle Reader,

Welcome to the new and improved Praxis Theatre Blog and Website.

As you can see we’ve integrated the whole thingamabob into one site here at If you haven’t (re)bookmarked us yet, please take the time to do so. 

What can you expect on this newfangled webpage?

  • A brand new series that will focus on interviewing Artistic Directors from Canada and around the world by Praxis Theatre Co-Artistic Director Simon Rice. The first of this series will be launched Wednesday June 17th.
  • Praxis Theatre Co-Artistic Director Michael Wheeler will continue his dialogue with artists involved in the creative process behind The Africa Trilogy, currently being created by Volcano Theatre, premiering at Luminato in June 2010. 
  • More artists participating in Praxis Theatre’s Variations on Theatre
  • Even more Celebrity Theatre posts by OCTP* Greta Papageorgiu.
  • Increased long-form content by arts journalists like the piece Lindsay Schwietz just wrote on Eat The Street.
  • Lots of other stuff we haven’t even thought of or can’t tell you about yet.

Please enjoy and give us your feedback. Special thanks to the many-talented Graham F Scott for his patience and skill bringing about this exciting new stage of online Praxisness.

* Original Canadian Theatre Paparazzi

June 12, 2009, by

Photo by stuartpilbrow licensed under Creative Commons 2.0

The integration of the Praxis blog and website will likely cause some problems over the weekend. Regular programming will resume on Tuesday June 16, 2009.
One url to rule them all!