Theatre Lab

Company

 

Since our founding in 2007, we have used this company as a vehicle to create work that is truly independent, original and from the heart.


COMPANY

 
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Artistic Director

Michael Orlando is a Toronto-based actor, director, writer, producer and dramaturge. He has worked extensively with both Canadian and International theatre and performance companies including: Theatre Passe Muraille, Factory Theatre, Crate Productions, Convergence Theatre, Volcano Theatre, Cahoots Theatre Projects, Unit 102 Theatre, 32 Teeth, VideoFag and Pandemic Theatre (with which he is a frequent collaborator).

Michael’s work has been included in the Toronto International Fringe Festival, Edmonton Fringe Festival, Summerworks Theatre Festival, and the In the Soil Festival. As Artistic Director of Theatre Lab he has created: Dead End, First Sight, Naked Ladies: a play, Centre of the Universe, You Can Sleep When You’re Dead, To The Last Cry, The Other Houdini, Smother, Halcyon Youth, Warriors, Elegy and The Son of The Man.

Michael is a core member of The Wrecking Ball and is a graduate of the Humber Theatre conservatory program, where he has since become an occasional guest instructor.

 
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managing producer

Sigrid Velis is an actor, producer and arts administrator. She has appeared in various independent productions in Toronto and in her hometown of London, Ontario, and has toured across the United States with Kid’s Entertainment/King Cole Theatrical’s production of Stellaluna.

For the past few years, Sigrid has been focusing on the administrative side of theatre. As Alameda Theatre Company’s Associate Producer and Administrator, Sigrid produced the 2011 SummerWorks production of The Intruder, Carmen Aguirre’s one woman show Chile Con Carne and three De Colores Festivals of New Works, and was the Associate Producer for Body Theatre’s Salome’s Clothes.

For Theatre Lab, Sigrid has produced You Can Sleep When You’re Dead, Centre of the Universe, First Sight and Dead End. Sigrid is a graduate of the Humber Theatre conservatory program and has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from York University.


Resident Artists

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Jonny Sun
Playwright-in-Residence (2016-2017)

Jonny Sun is an emerging Canadian playwright whose works have been performed at the Yale School of Drama, the Hart House Theatre in Toronto, and as part of Theatre Lab's FIRST SIGHT Performance Series. He is an advocate for interdisciplinary creative practice and works across the fields of theatre, music, visual and installation art, design research, architecture, engineering, new media, and comedy. He is currently a PhD candidate at MIT, a fellow at Harvard's Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society, and a recipient of the MIT De Florez Fund for Humor.

His Twitter account @jonnysun, an ongoing character and comedy project, has over 310,000 followers to date and has been published in NPR, The Washington Post, The Independent, Vice, The Hollywood Reporter, Buzzfeed, Playboy, Cosmo, The Yale Herald, and was nominated for the 2015 Shorty Award for Comedian of the Year.

He holds a Master of Architecture from Yale and a Bachelor of Applied Science in Engineering Science at the University of Toronto.

 

Guilty Parties

(Collaborators, Past and Present)

Daniel Abrahamson
Geoffery Armour
David Atkinson
Alexandra Bacynskyj
Bryan Batty
Heather Bellingham
James Bitter
Jewelle Blackman
Glyn Bowerman
David James Brock
Danya Buonastella
Emmanuelle Catanyag
David Chinchilla
Jack Clift
Tyler Davey
Tom Arthur Davis
Rory de Brouwer
Daniel De Pass
Talia Delcogliano
Maria Di Aquino

Lisa Marie diliberto
Eduardo Dimartino
Colin Edwards
Thiago Farias
Robert Feetham
Thea Fitz-James
Megan Fraser
Thomas Gough
Omar Hady
Alexis Hancey
Gordon Hyland
Michael Iliadis
Graham Isador
Melissa Joakim
Sarah Katz
Ceridwen Kingstone
Frances Koncan
Tim Lindsay
Taylor Lindsay
Michael Luckett

Viktor Lukawski
En Lai Mah
Jenna Mariash
Nicole Maroon
David-William Martel
Taryn Mcdonnell
Sam Mclellan
Cameron Michael Murray
Remington North
Jason O'Brien
Justin Otto
Erica Overholt
Mark Paci
Adam Paolozza
Jivesh Parasram
Pat Pariselli
Karin Randoja
Lesley Robertson
Aaron Rothermund
Lea Russell

Jamie Sampson
Kat Sandler
Christian Smith
Emilyn Stam
Jonny Sun
Michelle Urbano
Kevin Vidal
Amy Marie Wallace
Jenna Warriner
Christopher Whitlock
Roselie Williamson
Chris Wilson
Bob Wiseman
Andrew Young
Louisa Zhu

 

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