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"this haunting meditation on gender, monogamy and power inspires extended contemplation" NOW Magazine

photo of  Viv Moore, Andrya Duff & Chala Hunter by Jeremy Mimnagh copyright 2014.

set by Lindsay Anne Black. Costumes by Dylan Bobier. Lighting by Michelle Ramsay. Stage Management by Sarah O’Brien.

Allyson and AnnaK

I had the great fortune to direct the graduating class George Brown Theatre School in Anna Karenina. The adaptation of Tolstoy’s classic by Helen Edmundson was first produced with Shared Experience in the UK. 16 very brave young actors, set designer Jackie Chau, costume designer Dylan Bobier, lighting designer Arun Srinivasan and the stage management team of Jenn Hewitt (ASM) & Sarah O’Brien (SM) dove into a world of memory, Russian winters, fields, lakes, ballrooms, deep sadnesses and desires.

This was a very inspiring process for me to work on. The massiveness of Tolstoy’s story was a great thing to wrestle with and I was moved daily by the rigour, committment, curiosity and committment of this team. These are young people to watch for and I hope I get to cross paths with them many times over.

Please visit George Brown Theatre School for more information

Above: Photo of Lena Maripuu, Sarah Doyle, Annie Tuma, Caitlin Fysh by Andrew Oxenham. Set by Jackie Chau. Costumes by Dylan Bobier. Lighting by Arun Srinivasan. George Brown Theatre School 2015.


Western Skies: Allyson at The Globe Conservatory

Artistic Director Allyson McMackon had the very good fortune to spend part of July and most of

st 2014 teaching at The Globe Theatre Conservatory. This was her second time at the conservatory, and this season had the good fortune to be working alongside voice teacher Laurel Thomson and acting teacher David Latham on The Winter’s Tale. For five weeks, ten brave ones dove into the world of image, voice, body and Shakespeare. A privilege to work with such artists all around.

“Toronto’s Best Movement Based Theatre Company”

Now Magazine

Dora Nomination for Dylan!

We are thrilled to announce that costume designer Dylan Bobier was honoured with a Dora Mavor Moore Award Nomination for Outstanding Costume Design for The Stronger Variations! The awards will be announced on June 22. For more info, please visit The Toronto Alliance for the Performaing Arts

Allyson at Director’s Lab North

Allyson recently ran a workshop at The Director’s Lab North at the Tarragon Theatre. This amazing programme is a gathering place for over 27 directors from across North America and Europe. Thank you to Evan Tsitsias for the invitation (it’s the fourth year we think) and for an excellent and inspiring day! And thank you to the directors for your brave work.

photo by Joe Bucci


Upcoming Projects

We’re embarking on a very new project inspired by Thornton Wilder’s Our Town. Tentatively called And What’s Left When Memory’s Gone, we’re digging into the world of finding home, place, and looking at what our lives mean. The next eight months will be devoted to workshopping and playing and building what will be our next production set for 2016/17. Please check back frequently for information and updates.

This project is generously supported by



Spring Gym: Repetition & Rigour

We just finished our two day Gym Intensive devoted to the themes of “rigour” and “repetition”. We have to say, it was an amazing two days with an incredibly generous group of artists/explorers. Thank you to all for your open hearts, strong bodies and questionning
souls. Let’s do it again soon, no?

We’ve been doing roll-downs forever, but today, how much room can we create inside our bodies? How much space is available to show our inner lives?

photo of Priscilla Taylor, Katie Moore, Simon Mizera, Edie Shaw, Zachary Murphy & Alex Hartshorn.