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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, Liza Balkan 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 technical rehearsals with Caitlin Fish (Dolly) & Dylan Bobier (costume designer)

Right: Technical rehearsal with the cast. Lighting by Arun Srinivasan...the Russian Mountains.

both photos by Allyson McMackon


Western Skies: Allyson at The Globe Conservatory

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

photo of The Rusticle Gym Spring Fling (2014) by Allyson McMackon

Rusticle Gym June Gym: Rigour and Repetition

We’re hosting a Gym June 22 and 23 devoted to the themes of Rigour and Repetition! It’s a great way to begin the first week of Summer and to work out some old muscles. Only 2 spots are left. For more information visit here


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