Dark Love at Rhubarb 37

Posted in News on February 10, 2016 by newharlemproductions

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We are excited to share the first stage of exploration and development on a new interdisciplinary work DARK LOVE at the 37th Rhubarb Festival at Buddies in Bad Times, Toronto.

“Your walls may be high and your windows barred but they will come.” 
A workshop presentation exploring one community’s shared experience during a power outage.

director / choreographer . Virgilia Griffith
assistant director . Daniel Ellis

Arlen Aguayo Stewart
Falen Johnson
Susan A. Lock
Chiamaka G. Ugwu

illustrator . Stephen Jackman-Torkoff
text dramaturge . Gein Wong
photographer . Tsholo Khalema

February 17 – 20, 2016
The Chamber, Buddies in Bad Times Theatre
12 Alexander Street
for tickets and more info click here

In creating this new interdisciplinary work, we are grateful for the support of NOW Magazine, lemonTree creations, Pamela Gilmartin, Shannon Lea Doyle, Michelle Ramsay, Nic Vincent, Mel Hague, Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, Factory Theatre, David Jansen, Andrea Donaldson.

DARK LOVE is a part of the 54ology, and part of the 37th Rhubarb Festival

Buddies in Bad Times Theatre presents
February 17-28, 2016
Festival Director Mel Hague
Festival Sponsor TD Bank Group
For two weeks, artists transform the Buddies neighbourhood into a hotbed
of creativity and experimentation, sharing new ideas in contemporary
theatre, performance art, dance, and music with adventure-loving
Evening Passes: $20
Young Creators Unit: PWYC
Take Your Space Project: Free with any evening pass, $20 at the door
Box Office 416-975-8555 or tickets.buddiesinbadtimes.com



The Hours That Remain with Gwaandak Theatre – 2014

Posted in News on January 23, 2014 by newharlemproductions

Gwaandak Theatre Society in association with New Harlem Productions



by Keith Barker, directed by David Storch

Feb 22 – 25, 2014 : Vancouver        

Feb 28 – March 1, 2014 : Dawson City        

March 5-8, 2014 : Whitehorse

for more details, visit Gwaandak Theatre Society


( l-r: Tara Beagan, Eli Ham 2012.  photo by Nir Bareket)

About our partner:  Rooted in Aboriginal artistic practices, Gwaandak Theatre is an inclusive campfire where Indigenous, Northern and diverse stories find shape and voice, while building and deepening connections with Other(s).   Located in Whitehorse (YT), Gwaandak Theatre is dedicated to artist-centred work while becoming one of the most celebrated theatre companies in Canada, nurtured by the North and engaged with the world.

Strange Sisters: Insatiable: Redux

Posted in Dance / Movement, Music & Spoken Word on November 23, 2013 by newharlemproductions

We are so excited to be taking part in

Strange Sisters: The Insatiable Redux

Buddies in Bad Times Theatre

October 25, 2013 @ 8pm

curated by Kim Crosby & Gein Wong

space activator Jade Lee Hoy

We are honoured to present our work (Channelling Live) alongside performances by Catherine “Legs” Hernandez, cassy walker, Juliet November, Alvis Parsley, India Davis, Masti Khor, Fonna Seidu, Francesca Nocera and Yvonne Fly Onakeme Etaghene


Channelling Live is a spoken word performance process where content is mediated by technology, distance and foreign bodies.  Written and conceived by Donna-Michelle St. Bernard, interpreting artists Clare Preuss and Pamela Gilmartin will hear the text for the first time as it is transmitted to them during the performance.

For this performance, the text being channelled is entitled In The Days of My Virginity, a part of the 54ology.  In the Days of My Virginity explores the value of virginity and is being developed with the support of actor Virgilia Griffith.


Clare Preuss  is a multidisciplinary theatre artist who has collaborated with many innovative and award-winning theatre companies including: Alameda, Artistic Fraud of Newfoundland, b current, BeMe, Blyth, Buddies in Bad Times, Cahoots, Carlos Bulosan, Driftwood, Factory, fu-GEN, Young People’s Theatre, Native Earth Performing Arts, New Harlem Productions, Nightwood, Stratford, Te-Amim Music Theatre, Theatre Direct Canada, Threshold, Union Eight and Volcano among others.  Her work has been seen at Canadian festivals  such as BUZZ, Hysteria, Mayworks, Next Stage, OTHERfolk, Rhubarb, SpringWorks, SummerWorks, Magnetic North and Wrecking Ball. Her film and TV credits include: Mean Girls (Paramount), The Prince and Me (Paramount), Urban Legends: Final Cut (Phoenix) and Get With The Program (TVO).  Clare holds a BFA in Acting from the University of Alberta and is a Certified Yoga Instructor.  She is a part-time faculty member at Humber College.  She was nominated for the 2011 John Hirsch Director’s Award and the 2013 John Hirsch Prize.  Clareis the Associate Artistic Director at Volcano Theatre and the Artistic Director of Body Theatre.


Pamela Gilmartin:  Original singer/songwriter Pamela Gilmartin has a Bachelor of Arts in Music Theory and Composition. She is a currently and forever a member of Sans Cherubs (an original band from the CT/NYC area formed in 1994). She performed for a number of years with Toronto’s own: The McFlies (a multi-instrumental 1980’s acoustic cover/celebration band). This past year Musical Director Pamela Gilmartin collaborated with award winning Canadian playwright Donna-Michelle St. Bernard on two of Donna’s NEW emerging plays: Give It Up and The Chariot.  She is a co-vocalist in folk/funk/hip hop trio Ergo Sum Pamela Gilmartin’s original music can be heard on ReverbNation.com

The Foreign Exchange 2.0

Posted in Dance / Movement, Public Encounter, Theatre on August 10, 2012 by newharlemproductions
The Foreign Exchange 2.0

Tuesday August 14th 2012 – Lower Ossington Theatre


The Foreign Exchange (2.0)

What if we really got to know each other? What if you could ask anything without judgment or offense? We think you can. The Foreign Exchange facilitates candid conversation in the tenuous territory of culture. We want you to be honest, and we’re willing to start.

Originally developed at the 2010 SummerWorks Festival, the Foreign Exchange brings together a panel of representatives from multiple diverse cultures in a performance-work that ignites complicated real-time conversations about race and culture.

The piece will be split into two sessions with an intermission.

Audiences will be asked to engage.

Be curious.
Be ignorant.
Be humble.
Be brave.

Open up.
Break bread.
Slow dance.



SummerWorks Performance Bar (Lower Ossington Theatre cabaret space)


Tues. August 14, 5:00-9:00pm



Join the conversation!
Do you have a burning question about “Culture” and “Identity” that you want answered?

Ask us Anything!

Past questions have included:

“Why can’t we all say *the N word* now that the Black community is embracing it?”

” How can Jews call themselves the Chosen People?”

“Why do South Asian people smell funny?”

Nothing is off limits! 

Tweet at us @NewHarlemPro and tag it #forxchange

Your questions will be answered live on April 14th!


Question to racy for the twitterverse?
Email Jiv with a subject heading “foreign exchange 2.0” and we’ll keep it anonymous.
Email: jivmail (at) gmail.com


Or join us on Facebook.


Posted in Literature, Music & Spoken Word, News, Theatre, Visual Arts on July 27, 2012 by newharlemproductions

On August 3rd 2012  at the Theatre Passe Mauraille Cabaret Space (16 Ryerson Ave) Join New Harlem Productions (Toronto) & Saskatchewan Native Theatre Company (Saskatoon) in celebrating the upcoming premiere of playwright Keith Barker’s “The Hours That Remain.”

This one night only event is packed with visual art and live music; featuring Aqua (Nibii Wawashkana), a rare performance by Tara Beagan (Artistic Director of Native Earth Performance Arts) accompanied by Henry Adam Svec, multiple award winning artist Pamela Gilmartin (Sans Cherubs, ), multi-disciplinary artist Gein Wong (A Song for Tomorrow, Summerworks 2012,  Thousand Mile Voice, Canadian Stage 2012 BASH resident)and Belladonna & The Awakening. This is the first time Hip Hop/Spoken Word artist Belladonna has united with full musical accompaniment in five years.

Haunted by the disappearance of her sister, Barker’s “The Hours That Remain” follows Denise in her desperate search for answers wherever it takes her. Appearing in a series of visions, her sister causes her to question her sanity, while Denis’s husband hides a secret.

In both support and spirit of Barker’s piece NHP and SNTC have put together this night of radical women centre stage. Raise some funds, raise some spirits, raise some fists. Join the celebration. 

Featuring:                     Belladonna & The Awakening
                                    Pamela Gilmartin
                                    Gein Wong
                                    Tara Beagan & Henry Adam Svec

With Artwork by      Travis Murphy
Richael Laking

Venue:      Theatre Passe Muraille Cabaret Space (16 Ryerson Ave)

Date:                          Friday August 3rd | Doors at 8:00PM                       

Admisson:                 Pay-What-You-Can

Charrette on Cultural Diversity – Toronto Fringe Festival Tent Talk – July 2012

Posted in Public Encounter, Theatre on July 8, 2012 by newharlemproductions

Presented by New Harlem Productions and the Toronto Fringe Festival

A civil disagreement on selective inclusion 

Curated by Donna-Michelle St. Bernard and Cole J Alvis.

Why do we still use selective inclusion to reconcile privilege in the arts?

When implementing affirmative action, is there ever a winner?

A panel agrees to disagree.

Participants: Cole J Alvis, Leah-Simone Bowen, Kim Crosby, Wanda Fitzgerald, Indrit Kasapi, Derek Kwan,  Jiv Parasram,  Rae Powell,  Clare Preuss, Donna-Michelle St. Bernard.


Friday July 13th 2012

3:15 – 4:30PM

The Fringe Club at Honest Ed’s

581 Bloor Street W

 Presented as part of the Toronto Fringe 2012 Fringe Club and Artist Alley Industry Night


Cole J Alvis is an actor, director and producer working with a community building approach.  Future projects include commissioning a new play about the historic queer publication BODY POLITIC by Nick Green and producing Amiri Baraka’s controversial and award winning play DUTCHMAN inside a transit bus at the Summerworks Festival in August (lemonTree creations).


Leah-Simone Bowen is an improviser/playwright/arts administrator and Dora nominated director. She is currently the Artistic Producer at Obsidian Theatre. A graduate of the UofA’s Theatre program she is originally from Spruce Grove Alberta, and even more originally Barbados WI.


Kim Crosby is a daughter of the diaspora hailing from Trinidad and currently living in Toronto. A queer survivor, she is an award-winning multidisciplinary artist, activist, consultant, facilitator and educator. In over a decade of community organizing she has worked across the intersections of oppression in food justice, HIV activism as well as race & gender justice.


Wanda Fitzgerald is a playwright, theatre & visual artist, and an advocate for artists with disabilities. She makes performance inclusive by using Live Audio Description and incorporating Integrated Descriptive Techniques and theatrical American Sign Language. By day she is a digital content media consultant and works at Alliance Films.


Indrit Kasapi is a native of Albania. He moved to Toronto in his early teens. He has worked as an actor, director, playwright, dancer and choreographer.

Indrit is the Artistic Producer of lemonTree creations and a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada. Issues around diversity have definitely caught his interest as of late.


Derek Kwan an is actor, classical singer and administrator. He is outgoing Associate Producer of Cahoots Theatre Company. Highlights include – theatre: Unspoken (Native Earth Performing Arts), Red Snow (Red Snow Collective), A Fool’s Life (Ahuri Theatre), Banana Boys (fu-GEN Asian Canadian Theatre Company); opera: Tapestry New Opera’s New Opera Showcase, Weill’s Seven Deadly Sins (Against the Grain) Mozart’s The Impresario (Bangkok Opera).


Jiv Parasram is reluctantly a human being. As such his identity is definable as a: South-Asian-Indo-Caribbean-Diasporic-Maritime-Canadian artist. (That means brown, right?) Jiv is a founding member of Pandemic Theatre, a graduate of the UC Drama program at the University of Toronto, and an M.A. Candidate at York & Ryerson Universities.


Rae Powell is a Production Manager about town. She’s currently working with Native Earth Performing Arts to open their new studio theatre space in the Regent Park Arts & Cultural Centre and is excited to be stepping into the position of Production Manager of the venue when it opens in September 2012.


As a multidisciplinary theatre artist, Clare has collaborated with many outstanding companies including: Artistic Fraud of Newfoundland, Blyth Festival, Buddies in Bad Times, Cahoots, Carlos Bulosan, Driftwood, Factory, fu-GEN, Young People’s Theatre, Native Earth Performing Arts, New Harlem Productions, Nightwood, Te-Amim Music Theatre, Theatre Direct Canada, Union Eight and Volcano among others.  Clare has presented her work at festivals across Canada (Fringe, Hysteria, Mayworks, OTHERfolk, Rhubarb, SpringWorks, SummerWorks, Magnetic North) as well as the Bayimba International Festival of the Arts in Kampala, Uganda.


DM St. Bernard aka Belladonna the Virtuous is an emcee, playwright and arts administrator of Grenadian extraction whose past works include Gas Girls, Cake, Give It Up and off my chest.  She is the General Manager of Native Earth Performing Arts and Artistic Director of New Harlem Productions.

Defy Definition – Mad Pride Toronto – July 2012

Posted in Theatre on July 8, 2012 by newharlemproductions

New Harlem Productions in partnership with Shakespeare Link Canada present

Defy Definition

as part of Mad Pride 2012

A recent Hart House panel asked “Are There More Mental Illnesses Today or More Labels?”  Through the lens of Shakespeare’s monologues, a group of actors perform evidence of undiagnosed symptoms from a bygone era.  Going beyond Lear’s “that way madness lies” and Ophelia, who is “Divided from herself and her fair judgment” these monologues reveal the prevalence of now-recognizable disorders and ‘afflictions.’


Thursday, July 12, 2012

5:30 pm

237 Sackville Street, Toronto

Cole J Alvis
Omar Hady
Derek Kwan
Joy Lee
Maddy Maro
Jiv Parasram
Aaron Rothermund