Infinite Voices

Artists-in-Residence Program for Established & Emerging Artists

Beginning in our 21/22 Season, Infinithéâtre is privileged to launch our Infinite Voices Artist-in-Residence Program.

Every year, Infinithéâtre will invite one established artist and one or more emerging artists to join up with the company for the full season as they develop one or multiple projects in tandem with the company. The emerging artist-in-residence program will include mentorship and support from the company as well as occasional mentorship from the established artist. For all artists-in-residence, the primary focus of their residency will be the progression, development and potential creation of an artistic project. This may be a finished script or performance piece. Artists will have access to development workshops during their residency. Infinithéâtre is keen to offer this rare opportunity to unique and compelling artists with fire, drive, and urgency to tell stories and create theatrical magic. Special consideration will be given to artists of under-represented social and cultural groups. Artistic residencies will run from September to June each year. Throughout that time, artists will have occasional access to an extended creative team for script readings & development workshops.

As our first annual Artist-in-Residence for the 21/22 theatre season, Infinithéâtre is proud to host Drew Hayden Taylor with the specific intent to commission Open House, which we hope to produce in our 22/23 season. We're delighted to announce Masha Bashmakova and Jeremy Lewis as our Resident Emerging Artists for the 21/22 Season.

Drew Hayden Taylor

Infinithéâtre's 1st Annual Artist-in-Residence

An Ojibway from the Curve Lake First Nations in Ontario, Drew Hayden Taylor has worn many hats in his literary career, from performing stand-up comedy at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., to being Artistic Director of Canada's premiere Native theatre company, Native Earth Performing Arts. He has been an award-winning playwright, a journalist/columnist (appearing regularly in several Canadian newspapers and magazines), short-story writer, novelist, television scriptwriter, and has worked on numerous documentaries exploring the Native experience. He wrote and directed Redskins, Tricksters and Puppy Stew, a documentary on Native humour for the NFB, and for CBC co-created Searching for Winnitou, an exploration of Germany’s fascination with North American Indigenous culture. Two years later, he followed it up with the documentary Cottagers and Indians, about Indigenous/non-Indigenous conflicts over land and water issues.
Drew has proudly been a part of what he refers to as the contemporary Native Literary Renascence. An author of more than 20 plays, his popular plays such as Toronto at Dreamer's Rock, Only Drunks and Children Tell the Truth, The Berlin Blues, and Cottagers and Indians have left their mark on the Canadian theatre scene.

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Jeremy Lewis

Resident Emerging Artist 21/22

Jeremy Lewis (a.k.a. The Court Jester) has been studying theatre since 2015 while also performing in community / summer-stock / fringe theatre since the summer of 2016. In May2020, he graduated from John Abbott’s Professional Theatre program, and jumped right back into training at the National Theatre School of Canada.

Jeremy got his start in music when he was in high school, playing trombone in the school band. Through that, he developed a passion for beat making, and, later on, writing lyrics. The shape that his artistic voice has taken since then has become a total mix of his love for music, theatre, and story-telling, all of which was a main point of focus for him in starting in on his first album, The King’s Fool. Looking ahead, Jeremy is working on two follow-up projects to his album that will combine to create a trilogy of sorts, entitled “The King’s Series”.

Check out Jeremy's recent music video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sw1lVGCp2Vg

https://www.facebook.com/thejesterofthecourt/

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Masha Bashmakova

Resident Emerging Artist 21/22

Masha Bashmakova is an emerging Montreal-based theatre artist from Russia and the UAE, navigating the ways in which creative expression serves as a deep and necessary language in expressing interpersonal and social challenges, conflicts, and empathies. A recent graduate of Concordia’s Performance Creation program, her current practice spans visual and performing arts, with a specific focus in performance, theatre directing, and interdisciplinary creation. Masha’s recent work explores fragmentation in forms of episodic storytelling, as well as the intersections of narrative mediums- diving into the points of encounter between image-based, audio and text-based storytelling languages.

For more info about Masha's work, check out her website: https://www.mashabashmakova.com/

Infinithéâtre's commission of Drew Hayden Taylor's new play Open House is possible thanks to the generous support of The Cole Foundation.