COLEEN SHIRIN MACPHERSON
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR (CANADA / UK)
Coleen is a Canadian playwright, director and actor and Artistic Director of emerging international theatre company, Open Heart Surgery Theatre. As a half Parsi-Indian and half Irish theatre maker, a lot of her work with her company engages with ideas of cross-cultural collaboration. She has toured work in China, UK, France, Egypt and across Canada. She studied at Ecole Jacques Lecoq in Paris and was part of the school’s first writer’s program where she mentored with French playwright, Michal Azama. She also studied at the University of Toronto (Hons BA) and Concordia University and has worked with companies such as: Theatre Smith-Gilmour, Necessary Angel, Bad New Days, Why Not Theatre and Onelight Theatre. She was a core member of UK based international touring theatre company, Wet Picnic, touring shows across the UK and France. Her play, First Draft, was performed at Hart House Theatre (Toronto), the Camden People’s Theatre (Camden Fringe) and the Mimetic Festival (The Vaults) in London, UK. It later toured to Cairo, Egypt (Falaki Theater) with StudioZAT and was the first Canadian-Egyptian collaboration in November 2016. Coleen co- translated of Pier Paolo Pasolini’s Pylade with Adam Paolozza, which was performed by the Great Jones Repertory Company at La MaMa Off-Broadway in 2015 and is currently touring across Europe.
Coleen directed and devised This is Why We Live, which premiered at Plateau 31 in Paris, in co-production with Théâtre de L’Enfumeraie in France and was further developed in Toronto at showcased at The Theatre Centre. She was an artist in residence at Old Vic New Voices in London, UK and also at Théâtre de L'Enfumeraie in Le Mans, France to develop this work.
Coleen teaches playwriting and movement-based theatre creation in Canada, France, Egypt and the UK. . She is currently working on a project with Pangea Theater (Minneapolis) and Onelight (Halifax) with Afghani-Iranian women in Tehran (Osh’han). Her play This Is Why We Live will be touring to Poland in 2018 and will be part of the 57th season of La MaMa’s Off-Broadway season in New York City. She is currently developing Surrealist Women, a devised play with seven actors and writing her latest play, Meat. Coleen wishes she could fly.
COMPANY MEMBER/ACTOR (CANADA)
Alaine is a performer/writer/devisor. After graduating from the University of Toronto with a specialist in theatre and major in cinema, she has continued her education at École International de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq. There she was also able to study design and mise en scene with Pascale Lecoq in the Laboratoire d’Etude de Mouvement (LEM).
She has studied Mask and Clown with John Turner of Canadian Clown duo Mump and Smoot at the Manitoulin Conservatory of Creation and Performance. Alaine continuously studies under Denise Fujiwara in Butoh based embodiment and is a currently 2016/17 season collaborator and was the 2013-2014 Fujiwara Dance Inventions scholarship recipient.
Alaine is the co-artistic director of Lester Trips (Theatre); an independent Toronto-based collective dedicated to the creation of original Canadian work in bold, visceral forms of physical theatre. Show credits for Lester Trips (Theatre) include— writer/performer in Intangible Trappings (2016), writer/performer in Mr.Truth (2016), writer/performer in LOVEWURST (2014), co-adapted by/performer in The Misunderstanding (2014).
COMPANY MEMBER/DIRECTOR (USA / UK)
Sarah Warren is a director, writer and actor. Her debut feature film, MLE (My Little Eye), a comedy spy caper, premiered at LOCO London Comedy Film Festival at the BFI, where it won the Special Commendation Discovery Award. It went on to show at over a dozen film festivals winning 5 awards including Best Actress and Best Feature at AOF, Los Angeles. MLE featured an ensemble cast including Oscar winning directors Paul Haggis and Mike Figgis. Sarah’s student feature, Moments Before, premiered at festivals in LA and Toronto. Her short films have shown at Cannes International Film Festival, Krakow and TIFF. Her short, Guilt Or, went on to show theatrically before Polanski’s Carnage. Sarah studied at the University of Toronto where she was selected to work with Atom Egoyan on a one-year interdisciplinary art course, where she began making films. Egoyan especially championed her comedic voice. As an actor, Sarah is premiering in the upcoming feature film, A Dozen’s Summers. And as a theatre director, she most recently remounted the award winning play, First Draft, at Camden People’s Theatre and Mimetic Festival at the Vaults.
Sarah also works as a University Lecturer, with most recent international masterclasses in London UK, Egypt, Canada, Malaysia, and at the University of Southern California. Her lecturing and module leader work has led her to write her first academic book entitled, Listen, for On Camera Acting.
COMPANY MEMBER/ACTOR (FRANCE)
Diplômée de Psychologie, et formée au théâtre avec Jean-Laurent Cochet dans sa Master Class Vendéenne pendant deux ans, elle intègre ensuite le Conservatoire d'Art Dramatique de Rennes en cycle 3, tout en poursuivant ses études en Art du spectacle. En Master 1 d'études théâtrales, elle écrit un mémoire sur la catharsis au Théâtre et entre la même année en Cycle d'Orientation Professionnel au Conservatoire de Rennes. Elle y étudie pendant deux ans différents types de textes classiques et contemporains, et met en scène un extrait de Catégorie 3.1 de Lars Noren, projet à l'issue duquel elle obtient son Diplôme d'Etudes Théâtrales.
Elle poursuit son parcours à l'Ecole Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq à Paris ou elle y apprend le mouvement, le jeu masqué, le mime, le théâtre gestuel et le clown. Parallèlement elle a toujours été passionnée par l'improvisation théâtrale et a été formée à la Troupe d'Improvisation Rennaise ainsi qu'à la Ligue d'Improvisation Parisienne. Elle a également participé à de nombreux stages autour du masque, du clown, de l'interprétation, de l'écriture, du chant et de la danse. Elle fait partie aujourd'hui de différentes compagnies internationales telles que Théâtre Senza ou elle joue dans Miraculi, un spectacle sur l'île de Lampedusa ; ou encore Open Heart Surgery avec la pièce This is why we live, en cours de création. Elle intègre récemment deux compagnies françaises, Petithuit avec laquelle elle joue dans Sans Issues Dessous, inspiré des textes de Karl Valentin, ainsi que les Compagnons Butineurs pour la pièce Cassandre.
YEARIME CASTEL BARRAGAN
ARTISTIC ASSOCIATE (FRANCE/MEXICO)
Yearime was born in Mexico but has lived and worked in more than five different countries. She studied business management at Iberoamericana University and was hired as general manager of the drivers department at Centro Dinamico Pegasso where she organized events for the public and the press. Life took her to Rio de Janeiro where she keep writing shorts stories and for the first time joined a physical theatre group called Playa del Carmen. Playa del Carmen was her home for four years and she created, produced and presented plays for kids and adults. In Barcelona she studied Lecoq’s First Trip taught mainly by Paola Rizza and Christophe Marchand. Fascinated by this style of theatre she identified with the pedagogy of Jacques Lecoq when she found out that he was from a background of sports and his work was based in movement. She then took the decision of taking theatre to a professional level and moved to Paris to study at École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq. To compliment this experience she also graduated from Laboratoire d’Etude du Mouvement (L.E.M.). Now she is part of the collective Young Arts Paris organizing cultural evenings, collaborates in the creation and production of international companies such as Open Heart Surgery in France.