Co-Artistic Directors, Lauren Gillis and Alaine Hutton
Lauren Gillis is an actor, director and deviser. She graduated from the University of Toronto with a double major in theatre and neuroscience. She is also an Artistic Associate at the independent Toronto theatre company the red light district, where she has been performing in (and more recently, directing) inventive, physical re-envisioning of classical texts since 2008. Lauren’s favourite things about theatre are transformation, simultaneity and terrible fun. To access these on a regular basis, she is currently studying butoh-based embodiment training under scholarship with Denise Fujiwara.
Director, The Misunderstanding (Lester Trips (Theatre), Director, FIREraisers (the red light district); Young Wife in la ronde (the red light district, dir. Ted Witzel); Torturer/Judith in The Possibilities (Helen Gardiner Phelan Playhouse, dir. Banuta Rubess); Director, Alkestis (Helen Gardiner Phelan Playhouse); Anne Somerton in the witch of edmonton (the red light district, summerworks 2010, dir. Ted Witzel and Catherine Dunn); Marie in woyzeck (the red light district, dir. Ted Witzel)
Alaine Hutton is an actor and collective creator. Since 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 in Paris, France. There she was also able to study design and mise en scène with Pascale Lecoq in the Laboratoire d’Etude de Mouvement (LEM). Alaine has studied Mask and Clown at the Manitoulin Conservatory of Creation and Performance with John Turner of Canadian Clown duo Mump and Smoot. She is also the 2013-2014 Fujiwara Dance Inventions scholarship recipient.
Martha in The Misunderstanding (Lester Trips (Theatre), dir. Lauren Gillis) Loretta in The Melville Boys (Panfish Productions, dir. David Schapp); Brigade in FIREraisers (the red light district, dir. Lauren Gillis); Helena in Midsummer Night’s Dream (UC Follies, dir. Shak Haq) and Secretary, Friend & Father in As Five Years Pass (Helen Gardiner Phelan Playhouse, dir. Guillermo Verdecchia)