PARADIGM productions is a collaborative theatre company based in Toronto. We’re focused on developing and producing large-scale, Canadian, expressionist narratives in order to bring poetry, politics, and mystery to our stages. Our work is feminist, anti-imperial, queer, and sometimes impossible.
We work with artists who share a suspicious, possibly enraging, and passionate approach to theatrical form. In our projects we:
challenges the dominant narratives of our times & engage in the socio-political impact of the stories we tell
bring artists from different practices & backgrounds into collaboration together, with an emphasis on cross-generational dialogue within our artistic practice and community
create new development models for design-driven performance texts & champion our projects through to production stage
partner with local & national companies who recognize that indie, emerging, and inter-disciplinary artists are the shaping the future of live art
make work that delights, disturbs, confounds, and enlivens us
We launched in 2013 with Susanna’s debut play, Stencilboy and Other Portraits. Since then (and before The Empire) we’ve been dedicated to developing the various inter-disciplinary performance texts of artistic founder, Susanna Fournier.
STENCILBOY AND OTHER PORTRAITS
Written by Susanna Fournier Director by Jonathan Seinen
Janrary 8th - 19th, 2014 // Factory Theatre // Toronto Next Stage Festival
Lily ditches her small-town life and makes for the city. Her fervent desire to be immortalized in a painting leads her to two radically different men, an underground graffiti artist and a once famous painter. Lily fights to find a place in their dystopic world that has all but abandoned art---and where the boundaries between sex, creation, violence, and addiction are dangerously blurred.
Performers // Sochi Fried, Brandon Coffey, Richard Clarkin
Set & Costume Design // Lindsay Ann Black
Lights // Michelle Ramsay
Sound // Thomas Ryder Payne
Stage Manager // Kai Yueh Chen
Production Manager // Kaitlin Hickey
Dramaturg // Leora Morris
Producer // Susanna Fournier
Photography // Mark Sommerfeld, Graphic Design Patrick Fournier