Alison Wong

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Producer / The Empire

alleywong.com

Q&A:

A favourite line:

“I saw her running, the band of girls running--hurling past their mothers, so well they learn to run at Death, and why shouldn’t they?”

A favourite stage direction:

The COOK puts his hand into the open cavity, lifts out a beautiful white sphere covered in red petals.

 A question The Empire makes you ponder? 

Where can we begin to find sublime hope in the admission of ugly truths? 


Leora Morris

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Director / The Philosophers Wife
Dramaturg / The Empire

Leora is a director and dramaturge in Toronto and the USA. She is currently a National Directing Fellow at The Eugene O'Neill Theater Center.

leoramorris.com 

Q&A:

A favourite line:

“You have to make your love light, like a ball. So everyday you can throw your love away and she can bring it back to you.”

A favourite stage direction:

Tereza hauls the Wife the full length of the stage.
Both women’s hands covered in blood. Gasping for air.

 A question The Empire makes you ponder? 

How can we tell stories that express a world’s matter, guiding rules, and order, and also unleash the chaos underneath it?


ted witzel

Director / The Scavenger’s Daughter

ted is a director in Toronto and Berlin. Along with Paradigm and red light district, he’s worked with Canadian Stage, Buddies in Bad Times and more.

theredlightdistrict.ca

thisisnttaedon.com

Q&A:

A favourite line:

“Well if it weren’t for longing we’d all die of cold wouldn’t we?  Sell that and you’ll never be hungry.”

A favourite stage direction:

 His arms melt.  He stares off.

A question The Empire makes you ponder? 

What are the stories we tell ourselves about our purpose, liberty, nation, freedom? Do they serve us? Who do they serve?


Amanda Acorn

Choreographer/ FOUR SISTERS

Amanda is an award winning choreographer based in Toronto, Canada. As a dancer she collaborated as a company artist with Dancemakers from 2011-2015.

amandaacorn.com 

Q&A:

A favourite line:

“You are the site of your resistance. That is all."

A favourite stage direction:

The play ruptures and unravels as Time does. Time is impossible.

A question The Empire makes you ponder? 

How can we use language to move beyond and into un-KNOWING? What can art DO?


Susanna Fournier

Playwright and Producer

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susannafournier.com