The Collective

Animacy Theatre Collective: Our Story

Animacy Theatre Collective's Morgan Johnson and Alexandra Siimpson in papier mache masks at Toronto Waterfront. Photography by Kathryn Hanson, ShutteredEye Photography.

Animacy Theatre Collective (ATC) is focused on the creation of original, experimental and interdisciplinary theatre works. We tell stories that are driven by women. ATC uses humor and physical storytelling to raise social awareness and create characters who defy pre-existing borders (human, nonhuman, gender, sexuality).

Our work uses physical theatre (mask and clown), play writing and multimedia to create research-based and devised plays. By collaborating with communities, artists, and grassroots activism, we work to converge the artistic, social and environmental spheres, and to challenge interlocking structures of oppression in order to work towards social and environmental justice.

ATC is interested in theatre that offers immersive spaces and views all things within them (humans, more-than-humans, places, objects, technologies and all their histories) as active participants in the performance. ATC was formed through a shared belief in the necessity – especially in the current political climate – of bringing research into conversation with communities through stories that are funny, physical and imaginative. It is our goal to be part of the movement of fiercely funny female artists, and to hold space as physical theatre creators who use comedy to encourage curiosity about the world we live in.