I am an interdisciplinary artist with a background in acting, play-writing, multimedia and aerial arts. I am interested in creating new works that are focused on research creation and often that have to do with relations with more-than-human worlds and social and environmental justice. Most of my work also tends to include relationships with the ocean. I have a BFA in Acting, am finishing my Masters in Environmental Studies and will be continuing on for my PhD in the same field. I am very interested in fusing academic research, activism and theatre creation; my doctoral studies will involve creating theatre as a form of land education that speaks to environmental/social justice and my masters explores inland cities’ relations to coastal communities and ecosystems, particularly looking at the Indigenous land defence camp on Lelu Island. Before Imperceptible I began exploring activist theatre creation through my one-woman play High Tide: On the Life and Writings of Rachel Carson.
Alexandra Simpson is an interdisciplinary artist and actor with a background in dance, music, mask (building, performance and facilitating), directing and playwriting. She has a BFA in Performance Acting (2009-13) and a MFA in Documentary Media (2014-16) from Ryerson University, and a MA in Performance and Environmental Studies from the University of Toronto. Alexandra has experience in various creation projects including Swallow-A-Bicycle’s Gargantuan Project, a collectively created mask work about the Alberta tar sands; Terra Incognita by the Terra Incognita Collective, a research based performance documentary about growth culture and the degrowth alternative; and most recently as a performer and collaborator in Theatre by the Bay’s The Five Points, a documentary play written by Alex Dault and created by the collective, about Barrie Ontario’s downtown core. Alexandra’s work as a playwright includes: Hiatus (Ryerson New Voices, 2013); Surviving Speares (Toronto Fringe, 2013); Pit Sublime (Alumnae Theatre, 2014); and Nexus (Animacy Theatre Works in Progress Double Bill, 2017). Her play Nexus, about the Line 9 pipeline and the humans and more than humans who live, work and crawl among it, was shortlisted for the Playwright’s Guild of Canada’s 2017 Robert Beardsley Award and recently received support from the Toronto Arts Council for future development. Alexandra is a mask builder and facilitator. She has built masks for Lisa Hamalainen’s immersive theatrical nature walk, There is No Word for Wilderness (2017), on Manitoulin Island and has run community mask workshops for Scarborough Arts, the 4e Elements Festival, and various schools in the GTA. Alexandra is on the board for Common Boots Theatre (formerly Theatre Columbus) and a member of their Devised Theatre Lab. She has experience in video creation and editing for projection, and also created Serious Comedy: an interactive documentary for Common Boots Theatre about the company’s history and creation processes. She is interested in collaborative performance forms, site-specific theatre and representations of interspecies relations.