Finding Home: A Salmon Journey Up the Humber River

Five time Dora nominated show and the 2023 recipient of Outstanding New Play TYA Division A Theatre Direct production, created by Animacy Theatre

Cast and Creative Team

Creators and Performers: Alexandra Simpson and Morgan Brie Johnson
Director and Dramaturge: Rebecca Northan
Remount Director: Adam Paolozza
Composers and Musicians: Anders Azzopardi, Stefan Hegerat and Sabine Ndalamba
Stage Manager: Rebecca Ballarin (2022), Conner Bustamante (2023)
Deaf Shadow Interpreter (Beagle): Cassie-Hope Aubin
Deaf Shadow Interpreter (Sojo): Juan Jaramillo
Rehearsal ASL-English Interpreters: Timothy Keslick and Eboni Ricketts
Puppet and Set Designers and Builders: Alexandra Simpson, Morgan Johnson and Nina Keogh
Mask Design: Alexandra Simpson
Promotional Photographer: Kathryn Hanson (

Special Thanks to Martha Ross

Performances include ASL Interpretation.
For more information about ASL performances, click here or on the vlog below.


A hilarious and heartfelt outdoor play exploring friendship, growing up and the annual salmon run featuring puppetry, clown and live music.

Finding Home is the story of two best friends who also happen to be salmon from Lake Ontario. Beagle and Sojo do everything together, as true best friends always do. Until one day Beagle starts to change and gets the urge to set off on an adventure upstream–whether Sojo wants to come or not.

It’s tough to swim against the current of the Humber River and the two face all kinds of challenges together: fishermen, pollution, rocks, rapids and more. But along the way they learn what it means to be a real friend, how beautiful it is to complete your life cycle, and why salmon really are the rockstars of the fish world!

***Interested in bringing Finding Home to your theatre? Contact, [email protected] for booking details.


Ontario Arts Council Logo

Thank you for the support of the Ontario Arts Council (OAC)