WHO WE ARE
Imaginative, socially-conscious, multi-disciplinary.
Founded in 2014, Broadleaf Theatre creates fully original collective creations based on local, national and global environmental issues. The company seeks to make little-known environmental issues cool, fun, immediate and accessible. Since its conception Broadleaf has engaged over 50 emerging, diverse, and socially conscious artists. Our first production The Broadleaf Plays won the Viewer's Choice Award and the President's Award for Best Production at the 2014 U of T Drama Festival. The Broadleaf Plays was followed up with Abandoned City, a show that used movement, miniatures, and a fully original live score to create three distinct worlds. Our newest creation Bite-Sized began as a site-specific experience at a local bar, which explored food issues as part of the 2015 inspiraTO Festival. In 2016, Broadleaf Theatre culminated two years of research and development with a reimagined version of The Broadleaf Plays using the "recycled" title Bite-Sized. The show is currently available for touring - for more info click here.
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CO-FOUNDER, ARTISTIC DIRECTOR / PRODUCER
Kevin is an actor, director, musician and producer focused on creating socially conscious art. He is the co-founder and artistic producer of Broadleaf Theatre and the director of its upcoming Toronto Fringe production Bite-Sized. Kevin continues his environmentally-focused artistry as a co-creator in the Terra Incognita Collective, which uses physical theatre and mask to explore the environmental movement. He also serves as a producing and musical consultant on theatrical projects and sings bass with T.B.A. Acapella. As a producer he was part of the inaugural cohort of Generator's Artist Producer Training Program. As an actor: Dreams (Canadian Rep Youth Ensemble), Half Full (Mixed Company Theatre), Katie of Heilbronn and paper SERIES (Drama Centre).
More on Kevin: kevinmatthewwong.wordpress.com
CO-FOUNDER, CORE ARTIST
Nathaniel Rose is a graduate of the undergraduate acting program at the Drama Centre at the University of Toronto. An actor, director, writer, and composer (and dancer in his free time), Nathaniel started Broadleaf Theatre with Kevin Matthew Wong in 2013. Aside from co-directing Broadleaf's first three shows, The Broadleaf Plays, Abandoned City and Bite-Sized, he is involved in several artistic projects, musical, theatrical and otherwise. As an artist he hopes to keep magic, beauty, and wonder alive, and tell stories that delight the senses and challenges the way we think and feel for each other and the planet.
CORE ACTOR, FUNDRAISING COORDINATOR
Emma is finishing her training this year in acting and playwriting at the University of Toronto Drama Centre. She is thrilled to re-join Broadleaf Theatre after performing and co-creating in Bite-Sized, Abandoned City, and The Broadleaf Plays. Selected credits include Lancelot of Denmark and Winter and Summer (Poculi Ludique Societas; 2014), and Richard III (Pell Mell Players; 2013). Emma looks forward to remounting The Broadleaf Plays in the upcoming 2016 Toronto Fringe Festival.
ACTOR, FUNDRAISING COORDINATOR
Veronika Gribanova is an actor and director based in Toronto. She has been involved in theatre at the University of Toronto and at King's College London in the UK. She has also trained with Salvatore Antonio and Amos Crawley at Armstrong Acting Studios and with Lewis Baumander at Casting Central. She has recently directed Christine Evans' Trojan Barbie at the Isabel Bader theatre, and she will soon be acting in the U of T Drama Festival and directing Jesse Eisenberg's Asuncion. Veronika is proud to be working with Broadleaf Theatre again. She has previously worked with Broadleaf as a co-creator and actor in Abandoned City and InspiraTO's Bite-Sized. She is delighted to now be Broadleaf’s Fundraising Coordinator.
ACTOR, OUTREACH COORDINATOR
Mirka Loiselle is thrilled to be joining Broadleaf Theatre once again in the role of Outreach Coordinator. Mirka first performed with Broadleaf in their debut The Broadleaf Plays in 2014. Other acting credits include A Winter’s Tale (TCDS), The Third Story (TCDS) and Evening of the Dead (UC Follies). Production credits include The Actor’s Nightmare & Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All For You (Director), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Assistant Stage Manager, Props Master), and Stage Manager for the 2015 InspiraTO Festival. Mirka is currently completing her undergraduate degree in Philosophy at the University of Toronto, where she also sits on the Drama Coalition as coordinator for the University of Toronto Drama Festival. Along with her theatrical endeavours, Mirka is pursuing her interest in illustration and cartooning.
ACTOR, SOCIAL MEDIA COORDINATOR
Angela Sun is a Toronto-based actor and poet who studies at the University of Toronto. With Broadleaf Theatre: Bite Sized (InspiraTO) and Abandoned City (VCDS). Selected others: 4.48 Psychosis (University of Toronto Drama Centre); Whipped Dreams (Newborn Theatre); Chase Williams and the Case of the Missing Fixture, Shazam! or Schism on Eternity, and Tonight's Special (VCDS); The Government Inspector (WolfPAC); Birth Astride Grave (UC Follies); The Tempest (Trinity College Drama Society); The Pirates of Penzance, The Mikado, and H.M.S. Pinafore (The Vic Chorus); Show Us Your Bobs (The Bob Sketch Comedy Revue); The Vagina Monologues, and A Memory, a Monologue, a Rant, and a Prayer (Hart House Social Justice Committee). She has performed in such renowned festivals as the Paprika Festival, the SummerWorks Theatre Festival, and the Toronto Fringe Festival. She has also been a featured poet at the Facilitate and Outrageous reading series. Her interests include intersectionality, mental health, sustainability, body image, and media literacy.