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Cinderella: a pantomime

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BDK and Parcel of Rogues, Yellowknife, NT
NACC, November 2016
A comical, fourth-wall-smashing, all-ages take on the story of Cinderella. I put together the script for this extremely silly play, and created a Naughty Night version with input from the talented and hilarious cast. 899 audience members over three days laughed and danced their hearts out!

“The buzz in the lobby after the show was livelier than I’ve ever experienced it. People were delighted, I think, by something unexpectedly delightful.” – Audience Member

 Old Man and The River

By Naz Afsahi

Theatre Direct
Wychwood Theatre, Toronto, ON
Burlington Performing Arts Centre, Burlington, ON
Axis Theatre Company, Vancouver, BC
The Banff Centre, Banff, AB
Vertigo Theatre, Calgary, AB
Solar Stage, Toronto, ON
A charming tabletop puppet show for children 3-6 about a grumpy old man who lives every day the same way until a magical creature appears and shakes things up! I was so pleased to return to this beautiful show for two runs this year, including a tour to the western parts of the country with castmates Mike Petersen, Ingrid Hansen, and Andrew G. Young.

Does Not Play Well With Others

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Festival St-Ambroise Fringe de Montréal, Victoria Fringe Theatre Festival, Vancouver Fringe Festival, Sault Ste. Marie
Adam Francis Proulx and I collaborated as writers and performers on this new darkly comedic play about two children’s public television puppeteers dealing with pressure and each other after their coworker causes a scandal. This play appeared at the 2016 Festival St-Ambroise Fringe de Montréal, Victoria Fringe Theatre Festival, and the Vancouver Fringe Festival, and in Sault Ste. Marie in early 2017.
Select praise:
“Does Not Play Well With Others is expertly written and performed, giving a true face to every day Canadian artists… a refreshingly complex and entertaining show.” – Showbill Victoria
“Timely and topical, Does Not Play Well With Others combines sharp satire, insightful drama and abundant puppet skills in a well-written and tightly performed piece that examines the pressures inherent in the life of creative individuals.” – Janis LaCouvée
“There is so much to unpack in this show without even mentioning the fine dialogue and the subtleties of acting about acting. ” – Montreal Rampage

Simply Shakespeare

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A Parcel of Rogues, Ptarmigan Studio, Yellowknife, August 19-20
A showcase of Shakespearean scenes and soliloquys by some talented Yellowknife performers. I provided the narrator’s script, and a vocal arrangement of Steeleye Span’s “Parcel of Rogues”.

Moving Spaces

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Yellowknife Dance Collective, Old Town, Yellowknife, July 30-31
I contributed little wee scripted vignettes for Catch and Release, a site-specific dance piece based around the idea of fishing and relationships. Moving Spaces, a travelling dance performance, took part in Yellowknife’s beloved Old Town Ramble & Ride.

Spamalot

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Ptarmigan Ptheatrics, Yellowknife, NT
NACC, April 28-May 7, 2016
I designed a portion of the choreography for this stellar community theatre group’s production of Spamalot.

The Friend Ship

Suitcase Theatre, Toronto, ON, ongoing
Occasional performances of The Friend Ship with this great in-school theatre company. I alternate between cheerful first mate Froo and the puppets Morris the Monkey and Chippy the Squirrel.

Pucking Fuppets: A Very Adult Puppet Cabaret

Statler’s, March 2016
Our fundraiser for Does Not Play Well With Others was a sell-out evening of terrific sexy, silly, crude and fun puppet performances featuring some of Toronto’s best puppeteers, such as Nina Keogh, Mike Petersen, and Ingrid Hansen.

The Worst Fundraiser in the World 2

safeword theatre, The Steady Cafe, January 2016
I played terrible white-girl ukulele covers of Blow by Beyoncé and Hotline Bling by Drake (#the6) at this absolutely atrocious fundraiser for safeword’s new show Contempt.

Feminist Debaters: a Fundraiser

SoCo Theatre, Victory Cafe, January 2016
I debated the best sources of feminine pleasure with Adam Francis Proulx using his fantastic Baker’s Dozen puppets, in support of SoCo Theatre’s upcoming show Well Born.

The Candy Cane Carolers

Toronto Christmas Market, November-December 2015
A fantastic group of a cappella carolers. This year was my fourth year in the soprano section.

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The Night Is Young at Groundswell Unplugged Festival

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Nightwood Theatre, Toronto, ON
Buddies in Bad Times, October 2015
I had the great pleasure of being invited to read my short monologue, Tomb, as part of the The Night is Young initiative at Groundswell Unplugged this year. I read to a very receptive audience on the Friday night before the reading of Pearl Chan’s Eva.

Paleoncology

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Moon Dinosaur Theatre
Montreal Fringe, Calgary Fringe, Yellowknife, Victoria Fringe, Vancouver Fringe, Mainline Theatre, SpringWorks Festival, Port Elgin, London Fringe, Actors’ Colony Theatre, The Box Toronto
In summer 2014 Paleoncology was performed in five different cities, earning awards for Best Solo Theatre Production, Favourite Drama, and Talk of the Fringe. In November that year, we returned to Montreal for one more performance at SOlOS Festival. In 2015, Paleoncology toured to SpringWorks Festival in Stratford, Port Elgin, the London Fringe Festival, and Actors’ Colony Theatre in Bala, and The Box Toronto this year. It has now had 47 performances in 10 cities.

Xenia Concert Series: String Quartet in the Wild

Photo credit Mike PetersenCecilia String Quartet, Toronto, ON
Sony Centre, April 2015
The Cecilia String Quartet’s amazing Xenia Concert Series is a set of classic music concerts geared toward enjoyment by children on the autism spectrum and their families. I was delighted to create music-driven, spectrum-friendly animal puppetry for their final concert String Quartet in the Wild, and perform for a curious and active audience with frequent collaborator Andrew G Young.

Snow

Photo by Ryan CouldreyRyan Couldrey, Toronto, ON
A feature-length film based on the graphic novel by Benjamin Rivers. It’s my debut feature film role, and I play Julia. (Nina Iordanova is pictured here in the role of Dana.) Snow can be seen online! You can watch for free, or pay $9.99 for awesome extras.

 Lunacy Cabaret

Lunacy CabaretZero Gravity Circus, Toronto, ON, ongoing
Occasional movement choreographer/dancer/singer with this no-holds-barred tri-weekly cabaret.

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