National Shows

Highway 63: The Fort Mac Show

SHOW: Highway 63: The Fort Mac Show by Architect Theatre

PRODUCER: Architect Theatre

VENUE: The Cultch Historic Theatre

DATES & TIMES (View Full Schedule)

  • July 28 and July 30 @ 7:00 pm
  • July 31 @ 4:00 pm
  • Aug 1st @ 7:00 pm

Every Canadian experiences the benefits of oil, but many know very little about life at its source. Behind every barrel, every economic projection or environmental scandal, there are people. Who are the people at the northern tip of Alberta's Highway 63?  At the heart of the world’s largest energy project, theatre creators from across Canada use a blend of verbatim and improvisation to bring the front lines of the oil sands to Vancouver.

  • "Highway 63 has the guts and wit and chops to talk about the Oil Sands in a way where people from both sides of the issue can sit and have a conversation about it." - Calgary Herald
  • "A tightly-choreographed affair from start to finish, weaving between monologues, dialogue and even song and interpretive dance sequences with great ease." - The Charlatan - Carleton University Newspaper
  • "One of the most relevant, flat-out best shows to hit Edmonton’s stages this year."  - VUE Weekly

History of the Work

Architect Theatre

Founded by Jonathan Seinen and Georgina Beaty, Architect Theatre is an ad-hoc company propelled by stories untold, by rocks unturned, and by relationships unexposed. We refuse pre-fabricated housing. We build theatre pieces that respond to the dynamic lives they express and constantly seek to subvert and re-invent our methodology so that we, and our audiences, honestly hear each story we tell.

Charlotte Corbeil Coleman, Creator, Director, and Stage Manager

Charlotte Corbeil Coleman grew up in the theatre, playing on sets and sleeping in greenrooms. She graduated from the National Theatre School of Canada (2008) in the Playwriting program. She finished the year by writing two companion plays for her graduating class:  John…Sudden Death, about the last night of hockey goon John Kordic, andCindy…A Perfect Circle about his Fiancée, a stripper working in a fetish fairytale club in downtown Montreal. During the three-year program Charlotte wrote My Fish Stick Play,Purple, Which Bed Do You Want?, an adaptation of Raymond Carver’s short story, Cathedral, and a one woman play entitled, The Holey Chicken Bone. Other writing credits include a CBC radio play, The Summer of FebruaryThe End of Pretending won the 2002 SummerWorks Eye Audience Choice Award, and went on to do a run at the Regent Theatre in Picton, Ontario.Scratch, which won The Herman Voaden Award in 2007, opened Factory’s 2008/2009 season. The King’s Conscience will be doing a run with Theatre Kingston in the fall of ’09. Charlotte currently lives in Toronto where she is the Playwright-In-Residence at Factory Theatre and is developing a screenplay, Falling From Grace and working on a collection of short stories, entitled: I’ve slept in every room but the Kitchen...

Layne Coleman, Creator & Director

Layne Coleman just returned from Rwanda, Africa, where he performed in a play called Goodness for Volcano Theatre. Goodness went to Rwanda after a run in Toronto and tours to Winnipeg in January. Layne is a former Artistic Director of Theatre Passe Muraille and has been involved in the development of new Canadian plays for a long time. He findsHighway 63 to be an original, timely and inspiring look through the eyes of the twenty-something generation. Mr. Coleman left his farm near Kingston, Ontario, to live in an unfurnished condo in Fort McMurray with the younger members of this collective and found the experience to be renewing and transformative. After spending most of this year on the road from Nanaimo, Vancouver, Fort McMurray, Edmonton, Kamloops, Saskatoon, North Battleford, Calgary, Ottawa, Montreal and Toronto, he has a better understanding of his country.

Georgina Beaty, Performer & Co-Creator

Georgina is an actor, creator and co-founder of Architect Theatre. Acting credits include: Sissy in Unity (1918) (Alberta Theatre Projects – Betty Mitchell nomination), Suspended (Boca del Lupo), Pig (High Performance Rodeo, Canoe Festival), Queen Lear (Urban Curvz), Bone Cage (Downstage), Easter and Ah, Wilderness! (Chemainus), and the collective creation, Sister Show (Exitleft). Playwriting: Squeeze Machine (runner-up Uprising National Playwriting Competition), and Fire Ally (Ignite! Sage theatre/ Studio 58). Georgina is a graduate of the University of Alberta and the acting program at Studio 58.

Greg Gale, Performer & Co-Creator

Greg is a native of Corner Brook, Newfoundland, and in 2007 graduated from the National Theatre School of Canada's Acting program. While there, he received the Hnatyshyn Foundation's Emerging Artist Grant given annually to one young artist in Canada who shows special promise and talent in their area of study. While at school, Greg performed the roles of Yasha in The Cherry Orchard, the King of France in All's Well that Ends Well and Aleksander Petrovitch in the Russian farce The Suicide, among others. Since graduating, Greg has worked in theatres from Newfoundland to Alberta. Highlights include Saltwater Moon with Rising Tide Theatre in Trinity, Speakeasy, an original play by the young Montreal company SaBooge, Dance of the Red Skirts, a collaborative creation produced by Toronto's clown based company Theatre Columbus and Woody, a solo show about Pinocchio that was produced by western Newfoundland's Free Radicals Theatre. Greg spent the summer working with the Gros Morne Summer Music Festival in Newfoundland organizing musical events, playing the guitar and trying to get people to smile.

Jonathan Seinen, Performer, Creator & Co-Producer

Jonathan Seinenis an actor, director, and playwright, Artistic Associate with lemonTree theatre creations, and Co-Artistic Producer of Architect Theatre. Recent acting credits: As You Like It (Banff/Citadel Professional Theatre Program), The Nick Drake Project (SummerWorks), Much Ado About Nothing and Romeo & Juliet (Theatre Prospero, Edmonton). Directing credits include: A new collective creation, Still Life (lemonTree), Deathwatch (lemonTree/Pride Toronto), Christmas Ham(let) (Swallow-a-Bicycle Performance Co-op, Calgary), The Red Devil (lemonTree/SummerWorks, Outstanding Direction - NOW Magazine) and university productions of The Visit and 4.48 Psychosis. Selected Playwriting credits: Unknown Pleasures (Sage Theatre, Calgary), and [ice land] (Walterdale Theatre, Edmonton, published in Hot Thespian Action! (Athabasca UP)). Jonathan is a graduate of the University of Alberta and the National Theatre School. Upcoming: Highway 63: The Fort Mac Show at Theatre Passe Muraille in February 2011.

Countries Shaped Like Stars

SHOW: Countries Shaped Like Stars by Emily Pearlman & Nicolas Di Gaetano

PRODUCER: Mi Casa Theatre

VENUE: The Culture Lab

DATES & TIMES (View Full Schedule)

  • July 28 - July 30 @ 8:45pm
  • July 31 - Aug 1st @ 7:15pm & 9:00pm

The courtship of Gwendolyn Magnificent and Bartholomew Spectacular is a tale of love best heard through a tin-can telephone. With performer-operated lights, water glasses, whirly winds and a mandolin, they create the sounds and images of a landscape forever altered by regret.

  • "Part fairy tale, part vaudeville routine, part old-fashioned love story… one outstanding hour." - Ottawa Citizen.
  • “This is the theatre show The Decemberists would create if Roald Dahl directed them.” - writer/performer, Amy Salloway.

History of the Work

  • WINNER - Outstanding Production (Ottawa Fringe), Outstanding New Creation (Rideau Awards). Official Selection: 2010 Revolutions Festival New Mexico
  • SOLD OUT PERFORMANCES in Ottawa, Vancouver, New Mexico.
  • Ottawa Fringe BYOV June 2009 (University Lounge)
  • Wakefest, Wakefield QC Aug 2009 (Bar)
  • Café Quaff, Toronto, Sept 2009 (Café)
  • Shenkman Centre Studio, Orleans, Sept 2009 (4000sq foot black box)
  • Canturbury High School, Ottawa Sept, 2009 (High School Studio)
  • Irving Greenberg Studio, Ottawa, ON Dec 2009 (black box theatre)
  • Revolutions International Theatre Festival, Albuquerque New Mexico, January 2010 (Conference Room)
  • Russian Hall Basement, Vancouver February 2010 (Church Basement)
  • Numerous living rooms in the Ottawa region
  • Winnipeg Fringe Festival July 2010
  • Summerworks Festival, Toronto, Aug 2010

Mi Casa Theatre

Blending experience in physically devised work rooted in cabaret, circus and vaudeville with contemporary approaches to interdisciplinary collaboration, Mi Casa creates new work out of disparate vocabularies. The result is an aesthetic fusing of reclaimed traditional forms with post-modern ways of seeing.  Using techniques for performance creation gleaned from such disparate sources as Calgary’s One Yellow Rabbit, Ecole Philippe Gaulier in Paris, London’s Theatre de Complicité and New York’s SITI Company, physical, vocal and spatial parameters are created in which the company improvises and explores. Throughout their process, play, listening, bad jokes, impulse, wonder and a common love for all things old-timey remain central values.

Formed in early 2009, co-artistic directors Emily Pearlman and Nicolas Di Gaetano have created two pieces as Mi Casa and are working on their next piece Live From the Belly of a Whale as the company in residence at the Great Canadian Theatre Company in Ottawa.

Patrick Gauthier, Director

Patrick Gauthier is a multi-award winning playwright and director. When not making art with Mi Casa, Patrick is the artistic director of Ottawa new-work company Gruppo Rubato, which just premiered his newest play Airport Security and the artistic associate at Great Canadian Theatre Company. In 2007, Pat received the "Best New Creation" Rideau Award (shared with Kris Joseph) for Gruppo Rubato’s The Churchill Protocol, and was recently awarded the Council for the Arts in Ottawa RBC Emerging Artist award. He is a graduate of the University of Ottawa Theatre Department, and holds an MFA in Directing for the Theatre from the University of British Columbia.

Emily Pearlman, Performer & Creator

Emily works across disciplines as a performer, writer, director and dramaturg. Recently named Emerging Artist of 2009 from the Prix Rideau Awards, she most recently directed for the Ohio based Missoula Oblongata. She has produced art festivals, created radio documentaries for CBC, and hooked up a golden bicycle to an amplifier so that when you pedal, it plays stories about cycling. Her three solo shows have toured Canada to much acclaim. Emily has an MFA in Interdisciplinary Studies from SFU, and has studied creation with OYR in Calgary and Bouffon with Karen Hines.

Nicolas Di Gaetano, Performer & Creator

Nick is a physical theatre performer specializing in performance creation, clown and bouffon. A member of the 2010-2011 National Art Centre Acting company, he has worked as an actor, director, teacher and musician across Canada and Internationally. Selected credits include The Tooth Fairy (Old Trout Puppet Workshop) The Rideau Project, (Magnetic North Theatre Festival), A Guy Named Joe (Odyssey Theatre) and Richard III in Bouffon, (A Company of Fools).

Nick is a graduate of Ecole Philippe Gaulier (Paris, France), The International School of Comic Acting (Reggio Emilia, Italy) and the University of Ottawa (BA Theatre and World History).

My Pregnant Brother


My Pregnant Brother by Freestanding Productions
Playwright and Performer: Johanna Nutter
Director & Dramaturg: Jeremy Taylor

In the summer of 2008, Thomas Beatie, “the World's First Pregnant Man,” gave birth to a baby girl. When the story broke, it went around the world in less than twenty-four hours.  The funny thing is, two years before anyone had ever heard of Thomas Beatie, my brother became a pregnant man... and the only one who knew was me.  I'm going to tell you that story.


“Johanna Nutter is a gem! I consider myself very fortunate to have been in the audience today. This is a wonderful play that will touch your heart.”
— Helen Pergantis, The Gazette (Montreal)

“Astonishing … a beautiful story related with magic nuances and brilliant simplicity. It is theatre at its most elemental.”
—Anna Fuerstenberg, Rover Arts (Montreal)

“Even better the second time around … this show deserves to be seen across the country—and the continent.”
—Pat Donnelly, The Gazette (Montreal)

“Storytelling at its finest. Theatre at its finest. Empathy, love and growth; Montréal's finest.”
— Mathieu Murphy-Perron, Tableau d’Hôte Theatre Company (Montreal)

Credits & Company Information

My Pregnant Brother is the result of a collaboration between writer-performer Johanna Nutter and director-dramaturg Jeremy Taylor.  The show has appeared at the Montreal Fringe Festival (June 2009), the Centaur Theatre’s Wildside Festival (January 2010), the Victoria Playhouse in Prince Edward Island (July-August 2010), and the GCTC’s inaugural undercurrents festival (January 2011).  My Pregnant Brother won best play at the 2009 Montreal Fringe and was later awarded the 2010 Montreal English Critics Circle Award for Best Text. 

Playwright and performer Johanna Nutter had her first role at the age of two in her father's NFB film, Loose Associations.  She is the founder and acting president of The Freestanding Room, a co-operative venue in Montreal committed to telling stories simply, intimately, and authentically.  My Pregnant Brother is her first play. 

Director and dramaturg Jeremy Taylor is a graduate of the National Theatre School’s playwriting program and is the founding artistic director of the award-winning Two-Wheeler Productions.  He works as a writer and director in Montreal.