Catch a River by the Tale - 1

Catch a River by the Tale was the third iteration of The River Clyde Pageant in New Glasgow, PEI. The 2018 Pageant was directed by Ker Wells and I, in collaboration with over 140 incredible people – 60 performers, over 70 volunteers, and an 18-person creative team. This year’s Pageant maintained the production process that has…

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When it comes to making the River Clyde Pageant every summer, it often feels like we put our heads down and dive into creation work at the beginning of June and don’t come up for air until the end of July, when the first weekend of performances end. There’s never enough time spent documenting the…

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Here are a couple shots from The Future Show, performed on Tuesday, January 30th at the Gold Saucer. I had the pleasure of performing to a full house, with unexpected accompaniment from the rattling furnaces of the studio. The furnace rattle has become so rare on Sawdust Collector evenings that I actually cut a line in…

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This month, a performance! A performance I have been thinking about and wanting to do for a long time is finally happening! I am writing it, I am performing it, and yes, I am nervous about it. It’s called The Future Show, and it was created by Canadian/UK theatre artist Deborah Pearson. She toured internationally…

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River Clyde Pageant, New Glasgow, PEI, 2016

In the golden hour before sunset, on a summer evening in New Glasgow, a group of children run down to the River Clyde to go fishing. Arriving at the riverbank, they find no fish, but instead, a Singing Oysterman. The Oysterman teaches them a secret fish song, which draws out a colourful cast of wildlife…

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Since August, I’ve been in rehearsals for Klasika, a new musical by my friend and fellow MFA colleague Barbara Adler. But Klasika is more than just a musical. It’s been a year-long project of Barbara’s, which has included trips to the Czech Republic (to research tramping and then accidentally fall into a role in an…

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Less than a week away from the opening of The Builders! The past month has brought many exciting changes and improvements to the show. We switched our venue from a standard black box theatre into the visual arts studio in the basement of Woodwards; a rougher, rawer space that gave us the ability to work…

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The Builders 1

Step into an environment constructed by seven unlikely architects – theatre artists, dancers, and a musician. The space buzzes with energy as the builders work tirelessly to create the realms of their dreams. In a chaotic merging of theatre and installation, The Builders investigates transformation, territory and the practice of making ourselves at home in…

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So I’m sitting in the Toronto airport, awaiting a connection back to Charlottetown. Magic hour has just ended and I had a seat at the bar to watch its final moments. It was a good time to land at the terminal, everything glowing amber and sending sunbeams of assurance that summertime has arrived here too.…

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Devising sessions have begun with the ensemble for my grad project. I’m calling it The Builders as a temporary working title (but maybe it will stick). We’ve been gathering a lot of research on individuals who build environments in their homes and gardens, and on public and private property, sometimes taking over an entire village…

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This past semester, I was the assistant director for the Winter Mainstage show at SCA, The Unnatural and Accidental Women, written by Marie Clements and directed by Steven Hill. The Unnatural and Accidental Women was staged following a lengthy process that included a semester of devising with the students of the Playmaking class in the…

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Retreat was an ensemble-created devised performance, directed by Megan Stewart & Daniel O’Shea Created and performed by the 2014 Black Box Ensemble: Robert Azevedo, Bev Cheung, Brandi Elliot, Andrew Ferguson, Jessica Hood, Katie Gartlan-Close, Rachelle Miguel, Keely O’Brien, Daniel O’Shea and Megan Stewart Studio T, SFU Woodwards, April 3-4, 2014

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transmissions from orbit 9

Transmissions from Orbit is a devised theatre piece created by the Black Box ensemble, under the artistic direction of myself and co-AD Dan O’Shea. The production premiered in March 2014 at SFU’s School for the Contemporary Arts in Vancouver. Moving between outer space and earth, the show pulls at the threads of human existence, examining…

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We did just over three hours of pitches this morning for Show One. Thirty eight pitches, 19 made it to the final cut. Jamie attended, as did our lighting designer, SM and ASM from the production class. Pitch day ran quite smoothly, though it was a hell of a marathon. For the most part, I…

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[Written on January 26, 2014] In week three we finally started to get somewhere with training and improvisations, and the moments and proposals we created together were much richer. Friday through Sunday were semi-intensive rehearsal days, in which D and I led the ensemble through hour-long training and improvisation sessions (an hour is long for…

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[Written on January 13, 2014] It’s Sunday night, and the first week of Black Box has concluded. It’s been quite a week – I was thrown headfirst into the world of SFU theatre, and particularly this class, which has so much aura and legend attached to it that it practically glows. I got a taste…

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This semester, I am participating in an undergraduate class in the SFU theatre department called Black Box. I am a co-artistic director, with an ensemble of ten, including myself. From January until April we are devising, structuring, creating and performing four original shows. FOUR. In four months. I’m co-directing two of these shows, and performing…

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A Million Pieces All In One is performance in development, created at Double Edge Theatre in Ashfield, Massachusetts. This piece is the first manifestation of work created from my research on folk art environment builders. Photos by Samuel James Stewart, 2013.

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