July 5, 8:30PM
July 6, 8:30PM
July 7, 8:30PM
July 8, 8:30PM
July 11, 8:30PM
July 12, 8:30PM *Relaxed Performance*
July 13, 8:30PM
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July 15, 8:30PM
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Meet Roxy Roberts: motivational speaker/self-defence coach.
She's professional. She's unorthodox. And she's here to HELP!
Get ready - this is Tony Robbins, meets your aunt who sends you terrifying chain-emails of safety tips, meets the 6-foot-tall girl who’s never been asked to dance. Roxy’s gonna change your life... whether you like it or not.
This ruthless new comedy about teaching fear and courage comes from one of the artists behind past Toronto Fringe sell-outs: Andy Warhol Presents: Valerie, The Dinner Table, and Get Yourself Home Skyler James.
ALI JOY RICHARDSON (Writer/Performer/Producer) is a director, writer, actor, and producer, originally from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. Ali is a member of Nightwood’s Write from the Hip 2018 playwriting unit (where she’s developing Fool, about the only female jester in recorded English history) and is a director in residence through Canadian Stage’s 2018 RBC Emerging Artist Program. Her play A Bear Awake in Winter was a finalist in the 2018 Safe Words national playwriting competition. She’s part of the creative duo behind past Fringe sell-outs Andy Warhol Presents: Valerie and The Dinner Table and directed the popular Get Yourself Home Skyler James (by Jordan Tannahill). Ali is directing In Real Life (by Nick Green & Kevin Wong), a dystopian coming-of-age musical, for the Canadian Music Theatre Project this fall. She works as a book writer and director with Education Arts Canada, creating touring musicals about mental health for 9 to 12-year-olds. Ali has made theatre in Edinburgh, Vancouver, Berlin, Halifax, Edmonton, and Toronto, in museums, office buildings, hospitals, cafés, defunct record shops, abandoned schools, kitchens, and harbours.
More at: alijoyrichardson.com.
COURTENAY STEVENS (Co-Director) works frequently as an actor, educator and physical theatre performer. His work took him around for the world for four years touring as a clown with Cirque du Soleil (Dralion). Last year he toured several times to Europe and Asia with the wordless, solo, clown piece The Pianist. Most recently he toured with Canadian Stage/Tapastry Opera’s, The Overcoat – A Musical Tailoring and will be in Crow Hill at Fourth Line this summer. Courtenay is an associate artist and frequent collaborator/educator with Common Boots Theatre and has developed and performed in many of their productions. He directed the Dora nominated Lawrence and Holloman. Sometimes he appears on TV (Suits, Designated Survivor) and at other theatres (Stratford, Bard on the Beach, Arts Club, Grand Theatre), and he generally prefers silly things. He’s trained with Philippe Gualier in France, Aitor Basauri in NYC and completed his theatre studies at Studio 58.
NEIL SILCOX (Co-Director) has been working in the theatre for almost twenty years. He has studied extensively in his craft, earning a Four-Year Applied Degree in Acting from Sheridan College, an Honours Bachelor's of the Arts in Drama from the University of Toronto, a Bachelors of Education from The University of Western Ontario, and a Masters in Fine Art in Acting and Directing at York University. Neil teaches acting and directing at Brock University and Sheridan College. He’s currently developing a collective creation, Notes from the Patriarchy, about the ways in which men are simultaneously victims of and benefactors of patriarchal systems and is directing both How To be FEARLESS! (With Roxy Roberts) and Harvey and the Extraordinary for this summer’s Fringe.
AARON WILLIS (Dramaturg) was born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta. He is a director, dramaturg, actor, and co-founding artistic director of Convergence Theatre. DIRECTING: The Preposterous Predicament of Polly Peel (Convergence Theatre/Fringe 2018); The Testament of Mary (Soulpepper); Passion Play (Convergence Theatre/Outside the March/Sheep No Wool); Stupidhead! (SummerWorks); Miss Caledonia (Tarragon Theatre); The Thing Between Us (the mcguffin company); The Crucible (UTM/Theatre Erindale); YICHUD(Seclusion) (Convergence Theatre/Theatre Passe Muraille/Mag North); The Gladstone Variations and AutoShow (Convergence Theatre).OTHER: Michael Langham Workshop for Classical Direction (Stratford Festival); Graduate of George Brown Theatre School, University of Alberta. Aaron is also an actor, and co-artistic director of Convergence Theatre (twice voted Best Site-Specific Theatre Company in Toronto by NOW Magazine).
LUCY MCPHEE (Stage Manager) is Stage Manager based in Toronto. Recent credits include Apprentice Stage Manager for Fun Home (Musical Stage Company/Mirvish Productions), Abduction from the Seraglio (Canadian Opera Company), Life After (Musical Stage Company/Canadian Stage/Yonge Street Theatricals), KISS (Theatre Smash/ARC with Canadian Stage); Breath In Between (Crow’s Theatre); Stage Manager for Two Gentlewomen of Verona (Dauntless City Theatre); Ten Creative Ways to Dispose of Your Cremains (Neoteny Theatre/Theatre Rhea/Toronto Fringe); Blood Ties (Next Stage Theatre Festival); Much Ado About Nothing (Hart House Theatre); Life After (Toronto Fringe); Boston Marriage (Headstrong Collective). Lucy is also currently Producing workshops of two new works, The Life and Death of Anna Petrovna by Hannah Rittner, and Dixon Road by Fatuma Adar.
Thank you to Bell Tower Coffee + Community for their generosity in hosting How To Be Fearless! (With Roxy Roberts). "Nestled into the 126 year old Church of the Messiah, we're an actual sanctuary. Take a few steps and feel miles away from the busy streets. We practice hospitality, stewardship of the earth, and strive to respect the dignity of all people. We want to be your home-away-from-home. Every body is welcome here."