Meet Marjorie

Meet Marjorie gives artists the opportunity to showcase themselves or present an idea to Artistic Director, Marjorie Chan!
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Artists selected will be given ten minutes to showcase themselves or present an idea. Talk about your idea, sing a piece from your show, or just introduce yourself!  We’re on the lookout for exciting artists new to TPM to work with, artistic projects to facilitate, collaborate on, and be inspired by.  We are specifically hoping to meet artists who we have not met before, and artists whose work we are unfamiliar with.

This year we are holding two sessions: Tuesday July 26th (online) and Thursday July 28 (in-person), 2022.

A total of 35 artists (15 in-person, 20 online) will be selected via a lottery system. The deadline to submit is 11:59pm on July 17, and artists will be notified via email on July 20th.

To submit, you will have to fill out a short Google form. If this method is not accessible to you, please e-mail Lauryn at intern3@passemuraille.on.ca or leave a message for Artistic Associate April Leung at 416.504.8988 (ext.2123) and we will get back to you shortly. 

Accessibility: Accessibility initiatives such as ASL interpretation and captioning will be made available upon request!

Who we've met in Meet Marjorie 2020

Filmmaker Naomi Jaye has a flair for cinematic scale, unconventional storytelling and striking visual execution. Her debut feature film THE PIN opened in theatres across North America to rave reviews – The New York Times declared, “It is almost bewildering to think what this first-time feature director could build with a larger budget.”

Alumnae of the prestigious TIFF Studio, Torino Film Lab, Berlin Talents and TIFF Talent Lab, Naomi’s second feature film THE INCIDENT REPORT is adapted from Martha Baillie’s Giller long-listed novel of the same name. Financed through Telefilm Canada, it is currently being packaged and set to shoot in the summer of 2022. In addition, she is developing a UAE/Canada project THE COMMON FATHER, a film about a woman’s journey in search of her past from Madrid through Mumbai to Amman.

It was while completing her MFA at York University that Naomi expanded her screen-based practice to include video installation. Her first large scale immersive video piece MIRIAM’S WORLD is a wry and captivating exploration of the microcosm of the library through the eyes of a librarian and a handful of its regular patrons. Her latest piece MRI is an immersive video installation that uses dance to describe the effects of medical imaging on the body. It was recently mounted at the Meridian Arts Centre and was heralded by NOW Magazine as “hypnotic, deeply personal and a must see”.  She has recently received funding for her third immersive installation POOL, an investigation into the female body and how it experiences grief.  Her new installation practice is strongly influenced by her roots in theatre design.

Naomi continues to explore installation and expansive cinema at Queens University where she is completing a PhD. Naomi is a lecturer at Ryerson University.

Born and raised in Ottawa, Edwige Jean-Pierre is a bilingual actor and playwright of Haitian and Congolese descent. A graduate of the University of Ottawa and Vancouver’s Studio 58, she is a past member of Obsidian Theatre and Tarragon Theatre’s Playwriting Units as well as Les Héritières de Toto B. (in collaboration with Théâtre français de Toronto).

She first came on to the scene with her solo show Even Darkness is Made of Light (dramaturgy and direction by Patrick Conner) at Buddies. Other plays she has written include Saint Bitch/Our Lady of Spills, SOS/MS/ ASAP, GOIN4BROKE, The Big Mess andEspoir/Espwa (co-written with Les Héritières de Toto B).

Her plays have been presented at many festivals such as Rhubarb Festival, Edgy Women Festival, Hysteria Festival, rock.paper.sistahz #7 and #11, AfriCanadian Playwrights’ Festival, Summerworks, InspiraTo Festival and Ohio Northern University’s International Playwright’s Festival. She’s a recipient of Summerworks’ Spotlight Award in 2010 for her performance in Even Darkness is Made of Light. Edwige’s work focuses on political and social issues. She lives in Toronto with her husband Andrew. Find her on Twitter @EJP2017!

River is a queer, trans, & disabled multidisciplinary artist based in Toronto, Ontario. He takes great joy in contributing to the creation and development of experimental pieces that interrogate and agitate the boundaries of what theatre can and “should” be. As a sound designer, and composer their work attempts to create a dialogue between physical performance and abstract design in order to create art that is a living, breathing thing. Having majored in Drama and Psychology in undergrad, River is interested in using art to explore human behaviour, perceptual and sensory experiences, and relationships. River is currently taking courses with Toronto Metropolitan University with the intention of expanding into more diverse forms of storytelling.

Over the past few years, River has had the pleasure of working with a variety of artistic organizations across the country. Most recently, they were Sound & Lighting designer for the ADC’s Design the Revolution Installation at Factory Theatre, Sound Designer for rihannaboi95 at Young People’s Theatre, and Sound Designer for the digital production of 11:11 at Theatre Passe Muraille.

He has had the pleasure of working with the wonderful folks at Theatre Passe Muraille as Sound Designer for 11:11 as well as Audio Description sound editor for TOKA. He’s really appreciated all of the support that Marjorie and TPM has given him over his artistic career!

He is currently working with Max Cameron Fearon to co-create a multi-media piece that explores queer interpersonal relationship dynamics through the lens of folktales, psychoeducational performance lecture, and sound collages. https://www.riveroliveira.com/