Welcome to the digital show program: Miriam's World
by Naomi Jaye | Tremendous Productions Immersive Experience presented by Theatre Passe Muraille
The written material in the installation is reproduced from The Incident Report by Martha Baillie
Kurtis Leon Baker
Production and Costume Designers
Scroll Design Work
Benjamin Edward Birch
Paper Scroll Design
Fine & Dandy Co. Wallcoverings
Make Up Artist
Pamela Palsat | Miriam Gordon
Tarick Glancy | Beautiful Man
Brian Rhodes | John B
Gloria Mampuya | Love Fuck Woman
Scott Clarkson | Mr. MacGregor
Isai Rivera Blas | Orange Coverall Man
Adrian Griffin | Suitcase Man
Pascale Couderc | Unusually Pale Female Patron
Pete Smith | Voice of Rigoletto
Special thank you to the load-in crew: Nicholas Simmons, Katherine Ted-Arthur, Connor Price-Kelleher, Kim Shaedlich, Kit Norman, Mario Allende, Aden Altamirano, Lindasay, Macdonald, Kevin Yue, Van Lisa. Thank you also to the placement student Evan Jones!
To access the visual story, please click the button below. A Visual story is a package that aims to support people with communication difficulties, learning disabilities, English as a second language and Autistic People. It can be used to help anyone access and understand the play. The package may include spoilers.
Note from TPM
A note from Naomi Jaye
The library as refuge: what purpose does a modern library fulfil?
Miriam’s World is a potent reflection of urban life in Canada, a virtual library filled with patrons of varying levels of stability and socio-economic realities. It speaks to a Global urban experience – problems of isolation, mental illness, suicide and the realities of displaced people. Through its intriguing narrative structure and individual compelling stories, it is able to immerse the viewer in an experience that is both visually engaging and socially relevant.
Miriam’s World is a work that transforms the abstract term “library” into a lively world in which private lives are intertwined into a greater public choreography, as in any public space within any big city. It is a call to care for and take responsibility over common spaces, common resources as well as over people’s common welfare. Only if we transform – as Miriam’s World does – public spaces from anonymous locations into shared community-based places, can care and responsibility grow.
The possibility of exchange about the challenges of protecting public spaces in modern urban centres is the basis of our creating the “Living Lending Library” alongside Miriam’s World. We believe it will be an engaging and meaningful addition to Miriam’s. examining the notions of ‘private’ and ‘public’ develop strategies that provoke and stimulate people to re-imagine their cityscape.
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.”
It was while completing her MFA at York University that Naomi expanded her screen-based practice to include video installation. Her latest installation MRI is an immersive exploration of the effects of medical imaging on the body and was recently mounted at the Meridian Arts Centre. NOW Magazine called it “hypnotic, deeply personal and a must see”. Her most recent installation POOL, funded through Toronto Arts Council, is an exploration of 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 Toronto Metropolitan University.
This project was made possible with the support of York University.
A reading room creates a vibrant and interactive space where people can bring books, take books, read and talk, creating our own library of sorts in the theatre space. It is the perfect venue to foster connections and exchange knowledge. It will house artists’ work as well as being the venue for workshops and talkback sessions with the Scadding Court Community.
Miriam’s World encourages both audience involvement, and allows the opportunity for audiences to reflect on these issues of connection and isolation. The Living Lending Library creates space for community engagement to discuss pressing issues faced by all urban centres and interact with the complex realm called public space, where different interests clash, and where consensus is fragile and in need of constant nurturing. foster the exploration of the configuration of symbolic places such as libraries. With Miriam’s World, and the Living Lending Library we are creating a temporary community to experience and debate one of society’s most valuable public spaces ‘The library as refuge: what purpose does a modern library fulfil?’
Laura Warren is a Saskatchewan-raised, Toronto-based, designer for theatre, dance, live music, and opera. Projection design credits include: #34 (Globe Theatre); The Queen in Me (COC, Nightwood Theatre, Amplified Opera, Theatre Gargantua); Is God Is (Canadian Stage, Obsidian Theatre, Necessary Angel); 21 Black Futures (Obsidian Theatre/CBC Arts); Sexual Misconduct of the Middle Classes (Tarragon Theatre); In Absentia (JDdance); Pomegranate (Pomegranate Opera); The Black Drum (Deaf Culture Centre/Soulpepper); Grace (Nightwood Theatre/Crow’s Theatre); Unholy (Nightwood Theatre); Oraltorio: A Theatrical Mixtape (Obsidian Theatre/Soulpepper); Bearing (Signal Theatre/Luminato); Frescobaldi and the Glories of Rome, Illuminations, A Medieval Christmas (Toronto Consort); Le Nozze di Figaro (Toronto City Opera); No Strings (Attached) (Pink Pluto/Eventual Ashes/Buddies in Bad Times).
Creative producer Petek Berksoy is most at home at the junction of intention and execution, collaborating with artists and art industry stakeholders to create unique and inspiring screen-based stories.
Her collaboration with Naomi Jaye has resulted in the successful mounting of MRI at the Meridian Arts Centre, the remount of Miriam’s World at Theatre Passe Muraille and the ambitious mounting of THE WATER SERIES, a three part immersive journey exploring grief, fear, hope, and healing to be premiered in Toronto, as part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October 2023.
Petek honed her technical coordinator and project management skills at international film and music festivals and biennials through her work with Istanbul Arts and Culture Foundation and Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra.
In addition to production coordinating and assistant directing at independent features, tv series in Toronto and in Istanbul, Petek was lead production manager at The Canadian Film Centre,
Film Production Cast & Crew
Kurtis Leon Baker is a Toronto-based actor and producer. A graduate of NYU Tisch School of the Arts, he holds a BFA in Acting and Musical Theatre and a degree in Business of Entertainment from Stern School of Business. He believes wholeheartedly in the power of storytelling, and the magic that can come from putting the right people in the room together. Kurtis has produced and/or written award-winning short and feature films, multi-screen arthouse installations, digital content, and 3 series – a handful of which have premiered at major film festivals including TIFF, Venice, Frameline, InsideOut, and Reelworld, and have homes on Bell, CBC, Paramount+, and the socials. Kurtis cherishes his ongoing relationship creating interesting pieces with Naomi Jaye – just like Miriam’s World!
David Nguyen is a Toronto-based cinematographer/director of photography. Having worked in the film and television industry for over a decade, David has had the pleasure of working alongside a number of high-profile clients. He brings an exceptional blend of proficiency and knowledge, together with a youthful eagerness and drive for perfection to every project he takes on
Emily Krichevski is a multi-disciplinary creator, working in digital media with a focus on graphic design, social media management and audio post-production/sound design. They graduated from Toronto Metropolitan University in 2020 and have since been involved in various creative projects. Their passions include creating compelling graphic design and typography, immersive and ambient sound design and working collaboratively in a creative space. They currently work in the social media and content creation space. Engaging large-scale audiences for various CBC and Netflix TV shows such as Blown Away, Lido TV and Run The Burbs, to name a few. They worked closely with Naomi Jaye in creating the immersive sonic experience of Miriam’s World.
Evangeline Y Brooks (she/her) is an art director and moving image artist based in Toronto, ON.
She holds a BFA from Toronto Metropolitan University’s School of Image Arts Film Studies program with an Integrated Digital specialization and a certificate in Design for Arts and Entertainment from the Chang School of Continuing Education.
Brooks’ personal work has shown with TIFFxInstagram, Open Doors Toronto, and the Toronto Images Festival.
Her short film art direction work has shown on the local and international festival circuit, and on web series with CBC, Loblaws, and the Independent Production Fund.
Melissa is a Toronto-based Professional Makeup, Hair and Special FX artist for TV, film, and fashion, and a passionate preference for shock and awe. With work seen worldwide, notable projects include Hogtown – Canada’s first series with a Black Female Lead; multiple Vogue publications; and current Key Makeup Artist for the inaugural season of Love You to Death on BET+ and Paramount+.
Outside of makeup, Melissa loves creating through cooking, writing, and set design. As a brown, queer woman, she is enthralled by projects aimed at understanding colonial trauma within immigrant communities, and journeying to dissect her own. Her baby and best bud is her almost 4 year old dog, Finn.
Born and raised in the south of France, Pascale studied art and literature at university. Having witnessed countless theatre and movie productions in her medieval hometown all through her childhood Pascale developed a love of the craft. Pascale came to Canada 32 years ago as a nanny while still doing background work, but left the industry for a while. She returned four years ago as the assistant to a casting agent then back to background work because the pull was undeniable. Multi faceted, loyal, industrious and effervescent, writer, poet, linguist and best friend. The story has just begun…
ISAI RIVERA BLAS is a full-time member of Equity and ACTRA in good standing.
He studied Acting at the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre in New York City.
He studied both dancing and singing in Toronto and New York City. He has done Films, TV,
Commercials in Toronto and films in the USA. Musical Theatre credits both in Toronto, New Jersey and New York City. He also studied Film and Photography in Toronto and would like to pursue film directing in the future.
Adrian Griffin has been a working actor in Toronto for over 30 years in Theatre, Film and Television.
Theatre credits include seasons at both the Shaw and Stratford festivals. Also working at/with Neptune, Sudbury, Port Dover, Magnus, The Grand, Shakespeare in the Rough, and Mump and Smoot. As well, creating two theatre companies On A Wing and A Prayer and THE CO. producing and acting in six plays.
Other highlights include two seasons on BBC America’s COPPER as well as recurring roles on REIGN and CONDOR, and over Fifty film and television credits to his name.
Mr. Griffin has just finished writing his debut novel THE WARD. Also, he is an accomplished Meisner Technique teacher with on going classes in the city.
SCOTT CLARKSON (Mr. MacGregor): Scott studied theatre at Montreal’s Concordia University and the Herbert Berghof Studio in New York. He has appeared extensively on stage in New York, Montreal, Toronto and the Ottawa Valley. Select theatre credits: Deathtrap, Same Time, Next Year, Arms and the Man, the Fourposter, Two for the Seesaw, Wait Until Dark, Dial M for Murder, the Marriage-Go-Round, and Wait Until Dark (Classic Theatre Festival, Ottawa and Perth); Hamlet, Much Ado About Nothing, the Diary of Anne Frank, the Crucible, the Shadowbox (NYC), Gross Indecency: the Three Trials of Oscar Wilde, the Fort at York, Rumours of Our Death, Love/Sex/Money, the Unseen Hand, the Tin Drum, Pride and Prejudice, and Private Lives (Toronto.) He has appeared in a host of screen projects – notably the Mexican feature Sin Retorno!
Gloria Mampuya is a black bilingual actor of Cameroonian and Congolese descent.
Originally from Ktinékétolékouac (Sherbrooke, Quebec) and now based in Tkarón:to she has recently graduated from York University. With Miriam’s World being her first professional project in Toronto, she is thrilled to see it take new life as a part Theatre Passe Muraille’s 2022-2023 season. Previous credits include: Les Zinspiré.e.s: Disjonctée.s (Théâtre Français de Toronto), The First Stone (New Harlem Productions/GCTC), Othihêw (Shakespeare in the Ruff), Pipeline (Black Theatre Workshop/Théâtre La Licorne), Mortified (York University), 365 Days/365 Plays (York University), Iphigenia 2.0 (York University).
Tremendous Productions and Theatre Passe Muraille has curated a series of community engagement events that asks the question, “Who does the library belong to?” and “What transforms a place into ‘public space’?”
Workshop facilitators and team
Celeste Cole is an arts programmer and concept artist living in Toronto, Canada. She is passionate about the necessity to create.
She facilitates arts exploration and non-clinical mental health workshops. Embedding unconventional ways of learning and making through various mediums.
Her roots are in portrait photography and project management.
She is a family member at Recess, an arts collective that aims to instil creative confidence. There focuses on campaigns, programming and creative direction.
Currently she manages paid opportunities for youth artists at JAYU Canada. She managed JAYU’s youth arts programming from 2018 to 2021.
Desiree Mckenzie is an award-winning poet, arts educator, national poetry slam champion, voice actor, and photographer from Toronto. Her poetry and voice have been featured in works for CBC’s Poetic License series, When Sisters Speak, Clearco Financial’s International Women’s Day Campaign, Kids Help Phone, and Home Depot. She facilitates a range of community poetry programming for organizations like JAYU, VIBE Arts, Unity Charity, Poetry in Voice, and Shakespeare in Action. In March 2021, she released her debut spoken word EP, Wet Hair, now available on streaming platforms. In December 2022, she will be opening for Rupi Kaur on her world tour stop at Massey Hall.
Radha Pithadia is diasporic South Asian Multidisciplinary Artist, Storyteller, Wellness Practitioner and Community Space Holder. She creates and nurtures people & projects with curiosity rooted in love, vulnerability & compassion. With a background in Ayurveda, Human Anatomy, and Arts, she approaches collective presence with a holistic lense. How can we mindfully be with one another, with the land? How it is often one and the same. How do we create together from a place of love? What does it look like? What does it feel like? How do we… be?
She finds joys in prolonged eye contact, touching moss, having her feet in bodies of water, and practicing play.
Pip Bradford is an independent producer, production manager, and stage manager who works with many companies in Toronto, including Anandam DanceTheatre, The Toronto Comic Arts Festival, 7a*11d Performance Art Festival, SummerWorks, Luminato, Red Sky Performance, Nightwood Theatre, and Theatre Passe Muraille. You’ve probably seen something she’s done, but you almost certainly didn’t see her do it. Pip also creates installation art with Rebecca Vandevelde as Art is Hard Productions, most recently reprising their installation BLANKET FORT for The Bentway for Family Day 2020. In her spare time, Pip works as a member of the Means of Production, a collective of freelance production staff seeking to promote values-based production work while advocating for equitable working conditions and providing resources to the independent production community.
Fan Wu did it in the antechamber with a fountain pen. He is a poet and facilitator who has hosted workshops with the Art Gallery of Ontario, Dancing with Parkinson’s, and the Toronto International Film Festival. For him, pedagogy is the passion of experimentation. His current PhD work examines the strange affinities between Georges Bataille and Zhuangzi, two of the most powerful thinkers of non-productivity.
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