Two audacious dance-plays (Fish Eyes and Let Me Borrow That Top) by celebrated theatre, television and film actress, Anita Majumdar tell the coming-of-age stories of two teenage girls of South Asian descent in small town Canada. This award-winning solo tour-de-force fuses exceptional Bollywood dance and Kathakali storytelling to create a truly unique theatrical experience.
Anita is an award-winning actress, playwright and dancer who has been profiled in magazines such as Vogue India and Fashion and attended the National Theatre School of Canada after moving from her hometown Port Moody, B.C. With formal training in kathak, bharatanatyam and odissi, Anita has been dancing and choreographing for over 15 years. As well, her screen acting debut in the film Murder Unveiled won her the Best Actress award at the Asian Festival of First Films. In addition to performing in major theatres across this country, Anita has also featured in many screen projects including CBC's Diverted, Republic of Doyle, Gavin Crawford's Wild Wild West and was the only featured Canadian actress in Deepa Mehta's film adaptation of Salman Rushdie's Midnight's Children, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. As a playwright, Anita has been nominated for a Betty Mitchell award in Calgary for her play Same Same But Different, has been part of the Banff Playwrights Colony on numerous occasions, was part of the Tarragon Playwrights Unit, was one of 50 artists invited to celebrate the Canada Council for the Arts 50th anniversary in Ottawa, and was awarded the Governor General's Protégé Prize in playwriting under the mentorship of John Murrell. The Fish Eyes Trilogy was published with detailed illustrations by Playwrights Canada Press and most recently, Anita was the recipient of of the Dora Mavor Moore awards in the Theatre for Young Audiences division for Outstanding New Play and Outstanding Performance for Boys With Cars.
Brian is the Artistic Director of Nightswimming, and Director of the Banff Centre Playwrights Lab. As a director, his credits include premieres of these Nightswimming commissions: Anita Majumdar’s The Fish Eyes Trilogy (2014/15/17 national tour) and Same Same But Different (Theatre Passe Muraille/Alberta Theatre Projects), Carmen Aguirre’s Broken Tailbone (US premiere in October 2017) and Blue Box (2012-2014 national tour), Anosh Irani’s Bombay Black (Cahoots Theatre and tour), Judith Thompson’s Such Creatures (Theatre Passe Muraille), Andy Massingham’s Rough House (national tour) and Richard Sanger’s Whispering Pines (GCTC). He has created eight of his own plays, most recently Why We Are Here! (with Martin Julien) which ran at the 2017 High Performance Rodeo in Calgary, and These Are The Songs That I Sing When I'm Sad (with Jane Miller) which recently premiered at Vancouver's Boca del Lupo. He is the current Board Chair and a past-President of the Literary Managers & Dramaturgs of the Americas, and two-time recipient of LMDA’s Elliott Hayes Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dramaturgy. He has been nominated for four Dora Mavor Moore Awards; one for his adaptation (with Soheil Parsa) of Aurash, and three for directing, including Anita's Boys With Cars at Young People's Theatre.
Jackie has worked as a set and costume designer across Canada and her work has toured internationally. In addition, she is a production designer and art director for film and television. Selected theatre design credits include: Sexy Laundry (Theatre Aquarius) Annie Mae’s Movement, The Place Between, Salt Baby, Almighty Voice and His Wife, Giiwedin, Tombs of the Vanishing Indian, From Thine Eyes, HUFF (NEPA), Antigone Insurgency, Someone is Going to Come, Talking Masks, Like the First Time, Charge of the Expormidable Moose, Ubu Mayor, Smyth/Williams (One Little Goat), Gas Girls (New Harlem Productions), The Making Of St. Jerome (eastBOUND Theatre), Romeo and Juliet (TD Dream in High Park/Can Stage), Zadie's Shoes (Factory Theatre), Brown Balls (Fu-Gen), The Swearing Jar (Prairie Theatre Exchange), Dirty Butterfly (Bound to Create), Fish Eyes Trilogy (Nightswimming), Moment, Pomoma (ARC Theatre), Canada 300 (Watermark Theatre) Cannibal the Musical (Starvox Entertainment), and Cowboy Versus Samurai, 39 Steps (Soulpepper), Twist Your Dickens (Second City Chicago/Toronto). Jackie was named in NOW magazine's Top 10 Theatre Artists of 2009 and has received 7 Dora nominations for outstanding set design. Upcoming: Mini Me Makeover – Designer and Co-host (CBC Kids/Expect Theatre), KISS (ARC/ Theatre Smash/Can Stage) and The Komagata Maru Incident (Stratford Festival).
Rebecca Picherack has designed lighting for dance and theatre for hundreds of productions and toured across Canada, Europe, Asia and Africa. For nightswimming: Bombay Black, Rough House. Other recent companies include Canadian Stage, Necessary Angel, Volcano, Mirvish, Young People's Theatre, Shaw Festival, Buddies in Bad Times, Centaur Theatre, Belfry Theatre, The Citadel, Tarragon Theatre, Souppepper. Rebecca has received three Dora awards for outstanding lighting design.
Christopher is a performer, director, writer, sound designer, and composer. His stage work has taken him across Canada to Toronto, Edmonton, Ottawa, Winnipeg, Vancouver, Montreal – and internationally to New York, Bogotà, Munich, Brisbane, Dublin, and Vienna. He has been nominated for 13 Dora Mavor Moore Awards across disciplines, winning twice (for direction in 2017, and for performance in 2011). Stanton is also the Artistic Producer of Toronto-based indie performance company ARC. onebandoflight.com || arcstage.com
Brittany Ryan is a Chinese-Métis Toronto-based arts manager, producer, designer, and production stage manager. She is the Producer at Nightswimming and the General Manager of Signal Theatre. Prior to her recent appointment at Nightswimming, Brittany was the Operations Manager at the Indigenous Performing Arts Alliance whose major role in 16/17 was producing the 3 day showcase of Indigenous performance as a part of the Intertribal Gathering in Haines Junction, YT. She was also the Interim Coordinator of Indigenous Theatre at the National Arts Centre leading up to the hiring of the first Artistic Director, Kevin Loring. Select producing credits include: Boys With Cars (Nightswimming/YPT), Bearing (Signal Theatre/Luminato), Broken Tailbone (Nightswimming), Why We Are Here! (Nightswimming). Brittany holds a BFA from Ryerson University in Performance Production.
A champion of site specific theatre Sandy often finds himself surrendering to various locales. Sandy is the great-grandson of Morley Plunkett of the almost forgotten WW1 Canadian Vaudeville Troupe, The Dumbells. Selected Credits: The Fish Eyes Trilogy, (Nightswimming) Same Same But Different,(TPM/ATP), The Circle, The Trouble with Mr Adams (Tarragon) Flood Thereafter, This (Canadian Stage ) Julius Caesar, The Comedy of Errors, As You Like It, Titus Andronicus, Macbeth, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Winter’s Tale, Romeo and Juliet (Canadian Stage Dream and/or Shakespeare in High Park) Public Servant,Tails from the City, The Dog and the Angel, Weather The Weather, (Theatre Columbus/Common Boots), Julie Sits Waiting (Good Hair Day Productions) La Communion, Madre (Aluna) The Test, Through the Leaves, Festen (Company Theatre) Gladstone Variations, Yichud (seclusion) (Convergance) The Silicone Diaries , Beauty Salon,(Buddies in Bad Times) The Turn of the Screw (DVxT)