lemonTree creations is a Toronto-based
theatre company that seeds new work, brings productions to fruition, and
challenges artists to grow. Established in 2007, our core artistic team –
Indrit Kasapi, Cole Alvis and Jonathan Seinen – will:
- realize innovative performance
through non-conventional means.
- develop new Canadian plays
by investing in artists and bringing rarely told stories to the stage.
2012, DUTCHMAN by Amiri Baraka [SummerWorks, Offsite BUS]
2012, SOVEREIGN ALLIANCES by Herbie Barnes [Chiefs of Ontario in association with TAPA Resources and Red Barn Theatre, Elgin Theatre]
2011, PEOPLE4CHANGE by TheThem [Theatre Passe Muraille]
2011, STILL LIFE by collective [Summerworks, Theatre Passe Muraille]
2010, STILL LIFE by collective [Workshop, 519]
2009, DEATHWATCH by Jean Genet [Pride Festival, XPACE]
2008, THE RED DEVIL by Indrit Kasapi [Summerworks, Factory Theatre]
lemonTree theatre creations was established in 2007 by Indrit Kasapi to develop his first play, The Red Devil,
presented at the Summerworks Theatre Festival (NOW Magazine,
Outstanding Ensemble & Outstanding Direction ‘08). Supported by the
Cultural and Artistic Leadership Program of the National Theatre School
of Canada, the play told the story of an Albanian family travelling
illegally to Canada during the 1997 Albanian Civil War.
This production featured Gemini and Genie Nominated Elva Mai Hoover (Road to Avonlea, Queer as Folk), Dora Nominated Tara Nicodemo (Cringeworthy/Passe Muraille, Hamlet/Necessary Angel Theatre) and was directed by Jonathan Seinen.
Inspired by the success of that collaboration, Jonathan Seinen and Indrit Kasapi were joined by Cole J Alvis (Dora Nominated Gorey Story) in 2009 to participate as an Official Event in the 2009 Toronto Pride Festival with DEATHWATCH, Jean Genet’s rarely produced play about three prisoners in a 1940’s French jail.
The company was joined by Rob Salerno, Bekah McNeil, Ryan Symington and John Bryans
and thus an all-queer collective was created. We investigated Genet’s
text by studying various translations including the original text in
French. This gritty play about crime idolization and homoeroticism in
prisons was performed to sold out audiences and rave reviews in the
basement of XPACE Cultural Centre.
Now Magazine wrote “Talk about giving an audience a play’s flavour:
lemonTree theatre creations, an all queer group, set its production of
Jean Genet’s prison drama Deathwatch in the claustrophobic basement of an Ossington art gallery. And it worked.”
Jonathan SeinenArtistic Associate
STAFFRyan G Hinds
MSM [men seeking men] Artistic Associate
ENERGY EXCHANGE ARTISTS
Camila Diaz-Varela is an actor, musician, and theatre creator based in Toronto. As a recent graduate from Sheridan College's Music Theatre Performance program, she has a passion for developing theatre and music pieces - particularly new Canadian musicals. At the moment, Camila is working on producing and creating several different musical performance pieces, including a concert of acoustic+funk covers and original songs, and a Drunk Improv Battle Royale show. She's so grateful to lemonTree Creations for the opportunity to work in this space, so she can have a home for her schemes and shenanigans.
Farrah Fernando is an emerging dance artist and choreographer currently based in Toronto. Her training includes a myriad of dance forms including jazz, ballet, hip hop, house, modern/contemporary, zouk, ballroom and Latin dance. In May 2010 she graduated from the Professional Program at the School of Contemporary Dancers while also obtaining a Bachelor of Arts Honours degree at the University of Winnipeg in Dance. Since moving to Toronto in 2011 she has had the opportunity to perform with Limitless Productions in the 2012 Toronto Fringe and has become a company member of Toronto's African-Contemporary dance company COBA (Collective of Black Artists). She is looking forward to taking this opportunity to create, explore and further refine her dance movement vocabulary and technique, with an eventual creation of a dance production.
Jackie is a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada. She is a Toronto based actor and theatre creator. Jackie’s theatre credits include: Alt Title: I Wish I Knew (Young Creators Unit, Rhubarb 2014), girls!girls!girls! (Present Danger Productions), Dumbo Squid (Birdtown and Swanville), Macbeth (Hart House Theatre), and Rosemary (National Theatre School of Canada.) She is a member of Ismailova Theatre of Dance and is a part of the creative team working on Jill Connell’s new play: The Supine Cobbler.
Jackie is using this opportunity to work on her playwriting development and personal rehearsals.
Adrian is an actor and musician hailing from North Bay, Ontario. He graduated from the acting program at the National Theatre School of Canada, where he also had the opportunity to compose and arrange music for works by Garcia Lorca, Edward Bond, and Toronto playwright Alex Poch-Goldin. Some recent theatrical adventures include assistant-directing the world premiere The Gay Heritage Project at Buddies in Bad Times, workshopping Jessica Moss's award-winning new play Next to Him, and working as a clown/flashmob instigator/crowdsurfer at a Mumford & Sons show.