lemonTree creations is an equity-seeking theatre company that brings rarely told stories to the stage.

We centre artists making work informed by their lived experience and present them through a queer performance lens. Our creative process includes decolonial and anti-racist strategies in the pursuit of equity for Indigenous and culturally diverse communities.

The leadership team includes Artistic Producers Indrit Kasapi (Albanian-Canadian) and Cole Alvis (Métis) and Artistic Associates Donna-Michelle St. Bernard and Ryan G. Hinds.

Our work is based in Dish With One Spoon Treaty Territory where the original caretakers are the Mississaugas of Credit First Nation, as well as Anishinaabe, Onkwehon:we, and Wendat peoples.

Grappling with colonialism is part of our arts practice and we invite you to engage with us about how to be good guests on these Indigenous territories.


lemonTree creations was established by Indrit Kasapi in 2007 to produce his first play THE RED DEVIL, directed by Jonathan Seinen at the 2008 SummerWorks Theatre Festival (NOW Magazine, Outstanding Ensemble & Outstanding Direction). The play told the story of an Albanian family travelling illegally to Canada during the 1997 Albanian civil war.

Inspired by the success of that collaboration, Jonathan Seinen and Indrit Kasapi were joined by Cole Alvis (Dora Nominated Gorey Story) to participate in the 2009 Pride Toronto Festival with Jean Genet’s DEATHWATCH. This gritty play about crime idolization and prison homoeroticism was performed to sold out audiences and rave reviews in the claustrophobic basement of XPACE CulturalCentre. 

Following this, lemonTree developed and produced several critically acclaimed productions including MSM [men seeking men],  a dance deconstruction piece inspired by online Grindr ‘hook-up’ culture. Premiering first as one of the top grossing productions at Toronto Fringe 2013, it went on to play two shows nightly during Toronto’s WorldPride celebration in June2014. The Charlebois Post called it: “At times frisky and fun, and at others violent and hard to watch. The remount of MSM is a great achievement.” 


Indrit Kasapi

Artistic Producer

Born in Albania, Indrit moved to Toronto in his early teens. He is the Founding and current Artistic Producer for lemonTree creations. As well Indrit is the Associate Artistic Director of Theatre Passe Muraille. Indrit has been a company member of the award winning dance theatre company CORPUS for the past 10 years. Through Corpus he has helped develop and premiere two new works (Machina Nuptialis, House Guests) and continued touring other repertoire to North America, Europe and Asia. He’s a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada and a 2018 Harold Award Winner.


Artistic Producer

Cole is a 2 Spirit theatre artist based in Tkarón:to with Métis-Chippewa, Irish and English heritage. They are a leader of lemonTree creations, manidoons collective and AdHoc Assembly. Recently, they performed in Louis Riel (Canadian Opera Company / National Arts Centre) and directed the Dora nominated bug by Yolanda Bonnell (manidoons collective / Luminato), Lilies by Michel Marc Bouchard and co-directed, with Michael Greyeyes, an Indigenous opera double bill called Two Odysseys: Pimooteewin / Gállábártnit (Signal Theatre, National Sami Theatre, Soundstreams Canada).


Associate Artist

For lemonTree: “Lilies; Or, The Revival of a Romantic Drama”, “MSM [men seeking men]”, "Private Eyes" and  "Dutchman". Elsewhere: "It's A Wonderful Life", Theatre New Brunswick; Brit in "We Will Rock You", Magnus Theatre; Hedwig in “Hedwig & the Angry Inch”, Capitol Theatre; "MacArthur Park Suite: A Disco Ballet”, Buddies in Bad Times; and the critically-acclaimed, award-winning solo show “#KanderAndEbb”. Ryan proudly serves on the national council of Canadian Actors' Equity Association, and has performed alongside artists such as Liza Minnelli, Todrick Hall, Debbie Reynolds and more.


Associate Artist

Donna-Michelle St.Bernard is an emcee, playwright and agitator. She is a two-time nominee for the Governor General's Award (for Gas Girls in 2011 and for A Man A Fish in 2016).  Recent works for the stage include Reaching For Starlight (Geordie Theatre), Sound of the Beast (Theatre Passe Muraille) and Cake (New Harlem Productions).


lemonTree creations is an equity seeking theatre company. 

We demonstrate these values through what we put on stage​ (or any performance venue)​ and the leadership structures within our ad hoc organization. 

We dismantle white supremacy by providing leadership roles for artists from the communities that our work represents on stage and other platforms on which we create.

At all times in the creative process:

We endeavour to create a safer space for respectful dialogue that works toward a shared understanding of complex experiences.  We recognize the potential for failure in upholding these values within our organization and our art. We welcome feedback and respect the bravery required of our collaborators and communities to address oppression via direct and indirect communication. 

We acknowledge our ​performance and art creation is challenging and can discomfort, particularly when we engage with sexuality on stage directly. We commit to creating a rehearsal and creative space where artists are engaged and consent during every aspect of art-making; experience physical safety; and are treated with professionalism and respect. We commit to a space, free of: sexual harassment/sexual assault; mental, physical, and/or emotional abuse; and bullying. We prioritize: artist dignity; personal safety; respect of personage; and self-determination of boundaries.  

Artistic Producers Indrit Kasapi and Cole Alvis take issues of cultural and artistic safety seriously and can be contacted ​via, or anonymously if desired.

If circumstances require, and if direct communication is not possible, we welcome and will participate in:

1. mediation via lemonTree artists:
Associate Artists Donna-Michelle St. Bernard & Ryan G. Hinds
2. third-party facilitation,
3. methodologies as recommended by the person bringing forth the concern (or their proxy).​

This is a living commitment and will evolve as conversations continue and new realities emerge in our communities.

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We are a small theatre company with ambitious projects in the works. Our big ideas are possible with your generosity. Please consider supporting us through our PayPal account. You can also speak with Artistic Producers Indrit Kasapi and Cole Alvis, if you have questions.